Asian American Studies
- Connect with students, professors, faculty, and alumni to (eventually) start an Asian American Studies Program.
- Research the history of ASAM Studies at Princeton and reach out to alumni to learn about their involvement in ASAM Studies movements.
Progress and Accomplishments in 2014-2015
- Held a speaker series, consisting of 2 talks, one from Prof. Sharon Lee of NYU about transnational beauty standards, and one from Prof. Thea Abu El-Haj about Palestinian American youth in her lecture
- Published the first issue of Unfound: the Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies, in early 2015
- A record THREE courses in Asian American Studies were offered this spring
- HIS 270/AMS 370: Asian American History (HA) with Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton’s new Asian American studies professor in the history department
- AAS 223: Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet (LA) with Prof. Anne Cheng
- EAS 338/POL 354/AMS 356: Asian Wars, American Politics, Hollywood Cinema (SA) with Prof. David Leheny
- We continued to receive press coverage within the Princeton community for the Asian American Studies Committee’s pursuit of an ethnic studies program
Student Cultural Groups: Asian American Students Association
Though search continues, Asian American Studies professorship still vacant
Report on Latino and Asian American studies finds room for change
- Published, with Princeton Latinos y Amigos, a report on ethnic studies at Princeton to push administrators to strengthen Asian American studies and Latino studies programs. Administrators responded constructively to the report, and we are continuing to talk with them about the future of ethnic studies at Princeton.
- Commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1995 ethnic studies sit-in with a panel entitled “Ethnic Studies Then & Now.” The panel consisted of three alumni who participated in the sit-in: Ron Kim ’96, Christopher Wheat ’95, and Cindy Wong ’96.
Progress and Accomplishments in 2013-2014
- Published a report calling for the establishment of an Asian American studies program at Princeton (link)
- AASA’s push for an Asian American Studies certificate at Princeton has received a lot of press coverage by The Daily Princetonian and the Princeton Alumni Weekly in the past few months. Read below for the key updates:
Asian American Studies: Backers see hopeful signs
At ad hoc meeting, decades-old push for Asian-American Studies program revived
AASA President Linda Zhong defends race studies in response to ‘Studying the Melting Pot’
The Daily Princetonian Editorial Board supports an Asian-American Studies program
- Began an archive of documents relating to the push for Asian American studies in the 1990s (link)
- Published results of a survey on perceptions of Asian American identity at Princeton (link)
- Two courses in Asian American studies were offered AY 2013-2014: AMS 354, Asian Americans and Public Memory/History and AAS 225, Introduction to Asian American Studies: “Too Cute!” and the New Asiamania
- Princeton hires its first professor in Asian American history, Beth Lew-Williams (link)
- Started Unfound, an undergraduate academic journal on Asian American Studies
About the Chair
Hi! My name is Rebecca. I’m a sophomore from NYC still exploring the various departments available in the Orange Bubble, including Sociology, East Asian Studies, and English. I also love origami, crocheting, crafting, journaling, and cheering on my friends in their incredible endeavors.
Finding AASA and ASAM made my freshman year worthwhile. We joke that we’re bothering people when we table in Frist Campus Center, but our goal is to make people pay attention to Princeton’s longstanding need and desire for an Asian American Studies Program. We have a history, and the telling of our story would benefit the undergraduate population as well as the faculty and the university’s community as a whole.
Thanks for checking AASA out!