In LA, Asian Americans Can Sway Elections But Can’t Decide Them

Natalie Masuoka, chair of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department, discusses her new co-authored report that provides the first detailed look at the role Asian Americans have played in recent city elections. Click here to read more.

UCLA Newsroom: Bringing migrant and refugee stories – and connections – to light

UCLA Newsroom recently published an article on UCLA Asian American Studies Department Professor Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi’s relational approach to Asian American studies. Read more about it here.

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King-Kok Cheung Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

King-Kok Cheung, professor emeritus of English and Asian American Studies at UCLA, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award by the Association for Asian American Studies for her lifelong contribution to advancing the field of Asian American and Pacific Islander studies. Click here to read more about Cheung’s achievements.

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Spring 2023 Course Offering: AAS 97 – Vietnamese Medical Terminology

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The Academic Senate Faculty of the Asian American Studies Department’s Strike Solidarity Statement on Grading

On November 2, 2022, the Asian American Studies Department released a statement expressing our solidarity with striking UAW graduate and academic workers.

Aligned with this statement and in accordance with the recommendations of Council of UC Faculty Associations, the Academic Senate faculty of the Department of Asian American Studies agree unanimously that until the strike has concluded:

We will not pick up struck work.

We will not hire additional labor to make up for the labor the strikers are withholding.

We will not submit grades on assignments that have already been graded or otherwise insert grades that are not representative.

In addition, those of us who are teaching courses without TAs or readers will also withhold grades in solidarity.

We may make exceptions for individual students whose circumstances as those on international visas, about to graduate, on financial aid, or other such considerations make them particularly vulnerable to withheld grades.

In doing so, we exercise our rights as protected by HEERA (Higher Education Employee Relations Act).

Graduate student labor is fundamental to our pedagogical and scholarly enterprise, which cannot be sustained without improving their living and working conditions. To resolve the disruption to the continuity and quality of student education, we urge the UC toward a speedy settlement that honors the value and rights of graduate and academic workers.


These statements represent the views of the core faculty of the Asian American Studies department and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of California, or UCLA or its Chancellor.