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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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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 …


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 …


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Rithy Panh at BAMPFA

This fall, BAMPFA is honored to have Rithy Panh present two of his recent films in person. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal regime, Panh has devoted his career …

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Yu Miri: Berkeley Japan Prize Recipient

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | September 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | David Brower Center Location: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 Featured Speaker: Yu Miri Speaker: Karen Tei Yamashita Moderator: Andrew Leong, UC Berkeley …

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Center for Race and Gender Forum | Archipelagos and Specters: Refugee Settlers and Climate Refugees

10.20.2022  | 4 – 5:00 PM PT  | CRG Forum Series Archipelagos and Specters: Refugee Settlers and Climate Refugees Zoom Webinar – Click here to register.   A conversation with Neel Ahuja (University of California, Santa …

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Community Health Training: Interviews and Storytelling 101

[Workshop] Community Health Training: Interviews and Storytelling 101 September 16th, 2022 | 3:30 – 5:00pm PT via Zoom Register at   Join us for a workshop led by Joyce Chen and …

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Asian American Histories of the United States

Thursday, September 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) In-Person in San Francisco Register Here Join Asia Society Northern California on Thursday, September 15 from 5:30 p.m. – …

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Center for Research on Social Change: Keynote with Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Center for Research on Social Change will be hosting a keynote reflection and discussion with Viet Thanh Nguyen on August 8 from 9:45 to 10:30 AM (PST). The event will …


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