Asian American Studies

Announcements, News & Events


    The CSUN AAS Pathways Program proudly presents 'THE QUERENCIA EFFECT'
    Fall 2017 session *an open mic and performance arts series*
    Thursday, December 7th - 5 p.m. at the Glenn Omatsu House

  • Now Hiring Student Interns

    The AAS Department is hiring student interns for its AAS Pathways Program (AASPP). If you are interested in working with Asian American and Pacific Islander students and their communities, have experience mentoring, and want to do social justice work, then please apply. See the PDF below for details on the Program and application instructions. You will need to submit a cover letter, resume, names of two references, and hours of availability.

    Read the full job announcement (.pdf)

    Direct questions to Prof. Clement Lai,

  • Representation Matters: The ‘Boat People’ from Vietnam and Refugee Policy in the late 1970

    "Although scholars have problematized the dichotomy between “migrant” as voluntary and economic, and “refugee” as forced and political, few case studies exist. Focusing on the “boat people” who left Vietnam in the late 1970s (most of whom were ethnic Chinese) and resettled in the United States, Canada and Australia, Lisa Tran argues that while international and state policy reified the legal distinction between migrant and refugee, the lived experiences of the people who left Vietnam blurred that distinction. Analyzing “refugee” as a discursive site rather than a fixed identity allows us to see how both ordinary people and national governments appropriated the category of “refugee” to pursue their specific goals."

    Dr. Lisa Tran will be presenting her work on this topic from 3-5 PM on Oct. 5, Thursday, in Sierra Hall room 264. All are welcome to attend.

    See our event flyer (.pdf)
  • Statement and Petition on the Revised Executive Order 1100 from the Chairs and Coordinators in AFRS, AIS, AAS, CAS, CHS and GWS

    The Department Chairs and Coordinators of Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Central American Studies, Chicano/a Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) emphatically reject the revision of the Executive Order 1100 (EO 1100), which was released by the California State University Chancellor’s Office (CO) Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

    EO 1100 eviscerates CSUN’s unique and exemplary Section F “Comparative Cultural Studies/Gender, Race, Class, and Ethnicity Studies, and Foreign Languages,” denying CSUN students an education based on cultural competency and respect for diversity.

    We collectively resist and reject this violation of Faculty Consultation and Governance. These proposed changes reinforce the already profound divisions that exist in our society.

    Read the full statement (.pdf)

    Sign our petition to join the fight!

  • Dear AAS Majors and Minors, The Asian American Studies Department presents the 2017-2018 "Welcome Back" Event for current majors, minors, and interested students. This event will be held on Wednesday, September 20th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m at the Omatsu House. Please join our faculty, staff, and special guests in this event and learn more about our program! Food and beverages will be provided! See below flyer for additional info.

    View our flyer (.pdf)

  • AAS Newsletter 2016-2017: Read about the spectacular events and exciting achievements of the AAS department over the 2016-2017 academic year in our newest newsletter. View the newsletter (.pdf)

  • Open Performance & Open Mic Night - Interested in showcasing your own talent? Whether it be through poetry, singing, or dancing, the AAS department celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by hosting their final student hang-out event of the spring 2017 semester at the Glenn Omatsu House. Bring a friend and come prepared for a powerful and wonderful night of performances. Mic and speakers will be provided for performers. See our event flyer (.pdf)

    Tuesday May 9, 2017
    Location: The Glenn Omatsu House, 18356 Halstead Street

    Reception - food provided by Urbane Cafe - 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Performances - 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  • 26th Anniversary and Distinguished Lecture and Student Awards Ceremony - The AAS department celebrates its 26th anniversary with the Annual "Distinguished Lecture and Student Awards Ceremony" on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00-8:00 p.m., at the Grand Salon. We cordially invite you and your families to join the ceremony as we celebrate and honor our students for their achievements and contributions. The invited lecturer this year is Ms. Lisa Hasegawa, the UCLA Asian American Studies activist-in-residence fellow and the Assistant Director of Federal Relations. The reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by Lisa Hasegawa’s Distinguished Lecture and Student Awards presentation.

    View our event flyer (.pdf)

  • AAS "Walk It Out" Event - See pictures from our recent "Walk It Out" event.

  • CSUN/JACL Solidarity Bus to Manzanar. The CSUN Asian American Studies Department, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program, Muslim Students Association and The San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League invite you to join former concentration camp incarcerees and their families on Saturday, April 29, 2017 for a one-day visit to the National Historic Site at Manzanar where approximately 10,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during the Second World War.
    View our flyer for more information (.pdf)

  • AAS 497 Invites you to join the CSUN AAS Walking Tour! In this fun 1 mile walk, we will be uncovering the hidden contributions of Asian Americans to the San Fernando Valley. We will be meeting in front of Bayramian Hall at 4pm, continue along Reseda Blvd and conclude at the Omatsu House, where students will have an opportunity learn more about the Asian American Studies Department and hangout out with AAS students and faculty. Please RSVP with if interested. Food will be provided by Bun Me! Grab a Vietnamese Sandwich and come hang out with us! This tour is sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department, College of Humanities Academic Programming Fund, and the National Institute of Health BUILD PODER program.

  • We are proud to announce our new "Featured Lectures" section! The first faculty lecture that we are highlighting is from Dr. Phillip Hutchison's AAS 347 class, focusing on the People vs. Hall case. Look for more in the future!
  • Taking an AAS Course? Need Assistance with Written Assignments? Need a Group Study Space? Need Access to a Computer? Visit the Asian American Studies Tutoring Center Lab and Study Center in The Omatsu House! See our flyer for hours and other information (.pdf)

  • Annual AAS student Awards! Apply!! Dear AAS Minors & Majors:
    It's that time of the year again! The Asian American Studies Department will be honoring students with our annual awards again this year. This year the awards will be presented to students at the Department's Distinguished Speaker and Student Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2017.
    If you are interested, please see the attachments for instructions to find out how to apply (.pdf)
  • Want to teach in the AAS department at CSUN? We are pleased to post the part-time job announcements for the 2017 to 2018 Academic Year. Click here for the Part-time job announcements for the 2017-2018 Academic Year (.pdf)
  • Please join us for our February Hangout and AAS Movie Night on Wednesday, February 22nd, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM, in the Whitsett Room (SH451)! Enjoy free pizza with students and faculty as we commemorate "The Day of Remembrance" with a screening of "American Pastime", a fictional account of the Nomura family's internment experience at Camp Topaz in Utah during WWII. Click here for more information (.pdf)
  • The AAS department is Calling for Students to submit their essays on "Asian Americans and Education"  for The Abarquez Prize in Asian American Studies at CSUN. Get more information and submission instructions here.
  • The Asian American Studies department is looking to hire a student assistant.Get the job description and application instructions.
  • You are cordially invited to the Asian American Studies Department speaker event and end-of-year holiday mixer with students, faculty, and CSUN alumni. The theme is Asian Americans and Politics.
    December 8th, Thursday. 4pm-6pm Location: Colleagues Room, 2nd Floor Sierra Center
    See our flyer for more details (.pdf)
  • Donuts with the Department, AAS November Hangout -- Come hang out and chill at the Omatsu House with AAS majors, minors, and other students! (Professors and staff welcome too). Donuts & coffee provided by the AAS Department. Tuesday, November 29, 11 AM - 2 PM, at the Omatsu House 
    View our event flyer (.pdf)
  • Need Assistance with Written Assignments? Need Assistance with a Reading Assignment? The Asian American Studies Tutoring/Mentoring Program is here to help! Text 213-500-3299 for an appointment with a tutor. Check out our flyer for more details.
  • Learn about community-based solutions for addressing obesity and other health-related issues in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities on November 7th, from 4pm-6pm, in Jerome Richfield 352! View our event flyer!
  • The AAS October Departmental "Hang-Out" event will be on October 31st 11:30 a.m. ~ 2 p.m. in the Whitsett Room (4th floor of Sierra Hall). Free pizza and Halloween candy for all who attend!
    Why is it problematic to "dress up" as members of various "ethnic groups?" Come and join our critical discussion!
    See you there!
    View our event flyer!

  • The AAS department is co-sponsoring with the China Institute at CSUN for a special film screening of "My Life in China," an award-winning documentary film on the Chinese American immigrant experience from 6 to 9 pm on Oct. 6, 2016 in the Ferman Presentation Room at the Oviatt Library. Please come, enjoy the film and meet the director.
  • We are proud to announce that the Asian American Studies Department was recently awarded the Golden Spike Award by The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California! For more information in Chinese click here.
  • You are invited to the Asian American Studies Department's "Welcome Back" Event for current majors, minors, and interested students! Please join our faculty, staff, and special guests as we explore all that our program has to offer. View our flyer here!

    DATE: Tuesday September 13, 2016
    TIME: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
    LOCATION: Colleagues Room, 2nd Floor of Sierra Center

  • Check out photos of our Asian American Studies 25th Anniversary celebration.
  • The AAS Fall 2016 Schedule of Classes is now available. Check it out if you are interested in taking one of our classes.
  • The AAS Department is proud to announce that Professor Derek Tang has been awarded the 2016 Polished Apple Award, by the CSUN University Ambassadors. Students nominate professors for this award based on “exemplary teaching, mentorship and their positive impact on students' lives”. Congratulations Professor Tang!
  • Join us as we celebrate our graduates at theAAS Graduation Reception, Monday, May 23rd, from 2:30pm to 4:15 pm in the Whitsett Room (Sierra Hall 451). Please RSVP to before the event. For more information check out our flyer here.
  • See our department brochure (.pdf)
  • The AAS Department is delighted to announce that the National Institutes of Health awarded a $50,000 grant to Dr. Edith Chen for her project “BUILD@CSUN Pilot Project: Is Acculturation putting Asian Americans at risk for diabetes and obesity?” Congratulations Dr. Chen!
  • We are happy to announce teaching opportunities for lecturers next academic year of 2016-2017. Please see our employment page.
  • The Asian American Studies Tutoring/Mentor Program is here to help you succeed! Need help with your writing? Looking for a group study space? Just need reliable computer access? The AAS Tutoring/Mentor Program can help you with these issues and more. Learn more about their services and hours here!
  • The AAS Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes is now available. Check it out if you are interested in taking one of our classes.
  • Prof. Hutchison just had his article, "The Harlan Renaissance: Colorblindness and White Domination in Justice John Marshall Harlan's Dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson," published in the Journal of African American Studies on September 28, 2015.
  • Catch up on all the exciting AAS events and read some of the dynamic student perspectives that shape our department in the latest newsletter. View our newsletter now!