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Asian American Studies Program

Faculty Director's Welcome

Stephen M. Sano; Director of Asian American Studies

Welcome to Asian American Studies at Stanford!  We are looking forward to the 2023-2024 academic year with anticipation and excitement and hope you'll consider being a part of what we have to offer.  Asian American Studies is one of the constituent programs that fall under the aegis of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and provides a space for the focused study of topics in Asian America.  Writ large, the field of Asian American Studies encompasses such a diverse range of peoples, cultures, and academic foci, and we strive to touch upon a range of areas that reflect this diversity — our course offerings include not only the Humanities and Sciences, but courses in the Schools of Medicine, Law, and Education as well.

In addition, Asian American Studies frequently holds events on focused topics of interest and importance in Asian America. Just in the last year, we held sessions on affirmative action in Asian America; racial justice in college admissions; presented an immersive theater production featuring taiko, big-band jazz, and swing dance in the context of Japanese American incarceration in WWII; had several book talks, guest lecturers, and panel presentations, and sponsored students to attend the annual Association of American Studies Conference.  

We anticipate another exciting year of courses and events in Asian American Studies and hope that you find a fit in what we have to offer!

Stephen M. Sano

Director of Asian American Studies
Professor of Music
Rachford & Carlota A. Harris University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

Michelle Dinh

Thaomi Michelle Dinh

Associate Director of Asian American Studies

Phong Nguyen

Asian American Studies Liaison

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Spotlight

  • Spotlight - Teaching
Check out the Abolition in Asian America zine,  a collaborative project created by students in  Introduction to Asian American Studies.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

Born out of the 1960s movements for student activism and third world liberation, Asian American Studies offers students intellectual frameworks and tools to critically examine issues relevant to Asian America and beyond.

To receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Asian American Studies, students must complete 60 units.

Required courses:

1 Introductory course

  • CSRE100: Intro to Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity 

1 Major Core Course

  • ASNAMST100 - Introduction to Asian American Studies

1 Comparative Core course offering a foundation in race studies

  • CSRE101A: Indigeneity and Colonialism
  • CSRE101B: Institutions and Inequities 
  • or CSRE101C: Resistance and Liberation

1 Methodology course in a discipline of your choosing

1 International Dimension course that explores issues of race and ethnicity outside of the United States

1 Community-Engaged Learning course or preapproved project

1 Capstone course

  • CSRE 200X - CSRE Senior Seminar  
    • CSRE majors draw upon their interdisciplinary expertise and training in race studies to design and complete a public-facing research project or research paper.
  • or CSRE 201X, 201Y & 201Z - CSRE Honors Seminar 
    • The Honors Thesis Seminar is a year-long research- and writing-intensive sequence designed to support students as they apply their skills, knowledge, and political commitments to the investigation of a focused research question. 

Electives:

  • At least 5 additional courses in Asian American Studies (25 units minimum)
  • Students may apply 5 units of advanced study of an Asian language towards their Asian American Studies degree

 

To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

Minor Requirements

To minor in Asian American Studies, students are required to complete 30 units:

  • CSRE100: Intro to Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity 
  • ASNAMST100: Introduction to Asian American Studies 
  • At least 4 additional Asian American Studies courses (20 units minimum)

 

To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

Affiliated Faculty

Graduate School of Education
Religious Studies
SPRC/Cancer Institute Position: Professor of Medicine - Research
Art & Art History
Comparative Literature
Psychology
Graduate School of Education

Emeriti Faculty

Current Courses

Autumn 2023

Autumn Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Antonio, A. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Thursday
6:30 PM
8:20 PM

Akhter, M. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Tanaka, S. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Matsumoto, Y. (PI)
Maeda, H. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Autumn

Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Winter 2024

Winter Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Lee, C. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Tuesday
5:00 PM
7:20 PM

Dinh, T. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Do, H. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Monday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM

Wang, Y. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

ASNAMST 126

Nasol, K. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Thursday
3:00 PM
5:50 PM

Lin, O. (PI)
Hsu, H. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Ring, H. (PI)
Lin, B. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Winter

Thursday
3:00 PM
3:50 PM
Spring 2024

Spring Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Iyer, U. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Thursday
3:00 PM
4:50 PM

Uyechi, L. (PI)
Sano, S. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Monday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Dinh, T. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Wednesday
10:30 AM
1:20 PM

Tanaka, S. (PI)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:20 PM

Palaniappan, L. (PI)
Lin, B. (PI)
Bacong, A. (GP)

2023 - 2024
Spring

Wednesday
5:30 PM
7:20 PM
Summer 2024

Summer Courses

No courses offered this quarter.

This teach-in marked a pivotal moment, hopefully setting the stage for forthcoming workshops and sessions led by faculty and students, actively contributing to the ongoing discourse surrounding affirmative action.
Phong Nguyen
Asian American Studies Liaison