Asian American Studies

Allan Aquino

Professor Allan Aquino
Office location:
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Prof. Allan Aquino

Asian American Studies makes one's understanding of America and the world broader and all the more clearer. Taking any Asian American Studies course can only be beneficial.

Professor Aquino has an MA degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA, where he was a recipient of a Graduate Fellowship award. A published poet and writer, he has the distinction of being the only student to take the last course that famed novelist, poet, and literary critic NVM Gonzalez taught in the United States. In 1998 Aquino received the distinguished CSUN Outstanding Graduating Senior award. He has been an instructor for the Asian American Studies Department since Autumn 2000.

He recalls, "Carlos Bulosan's America Is in the Heart was one of the first books I ever read "independently," and it inspired me to take my first AAS courses."

Allan Aquino comic cell


  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 2000.
  • B.A. California State University, Northridge, 1998.

Scholarship/Service Highlights

  • Musical Score
    "The Madwoman of Chaillot" (Nancy Cheryll-Davis, dir.), Culver City Public Theater. Summer 2006.
  • Vice President
    Filipino American National Historical Society, LA Chapter. 2004-present.


  • "Portrayals in Film and Television", with Timothy P. Fong and Valerie Soe. Asian Pacific American Experiences: Past, Present, and Future. Eunai Kim Shrake and Edith Wen-Chu Chen, eds. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company: Dubuque, IA. 2012.
  • "Who is Harlemm Lee?". Ibid. (with Timothy Fong).
  • "dreamlog for a needful heart". Poem. July 9, 2012
  • “to the heirs of nick joaquin”, “los angeles”, and “the summer ’86 cantos”. Poems. Tayo Literary Magazine. Fall 2011.
  • Foreword author, and co-editor (with Wakako Yamauchi and R. Scott Okamoto). signaling, by Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama. The Undeniables Publishing: Los Angeles, CA. 2010
  • “Filipino Americans”. Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today. Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Grace J. Yoo, eds. Greenwood Publishing: Santa Barbara, CA. 2010.
  • “Media” (section editor and co-author). Ibid.
  • Poetry selections from dreamlogs & other ephemera. Tayo Literary Magazine, Forthcoming, October 2012.
  • "On the Curses and Blessings of War: Discussions for a Filipino American Experience Class," Teaching About Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Edith Chen and Glenn Omatsu, editors. Altamira Press, 2005.
  • "Broken on the Wheel" and "NVM by the Mountainside", poems. Amerasia Journal 30:3 (2004/2005).

Co-founder and co-producer

  • LA Enkanto Kollective - Filipina/o American Poetry and Spoken Word from Los Angeles. 2001.