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Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley

The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) Program, one of the programs under the Department of Ethnic Studies, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of historical and contemporary experiences of Asian-ancestry groups in local, national, and global contexts. Asian American is a pan-ethnic term designating a racialized population made up of various groups of Asian ancestry, and encompassing both the foreign-born and the U.S.-born.

Founded in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Asian American Studies program centered on domestic U.S. concerns. Today, while we continue to participate in a national effort to strengthen the political, economic, and cultural representation of people of color in American life, we extend our commitment to community empowerment and social justice by also critically engaging issues of diaspora and transnationality.

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