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.