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Asian American Studies Faculty and Curriculum Development Initiative Proposal

This is the successful proposal for a 3-year Asian American Studies Faculty and Curriculum Development Initiative which began in the Spring of 1994. The initiative received $15,000 in funding from the CUNY Office of Faculty Development. Its primary goal was to establish a plan for the development of Asian American studies curricula throughout the CUNY system. Its deliverables included seminars for teams of faculty across CUNY campuses and New York City public schools to develop curriculum and pedagogy as well as conferences, curriculum guides, and institutional plans, which resulted in the publication of the Asian American Studies Guidebook. The initiative was led by Dr. Julia To-Dutka (Baruch College), Dr. Peter Kwong (Hunter College), Dr. John (Jack) Tchen (Queens College), and Dr. Jacob Wong (NYC Board of Education).

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.

Creators | To-Dutka, Julia; Kwong, Peter; Tchen, John Kuo Wei ; Wong, Jacob
Date Created | 1994 (Circa)
Item Type | Text (Report / Paper / Proposal)
Cite This document | To-Dutka, Julia et al., “Asian American Studies Faculty and Curriculum Development Initiative Proposal,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 10, 2019,

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