AA101: A series presenting the quick bullet points of Asian American Studies


What are the overall contributions of Asian American Studies?


Countered ignorance about discrimination against Asian Americans


Expressed and validated long neglected history of Asian Americans

  • Countered ignorance about Asian American contributions to society.
  • Promoted Asian American culture
    • Through art, literature and media is how we get into the public debate
    • We can now represent ourselves, instead of being spoken of
  • Solidified as an academic discipline
    • Institutionalized in universities, particularly in the 1990s.


Encouraged racial solidarity, political and social activism

  • Because ongoing systematic orientalization persists, we need to counter gathering together and serving underprivileged Asian Americans in these 5 areas:
    • Housing
      • e.g. volunteers from UC Berkeley’s Asian American Studies program join with the United Filipino Association to fight to save San Francisco’s International Hotel for mostly low-income Filipino elderly men
    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Law
      • e.g.UCLA Asian American Studies Co-Founder and coiner of “Asian American,” Yuji Ichioka testified at Congressional hearings that resulted in the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 in which Congress “acknowledge(ed) the fundamental injustice of the evacuation, relocation and internment of United States citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry during World War II” and apologized, granting reparations of $20,000 to each surviving Japanese American internee and Aleut Islanders.
    • Employment
      • e.g UCLA Asian American Studies M119 or Labor and Workplace Studies M119 students protested construction of a Walmart, in Chinatown February 2013. “[Glenn] Omatsu, who has taught the course for about 15 years, said his students participate in similar community movements that involve Asian American labor struggles each year.”



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