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Welcome to Asian American Studies (AAS)

Welcome to Asian American studies at Illinois! Here you will find an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary, and socially committed department that serves the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other community members alike. The history of Asian American studies goes as far back in time as the first seafarers aboard the galleons who crossed the Pacific in the seventeenth century and is as much about the challenges of racial diversity, gender, sexuality, and class in America today. More about us.

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2014 Tanaka and Cunningham Awards

Asian American Studies is proud to announce this year's Tanaka and Cunningham award winners.

Christine Peralta a graduate student in the Department of History was awarded the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Research Award. Christine's research looks at the ways indigenous knowledge systems were gendered as female and positioned by the colonial medical regime as a hindrance of Filipino modernity and urbanization. The award will be used to help fund her travel to the Philippines to complete her pre-dissertation research this summer.

This year's winner of the Clark Cunningham Undergraduate Award was given to History Junior, Hannah Park for her essay on how the experience of Japanese colonization was crucial to the development of contemporary Korean language ideology.


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