Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate Program

Established in 2000, the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program offers an undergraduate certificate and hosts a number of events, lectures, and symposia for students and faculty. Internationally renowned scholars and writers from across the Five Colleges participate in the program and represent a wide variety of fields and areas of specialization, including Asian American literature and culture, anthropology, creative writing, education, environmental studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, and sociology. 

Faculty research and teaching encompass a wide-range of topics, including: 

  • early twentieth century Asian American literature
  • the sociology of immigration and education
  • Japanese American wartime incarceration
  • voluntary and forced migration
  • popular culture
  • intergenerational memory
  • Hawaiian plantation labor
  • the Chinese in the Philippines
  • intersections between Latinx and Filipinx studies
  • disability and illness
  • race and settler colonialism
  • transnational politics of development in India
  • Afro-Asian connections
  • mothering and care
  • queer and trans* incarceration
  • climate change  

Each year the program organizes a Distinguished Lecture and sponsors numerous events on topics related to transnational Asian/Pacific/American Studies. The program also hosts regular meetings to discuss faculty and graduate student works in progress.

Statement from Association for Asian American Studies

The Association for Asian American Studies unites in solidarity with our Black family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and co-workers to call for an immediate end to anti-Black racism and the killing of Black people. We are an organization committed to social justice, intersectional analysis, and global human rights. Our fight against anti-Asian pandemic racism is rooted in a common struggle against White supremacy. The recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd propel us to state, clearly and definitively, that Black lives matter and that we must abolish the militarized police state in which anti-Black racism is embedded. To end global anti-Black racism, we must fight racism in our local communities and educate ourselves and others about the rich history of Black Americans and support, validate, and value Black lives now and always.

The Association for Asian American Studies Board of Directors

Karin Aguilar-SanJuan, Mid-West Representative
Falu Bakrania, Northern California and Nevada Representative
Keva Bui, Graduate Student Representative
Jason Oliver Chang, New England/Central and Eastern Canada Representative
Jennifer Alanis, Assistant Director
Chris A. Eng, Section Representative
Anna Gonzalez, Managing Director
Jennifer Ho, President
Caroline Kyungah Hong, Mid-Atlantic Representative
Mimi Khuc, Contingent Faculty Representative
Jinah Kim, Southern California Representative
Tamara Ko, Associate Director
Karen Kuo, Interior West/South Representative
Roderick Labrador, Pacific Northwest, Hawai’i and Pacific Islands & Western Canada Representative
Paul Lai, Archivist

Response to Covid-19 and Anti-Asian Racism

We support the statement of organizations such as the Association for Asian American Studies in regard to the harassment of Asian Pacific Americans due to the Covid-19 situation:

The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 may spread in the United States. As people take precautions to manage their health (the two biggest precautions are frequent handwashing and staying home if you are sick), the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) wants to also acknowledge the rise of anti-Asian (especially anti-Chinese) harassment that many Asian Americans (particularly those who look East Asian) are experiencing.

As an organization dedicated to the study of Asian Americans, we want to be very clear that xenophobia has no place in our communities or workplaces, and that harassment of Asians due to fears of the coronavirus are not only unwarranted but sadly part of a longer history of stereotypes associating Asians, especially Chinese, with disease. We stand firm in rejecting anti-Asian bigotry in the guise of people expressing fear of Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19. We also urge people to find resources that will educate them about how to manage their health as well as why their prejudices/biases in assuming all Asians have the virus are rooted in a history of Yellow Peril rhetoric, xenophobia, ableism, and anti-Asian racism. Please encourage your colleagues and friends to explore this open-source syllabus that addresses anti-Asian bias associated with the coronavirus. And please remember: frequent handwashing, not anti-Asian stereotypes/harassment, is your best means of preventing the spread of coronavirus.

To document such hate incidents, those affected are encouraged to report them using any or all of the following websites:

The following sites may contain useful resources for those who have experienced such hate incidents (UMass Amherst is not affiliated with any of the following and including their link is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily imply an endorsement):

Other statements about the Covid-19/Coronavirus situation and its effects on Asian Americans can be found below (each link is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily imply an endorsement):