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Asian American Studies Program

About the Program


Why Asian American Studies?

Asian American Studies students

Studying the experiences of Asian Americans will open up a window to examine globalization, international relations, the complexity of culture and prepares the student to learn more about themselves and their relationship to a new global world order.


Faculty Spotlight

Professor Shalini Shankar publishes new book

Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z's New Path to Success
In her latest book, Professor Shankar uses spelling bees as a lens to examine the unique and diverse traits of Generation Z–and why they are destined for success. Read more

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Asian American Summer Community Fellowship


Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2019 Summer Community Fellowship!


Lillian Guo (Class ’20) 

This summer, Lillian is working with Kan-Win, a community organization that works with survivors of domestic viloence. 


William Paik (Class '20)

This summer, William is working with Stir-Friday Night, an Asian American improv comedy troupe in Chicago.



Watch Shalini Shankar discuss her book "Beeline" on MSNBC's Morning Joe

Professor Shalini Shankar was on MSNBC's Morning Joe to talk about her new book "Beeline". Watch the interview here!

Before #MeToo, the activism of the ‘comfort women’

Theatre professor and Asian American Studies affiliate Elizabeth Son gives a voice to a painful past

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