Message from the Chair

Dear Anteaters,
Welcome to the start of the 2016-2017 academic year at UCI!  The Asian American Studies Department will be sponsoring a year-long Judy Wucelebration, entitled “Homescape/Warscape 25/30,”[create a link to the page/bucket list on the series] to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the program and the 30th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archives.  We hope you will join us for our special guest speakers and events throughout the year!  

I am also personally excited to start my role as chair of the UCI Asian American Studies Department. I first began my involvement in Asian American Studies, when I was an undergraduate student at Stanford University.  I was part of a political coalition who lobbied for the appointment of the university’s first Asian American Studies professor.  I eventually served on the search committee that appointed the first two Asian American Studies Professors at Stanford.  After receiving my Ph.D. in U.S. History (also from Stanford) in 1998, I have taught and built the Asian American Studies Program at the Ohio State University until 2015.  I am thrilled to join the UCI community and to learn about the vibrant Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California.  I look forward to developing the UCI Department of Asian American Studies as we reflect on our past achievements and as we look towards the future.