Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies

Welcome to the Asian American Studies Department

From the Department Chair’s Desk – January 2022

Dear Students,

On behalf of The Asian American Studies (AAS) Department, welcome to the Spring 2022 semester at CSUN.  We are thrilled to have new and returning students fulfill GE course requirements via AAS courses.  AAS majors and minors, please know that you are critical to the success of this department, and you play a special role within it. I look forward to meeting you in person.

These are unprecedented times given the pandemic and the current Omicron surge.  Please note that courses will be virtual for the first three weeks of the semester. We are scheduled to return to live instruction the week of February 14. What a way to celebrate the day of love!

Upon return to campus, if you need a mask, please inform your professor prior to your class meeting so that they can acquire one from the main office. Masks are limited, but we will do our best to assist those in need.

I know that many of us are experiencing an array of emotions (anxiety, fear, fatigue, etc.) due to the pandemic and our return to campus. Given that it has been two years since we have physically been on campus and for some of you it will be your first time, please know that we are here to support your transition to campus. In addition, CSUN has created the Matadors Forward website to assist you with resources and information (

If you have questions or concerns, I can be reached at, and I will do my best to answer your questions. I look forward to seeing you on campus. Please know that you are not alone and, together, we will successfully get through this transitional semester.


Christina Ayala-Alcantar



1st AAS Oral History Project: Professor Allan Aquino Interviews Professor Glenn Omatsu

(Click the picture to watch the interview on YouTube)


AASPP Featured in CSUN Today

October 6, 2021


The Asian American Studies Pathways Project (AASPP) is featured in CSUN TodayThe CSUN today article highlights all the great work that the AASPP interns do.  Delving into what inspires and motivates the group, writer Patty Park illuminates on the community-centered and student-centered philosophy that has grown AASPP into what it is today.  Click to read the article.
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Message from the Asian American Studies Department on Anti-Asian Violence

May 5, 2021

Stop AAPI Hate

We, the faculty of Asian American Studies at California State University Northridge, are sickened and enraged about the mass shootings that occurred in Georgia on March 16, 2021.   We grieve with the families and communities of the eight people killed in Acworth and Atlanta. Of the 8 individuals who were killed, 6 were Asian immigrant women.   Read more


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