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In addition to our academic course offerings, the AASP frequently sponsors co-curricular campus events, all of which are free and open to the entire campus community. These events include screenings featuring classic and contemporary Asian American films, readings with renowned Asian American authors, as well as guest lectures on timely topics in Asian American life -- Asian American mental health, political participation, higher education, multiracial identities, and much, much more.


Past Events


APRIL 28, 2012


On April 28 & 29, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) hosted the second summit of the National Asian American Education Advocates (NAAEA) Network at Hunter College. NAAEA is a national collaborative of social service agencies, after-school programs, youth and parent organizers, education lawyers, social justice organizations, and policy advocates that work for Asian American youth.  

Organizers, students, and staff from local Asian American organizations traveled to New York City from across the country to coordinate local, regional, and national advocacy for Asian American youth. Participating organizations established a national agenda, shared educational resources and best practices, and aggregated their data on issues including anti-Asian bullying, bilingual education, affirmative action, and undocumented students.

"The NAAEA National Summit is the paramount opportunity for Asian American youth workers across the nation to join forces and define our agenda," said Khin Mai Aung, Educational Equity Director at AALDEF. "From bullying to language access to anti-immigration laws, we must bring visibility and solutions to issues faced by Asian American youth."


APRIL 2012


Thanks to a generous student engagement award from the Office of the President, the AASP brought three undergraduate scholars to this year's annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, held in Washington D.C. Titled "New Imaginings in Asian American Scholarship: Asian American Studies Present and Its Futures," the undergraduate panel provided an opportunity for our students to present rigorous scholarship on topics such as Asian American stand-up comedy, Jessica Hagedorn's Dream Jungle, and the mark of empire on transnational families. We all had a fantastic time at AAAS, and hope to continue to bring Hunter students to the conference, which provides young scholars with a wonderful way to enter this dynamic interdisciplinary field.




During the Spring 2012 semester, the AASP sponsored a series of programs intended to highlight the contributions of Asian Americans in fields where they are typically underrepresented and/or invisible: public policy/community activism, the media, and the arts. We were fortunate to play host to fantastic speakers, including Sasha Ahuja, Dennis Chin and Amardeep Singh (Public Policy/Community Activism); Ailsa Chang, Hua Hsu, and Samhita Mukhopadyay (Media); and Sonya Chung, Young Jean Lee, and Chi-hui Yang (the Arts). They definitely inspired our fantastic students to embark on careers in areas where they may be trailblazers!

This series was generously funded by the Diversity Projects Development Fund of the University Affirmative Action Committee


MARCH 13, 2012


The impact on Asian American communities in the decade since 9/11 has taken many visible and invisible forms -- including detention and deportation, displaced Chinatown workers and residents, and racial and religious profiling and surveillance -- yet Asian Americans are frequently left out of public discussions surrounding the aftermath of 9/11. In partnership with Roosevelt House and the Hunter programs in Public Policy and Human Rights, the Asian American Studies Program co-hosted a discussion featuring KUNDIMAN and THE ASIAN AMERICAN LITERARY REVIEW, two Asian American arts and literature organizations that have responded to this living history by producing projects that bring attention to Asian American experiences in the decade since 9/11.

Lawrence Critical Consideration












Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Sonny Singh, and Elizabeth OuYang discuss contributions to the Special Issue of the Asian American Literary Review (Photo: Joanne Mariner)

Purvi Critical Consideration













Purvi Shah & Zohra Saed read passages from "Together We Are New York" (Photo: Joanne Mariner)


OCTOBER 29, 2011



WHIAAPI Executive Director Kiran Ahuja moderates a panel discussion on bullying and social media (Photo: Corky Lee)

In partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and the CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI), the Asian American Studies Program co-sponsored an all-day summit with with top administration officials, federal agency representatives and local organizations, MTV, and Facebook to learn how the federal government, local programs, and the private sector are working to protect Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Muslim American youth from bullying.

The event focused on stories from the community, discussions with anti-bullying experts, and information about federal programs and services focused on stopping bullying. Parents, teachers, and students from NY, NJ, and PA participated inthe event.

Every day, thousands of young people are bullied across the country. Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year - about 13 million students. Students affected by bullying are more likely to face challenges in school, abuse drugs and alcohol, and have physical and mental health issues. Bullying is an obstacle to academic achievement and must be addressed to ensure that all of our students are college and career ready.

Keynote Speaker: Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Also featuring speakers from:

* The President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders * Facebook * MTV * Common Sense Media * U.S. Department of Health & Human Services * U.S. Department of Education * U.S. Department of Justice

The WHIAAPI Bullying Prevention Summit was presented in partnership with the Asian American/Asian Research Institute and Hunter College at the City University of New York.


Judge Doris Ling-Cohan, the first Asian American female judge on the NYS Supreme Court (Photo: Corky Lee)


Amardeep Singh, Executive Director of The Sikh Coalition (Photo: Corky Lee)

WHIAAPI Students

Asian American students from NY, NC, and PA talk about how young people experience bullying and can take action against it (Photo: Corky Lee)

MARCH 29, 2011

More Than Just a Numbers Game: Asian Americans and Racial Diversity in the Ivory Tower
A presentation and discussion co-hosted by the Hunter College Asian American Studies Program & Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College

U.S. colleges and universities have experienced rapid growth in Asian American student enrollment over the last four decades, paralleling growth in the general Asian American population following immigration reform in 1965. In the 1980s and 90s, increased Asian American enrollment at elite institutions was hailed within a discourse of celebrating diversity. At the same time, the increase in Asian American college students also drew fears of an "Asian invasion.” Speakers at this event considered the cultural, demographic, and policy implications of increasing Asian American enrollment in higher education. Photos: Phil Kessler

AA Higher Ed Overhead
AA Higher Ed Panel
AA Higher Ed Suki
AA Higher Ed Reception

Oiyan PoonDr. OiYan Poon is a research associate at the UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies. Her research critically examines racial inequalities and public policies with a focus on how Asian American communities become civically engaged to affect social change. She earned her Ph.D. in education at UCLA with a certificate in Asian American Studies. As a research scholar and as a former education equity advocate, she has been involved with national debates over educational access, racial equity, and Asian Americans over the last ten years. Most recently, she published two articles presenting analysis of the recently approved changes to the University of California's undergraduate admissions eligibility policy. 

Oliver WangDr. Oliver Wang is an assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach. He specializes in race, ethnicity and popular culture, especially popular music. He is considered a leading expert on Asian Americans in pop culture, especially the Asian American involvement in hip-hop culture. Outside of academia, he writes regularly on music and culture for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, the LA Times, Wax Poetics Magazine as well as his renown audioblog, He is the editor and co-author of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide and is currently completing work on his first academic monograph, Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile Disc Jockeys of the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, see

Margaret ChinDr. Margaret M. Chin (Moderator) is an associate professor of sociology at Hunter College. Her work focuses on new immigrants, working poor families, race and ethnicity, and Asian Americans. She is currently working on a number of projects, which include: research on how Asian ethnic media is used by first and second generation Asians and Asian Americans; a project on the status of low wage immigrant workers and where they turn to for work and assistance during this recession; and a project on differences and similarities among Brooklyn’s Chinatown, Flushing’s Asiantown and Manhattan’s Chinatown.


APRIL 21, 2010

Screening & Discussion with Transgender Activist Pauline Park

Pauline Park

MARCH 3, 2010

Screening of Children of Invention with Tze Chun and Mynette Louie

Intro COI


Tze Chun

Patrick at COI



Screening of Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story with filmmakers Christine Toy Johnson and Bruce Johnson

Wat Misaka 2



Screening of Vincent Who? with filmmaker and producer Curtis Chin

Vincent Who CU

Vincent Who Q&A

End Vincent Who


APRIL 2009

"The Current State of Asian America in NYC"
Discussion with Wayne Ho, Executive Director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families



Uproarious reading with Ed Lin, author of Waylaid, This Is A Bust, and Snakes Can't Run

Video of Ed's Reading | Ed's Website

Ed Reading

Ed Mingling

Ed Group



"HIV/AIDS in Asian American Communities"
Lecture & Discussion with Suki Terada Ports, Executive Director of The Family Health Project



"Asian American Voting Rights"
Lecture & Discussion with Glenn Magpantay, Staff Attorney at The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund



"Hybrid Vigor" Reading & Discussion with Ruth Ozeki, Award-Winning Author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation

Ozeki at Stanford

Above: Ruth Ozeki at Stanford University (But she was equally fantastic and engaging at Hunter!)
Photo Courtesy of S
tanford Report, May 10 2006



Screening and Q&A with Director Justin Lin and the Cast of "Finishing the Game" 

Students and faculty turned up in droves to listen to and meet Asian American Director Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," "Finishing the Game"). An extra treat was that we all got to meet members of the FTG cast and crew: Julie Asato (Producer); Josh Diamond (Co-Writer); Roger Fan (Actor); Sung Kang (Actor).

After this event, Justin Lin was featured in The New York Times' Style Section, and the visit to Hunter was mentioned! The full article can be found here: "A Recipe for Success" by Jennifer 8 Lee (NYT September 30, 2007)

Other films by Justin Lin:
    Finishing the Game
    Better Luck Tomorrow

FTG Panel


(L to R) Roger Fan, Julie Asato, Josh Richmond, Sung Kang, and Justin Lin. Everyone was game for a lively discussion, and the cast and crew told all of us about how and why they became involved with filmmaking, the perils and pleasures of independent film, and also what they think of the term "Asian American film."





After the discussion and Q&A was over – and they spoke for well over an hour, generously fielding many questions from all the amazing Hunter students who were there – everyone milled about and students got a chance to ask questions one-on-one, and to pose for pictures.




Sung + Chris


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