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Letter from Dr. Peter Kwong to Asian American Studies Community Advisory Board

In this letter dated October 13, 1993, inaugural director Peter Kwong announces the formal establishment of the Hunter Asian American Studies Program (AASP)—one of the first programs in Asian American studies on the East Coast. The letter invites community members to join an Asian American Studies Community Advisory Board.

The purpose of the Community Advisory Board was to advise the AASP on how to best serve the needs and interests of the Asian American community in New York City as well as to bridge the gap between scholars of Asian American studies and the community.

The Hunter College Asian American Studies Program (AASP) was established in 1993. As the only academic program in Asian American studies in the CUNY system, the AASP offers a minor in Asian American Studies and other resources and programming. The AASP supports scholars, artists, and activists advancing scholarship in the fields of Asian American studies and critical ethnic studies and serves as a resource for New York City's Asian American communities. In 2006, the program was at risk of being cut due to a lack of funding. Students formed the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) and saved the program within a year. CRAASH is now a student-run club that continues to advocate for the AASP.

Source | Hunter College Asian American Studies Program
Creator | Kwong, Peter
Date Created | October 13, 1993
Rights | Obtain From Hunter College Asian American Studies Program
Item Type | Text (Correspondence)
Cite This document | Kwong, Peter, “Letter from Dr. Peter Kwong to Asian American Studies Community Advisory Board,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 11, 2019, https://cdha.cuny.edu/items/show/10162.

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