Welcome!

"Throughout most of my life, what I knew about Asian American history was what I learned from history textbooks -- so, not a lot! I personally wasn’t aware of how deprived I was of certain stories, especially from the perspectives of other Asian Americans."

– An Nguyen, De Anza student 

ASAM Courses in Winter 2023

  • ASAM 10: Contemporary Asian American Communities
  • ASAM 11: Asian Americans and Racism 
  • ASAM 12: Asian Americans and American Ideals, Institutions and Politics - NEW
  • ASAM 40/ARTS 2G: Arts of Asia
  • ASAM 42B/HIST 19B: History of Asian Civilization: China and Japan, 19th-21st Centuries
  • CETH 50: Civic Leadership for Community Empowerment (APALI)

Classes taught online and in-person. Details here.

Did you know...

You can earn a Certificate in Asian American Studies by taking five classes. Learn more.

Why Asian American and Asian Studies? 

If you want to ...

  • Explore what it means to be Asian American
  • Imagine and create Asian America
  • Dig into the history of the U.S. and its entanglements with power
  • Question assumptions about nation and belonging
  • Trace current-day complexities of race, gender, class, and identity
  • Advocate for Asian Americans astutely and effectively
  • Build community with Asian Americans and beyond

... then our program is for you!


If you're interested in Pacific Islander Studies and the Pacific Islander community at De Anza, check out Native American and Indigenous Studies (specifically NAIS 31) and the learning community called IMPACT AAPI.


We Build Community

students sitting and talking on lawn

De Anza’s Asian American and Asian Studies community is inclusive and supportive, whether you are a full-time student looking to transfer, a professional working at a nonprofit organization, a diversity and inclusion manager at a high-tech company, or a lifelong learner pursuing personal enrichment!

The Asian American and Asian Studies department invites you to ask lots of questions – about Asian Americans, the diasporic worlds of Asian America, and configurations of power. In searching for answers, we collectively build the community that is Asian American and Asian Studies.

Manny De Leon

An Nguyen

Mariamwit Giday

“We have the choice to show the world that we exist beyond our complexion, and walk confidently as role models for those who want fair treatment and opportunity to grow.”

– Asian American Studies Student, De Anza


Courses, Certificate and Programs

The Asian American and Asian Studies department offers 14 courses  and a Certificate of Achievement in Asian American Studies.

In collaboration with campus and community partners, our department also provides civic leadership training across different ages, an internship in teaching Asian American Studies, a year-long cohort program, and scholarships:


"I think that learning about immigration policies in American history was particularly important for me to understand given the current political climate and contemporary issues surrounding immigration."

– Asian American Studies Student, De Anza 

Contact

Mae Lee

Mae Lee
Department Chair

leemae@deanza.edu


Office Location

F3 31L
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