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Letter from Dr. Gary Okihiro to Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab

This is a letter written by Dr. Gary Okihiro, dated November 13, 2001, and addressed to Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab. In the letter, Dr. Okihiro urges Raab to invest in Asian American studies faculty, including a stable director, "to continue to build on Hunter's pioneering position in Asian American studies."

Dr. Gary Okihiro was the director of the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell University from 1992-1999, after which he was recruited to Columbia University to be the founding director of their Asian American Studies Program as well the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He and Dr. Betty Lee Sung (City College/CUNY) have both received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Association for Asian American Studies. His letter of support indicates the important role of the Hunter Asian American Studies Program in the vitality of the discipline at large.

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 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 | Okihiro, Gary
Date Created | November 13, 2001
Rights | Obtain From Hunter College Asian American Studies Program
Item Type | Text (Correspondence)
Cite This document | Okihiro, Gary, “Letter from Dr. Gary Okihiro to Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed February 26, 2024,

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