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Asia UnBound: 20 Years of Asian American Studies at Illinois and the Transnational Midwest
posted Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 CDT

The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents
a multi-panel discussion highlighting the specific intellectual and pedagogical routes, new research agendas and the community and activist formation that created and continues to form the field of Asian American Studies.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Opening Remarks
1:45—2:00 pm
Room 180 Bevier Hall
2:00—3:30 pm
Room 180 Bevier Hall
Current faculty and former members of the founding Asian American Studies Committee will discuss retrospective and prospective reflections about the Department of Asian American Studies.
Pallassana Balgopal • Kent Ono • Clark Cunningham Martin F. Manalansan IV • Augusto Espiritu • Soo Ah Kwon
4:00—5:30 pm
Room 180 Bevier Hall
Former postdoctoral research associates, former graduate students, and current undergraduate majors and minors will share experiences and reflections in order to track the Illinois legacy in undergraduate and graduate training and research in Asian American Studies.
Chris Lee • Joyce Mariano • Anita Mannur
Min Hyoung Song • Long Bui

Saturday, April 7, 2018

9:30—10:30 am
Room 180 Bevier Hall
Constancio Arnaldo • Genevieve Clutario
Tessa Winkelmann • Tommy Shee • Lin Mei
10:30 am—12:00 pm
Rm 180 Bevier Hall
Featuring a group of Asian American alumni who were active during the late 90s and current students from the Asian Pacific American Coalition, the panelists will engage in a cross-generational dialogue that focuses on the importance of activism and the future of Asian American Studies.
Ho Chie Tsai • Vida Gosrisirikul • Rebecca Yee • Gordon Liao • Representatives from the Asian Pacific American Coalition

Asian American Studies Announces Ying Fan Wu Memorial Scholarship
posted Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:00:00 CST

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Department of Asian American Studies at Illinois, three
scholarships of $1000 each are being made available to outstanding students in Asian American
These scholarships have been established through the generosity of an illustrious Asian American
alumnus, Mr. Horace Wu, and his wife Kate King Wu in honor of Horace Wu’s father, Ying Fan Wu,
an Asian American who attended the University of Illinois in the 1930s.

These undergraduate awards are for the 2018‐2019 academic year. You must have at least one
semester left after this current academic year to qualify. Deadline: March 9, 2018, 4:30pm Central.
Selection is based upon various criteria that may include: Academic Achievement, Financial Need,
Leadership, and Personal Statement.

For more information


Letter of Support for The GEO
posted Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:00:00 CST

February 3, 2018


We, the faculty in the department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, write to express our support for the Graduate Employees’ Organization in their effort to bargain a fair contract with the University. Graduate employees at UIUC have been without a contract since August, with negotiations for a new contract having stalled. We urge Provost Cangellaris to accept the GEO’s proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement, preserving graduate employees’ tuition waivers, paying them a living wage and providing them with adequate healthcare. 

Graduate employees perform essential work for the University as teachers and graduate assistants. At some point, every undergraduate student is taught by a graduate instructor, and over 2,800 graduate workers on this campus provide valuable labor. In fact, Illinois ranks 6th in the country among universities where graduate employees teach the most classes. 

In spite of its dependence on graduate labor, the University is proposing cuts to the tuition waivers that many graduate employees need in order to be here. This will directly impact the quality of education and research at Illinois, harming our ability to attract the graduate workers who help make UIUC a preeminent institution of higher learning and research in the United States. 

Additionally, the GEO’s contract proposals call for a living wage and adequate healthcare coverage. Despite the fact that Teaching Assistants making the minimum salary earn about $6,000 less than the University’s own published cost of living, the University has not raised their wages in a meaningful way, while attempting to force them to pay significantly more for their healthcare in the current contract negotiations. Graduate employees should not have to choose between healthcare and food, and the quality of education at Illinois will suffer as long as this is the case. 

We urge Provost Cangellaris and the University bargaining team to work with GEO to provide graduate employees with a fair contract. If the Graduate Employees’ Organization is forced to strike, we understand that this drastic measure means that the University administration is unwilling to resolve negotiations at the bargaining table. We recognize that striking graduate employees are protecting themselves, undergraduates, and the integrity and quality of education at the University of Illinois.  Therefore, we support this and all efforts by GEO to secure economic stability for its members.   

Jeffrey S. Tanaka Asian American Studies Grant
posted Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:00:00 CST

The Jeffrey S. Tanaka Asian American Studies Grant

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

For Graduate Students, 2017-2018

The Asian American Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to announce the availability of a graduate student research grant. The grant is designed to assist a graduate student with their research in areas directly relating to Asian American studies.

This research grant is named for Jeffrey S. Tanaka, a professor in the University of Illinois’ departments of Psychology and Educational Psychology until his untimely death in 1992. He was well known by his students for his generosity in mentoring graduate students.



(1) Any University of Illinois graduate student is eligible to apply, with preference given to dissertation writers.

(2) Grants are to be used to conduct research directly related to and which will contribute to

the field of Asian American Studies.

(3) The grants in the amount of up to $300.00 must be used for direct research expenses, including travel and material purchases. All expenditures are subject to University guidelines.

(4) The grant must be expended by August 13, 2019.


Application materials must include the following:

(1) A current scholarly curriculum vitae.

(2) A two to three page statement describing the research project and how it will contribute to Asian American Studies.

(3) One letter of support from faculty research advisor.

(4) A budget outlining the amount of funds requested, how the grant will be utilized (detailing other sources of support for the project), and expected project completion date.

These should be emailed directly to Christine Lyke, Administrative Aide, at, phone number (217) 244-9530.

Completed project, presentations, and any publications resulting from the project should include a clear acknowledgment of Asian American Studies Department support. Awardees will present their research by giving a research talk in Asian American Studies.

Application Deadline: Please submit application by Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The Clark Cunningham Undergraduate Essay Award
posted Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:00:00 CST

The Clark Cunningham Undergraduate Essay Award

An Academic Research Paper Contest in Asian American Studies

For Undergraduate Students, 2018-2019

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

In order to encourage undergraduate student research in Asian American Studies, the University of Illinois Asian American Studies Department is sponsoring a $100 award for the best undergraduate student research paper in Asian American Studies. The awards committee reserves the right to not grant any awards. Awardees will be recognized at the annual APA Leadership Awards Ceremony held during the Spring 2018 semester.

Application process:

Applicants must be current UIUC undergraduate students or have graduated no earlier than December 2017. Applicants must submit the following items. It is the responsibility of the students to ensure their applications are complete and submitted correctly:

- An academic research paper on Asian American issues, minimum of 8 pages in length. This can be any academic paper (in any field such as history, ethnography, literary criticism, sociology) which advances the knowledge on Asian Pacific American issues.

- Paper must have been written by the applicant during his/her time as a student at UIUC.

- A brief cover letter detailing when the paper was written and for what course (if applicable).

- One email recommendation submitted by any UIUC faculty member. This can be directed to Christine Lyke, Administrative Aide, at, phone number (217) 244-9530.

*Note: In order to ensure an anonymous reviewing process, no identifying information should appear on any portion of the paper except in the cover letter.

Applications and relevant documents are due Monday, March 5, 2018. Please submit all application documents electronically to:

Christine Lyke, Administrative Aide, at

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