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Welcome to the Asian American Studies Program & Center at Hunter College. We are proud to offer CUNY's largest undergraduate program in AAS, recently serving 1100 students. Please check out our many diverse course offerings. Fall 2022 Asian American Studies Program Schedule of Classes Summer 2022 Asian American Studies Program Schedule of Classes

June 2022

Congratulations to our graduating Asian American Studies minors & recent alums! Devashish Basnet has been named a 2022 Rhodes Scholar and is only the second student in the history of Hunter College to receive a Rhodes. Read more about Basnet's journey from Nepal to the United States and his amazing accomplishments here. Mahnoor Ali has been awarded the Hunter College Asian American Studies Scholarship. In addition to Ali's academic excellence, she has done leading work for the NYC chapter of the National Asian Pacific Women's Forum, helping to create its first Urdu/Bangla Outreach Team. The AAS Undergraduate Scholarship for AASP Minors has been made possible thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Robert E. Lee, Hunter College Class of 1965. Kudos to two recent alums: Rachel Tieu has been an invaluable asset to Asian American Studies and HCAP this semester. Shakila Khan published Visuality of Violence: An Examination of Images Depicting Racialized Political Violence in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal (p 63). 

May 2022

It is AAPI Heritage Month, and we are seeking applicants for a Distinguished Lecturer faculty position in Asian American Studies at Hunter College!

May 31st (TUESDAY) @6:00PM EST Forging Allyship Beyond Corporate America: A Conversation between Researchers and Practitioners

Panel featuring Hunter Prof. Margaret M. Chin, Partner at Deloitte & Touche Sandeep Gupta, advocate Dr. Ngan Nguyen, and Roosevelt House board member and business leader Angie Tang. The panel discusses Margaret M. Chin's award winning book, Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don't Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder. Recording Available!

April 30th (SATURDAY) @ 1:00PM - 3:30PM EST AAWW At 30: The Village People

Featuring readings and reflections from poets, novelists, essayists, and memoirists in celebration of three decades of the Asian American Writers' WorkshopRecording Available!

In May, Hunter's AAS is proud to co sponsor Photographic Justice: A Tribute to Corky Lee, on view now at THE HON. CHARLES P. SIFTON GALLERY UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR  THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201; and to celebrate Larry Lee, who was honored with the 2020 Major Award for Professional Achievement from the Alumni Association of Hunter College. Larry Lee (MA, MSW) is the founder and leader of several organizations providing resources to poor people of color across education, labor, mental health, and civic participation.

March 28th (MONDAY) @4:30PM EST The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Mae Ngai, 2022 Bancroft Prize Winner and Columbia Historian, as she engages in an online discussion of her new book, The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics.

March 16th (WEDNESDAY) @5PM EST Beyond Representation: What the Image of Inclusion Conceals

Today, with more Asian Americans in the arts, does inclusion conceal the transformative work that still needs to be done?  Panelists: Howie Chen, Curator/editor of  Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network 1990-2001, moderator; Kandice Chuh, Professor of English, American Studies, and Critical Social Psychology, the CUNY Graduate Center; Sowon Kwon, Artist/Faculty in Graduate Fine Arts, Parsons The New School; & Bakirathi Mani, Professor of English Literature, Swarthmore College. Recording Available!

February 15th (TUES) @6PM EST Confetti Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Film Screening of Confetti & Panel Discussion with writer/director Ann Hu and attorney Nelson Mar. Discussion on Asian Americans and Special Education moderated by Chris M. Kwok, Asian American Studies Adjunct Faculty at Hunter College. Audio Recording of Discussion Available!

November 17th (WED) @ 4 p.m. ET  Why BTS and K-Pop Should Matter to Asian Americans

Exciting discussion with Yale Sociologist Grace Kao about how BTS' worldwide visibility - and public stands on BLM, racial solidarity, and gender identity -- affect images of Koreans and Asians, and the identities of Asian Americans. Recodring Available!

October 20th (WED) @ 5PM Arts & Activism: Reflections from Curtis Chin and Bino Realuyo

RSVP to join Hunter's Asian American Studies on Oct 20 (Wed) at 5 p.m. ET  for an exciting discussion of Arts & Activism: Reflections from Curtis Chin, award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker, and acclaimed novelist Bino Realuyo.  For more details check out our flyer here!  

November 16, 2021

In memory of Mary Li Hsu, alumnus of the Hunter Graduate School of Social Work. A leader in Asian American communities and in student affairs at Yale (Class of 1980), BMCC and Hunter College. She was a kind, inspiring and dedicated advocate, leader and mentor, especially to first generation college students.  See tribute

Asian American Studies at Hunter College (Fall 2021)

We recognize that education is more important than ever. This is especially true during these challenging times of anti-Asian hate. We highlight the work of our director, faculty affiliates, and adjunct faculty in Asian American Studies at Hunter College along with our Hunter students and alumni. We are proud to have offered two community trainings in responding to Anti-Asian harassment. See some of our recorded events. 


Director, Vivian Louie


Research Article

Quoted In

Featured in Podcasts and Webinars


Faculty Affiliates in Education, Social Work, Urban Policy & Planning and Sociology


Adjunct Faculty 


Our Alumni  


Our Students 


For more information, see our full list of Faculty and Affiliates


Additional Work from our Faculty and Affiliates

Higher Education and Faculty of Color

Vivian Louie Moving It Forward: The Power of Mentoring, and How Universities Can Confront Institutional Barriers Facing Junior Researchers of Color

Immigrant Labor

Seo, J. Y., Chao, Y.-Y., & Strauss, S. M. (2019). Work-related symptoms, safety concerns, and health service utilization among Korean and Chinese nail salon workers in the greater New York City area.Asian Pacific Journal of Public Health, 31(3), 199-209.

Seo, J. Y., Chao, Y.-Y., Yeung, K. M., & Strauss, S. M. (2019). Factors influencing health service utilization among Asian immigrant nail salon workers in the Greater New York City area.Journal of Community Health, 44(1), 1-11.


Magpantay, Glenn. TIGER: A Sustainable Model for Building LGBTQ AAPI Community, 30 Asian Amer. Pol'y Rev. 5 (2020) (Harvard J.F.K. School of Government)


Christopher Lin


Constance DeJong: Digital Constellations, Hunter College, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, New York, NY, 2020

 Earthly Delights, Good Naked Gallery, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2020

Hibernation, The Royal at the Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY, 2020

Choreography for an Unfamiliar Here, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2021



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