Our programming, research, and teaching examines the ways in which empire, state power, racist nationalism, and capitalism have created displacement, migration, exclusion, resistance, and injustice in the United States and in Asian diasporas.

Asian American/Diaspora Studies

Description

The interdisciplinary graduate group in Asian American/Diaspora Studies offers students a focused study of the history, politics, and culture of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Asian American studies is not only a growing interdiscipline, but also a rich and transformative intellectual tradition. The graduate group offers training in the theories and methodologies of Asian American/Diaspora Studies for students who wish to include this area of area of expertise in their graduate experience. Asian American/Diaspora Studies foregrounds a transnational, comparative, and intersectional framework within the context of the United States and the broader Asian diasporas.

Asian American - Diaspora StudiesAn intersectional approach emphasizes the fact that race is defined by and mutually constituted by various identity categories and social locations including those of gender, sexuality, nation, religion, and class. Our programming, research, and teaching examines the ways in which empire, state power, racist nationalism, and capitalism have created displacement, migration, exclusion, resistance, and injustice in the United States and in Asian diasporas.  We also foreground the multiple social, historical, cultural, religious, epistemological, and political inequalities and violences that have shaped Asian American experiences. Programming is designed to help students explore the diversity of Asian American communities, and the history and present conditions of Asian American racial formation in local, national, and global contexts.

Leadership

The primary contact for this group is Teresa Swartz, Director, Asian American Studies Program, Associate Professor of Sociology (tswartz@umn.edu). Additional members of the leadership team are Jigna Desai (Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies), and Jo Lee (Department of English).

Membership   

Name

Department

Email

Vichet Chhuon

Curriculum and Instruction

vichet@umn.edu

Jigna Desai

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

desai003@umn.edu

Karen Ho

Anthropology

karenho@umn.edu

Erika Lee

History

erikalee@umn.edu

Josephine Lee

English

jolee@umn.edu

Mai Na Lee

History

mainalee@umn.edu

Richard Lee

Psychology

richlee@umn.edu

Bic Ngo

Curriculum and Instruction

bcngo@umn.edu

Yuichiro Onishi

African American and African Studies

ohni0001@umn.edu

Juliana Hu Pegues

American Indian Studies

jhup@umn.edu

Elliott Powell

American Studies

ehpowell@umn.edu

Teresa Swartz

Sociology

tswartz@umn.edu

Moin Syed

Psychology

moin@umn.edu