About Asian American Studies
The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine offers an undergraduate major, minor, and graduate emphasis in the School of Humanities. Formerly the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (since 1991), Asian American Studies explores the intersections of race, gender, citizenship, ethnicity, and dis/ability within Asian American histories, experience, . . .
- September 15, 2016
Asian American Studies Logo Competition
- September 27, 2016
HOMESCAPES WARSCAPES SERIES: Creating Asian American Studies: Activism, the Viet Nam War, and the Academy
- September 28, 2016
KUKAN Honored in Hollywood
- October 4, 2016
HOMESCAPES/WARSCAPES SERIES: Rightlessness: Hunger Strikes and Force-feeding at Guantánamo in U.S. History
- October 7, 2016
Digital Dreamers: Jose Antonio Vargas and Henry Jenkins discuss race, immigration, identity and the digital movement in America
News and Announcements
- The Asian Pacific Student Association at UCI seeks interns and welcomes new members.
- UCI Asian American Studies: The first in the country to offer a 4+1 program!
- Professor Christine Balance publishes new book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America
- Professor Linda Vo received the 2016 Public Image Award from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice organization.
- Erica Cheung, Culture & Theory PhD student, joins the Asian American Studies Staff as GSAR & Newsletter Editor for 2016-17.
The UCI Department of Asian American Studies (AAS) and the Southeast Asian Archives (SEAA) are both marking important milestones during the 2016-2017 academic year. AAS is turning 25 years old and the SEAA is turning 30. The archive has a remarkable collection of primary sources on the resettlement of Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese peoples after the wars in Southeast Asia. This premier institution attracts scholars from around the world and also has an extensive outreach program to UCI students and the local Orange County communities.
To commemorate our joint anniversaries, we are sponsoring a year-long celebration entitled “Homescapes/Warscapes 25/30.” The concept of “homescapes” highlights how Asian people have been displaced from their "home" countries, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and how they have sought to recreate a sense of “home” in the U.S. We paired "homescapes" with "warscapes" to foreground how militarism in the Pacific World and across the Asian continent has played a central role in displacement of Asian people from their home countries. Wars destroyed homes, created the need for new ones, and facilitated the formation of hybrid kinship structures and identities. We invite you to reflect on these themes of “homescapes” and “warscapes” by attending a year-long series of special events, many of them featuring UCI Alum!