duke university asian american studies
Mission Statement
The Asian American Studies Working Group of Duke University is a group of students, faculty, and administration that has a common goal for establishing intellectual opportunities in Asian American Studies. By garnering greater resources for this effort, the Working Group has goals to create an interdisciplinary Asian American studies program encompassing additional components from English, history, political science, public policy, literature, comparative area studies, art history, music, dance, and other relevant departments. (Drafted 9/23 by students)

News and Upcoming Events
The Fall of the I-Hotel
A film by Curtis Choy

~Monday April 7th~
7:00pm @ Griffith Film Theatre in the Bryan Center
Professor Stan Abe will be moderating discussion afterwards.
Driving Directions

photograph by David Bacon 1990-1999


Register today for a great Asian American Studies course
"AALL 147S: Transnationalism and Asia/America"!

AALL 147S: Transnationalism and Asia/America
The links between Asian and Asian American issues in an era of global
migration, media, and capital from a transnational perspective that bridges
ethnic studies and area studies. The dynamic processes of cultural flows
between Asia and the United States as they are imagined and explored in
literature, film, and mass culture.
TuTh 2:15P-3:30P
Professor Leo Ching

Past News and Events
There will be screenings of Asian American film shorts on Monday, March 31,
8pm at the Richard White Auditorium. Details are below and you can
download the flyer at the indicated link:

sponsored by the Asian Pacific Studies Institute and Screen/Society

Monday, March 31 8:00pm
Richard White Auditorium, East Campus
Admission is Free

PART I: Becoming Asian Americans
"History and Memory" (Rea Tajiri, 1991, 15 min, USA)
"Heritage" (Yutaka Ueda, 2001, 6 min, USA)
"Miwon: Awakened Warrior" (Susan Han, 2002, 22 min, USA)

PART II: Asian American Pop
"Cat Fight Tonight" (Greg Pak, 2001, 4 min, USA)
"Add Boiling Water" (Motomichi Nakamura, 2001, 4 min, USA)

PART III: Tradition Continues
"The Worlds of Mei Lan Fang" (Mei-Juin Chen, 2000, 57 min, China/Taiwan/USA)
Introduced by Prof. Purnima Shah, Dance Program.


Feb 18-22: Hip Hop Conference sponsored by the Center for Asian and Asian American Studies, the African and African American Studies Department, and the Music Department. Events will be held both on and off campus. Go to the CAAAS website for more details.

Jan 30 (THURS): 6:00pm, location TBA. "Asian, South Asian, East Asian Labels--Why are they here at Duke and in the United States?" The Working Group and the Center for Race Relations (a Duke student initiative focused on exploring racial issues on campus) are sponsoring an intra-Asian discussion session. Email n.lee@duke.edu for more information or if you would like to participate.


"TRANSFORMING THE ACADEMY: Asian American Studies"
a colloquium at Duke University
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Brown University)
     Professor of History
     Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
Gary Okihiro (Columbia University)
     Professor of International and Public Affairs
     Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
     Director, Asian-American Studies Program
Stephen Sumida (University of Washington)
     Professor of Literature
     Professor and Chair, American Ethnic Studies
     President of National American Studies Assoc. 2002-2003

Sponsored by the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences,
the Asian American Studies Task Force,
and the Asian American Studies Working Group

This event is free and open to the general public.
The colloquium begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. in
the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Fleishman Commons.