August 12, 2009

Hmong Studies Fellows Announced

The Program in Asian American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study are very pleased to be hosting a postdoctoral and a graduate fellow in Hmong Studies this year, thanks to a grant awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Prof. Leena Her (currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison) will be the Hmong Postdoctoral Fellow and Alisia Giac-Thao Tran (a Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology at the University of Minnesota), will be the Hmong Studies Graduate Fellow.

A full press release about the appointments can be found here.

May 27, 2009

Fajardo On Pirates

Asian American Studies Program faculty member, Dr. Kale Fajardo, talks about globalization, international shipping, and the recent acts of piracy (in the Gulf of Aden) in this short video clip:

May 19, 2009

Asian American Studies Consortium

The CIC Asian American Studies Consortium sponsored a digital storytelling workshop this past weekend at the Ohio State University.

Our own Josephine Lee (in collaboration with Yolanda Zepeda, Viveka Kudaligama) is behind this short video feature about the CIC AASC.

Take a look:

May 8, 2009

Come To The Cube Tonight


No, not that cube!

The Cube-cube.

That's where the Korean Student Association will be hosting its Finals Study Night, starting at 7PM this evening.

Swing through. Because misery likes company ;)

March 31, 2009

Fall 2009 Asian American Studies Courses


Great courses, award-winning teachers.


AAS 1101: Imagining Asian America/ MWF 10:10-11am/ 3 credits / Prof. Erika Lee. We will use history, memoir, film, and other texts to explore the changing face of Asian America & to examine how “Asian America” is central to understanding American popular culture and public life. (Lib Ed reqs: Citizenship/Publ Ethics, Cultural Diversity)

AAS 1201: Racial Formation and Transformation
/ T,Th 8:00-9:15am/Prof. Yuichiro Onishi. This course asks: what does it take to discuss race seriously? And it suggests a counter-narrative to contemporary growing public opinionthat (1) casts America as a "raceless” nation, (2) interprets antiracism as “reverse racism,” and (3) embraces “diversity” to maintain the racial status quo.

AAS 3001: Contemporary Asian America / T, Th 2:15 -3:30/Prof. Kale Fajardo. Interdisciplinary overview of Asian American experiences/identities. Emphasizes post-1965 migration/community, history, cultural productions, and contemporary concerns of Asian Americans.

AAS 3270: Service Learning in the Asian Community
/ W 3:35-4:25pm / 2 credits/Juavah Lee. Students engage in service learning among members of local Asian communities. Readings, mentoring, English language instruction, other activities.

AAS 3501: Asian America Through Arts and Culture/ T,Th 2:30-3:45pm/3 credits/ Asian American experience, identity, and community through literature, dance, music, photography, film, theater. Students work with local Asian American arts groups/organizations. Students express their own cultural contradictions through writing and other forms of artistic expression and attend local arts events. (Lib Ed reqs: Cultural Diversity, Other Humanities Core)

[SOC 3090]: Introduction to U.S. Immigration/ T,TH 11:15am – 12:30pm/ 3 credits/ Prof. Lisa Sun-Hee Park. This course focuses on the ways immigrant communities have transformed the foundations of American life. We will tackle 3 particular themes: new racial transformations, the immigrant narrative, and social citizenship. In doing this, we will discuss the impact of immigrants on the ideologies and institutions that structure our communities and society.

[Soc 3251w]: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender/T,Th 11:15am - 12:30pm/3 credits/Prof. Teresa Swartz. Race, class, and gender as aspects of social identity and as features of social organization. Experiences of women of color in the U.S., family life, work, violence, sexuality/reproduction. Possibilities for social change. (Lib Ed reqs: Cultural Diversity, Social Science Core, Writing Intensive)

AAS 4311: Asian American Literature and Drama/ T,TH 11:15am-12:30pm/3 credits/Prof. Josephine Lee. Literary/dramatic works by Asian American writers, past: Sui Sin Far and Carlos Bulosan, and present: Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, Han Ong. Political/historical background of Asian American artists, their aesthetic choices.

March 6, 2009

Grad Fellowship in Hmong Studies Launched

The Program in Asian American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota announce a new graduate fellowship in any field of Hmong Studies, generously funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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March 4, 2009

GRPP 2009

The call for 2009 GRPPs (GRADUATE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM fellowships) in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies is out!

If you'd like a full description of the fellowship, and more information on how to apply, visit this website.

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February 11, 2009

Postdoc Opportunity At Yale


The Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University will appoint at least one Postdoctoral Associate for a renewable one year position in the field(s) of Asian American Studies, Latina/o Studies, Native American Studies, or Comparative Ethnic Studies beginning July 1, 2009.

Candidates who will complete their doctorates by July 1, 2009, or who have completed their doctorates since 2004, will be considered.

Successful applicant(s) will be jointly sponsored by the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program and the American Studies Program.

Scholars are expected to be in residence throughout the term of their appointment and to contribute to the intellectual life of the University. Postdoctoral Associates will teach one undergraduate seminar per year.

Salary for postdoctoral associates will be $55,000 per year.

Send a cover letter (indicating qualifications and plans for research and writing), a CV, one or more writing samples up to a total one hundred pages in length, a syllabus of a proposed course, and three letters of reference to:

Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Scholars Program,
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
34 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208206,
New Haven, CT 06520-8206.

Inquiries may be directed to

All application materials must be postmarked by March 6, 2009.

November 12, 2008

Spring Courses!

Can you believe it's that time already?

Well believe it!

Spring registration is just around the corner.

Here's what the Asian American Studies Program has on tap for next semester:

AAS 3001 Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America

*With Dr. Yuichiro Onishi of the Afro-Am Department
*Meets the Lib Ed Cultural Diversity requirement

AAS 3270 Service Learning in the Asian Community

*Only nine seats available so act fast!

AAS 3920 Topics in Asian American Studies: Asian American Popular Cultures
*New course, taught! :)

AAS 3920 Topics in Asian American Studies: Refugees From A Secret War, Hmong in America

*Ten seats available.
*Contact Dr. Mai Na Lee--the first Hmong woman to earn a PhD in History--for the deetz.

AAS 5920 Topics in Asian American Studies

*The grad pro-seminar course.
*Interested? Get in touch with Dr. Josephine Lee.