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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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Krao Farini: Wonder and Tokenism as Colonial Propaganda

Join us for a poetry reading event this Thursday, November 16, at 5:00 PM in Dwinelle 370! This event features the incredible work of Nay Saysourinho.  Sideshow performers were often …

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Before They Take Us Away Screening

Join us for a screening of the film, Before They Take Us Away on October 24th, 5:00 PM, at 554 Social Sciences Building. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani and featuring the film’s presenter and producer, Dr. Evelyn Nakano Glenn the film’s director, Antonia Grace Glenn, and members of the self-evacuee community, Don Kaneshige and Howard Yamamoto.


Block by Block: The Struggle to Bring Community College to San Francisco Chinatown

Join us for a screening of Block by Block: The Struggle to Bring Community College to San Francisco on October 12th, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at 370 Dwinelle Hall! …

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Paid Summer Internship at FAMSF

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) Summer Internship program is designed to be an introductory professional experience, typically for students, emerging professionals, and those just entering the workforce, …

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IARU Summer Field Course: Borderland

Centering on the concept of “border-land” and the themes of migration, mobilities and immobilities that have emerged as among the most pressing 21st century challenges, that cut across 11 of …


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 …


Panel/Speaker Events

Karen Tei Yamashita, AARC Artist in Residence

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently, Sansei and Sensibility. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award …

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Claire Meuschke: Lunch Poems

Claire Meuschke: Lunch Poems LOCATION: Morrison Library (Located in Doe Library), UC Berkeley WHEN: March 2 12:00 – 1:00pm – Reading (in Morrison Library) 4:00 – 5:15pm – Craft Talk (Location TBA) On March 2nd, Claire Meuschke will …

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Center for Race and Gender Angel Island Forum Series

The Center for Race and Gender Angel Island Forum Series was designed to accompany “A Year on Angel Island” and organized by Future Histories Lab and the Arts + Design …

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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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