Report on Asian American Studies and Latino Studies Submitted!

April 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

AASA, along with PLA, submitted our report on Asian American studies and Latino studies to the Princeton administration on Monday morning! We are awaiting a response from the administration. Thank you to the 522 people who signed the letter of support! We will keep you posted on updates on the report’s progress.

April 20 is symbolic as it is the 20th anniversary of the sit-in for ethnic studies at Nassau Hall in 1995. At that time, 17 students held a sit-in at President Shapiro’s office for 35 hours. On Saturday, we invited back Ron Kim ’96, Chris Wheat ’95, and Cindy Wong ’96 to the University to speak about their experience taking part in the sit-in. More information will be posted about that event soon.

You can read the final version of our report here: 2015LAO-ASAMReportFinal4

Asian American and Latino Studies Report Error

April 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

In a previous version of the report released yesterday on the status of Asian American and Latino studies at Princeton, the authors stated that Professor Leheny had to be persuaded by the University to teach EAS 338 (“…one taught by Professor David Leheny, a specialist in Japanese politics who does not have research interests particularly focused on Asian America. Though we appreciate that Professor Leheny is teaching a course relating to Asian American studies, the fact that the University has had to persuade Professor Leheny to teach this course exposes the lack of professors at the University with interests relating to Asian American studies, particularly in the social sciences”).
In fact, Professor Leheny had previously taught a version of this course in 2012 and was more than happy to re-structure the course so that it would overlap with Asian American studies. We apologize for this error.
We still encourage you to sign our letter of support for our proposal. That letter of support can be found here.

The South Asian American Digital Archive

March 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

The New Jersey Historical Commission and the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission are pleased to present the South Asian American Digital Archive, an event that will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the East Jersey Olde Towne Village. The event will feature Isha Vyas, the Director of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and Samip Mallick, Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive.

This is a free event, but registration is required. To register for this event, please click here.

Coming Soon: Colors of Confinement Exhibit

February 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Colors of Confinement: Photographs by Bill Manbo, a new exhibit sponsored by the Program in American Studies at the Whitman College Gallery, will have its opening reception on March 11:

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With the generous support of the George Sakioka Fund and Jacquelyne Hata Alexander ’84 P14 Fund for Japanese American Studies, we are proud to present a two-month gallery exhibit of rare color photographs by Bill Manbo, an internee at the Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming.  The opening of the exhibit in March 2015 will be celebrated with a public roundtable discussion led by distinguished scholars from the fields of law, photography, and performance studies.  We take the exhibit as an occasion for reflecting on this dark moment in American history and for opening up a larger conversation about the ongoing relationships among law, race, and visuality.

Unfound: The Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies – First Volume Published!

January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Unfound: The Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies has just published its first volume today!! You can find it at the link below.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the journal, we are ecstatic with how it turned out! We hope that this journal will bolster Asian American studies at the undergraduate level across the nation and to show the University administration once more how much this school’s undergraduates care about this field of study.

If you are interested in seeing more about this journal, check out unfoundjournal.com

http://issuu.com/unfoundjournal/docs/unfound_vol._1/1?e=15296218%2F11131480.

Colors of Confinement: Photographs by Bill Manbo

November 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

A new exhibit sponsored by the Program in American Studies at the Whitman College Gallery:

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With the generous support of the George Sakioka Fund and Jacquelyne Hata Alexander ’84 P14 Fund for Japanese American Studies, we are proud to present a two-month gallery exhibit of rare color photographs by Bill Manbo, an internee at the Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming.  The opening of the exhibit in March 2015 will be celebrated with a public roundtable discussion led by distinguished scholars from the fields of law, photography, and performance studies.  We take the exhibit as an occasion for reflecting on this dark moment in American history and for opening up a larger conversation about the ongoing relationships among law, race, and visuality.

Record Number of Asian American Studies Courses Offered in Spring 2015 Semester

November 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Courses for spring 2015 have been out for a while. As you are looking around the registrar, check our Princeton’s record THREE Asian American studies courses, which can help you fulfill an HA, SA, or LA. They are:

HIS 270/AMS 370Asian American History (HA) with Beth Lew-Williams, who is Princeton’s new Asian American studies professor! (More information below).

AAS 223Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet (LA) with Anne Cheng

EAS 338/POL 354/AMS 356Asian Wars, American Politics, Hollywood Cinema (SA) with David Leheny

This will be the first time in 20 years that a course is taught at Princeton is Asian American history. If you’re interested, check out the detailed description below.

**If you are interested in finding out more about Asian American studies at Princeton, check out the AASA website here.**

HIS 270/AMS 370 Asian American History

Cls# 42925/Lew-Williams) M, W 11-11:50

Princeton students have been fighting for the university to offer Asian American studies courses for four decades. Come find out why. This class will approach U.S. history from the racial margins of the nation, focusing on East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian migrants and their descendants. Each lecture will consider both a topic and a question. Lectures will include: Chinese Exclusion (or Why did the United States invent border control to keep out the Chinese?); The Fragmented South Asian Diaspora (or Are Asian Americans between black and white?); The Model Minority (or How did Asian Americans become the “good” race?); and Transnational Asian Adoption (or What are the politics of coerced migration?). Students at all levels and from all fields are welcome.

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