Asian/Asian American Studies
The Asian/Asian American Studies program at Syracuse University was formed as a result of student activism for over a decade. A faculty and student committee was formed in 2008 to develop the program and minor; the proposal for the minor was submitted in 2009 and approved in the spring of 2010. Professor Prema Kurien is the founding Director. Currently over 30 courses offered on campus and abroad contribute to this minor and the program is growing rapidly.
More than two thirds of the Asian American population is comprised of immigrants whose personal and migration histories, educational achievements and attitudes have been molded by their Asian heritages and who continue to maintain connections with their homelands. This program was developed out of an awareness that we cannot understand Asian Americans without understanding the histories and cultures of Asia and vice versa, that we cannot understand contemporary Asia without understanding how American politics, capital, religion, culture and Asian American diasporas have shaped countries in that continent.