U of MN Asian American Studies

This is the page for the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. We

Asian American Studies faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students are committed to exploring the histories, cultures, communities, experiences, and contemporary issues of Asian Americans. We offer an undergraduate minor in Asian American Studies as well as undergraduate and graduate courses.

Operating as usual

04/15/2024

This spring, Asian American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, had developed three listening sessions of three different groups: students, staff and faculty, and community. As we all come together to tackle conversations about past and current events that had and continues to influence and impact the Asian American experiences and curriculum at the U of M, this 2 hour-long listening session focuses on the Asian American narrative and experiences at the University and in the Minnesota communities. Through centering the narratives of Asian American community members, its goal is to increase advocacy and awareness for the needs of Asian Americans in the community.

AAS will be co-facilitating this session with Tri Vo from The SEAD Project. Food will be provided at the event.

If you have any questions, contact AAS Outreach and Program Coordinator, Huab Xiong at [email protected].

Thank you. See you all soon!

RSVP HERE: z.umn.edu/9gds

01/22/2024

Welcome back to campus! Join the Asian American Studies Program’s Grad Luncheon on February 1st from 11:30-1:00PM at the COSP Lounge. Come learn more about the different resources and opportunities that the program provides for scholars who are doing work with Asian American community. RSVP at z.umn.edu/aas_rsvp.

Photos from U of MN Asian American Studies's post 12/14/2023

As the year slowly wraps us, we want to wish our students good luck on their finals, and also highlight our two in-person student events this semester! We enjoyed having critical conversations with our students through our events as we all continue to push racial and political conversations out to our peers and in the communities. Our students got to learn more in-depth details about what it means to vote as an Asian American in Minnesota and what it means to be an Asian American professional in higher education. We appreciate all of our co-sponsors and speakers/facilitators who helped put these two events together. AAS looks forward to sharing more with you all soon! Stay tune for Spring 2024.

12/12/2023

You do not want to miss out on our Spring 2024 courses! Check them out now on Scheduler Builder!

09/21/2023

Welcome back to school everyone! Join us next Friday, September 29th, for some lunch and chit chats! We hope you are all navigating okay as we are also approaching fall weather here! We hope to see you all and eat some yummy food. 😁

08/17/2023

Want to learn more about Medicine, Health, and Diseases in East Asia? You do not want to miss out! HMED 3345 may be the perfect fit for you! Instructor is Wayne Soon. Soon is excited to teach and engage with you all!

This course explores the history of medicine and society in East Asia from the ancient period to the present day. We will critically examine classical Chinese medicine's persistence, transformation, and globalization in the region and beyond. Other topics covered include the role of Western medicine in East Asia, the contestation over vaccination and pharmaceuticals, the role of colonialism in shaping medical practices, and the imaginations of Asian medicine in the United States.

08/01/2023

Meet Huab, our new AAS Outreach and Program Coordinator! If you have any questions about AAS, our minor, future events, or additional resources, Huab got you! 😊

12/14/2021

Thinking about how to build a more racially just tomorrow where you work and study? Register for GWSS 3590 / HIST 3000.

12/06/2021

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DEC. 20
Submissions to our Stories of Black + Asian Solidarity Zine are still open! We'd love to see your personal essays, poems, art – whatever form speaks to you!
Submit at z.umn.edu/solidarityzine

12/03/2021

This spring, consider taking one (or more!) of the awesome AAS classes we have available.

A new Chicago ward map proposal would create the first majority-Asian ward and shrink majority-Black wards by two 12/02/2021

From WBEZ Chicago: "Both the Latino and Black caucuses have endorsed the move for a majority-Asian ward.

Chicago’s Asian population has grown 31% in the past ten years, according to 2020 census data, from about 145,000 to 190,000. The greater Chinatown area saw Asian population gains in neighborhoods like Bridgeport, McKinley Park and Brighton Park."
https://www.wbez.org/stories/chicago-ward-map-proposal-released/606f9d24-8502-43a2-a067-c70a1a841d88

A new Chicago ward map proposal would create the first majority-Asian ward and shrink majority-Black wards by two The proposed map will continue to get debated through the new year, and there remains the possibility voters may ultimately get to decide how Chicago wards are drawn.

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Submissions for the Stories of Black + Asian Solidarity Zine are due TOMORROW! Email [email protected] if you need an extension. Can't wait to read your stories!
z.umn.edu/solidarityzine

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Community members say graphic in a UMD presentation perpetuates Asian stereotypes 11/22/2021

The president of the University of Maryland presented a graphic on enrollment and admissions which separated Asian students from students of color. Students say this action perpetuates the model minority myth.

From the Diamondback: "In a statement, the university said the graphic “was intended to show student populations that have historically represented 11 percent or less of our campus community — Black/African Americans, American Indians or Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and Hispanics.”'

https://dbknews.com/2021/11/16/umd-community-members-asian-stereotypes-racism/

Community members say graphic in a UMD presentation perpetuates Asian stereotypes The admissions and enrollment graphic included the phrases “Students of color minus Asians” and “White or Asian students."

11/18/2021

Interrupting and addressing anti-Blackness in our communities is a key step toward anti-racism and building cross-racial coalitions. We know it can be a difficult conversation, but it's a necessary one. Join us for a frank conversation on the roots of anti-Blackness and how Asian Americans can challenge it.

When: Dec. 1, 5:30 PM
Where: This event is in person at the Asian Pacific Resource Center (Appleby 311) and on Zoom. If you wish to attend the workshop online, be sure to register at z.umn.edu/interrupting

11/03/2021

Register for AAS 3920 Black-Asian Solidarity and Community in Spring 2022! TUE& THUR, 5:00PM-6:15PM.

AAS 3920 explores what true Black-Asian solidarity could look like. Students will engage in equity-centered activities that focus on history, pop culture, community-building, and personal experiences to unpack Black and Asian community relationships. Students will also participate in relevant community discussions and events to develop their own practice of solidarity work.

Course activities also include art projects, theater exercises, and storytelling activities to engage and learn from each other. Critical discussions and personal reflection will support students to examine their own understanding of solidarity and social justice issues in BIPOC communities.

AAS 3920 will be taught by multidisciplinary arts producer-director, Marlina Gonzalez.

View course info and register here:
https://schedulebuilder.umn.edu/explore/2022Spring/AAS/3920/

Google Forms - create and analyze surveys, for free. 11/01/2021

📢 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Asian American Studies is launching the Stories of Black + Asian Solidarity Zine. Our aim is elevate stories of activism, mutual aid, political alliances, allyship and more between the Black and Asian community.

You do not need to be affiliated with the U to submit a piece!
** Deadline is December 1

https://z.umn.edu/solidarityzine

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Find your polling place 11/01/2021

Today is the last day to vote early! You can find your in-person polling place on the MN Secretary of State website here:

https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Find your polling place See where you vote on Election Day in Minnesota! From the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

IAS Thursdays | Building an Abolitionist University: What Will it Take to Free Higher Education from Its Current Conditions? | Institute for Advanced Study 10/27/2021

Check out this interesting event featuring Professor Davarian Baldwin from Trinity College on his new book: "In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities"

Tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 28 at 3:30 pm!

https://ias.umn.edu/events/ias-thursdays-building-abolitionist-university-what-will-it-take-free-higher-education-its

IAS Thursdays | Building an Abolitionist University: What Will it Take to Free Higher Education from Its Current Conditions? | Institute for Advanced Study IAS Thursdays Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 3:30 pm CDT An Online Event Free and Open to the Public (Registration Requested) Davarian BaldwinPaul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College Misty Blue, MPH • Citizen of the White Earth Nation & Indigenous ResearcherJae Ya...

10/19/2021

➡️ Register here:
https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qkbGa4uxQAC3EgSb8QFcww
The fight for Black liberation continues on, even after viral videos of tragedy and systemic violence against Black Americans no longer make national headlines. Join this important conversation with Asian Pacific American Resource Center, artists Marlina Gonzalez and David Bullard (aka Orko Eloheim), about building Black and Asian solidarity.

Dakota Land Map | The Art of Marlena Myles 10/11/2021

Today is Indigenous People's Day. Today we honor the legacy of Indigenous people and recognize that the history, culture and impact of Native Peoples continues in the present.

Indigenous activists have long campaigned for Columbus Day to be replaced with Indigenous People's Day, to correct the false narrative that these lands were "discovered" by Columbus. President Joe Biden's proclamation of Oct. 11 as Indigenous People's Day is a result of that perseverance.

Check out this map by local artist Marlena Myles "which tell the past, present and future of Dakota people and language."
https://marlenamyl.es/project/dakota-land-map/

Dakota Land Map | The Art of Marlena Myles We are on Dakota homelands. Here you will find two Dakota land maps which tell the past, present and future of Dakota people and language. Audio and language is provided by Dawi. Art is by Marlena Myles. We have prints and free 8.5″ x 11″ prints available for download. Scroll down for info on or...

09/28/2021
09/24/2021

Leadership Development Program for LGBTQ+ Hmong and Southeast Asian Ages 18+

Transforming Generations is deeply invested in building the leadership of LGBTQ+ folks in our Hmong and Southeast Asian communities, especially in a way that feels culturally connected and prevalent. Zaj Sawv is something we are excited to pilot this fall that will ground us into the teachings of healing justice, gender-based violence as it relates to q***r justice, and systems of power. Most importantly, we want to provide a source of mapping for one another in how to locate ourselves in movement work that will lead us to a more free and compassionate world.

If interested, please apply here: https://tinyurl.com/ZajSawvLGBTQ

Submissions close on Friday October 8th at 11:59PM. Feel free to share this with your networks as we are excited to launch this opportunity!

09/18/2021

Our Space Is Spoken For: Bamboo Bingo

Join performer Marlina Gonzalez and hip-hop artist Orko Eloheim for three public performance about Black+Asian solidarity from honest conversations with Black and Asian community storytellers.

Marlina Gonzalez is an APARC partner who will be teaching an Asian American Studies topics course about Black+Asian solidarity and community at the University of Minnesota for spring 2022.

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021
3PM / 4PM / 5pm
Central Village Park -Tennis Courts
457 Central Ave W, St. Paul, 55103

Our Space Is Spoken For is a multidisciplinary public art storytelling project, produced by Twin Cities Media Alliance, where BIPOC artists work in teams to adapt and publicly perform BIPOC residents’ stories in the spaces inherent to their stories. Learn more .com.

Image credit: ourspacespoken.com

09/17/2021

Happy second week of school! Hopefully you've had a chance to settle in with classes. We're wishing you a healthy semester with ✨manageable✨ levels of stress!

Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America 08/28/2021

A much needed new book from SAADA!

"Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America is an anthology rooted in community.

Bringing together the voices of sixty-four authors—including a wide range of scholars, artists, journalists, and community members—Our Stories weaves together the myriad histories, experiences, perspectives, and identities that make up the South Asian American community.

This volume consists of ten chapters that explore both the history of South Asian America, spanning from the 1780s through the present day, and various aspects of the South Asian American experience, from civic engagement to family. Each chapter offers stories of struggle, resistance, inspiration, and joy that disrupt dominant narratives that have erased South Asian Americans’ role in U.S. history and made restrictions on our belonging.
By combining these narratives, Our Stories demonstrates the diversity, vibrancy, and power of the South Asian American community."

Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America “. . . to suddenly discover yourself existing . . . .” Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America is an anthology rooted in community. Bringing together the voices of sixty-four authors—including a wide range of scholars, artists, journalists, and community members—Our Stories weave...

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