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Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Asian American Studies Program


The Asian American Studies Program was established in 1999 after four years of debate and protest between the Northwestern University administration and the student body. In the spring of 1995, members of the Asian American Advisory Board (AAAB) and other minority student organizations began a hunger strike and public protest by the Rock in order to pressure the University to create an Asian American Studies Program. The hunger strike and protest soon spread to other universities, as students from Columbia, Princeton, and Stanford held sympathy protests for the (AAAB) protesters. After 23 days, the administration conceded and began the process of establishing an Asian American Studies Program.

            The program currently offers a minor in Asian American studies, and offers approximately 20 courses throughout the year towards this minor, including: Asian American History; Asian/Black Relations; Asian American Literature; Asian American Rebels in Popular Culture; Race and the Prison Industrial Complex; Asian American Civil Rights; Race and Globalization; Asian American Religions; Bollywood and Beyond; Asians in Cinema; Topics in Vietnamese America; Race and Linguistics; Asian American Masculinities and Femininities among others

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Records of the Asian American Studies Program

Identifier: 11/3/30/1
Scope and Contents The records of the Asian American Studies Program fill three boxes, spanning the years 1993-2012.The Background files, spanning the years 1993-1999, consists of six folders with materials documenting the 1995 hunger strike, correspondence between the program and other departments and universities, and other documents related to the founding of the department.The Chronological Files, spanning the years 1995-2009,...