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Asian American Studies Program at Princeton Finally Launched

Princeton University Asian American Studies Certificate Program
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Author/Activist Helen Zia spoke at the Asian American Lecture Series last week.

After 4 decades of anticipation, Princeton University finally established a certificate program in Asian American Studies. The university joins other schools like UC Berkeley and Columbia University, which launched Asian American studies programs decades ago. Nancy Lin, co-chair of the Asian American Alumni Association, breathed a sigh of relief stating that victory would have been impossible were it not for “herculean efforts by students and alumni, involving petitions, sit-ins, proposals, fundraising, and more.”

According to the Daily Princetonian, “the future of Asian American Studies is haunted in some ways by the struggle of Latino Studies, which in the past few years has been a program existing in name only.” However, Princeton University is expected to hire more diverse faculty to assist in coordinating an academically strong program.

Lin says Dr. Paul Nadal would be joining the faculty of American Studies and English in the fall and will offer a class on the Asian American family. She says the Asian American Lecture series will also continue. Recent lectures include one from Asian American/LGBT activist and author Helen Zia.

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