Asian American Studies Program

Why AASP?

I appreciate this class because it provides a comfortable place to talk about issues that affect me personally. Issues that might receive more sensitive reaction outside of this class can be discussed freely in a welcoming atmosphere here.

The program has given me greater insight into what it means to live at the intersection of Asian and American, the implications of my identity and the ways in which that identity has been shaped through US history and the accomplishments that people who embody this identity have achieved.

Asian American Studies Program has finally given me a sense of identity. I have always struggled with connected and being proud of my Asian American race. This program has given me so much knowledge and insight to what being Asian American means. I finally feel like I belong to my own race. I don’t feel lost anymore - Victoria Lee-Ngai ‘17

Asian American History has been one of the most transformative classes I’ve been a part of at Cornell. Professor Chang walked through some of the fascinating historical and social movements and helped me understand the importance of identity and political culture. As a whole, AAS is a fantastic department - Jady Wei, 2019

AAS has been integral to my Cornell experience. I have always struggled with reconciling my hyphenated identity as a Chinese-American. Both courses, Asian American Literature and Asian American History, have given me the opportunity to better understand my identity, the struggles that Asian Americans face and the reasons behind those struggles. I can’t imagine my college experience without those two courses.

Because Asian American students are not your quiet, docile model minority student. Because we are not perpetual foreigners.

AAS is important because exposed + taught me a lot about our own heritage, culture and history and about Asian American history that I would not have encountered or learned about in any other part of my cornell education.

Being a minority outside the Asian American community, I thought that it would be interesting to see how another American immigrant community experienced the US.

I am grateful that AAS 2130 taught me more about the world around me in the framework of American history. I feel that I expanded my knowledge in a critical way.

Asian-American history is not taught in schools (to my knowledge) so I’ve lived my whole life without understanding the historical context of my experiences. Although I am an Econ major and am not always interested in history, I looked forward to this class because it made me really think about concepts that I don’t have the opportunity to. After taking this class, I have an even greater appreciation for ethnic studies because I learned about the struggle to even get these programs off the ground. Do you know about that history? If not, maybe you need this class too.

This course, Intro to Asian American history, I originally took as a fre, chill credit course but turned out to be extremely valuable. I never knew what I didn’t know and learning about history, the USA from a majority silenced interpretation was valuable and appreciated.

Please provide the Asian American Studies program with the funding and support necessary for it to continue to make a positive impact on our campus. Ethnic and gender studies are critical components of a liberal arts education - Nicole

I really enjoyed learning about in detail how the immigrant experience treated Asians. It gave me a much more expansive viewpoint and understanding of my parents as well as other relatives situations. Understanding history helps me understand what we need to do in the future.

I learn so much in this class and understand where racism come from and how activism works. It raises awareness that I start to have conversations with my friends and family. Being an international student, I always wonder how to form my voice in discourse and dialogue about race/gender/etc. Issues. Taking this class helped me to start and get educated.

Learning about the history of Asian Americans which does not get enough visibility was eye opening.

This course, Intro to Asian American history, I originally took as a free, chill credit course but turned out to be extremely valuable. I never knew what I didn’t know and learning about history, the USA from a majority silenced interpretation was valuable and appreciated.

I think Asian American, their experience, and the political participation is poorly discussed. Asian American representation is also an important topic that needs more attention. Though activism and the discussion of such things as racial triangulation charger can be made and misconception corrected. This is even more important considering recent election choices.

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AAS, even though I am not Asian or Asian American, has taught me so much about US history and issues like transnational adoption, internment, and so in. Most importantly, AAS has shown me how my histories are linked to those in the API communities - our struggles are all linked. - Barbara Cruz

AASP isn’t only for AAPI students. It’s an important discipline that addresses many of the more pervasive issues of our present day

My education is more than job training. AAS has helped me understand my identity and helped me be a more empathetic human. AAS and all the other ethnic studies, LGBT studies, FGSS and the humanities are so important.

AASP classes have given me a lens into the nuances of Asian American history and identity and I think AAS is crucial and indispensable program for many students of Asian descent at Cornell, it helps us understand who we are - Rebecca Lee ‘18

AASP means a lot to me because it lets me know that my experiences are important and are an integral part of our nation’s history. At the core of these programs is an idea that we all have our own unique histories that deserve to be made known and understood. I genuinely believe that these programs positively influence the community and promote greater understanding towards people who many feel like they don’t have a significant voice for their experiences. - Aaron Lou

Because now more than ever we need to be able to understand and stand in solidarity with those different from ourselves with full respect for their experiences - Grace Robbins, FGSS '16

We must look at how all marginalized groups move through the world. Everything is connected and ethnic studies in a broad sense demonstrates this. Looking at everything individually provides a path to a greater understanding of others - Sarah Zumba ‘18

As a computer science major in the College of Engineering, I need classes in AAS to get a liberal education and broaden my knowledge beyond the numerous required CS and engineering classes. I really enjoy and appreciate taking AAS 2130 right now and support the department. - Erin Chen

AASP gives me a voice, an ability to understand the experiences of our people, to understand the voices that dominate the national discourse are not the only ones that hold weight. Our history must be heard - Irene Jeon

We need AAS!! Asian American history in the US is s o crucial to the political mobilization and coalition building. We can look to Asian American movement and support of CRM as a guide t. The Asian immigrant population in the US is rapidly growing and we need the tools to connect with and value historical and living Asian American social movements.

Asian American Studies is a legitimate academic discipline that teach and contributes to the scholarship of Ethnic Studies and that contributes to the studies of social formation in the US. - V. Micic

Asian American Studies gives me the history and knowledge to organize and low income and immigrant Asian community to fight for better living conditions (combat gentrification and eviction) - Xiao Yin Ma ‘18

Asian American Studies gave me a language with which I could talk about my own experiences and introduced me to narratives/ perspectives that I had never considered/ been exposed to. AASP is HOME. - Jeremiah Kim, English ‘19

Asian American history grounded me with an understanding of racial foundation, American history and exposure to an important untold history in the US and abroad.

I support Asian American Studies because we need to understand and show our solidarity with Asian American people and culture!

Asian American Studies because my history matters too - Stephanie ‘17 Government, Economics

Asian American Studies is crucial to the conversation about race in America. Thank you for giving me compassion and understanding.

The one AASp graduate course I’ve taken has enriched my work in ways I could never have imagined and I wish there were more to take - Stephen Kim (Grad)