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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.

Recent News


Community Organizer Opportunity: Asian Immigrant Women Advocates

Community Organizer (Full-Time) Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) is a 39-year‐old community based non‐profit organization, which works to improve the living and working conditions of low‐income, limited English‐speaking immigrant women …


Seeding Change Asian American Organizing & Civic Engagement Summer Fellowship

The Seeding Change National Fellowship is an intensive summer volunteer program that develops the skills, leadership, and commitment of young people to organize in our communities for racial, economic, and …


Asian American Research Journal: Calls for Papers

The historical erasure and misunderstanding of Asian American communities continues to leave lasting impacts on our current generation’s experiences. For our third volume, the Asian American Research Journal intends to …


AAADS November 2022 Newsletter

Coordinator’s Note After two years of uncertainty, it is comforting to know that we are returning to a sense of normalcy. Students are back, and the entire campus is buzzing …


Matsui Center: Cal-In-Sacramento

The Matsui Center’s Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship program is the University of California’s largest — and one of the nation’s most prestigious — campus-based public service internship programs. Each year, the Matsui Center sends …

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Matsui Center: Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service

The Matsui Center’s Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to get firsthand experience in government. Fellows secure a 10-week, full-time summer internship with a government agency or elected official at …


Panel/Speaker Events

Follow the New Way: How American Refugee Resettlement Policies Changed Hmong Religious Life

Public Forum on Race, Religion, Democracy and the American Dream February 21, 2023 / 5:00 pm / Add to Google 3335 Dwinelle Melissa Borja, Assistant Professor of American Culture at University …

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Berkeley Dance Project 2023: Within These Walls by Lenora Lee Dance 

Berkeley Dance Project 2023 Within These Walls by Lenora Lee Dance  February 23–26, 2023 Zellerbach Playhouse at UC Berkeley Tickets start at $10 Within These Walls is an award-winning multimedia work that …

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Hollywood Internships for AAPI Students with Jason Lin, Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright, and Laura Reddy

AAPI Media Creatives Event — Hollywood Internships for AAPI Students with Jason Lin, Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright, and Laura Reddy Monday, February 9 | 6:00 — 7:30 PM | Online While the …

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Open House: MA in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University

Looking for an MA Program with activism within Asian Americans? Want to teach Asian American courses at a community college? Want to be a community organizer? Join the legacy of …

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Introducing My China Roots: A Database for Researching the Global Chinese Diaspora

Introducing My China Roots:  A Database for Researching the Global Chinese Diaspora Thursday September 29, 2022  2pm-3:30pm on Zoom Register at us for an interactive introduction to My China Roots, a …

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Nick Mitchell and Eddie Bonilla, “From Third World Strike to Abolition University”

On November 8, the IMWG here at Berkeley will be hosting a launch event for the new, UC-wide Marxist Institute for Research. The launch – “From Third World Strike to Abolition …


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