The Program in American Studies is pleased to serve as the intellectual and institutional home for the University’s new efforts to build an innovative curricular program in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American Studies.
Studying Asian American Studies within the context of American Studies offers intellectual integrity and underscores Princeton’s firm belief that we must think about race and ethnicity in a broad, comparative, flexible, and historic context. We believe that Asian American Studies stands as an integral part of a well-rounded education aimed to provide an opportunity to place the American experience within a larger global context for all Princeton students. Through this transnational, international, comparative, and multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective, students will be able to explore Asian American experiences as fundamental to the on-going development of America and as linked to both the experiences of other racial minorities in the United States and the experiences of Asian migrants across the world. Asian American Studies offers one gateway through which American Studies can illuminate the multi-various nature of Asian American identity, community formation, diaspora, and political history by emphasizing the connections among race, class, ethnicity, national identity, gender, and sexuality.
Asians American Studies throws light on our nation’s past as well as its future. The extensive teaching and research interests of Asian American Studies programs today across the country reflect the breadth of this field. Scholars no longer focus on developments within the United States but also underscore the transnational and comparative contexts of Asian America and comparative race and ethnicity more broadly, engaging further with Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Asian American Studies scholars participate in the midst of interdisciplinary debates on a multitude of topics such as migration, immigration, and citizenship in US history, politics, and policy; the changing demographics of the American racial landscape; the entwined relations between Asian Americans and Mexican Americans at the “border lands”; Asian-Jewish religious intersections and the ongoing dilemmas of American assimilation; the influence of transpacific exchange on American letters and arts; the old and new Orientalism that informs American modernity; the Afro-Asian connection in art and politics; and more.
We are at a preliminary stage of planning. Our priority is to recruit faculty in the field across diverse disciplines, as the most important part of this effort must be the soundness and solidity of courses offered. In the meantime, the Program in American Studies is proud to present an inaugural lecture series (AY 2013-2014), entitled Asian American Studies Now and Tomorrow, that features noted scholars showcasing some of the most exciting work being done in the field and identifying key topics of inquiry in the future.
Please check our website for updates as they become available.