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The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) Program, one of the programs under the Department of Ethnic Studies, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of historical and contemporary experiences of Asian-ancestry groups in local, national, and global contexts. Asian American is a pan-ethnic term designating a racialized population made up of various groups of Asian ancestry, and encompassing both the foreign-born and the U.S.-born.

Reflecting the collective strengths of our faculty, our curriculum offers students a deeper understanding of the histories and contemporary realities of the different ethnic groups that comprise the “Asian American” category. Through classroom-based and experiential learning, our students engage with critical issues such as labor, migration, health, representation and cultural production, education, religion, class, gender, generation, law, public policy, and social activism.

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Announcing AARJ Volume II: Illuminating Lived Realities

The Asian American Research Journal (AARJ) is so excited to announce that their second volume, Illuminating Lived Realities, is now published on escholarship! They would like to extend their warmest gratitude to …

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Happy Solar New Year!

We wish all who celebrate the solar New Year a most auspicious beginning and a healthy and joy filled Year of the Tiger! – AAADS


MOVE Fellowship

MOVE: AA Community Organizing Fellowship aims to bridge the on-campus and off-campus Asian American (AA) community and develop the next generation of AA community organizers. MOVE partners with community-based organizations (CBOs) …


AARC-PACH Undergraduate Awards

The Asian American Research Center is partnering with the Pipeline for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Community Health (PACH) Program to offer two undergraduate awards of $500 each in …


Call for Applications: Migrations Initiative’s Summer Pathways Program at Cornell University

Cornell University: Summer Pathways Program  The Migrations Initiative’s Summer Pathways Program provides hands-on research training to first-generation students and students from underrepresented groups who are interested in studying migration and considering graduate school. From …

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Accepting Applications for Toraji Prize in Korean American Cultural Studies

The Asian American Research Center and the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program welcomes applications and nominations for the Toraji Korean American Studies prize. This annual prize is for …


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Migration, Trauma, and Resilence

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative invites you to a zoom talk on Migration, Trauma, and Resilience on March 31, 2022 at 12:00 pm. Registration Link Questions for the Panel/Panelists they have …

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Advancing a Vision of Asian America: The Role of Higher Education

You’re invited to an online forum on March 16 hosted by Asian American Research Center (AARC); Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS), UC Berkeley; and AAADS Community Supporters.   …

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A Virtual Book Celebration for Professor Nadya Hajj

Discussants: Professor Isis Nusair (Denison) & Professor Lila Sharif (UIUC) Register via Zoom: Nadya Hajj is the Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought and the Co-Director of the Peace …

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Khmer Elders Storytelling: Bon Om Touk

A discussion of the history, significance, and lived memories of the Khmer Water Festival. Bon Om Touk is the annual boat racing festival that takes place in November in Cambodia …

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Samud and Sanuk: Critical Refugees Collective Fall Conference

Join the virtual Critical Refugees Collective Fall Conference to hear from renowned authors, including Ocean Vuong and Monique Truong, as well as attend panel presentations by scholars, artists, and advocates …

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A Book Celebration for Dr. Ma Vang!

Join the Critical Refugee Studies Collective on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 PM PST to celebrate the publication of Dr. Ma Vang’s book titled “History on the Run: Secrecy, Fugitivity, …


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