The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program (A/PIA) is staffed by a group of dedicated, accomplished faculty whose instruction and research put issues relevant to Asian American and Pacific Islander American communities in context. Through its Academic Minor in A/PIA Studies as well as timely courses on literary and cultural studies, media representation, cultural performance, and the Civil Rights movement, A/PIA Studies gives all students access to these vital histories and flourishing fields of study.
In addition to providing curricular opportunities for many students each year, A/PIA Studies invites speakers from across the country to present current research on topics that affect Asian and Pacific Islander American communities. A/PIA Studies faculty collaborate regularly with the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and United Asian American Organizations to organize events that promote dialogue across multiple campus communities.
A/PIA Studies also serves as the administrative home of Indigo: The LSA Asian and Asian American Faculty Alliance.
Recent highlights of A/PIA include:
· The highly successful annual HolidA.P.A. event, co-sponsored by A/PIA Studies and United Asian American Organizations. The December 2016 event was attended by over 100 students and faculty.
· Film screenings including Q&A with directors, such as “Tested” with Curtis Chin, “That Strange Summer” with Jeri Alumit Geldes, “Korla” with John Turner, and “Essential Arrival: Michiganʻs Indian Immigrants in the 21st Century” with Arifa Javed.
· The lecture in February 2016 by renowned historian Erika Lee, who holds the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History at University of Minnesota, drew a standing-room only audience.