Asian American Studies

The minor in Asian American Studies is designed to enrich critical understanding about both individual experiences and collective histories of Asian Americans in regional, national, and transnational contexts. As an inter- and multi-disciplinary program, it underlines transnational contexts and comparative perspectives for the study of Asian American experiences. Through promoting knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Asian American individuals and groups in teaching and research, the minor aims to provide new classroom opportunities for undergraduate students to explore Asian American experiences.  It intends to enhance communication and collaboration among various cultural, ethnic, and racial groups; and facilitate intellectual exchanges and broaden academic inquiries on the subjects of migration, ethnicity and race across different disciplines and programs at Washington University, including American Culture Studies; East Asian Studies and South Asian Studies; African and African-American Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and American Indian Studies.

The minor in Asian American Studies can nicely complement a major in American Culture Studies, East Asian Studies/East Asian Languages and Cultures, English, History, International and Area Studies, Sociology, and other fields. Because the questions that animate Asian American Studies span disciplinary boundaries, the minor will inspire students to draw on the methods and insights of multiple disciplines to engage complex, real-world problems that necessitate interdisciplinary thinking. Situated in the larger context of the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion, the minor in Asian American Studies is an integral part of diversity and inclusion initiatives at Washington University for nurturing a culturally inclusive and academically stimulating environment.

Asian American Studies is an independent minor that is administered by International and Area Studies but is not a minor within the IAS program..


SP18 Events

"We Are Brothers"

Film Screening with Korean Director JANG Jin
Monday, April 9, 2018 | 4p | Hillman Hall, room 60

Asian American Studies Minor Welcome Lunch

Friday, February 23, 2018 | 12p | Knight Center Dining Room

Past Events

Asian American Art Exhibit and Panel

Exhibit:  April 24-27, 2017 | DUC Millstone Lounge
Panel:  Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 5p-6p | DUC 236

Executive Orders: The Living Legacy of Japanese American Internment

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 | 3:30p-5p | Umrath Lounge
Open to the public. Reception to follow.

Asian American Studies: Creating Avenues for Dialogue

November 11, 2016 Ampersand Article

Asian American Speaker Series

2018-2019 speakers:

Asian American Speaker Series: Prof. Dina Okamoto | September 27, 2018

2017-2018 speakers:

Asian American Speaker Series: Prof. Stacey Lee | February 26, 2018

Asian American Speaker Series: Prof. Cathy J. Schlund-Vials | "Prosthetic Ecologies: Disability, Human Rights, and Asian Americanist Crique" October 12, 2017

2016-2017 speakers:

Asian American Speaker Series: Prof. Madeline Hsu | March 8, 2017

Asian American Speaker Series: Prof. Sunaina Maira | "Af-Pak, the War on Terror, and Solidarities: Asian American Youth/Studies" October 4, 2016

Asian American Speaker Series: Prof. Evelyn Hu-Dehart  | "Asian American Studies for the 21st Century" April 13, 2016

Read the story about Professor Hu-Dehart's address!

2017-2018 events:

ArtSci Major Minor Welcome Week - Asian American Studies Minor Welcome Session
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | Noon | Knight Center Dining Room
Join the AAS program to celebrate your minor with food, community and important information.

2016-2017 events:

Asian American Studies Welcome event | September 30, 2016

Lunch conversation with Prof. Wei Li | September 17, 2016

IAS Speaker Series: Prof. Wei Li | September 16, 2016