Past News

August 20, 2013

We are excited to announce AASP & Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities will host Director Leo Chiang as Artist-in Residence! more


Oct. 1, 2013

AASP alum Joseph Lee featured in The Daily Northwestern for his non-profit,

The Road Less Traveled Fund.



Oct. 30, 2013

Take a look at our Winter 2014 Courses! Read the full descriptions here and sign up for our enriching classes.


Sept. 18, 2013

Professors Jinah Kim and Nitasha Sharma named to the 2012-2013 Associated Student Government Honor Roll


August 20, 2013

AASP and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities look forward to welcoming back Director and Producer S. Leo Chiang to Northwestern during Winter Quarter 2014! As part of the Institute's Artist-in-Residence program, Chiang will also teach a class open to undergraduate students. Check out his award-winning film A Village Called Versailles on PBS World Channel, 8/25 at 9:30 p.m. central. If you have questions after watching the documentary, don't miss the opportunity to ask Chiang himself! The next day, catch the online screening with a live chat with Chiang and Mimi Nguyen, one of the sources featured in the film.


May 21, 2013

AASP hosted its landmark event, "FOB: Reflections on an Asian American Life Beyond Northwestern," to subvert the term "fob," or "fresh off the boat." About 100 attendants, including University President Morton Schapiro, listened to TED-style talks by Professor Nitasha Sharma and alumni Joseph Lee (Weinberg '10) and AJ Aguado (Communication '10). Check out their bios below. Check out our Facebook page to view more photos from the event.




AJ Aguado

Communication and Asian American Studies ‘10

AJ Aguado is a proud alumnus and the 2nd student at NU to graduate with an ad hoc Asian American Studies major. He was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Asian American Studies for his senior honors thesis, “From Our Feet to the Beat and the Page to the Stage: 21st Century Chicago Filipino American Youth Social Movements,” where he explored how Filipino American youth in Chicago leverage social media and utilize the performance art forms of spoken word and hip hop dance to discover identity, build community, and have a voice.
He currently resides in San Francisco and is an Associate Marketing Manager for Gap, Inc. In his spare time, he is also part of The ReWrite (a spoken word collective spawned from the 2009 Asian-Pacific Islander American Spoken Word & Poetry Summit) and is actively engaged in the vibrant hip hop dance scene that spans the great state of California. Critically acclaimed and renowned artist Anida Yoeu Ali who founded YAWP (Young Asians with Power) says of AJ: "The year AJ Aguado joined YAWP was the year the earth tilted off its axis. It wasn't just his smile that gave YAWP a new flash of brilliance that season but the fact that his inquisitive youth mind was the kind of opening that is the beginning to new universes. I am proud we planted a small universe in him and even more proud that he left his own mark on all of us.”

Joseph Lee

Psychology and Asian American Studies ‘09

Joseph Lee graduated Northwestern University with honors, receiving a BA in psychology and a minor in Asian American studies, where he was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Asian American Studies. He is currently a third year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago. Joseph also serves as a national board member of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) and sits on the executive board of the Mortar Board Honors Society and Northside College Prep Alumni Associations. In 2012 he founded the Road Less Traveled Fund, a non-profit organization that provides vehicles to young people to better their lives and the communities they live in. 
For his efforts, he has been featured on CNN, the Chicago Tribune, AngryAsianMan and other local media outlets. Most recently in 2013 he was featured on ABC7 Chicago Salutes for his devotion to mentoring and inspiring young people to follow their dreams. After college Joe deferred his medical school ambitions, choosing instead to teach 7th and 8th grade students at Parkside Community Academy in the south side of Chicago through Teach for America. He continues to devote his time to Parkside Community Academy and still mentors many of these students. Professor Nitasha Sharma proudly says of Joseph that he "epitomizes the mission and aims of Asian American Studies, embodying our intellectual and political principles and revealing the transformative potentials of an Asian American Studies education."

Nitasha Tamar Sharma

2013 Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence

An Associate Professor with joint appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Program in Asian American Studies, Nitasha Sharma has proven herself to be an exemplary scholar, teacher and mentor since her arrival to Northwestern in 2006. She is the author of Hip Hop Desis: South Asians, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness (Duke UP, 2010) which is a pioneering study of the role of South Asian youth in the global hip hop movement. She was named National Emerging Scholar in 2009 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Grant to work on her second book Hapas and Douglas: Asian/Black Multiraciality in Hawaii and Trinidad.

The most recent recognition of Nitasha Sharma came in 2013 when she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As her colleague testifies, “I truly believe we’d have a campus full of brilliant students if only each student had the chance to be mentored by Nitasha! Even though they are undergraduates, she treats them as collaborators who are capable of making a real intellectual contribution. And they rise to the occasion.” One student declares that Sharma’s courses left her stricken “with knowledge too powerful to ignore” and “itch[ing] with the beginnings of a race consciousness.”



April 5, 2013

Deadline ended: APPLY for Graduate Assistantship or Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora coordinator



April 5, 2013

Check out why ABC News is saluting Joseph Lee (Weinberg '09), who was an Asian American Studies minor!



March 4, 2013

Student organizations Alianza and FMO organized a march against institutional racism at the University.


February 26, 2013

The University Diversity Council finalized a proposal for a University-wide social inequalities and diversity requirement. AASP's very own award-winning professor Nitasha Sharma will be teaching the pilot course during Spring Quarter.



February 19, 2013

Apply for the $3,000 AASP Summer Fellowship! Deadline is April 8.


December 9, 2013

NU Director of Asian American Studies, Carolyn Chen, wrote a New York Times Op Ed, "Asians: Too Smart for Their Own Good?"


April 4, 2012 

Director Carolyn Chen in an article by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs

Director Carolyn Chen was quoted in an article about the increasing trend of Asian American Studies on college campuses.  Director Chen said, "We see it as contributing to the American narrative, to a larger story about who Americans are," according to the article.

Read more of what Director Chen said here:


April 2, 2012    

17th Annual Asian American Showcase featuring Professor Tatsu Aoki

Exciting news.

NU Asian American Studies' very own Professor Tatsu Aoki has a film called Ah Sou Desuka: Is That So! that will be featured at the 17th Annual Asian American Showcase! He will be joining special guests in performing a live soundtrack for his new film on Sunday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m.

For more information about the showcase and a full listing of its events, go to:

March 5, 2012             


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Asian American Studies Director Caroyln Chen discusses Jeremy Lin and the Christian idenitity on!

"What's happening at the college level, for students this is a really important time and this is a really important form of community," Chen said. "It is also somewhat like an extended family for them."

Also check out this article about AASP's very own alum Joe Lee!,0,1684277.column


March 1, 2012

Check out this article on Philip Yu, one of the most popular Asian American bloggers and Asian American Studies Alum!



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