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  • Professor Joan Linton, has been awarded the Inspiration Award in the faculty category from the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council (APAFSC) for her work in outreach, support, and celebration of the Asian Pacific American heritage at IU and the broader community and for her leadership in the Asian community.


Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

  • Friday, April 25, 2:00 p.m.
    Schuessler Institute for Social Research, Room 100
    Ellen Wu presents "The Forgotten History of the Japanese American Zoot Suiters"

  • Friday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.
    Hope School of Fine Arts, Room 015
    "Blue Hawai'i: Painting Archives of Memory and Melancholy" presented by Laura Kina.

  • Thursday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
    Neal Marshall Grand Hall, IUB Campus
    Third Year MFA Reading
    Featuring Elizabeth Klehfoth, fiction writer, and Lisa Kwong, poet

  • Monday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.
    Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU
    "Cyborg Politics: How Organizing Changes on the Internet, and How the Internet Changes Us" presented by Cayden Mak.

  • "Movement," IU Cinema's Asian Pacific American film series, timed to kick off IUB's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014

  • Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
    In the town of Martin, Tennessee, six-year-old Chip Hines has only known a good life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. But when Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, his will reveals that he has named his sister as Chip's guardian. The years of Joey's acceptance into Cody's family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his nwo solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. In the Family is a heartfelt story woven around "two-Dad" families, loss, interracial relations, the American South, and the human side of the law. Director Patrick Wang is scheduled to be present.

    Friday, March 28, 3:00 p.m.
    Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker LECTURE by filmmaker PATRICK WANG

    Friday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.
    What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Detroiter whose vision of revolution will surprise you. As a writer, activist, and philospher, she has devoted her life to exposing the contradictions of America's past and realizing its potentially radical future. American Revolutionary plunges us into Boggs's lifetime of thinking and action, from labor and civil rights to Black Power, Feminism, environmental justice, the Asian American movement, and beyond. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deep within the human experience--the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.

    Saturday, March 29, 3:00 p.m.
    Aspiring filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong needed a documentary subject, and high school basketball player Jeremy Lin fit the bill. What Leong could never have imagined in his wildest dreams was Lin's sudden, meteoric rise to planetary NBA sensation in 2012 as the New Yorks' backup point guard. Before "Linsanity" took the world by storm, Leong was there to capture every step of this legend in the making.

    The series is sponsored by IU's Asian Culture Center, Asian American Studies Program, Office of the vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Department of History, Department of Communication and Culture, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, IU GLBT Student Support Services Office, and IU Cinema. Screenings are free, but ticketed.


  • Friday, 3/14, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Sweet Claire's Bakery
    Lemonstone Reading Series
    Featuring Poets Debra Kang Dean and Nancy Chen Long with Clarinetist Lisa Kwong

  • The AAST Program would like to invite you to the following event, organized by Professor Ellen Wu. Please share with your students and anyone else who might be interested in attending.
    Event: #NotYourAsianSidekick: Activism In The Digital Era by Suey Park
    Hosted by Asian AMerican Studies Program and Asian Culture Center
    Date: March 7, 2014
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Venue: IU School of Journalism AUditorium, Ernie Pyle Hall, 940 East Seventh St.

    Description: We will look into the past, present, and future of women of color feminism to understand how new tools in a digital era can offer both potential progress and traps for organizing. Drawing from the work of Andrea Smith, Angela Davis, and Audre Lorde, women of color feminism needs to fight back against weaponized identity politics, settler colonialsm, and anti-blackness in order to truly lead to evolutionary movements. Social media has been a tool for marginalized communities to fight for racial justice. Different techniques and tools will be covered.

    About Suey Park (@Suey Park):
    Suey Park is a writer and activist whose work has appeared in The Nation, Washington Post, XOJane, Racialicious, and on CNN, the BBC, as well as her own blog, Critical Spontaneity. She is best known for starting the popular Twitter hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick which brought Asian-American feminist experiences to the fore of online feminist discourse. Park takes an intersectional approach to activism and believes all systems of oppression, including capitalism, must be dismantled to achieve liberation. As a leader of a new generation of online feminist activists, her writings primarily focus on the lives of women of color and their intersections with technology.

  • Sunday, 2/23, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
    Bloomington Convention Center, 1st Flr, Rogers Rm
    Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
    Featuring Lisa Kwong and Shana Ritter

  • Friday, 2/7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Fountain Square Mall
    Fountain Square Poetry Series
    Featuring Poets Leslie Aguilar, Tony Brewer, Ife-Chudeni Oputa, Margaret Fisher Squires with Clarinetist Lisa Kwong

  • Assistant Professor Ellen Wu published Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority in November 2013. Find out more about her book and order your copy from Princeton University Press.

    Ellen Wu's Book Cover

  • Check out Ellen Wu's new article Not Your Asian Tiger Mom: The Backstory.

  • Spring 2014 Course Offerings