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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.

Beeline will be available for purchase on April 30, 2019.

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Student Spotlight


Seri Lee (Class ’20) won the Asian American Summer Community Fellowship in 2018. Their summer was spent interning at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago. Read about their experience.

Julia Song (Class ’19) also won the Asian American Summer Community Fellowship in 2018. Her summer was spent interning at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago and the Grassroots Collective. Read about her experience.

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

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

Inclusion Rider vs. Race Science

Shalini Shankar's latest column for Anthropology News' DIVERSITY REPORT

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