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2017 Spring Course Offerings

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  • Lisa Kwong, current featured poet for Line Poetry Podcast (also available on iTunes).

  • Lisa Kwong's lecture "Anna May Wong: She, Too, Was Hollywood," given at the Eskenazi Museum of Art featured in the IDS.

  • Send to us photos highlighting an aspect of the Asian American (or Asian diasporic) experience. (Click on link for details) Asian American Studies Photo Contest.

  • Elizabeth Martinez and Mai Thai were selected to receive 2016 Asian American Studies Graduate Student Travel Awards.

  • Grace Shen won first place in the 2016 Asian American Studies Undergraduate Essay Award for her paper "'I am not an American, I am a Human Being': History of Estelle Ishigo, a White American Renouncing her Whiteness."

  • Sidney Harris won second place in the 2016 Asian American Studies Undergraduate Essay Award for her paper "East Asian Cultural Appropriation of Black American Culture."

  • Lisa Kwong, AppalAsian poet and Adjunct Lecturer for English and Asian American Studies, publishes poems in Still: The Journal.

  • Ellen Wu, Director, Asian American Studies Program, Associate Professor, Department of History, received the 2016 History book award from the Association for Asian American Studies for The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority.


  • Friday, December 9th, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
    Sassafras Room, IMU
    Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Professor, English and Asian/Asian American Studies and Director, Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut
    Prosthetic Ecologies: (Re)Membering Disability, Curating Culpability, and "The Dirty War" in Laos . Research talk (co-sponsored by Asian American Studies Program and the Department of American Studies).

  • Thursday, October 6th, 4:00 p.m.
    Persimmon Room, IMU
    Arissa Oh, Assistant Professor of History, Boston College
    "To Save the Children of Korea: The Korean Origins of International Adoption"

  • Friday, September 30th, 2:30 p.m.
    Walnut Room, IMU
    Anna Lau, Associate Professor of Psychology, UCLA
    "Levers for Change: Strategies for Reducing Mental Health Disparities for Asian American Youth"

  • Friday, September 9th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    Farm Bloomington, 108 E. Kirkwood Avenue
    IU Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council and Asian Graduate Student Association Fall 2016 Mixer. Please click this link to rsvp:
    Light appetizers will be provided; drinks on your own. (This event is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs and IU Asian Culture Center. For more info, please call 812.856.5361 or email


  • Sunday, April 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Monroe County Public Library, Room 2B
    In honor of National Poetry Month and Indiana's Bicentennial, Lisa Kwong and Roger Pfingston, award-winning poets, will read their own poems and share selected favorite Hoosier poems. Dory Lynch will give a brief overview of Indiana poetry.

  • Sunday, March 6, 3:00 p.m.
    Boxcar Books, 408 E. 6th St.
    Lisa Kwong, Adjunct Lecturer for the English Department at IUB, will be a featured reader at the First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

  • Monday, February 29, 4:00 p.m.
    Ballantine Hall 004
    Dr. Joe Ponce, Associate Professor in English and Asian American Studies, Ohio State University "Contending Empires, Nations, and Desires in Asian American Literature"
Mathers Museum of World Cultures

"Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation"
  • Thursday, February 4, 5:00 p.m.
    Dr. Pawan Dhingra, Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Professor of American Studies, Tufts University
    Re-Presenting Indian America: Race, Inequality, and the So-Called "Model Minority"

  • Friday, February 19, 5:00 p.m.
    Seema Sohi, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Race, Repression, and Indian Anticolonialism in North America and Across the Pacific

  • Thursday, March 10, 5:00 p.m.
    Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History, Director and Professor of International Studies Program, Trinity College
    Karma of Brown Folk: Fifteen Years Later

  • Monday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Dogwood Room, IMU
    "Asian American and Pacific Islander Experiences in Higher Education: A Forum on Policies and the Model Minority Myth"

  • Friday, October 16, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU
    "Politics, Promises, Possibilities: The 1965 Immigration Act at 50." A multidisciplinary symposium on immigration in the United States today.