ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM
Asian American Studies at Cal State Fullerton
is a young program, approved in the summer of 1996. The
minor was approved at the same time and the Ethnic Studies
B.A. Option in Asian American Studies was just approved
in summer 1999. Both are designed for all students, whether
of Asian heritage or not, who have a particular interest
in learning more about the experiences of Asians and
Pacific Islanders in America, including those from central,
south and southeast Asia, east Asia, the Philippines
and the Pacific Islands.
Cross-disciplinary in nature, both the
major and the minor draw from a variety of courses throughout
the university including its own. There are at present
twenty different courses offered by the Asian American
Studies Program. We are also moving toward departmental
status with the addition of its own tenure-track faculty,
the first of whom, Dr. Thomas Fujita Rony, was appointed
in fall 1998. The second, Dr. Eliza Noh, joined us in
fall 2003, is completing a post-doctoral fellowship at
UCLA. Additional teaching faculty have appointments in
departments such as Communications, English, Speech Communications,
History, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, American
Studies and Human Services. Other resources include an
established Center of Oral and Public History with a
strong collection on the World War II Japanese-American
relocation, and two supporting organizations, the Asian
Pacific Students Association and the Asian Faculty Staff
Association. Currently the Asian American Studies Program
Council, consisting of about 20 supportive faculty and
administrators from across campus, administers the Program.
What are the goals
of the Asia American Studies Program?
The goals of the program are:
(a) to inform students about the history,
challenges and triumphs of Asians and Pacific Islanders
in America, including their contributions to this country.
(b) to build interracial and interethnic
understanding and cooperation.
(c) to promote study and research
in the area.
(d) to contribute to Asian American communities in southern California to
develop critical thinking and communications skills.
(e) to prepare students in selected career paths where knowledge and understanding
of the Asian American experience is important, particularly in business, law,
counseling, human services, public administration, health professions and teaching
on K-12 or college levels. (A single subject waiver program in social sciences
and a multiple subjects waiver program has been developed for students planning
careers in K-12 teaching.)
For additional information, please contact
Dr. Eliza Noh, Coordinator