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AAAS Statement on Anti-Asian Violence and Racism (Update: 3/22/21)

The Faculty of the Department of Asian & Asian American Studies shares the grief of the loss of the eight lives in the deadly attacks in Atlanta on Tuesday. Of the victims who lost their lives in this tragedy, six of them were of Asian descent. We are deeply saddened and troubled by the recent surge in violence against members of Asian American communities nationwide. Furthermore, we grieve with all Asian and Asian Americans who have experienced racial and gendered violence since this pandemic. These acts of terror and discrimination remind us of the struggles for racial equality and justice fought for by Asian Americans, as well as the violence of systemic racism that Asian Americans have endured throughout U.S. history. As researchers and educators of Asian and Asian American languages and cultures, we denounce these acts of hate in the strongest terms possible.  The AAAS Department stands in solidarity with other departments and communities against all forms of discrimination, racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, and violence. We also recognize our responsibilities to bridge gaps between cultures and communities, to respect and support multilingualism, and to cultivate an institutional as well as intellectual appreciation for the contributions of Asian immigrant communities throughout history. To our students and colleagues, whether or not you are of Asian descent, we are here to support you personally and professionally in this difficult time.  

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MBA Fast Track Program for AAAS Majors

Fast Facts about our Department

Publications by our Faculty

Research  Project on Intercultural Engagement Funded  by a Federal Grant ($179k, 2020-2023) 

Apply   for   MA in Contemporary Asian and Asian American Studies (CAAAS)

Apply for   MA in History of Philosophies East and West (HPEW)

Learn Mandarin with our alumni Ashley Brown through "Mandarin on that Beat"

2021 Center for India Studies UG Scholarship Recipients:

  • Praveen Parthasarathy (Dr. N.S. Ramamurthy Memorial Scholarship)
  • Sayeed Khan (Vineet Johnsingh Memorial Scholarshi)
  • Braeden Bierwiler (Prem and Latha Chandran Scholarship in Hinduism and Vedic Studies)

2021 Korean Studies UG Scholarship Recipients:
Congratulations to our 2021  Graduate Scholarship  awardees, Ms. Ji Yea Kim (Ph. D. student in Linguistics) and Ms. Amy Kahng (Ph.D. student in Arts)!

Congratulations to our 6th Korean Speech Contest winners, Sally Liu, Damon Damaskos, Brandon Wan, Wenwen Zheng, Kaylee Hotaling!

2019-2020 Shiming Hu/Eli Seifman Memorial scholarship Recipients: 

  • Suzanna Liang (Freshman scholarship)
  • Joshua Galardi (China Studies Scholarship)
  • Qiulei Zhang & Anita Ho (Leadership Award) 

Prof. Nicholson speaks about the History of Yoga on NPR.

NickNick Staffa (class of 2009) featured in  America the Bilingual! 

Ashley Brown Ashley Brown (class of 2013) is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in China!  

About Our Department


News & Announcements

Emily Carll, Class of 2020 Selected for Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Winter 2022 Courses:

AAS  211.30 - Online Asynchronous -   Social Science Topics in Asian & Asian American Studies  "China: Society and Civilization"  

AAS 212.30 - Online Synchronous - AAS Topics in Humanities "South Asian Women Writers: Literary Voices from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh"

AAS 260.30  - Online Asynchronous -" Buddhism"

2021-2022 17th Japan Center Essay Competition

Japanese Art Wrapping by Professor Eva Nagase

Agnes He was elected to the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Executive Board.  

Video  Messages to our 2021 Graduates! 

Testimonials from our graduates!

Anti Racist Resources (with AAPI Focus) New!

Breaking News!   AAAS has launched its   Twitter  and   Instagram  pages!  We want to share useful information with you through the platforms you are familiar with and connect you to the exciting things that are happening on and off campus! Please follow us and share the news!  

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For Students

Commencement - in person - Friday, December 17, 2021 at 11:00 am

Pathway to Major/Minor in Asian and Asian American Studies, China Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies

Anti Racist Resources (with AAPI Focus) New!

Frequently Asked Questions (UG students)   New!

NYS Teacher Certification: Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Achievements by our Students   

Hear from our  AAS Students (video)


Study Abroad in Asia (over 40 programs)  

Challenge Exams and  Placement Exams  for Asian languages 

Multilingual Flashcards 10   developed by our faculty members with the US federal grant for promoting language learning