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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 [...]

Asian American Studies Program Curriculum Proposal

This is a draft of the curriculum proposal for the Hunter Asian American Studies Program (AASP) from 1994. The proposal emphasizes the AASP's role in the Hunter community, the New York City Asian American community, and within Asian American studies [...]

First Community Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

These minutes document the Hunter Asian American Studies Program (AASP)'s first Community Advisory Board meeting which took place on October 29th, 1993. In attendance included representatives from prominent community organizations including The [...]

Third Community Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

These minutes document the Hunter Asian American Studies Program (AASP)’s third Community Advisory Board meeting which took place on January 18th, 1994. In attendance included representatives from prominent community organizations including the [...]

Guidebook for the Implementation of Asian American Studies at CUNY

This guidebook, published in November of 1995, was assembled by members of the Asian American Studies Faculty Development and Curriculum Project, a $15,000 initiative funded by the CUNY Office for Faculty Development. The guidebook provides [...]

Flooding the Stream: Asian American Writers' Conference

This poster and program features "Flooding the Stream," the first Asian American writers' conference in New York City. The conference took place from November 11-12, 1994 at Hunter College and was sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program and [...]

Asian American Women and Feminism

This program is for a panel event titled "Asian American Women and Feminism," which took place on March 6, 1997. The event was sponsored by the Hunter Asian American Studies Program and the Asian Pacific American Student Association. The panel [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

"Mind if We CRAASH Here?"

This article in the Hunter Envoy from October 2007 profiles the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) during the semester of its founding. CRAASH was founded by four Hunter College students—Olivia Lin, [...]

"Asian Studies Crisis?"

This article in the Hunter Envoy from April 2008 covers Dean Shirley Scott's response to claims made by the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) about the lack of financial support from the Hunter [...]

Voicing Student Activism: Bridging Theory and Practice

This poster advertises a panel titled "Voicing Student Activism: Bridging Theory and Practice," which the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter hosted on March 17, 2010, at Hunter College. The panel brought together [...]

"A Full-on CRAASH at Hunter College"

This article profiling the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) appeared in the March/April 2008 issue of Pacific Citizen, the national publication of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Founded in [...]

Strengthening Education: Empowering Asian American Studies Conference

This video documents the conference, titled "Strengthening Education: Empowering Asian American Studies," that was hosted by the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) on April 16, 2008, to address the need for [...]

Strengthening Education: Empowering Asian American Studies Conference Action Steps

These notes come out of a participant workshop at the Strengthening Education: Empowering Asian American Studies Conference hosted by the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) on April 16, 2008, to address the [...]

Petition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter

This petition was circulated by the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) in the semester of its founding in Fall 2007. The petition outlines the issues facing the program and the reasons around CRAASH's [...]

Letter announcing the Formation of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH)

In this letter dated October 30, 2007, students announce the formation of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH). Consisting of eight students, CRAASH organized in immediate response to the inadequate [...]

Student Protest for Asian American Studies Department and Major at Hunter College

On April 5, 2017, members and allies of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH), including students from other universities in New York City, gathered outside of Hunter College to protest the Hunter [...]

Where Are We Now in the #Fight4AAS?

In this Google Hangout, which took place on May 9, 2016, student activists from across the country discuss their respective experiences organizing for Asian American studies on their campuses. The conversation was hosted by 18Million Rising and [...]

Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions Grant Proposal

This is the successful proposal for the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant written by Jennifer Hayashida, John Chin, and Paul McPherron. The 5-year $1.7 million Department of Education grant [...]

Asian Americans in New York Seminar for K-12 School Teachers

In July of 2015, Asian American Studies Program (AASP) director Jennifer Hayashida and Chi-hui Yang ran a $104,000 National Endowment for the Humanities-funded summer seminar at Hunter College for K-12 school teachers titled "Asian Americans in New [...]

The Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH), 2007-2008

These are a collection of photographs of members of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) taken during the club's early years. From top to bottom, CRAASH members are seen tabling and petitioning in Hunter [...]

"Student Voices Breaking the Silence: The Asian and Pacific American Experience"

This article was written by Paula Y. Bagasao for the November/December 1989 issue of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning features the narratives of 10 Asian and Pacific American student voices from across the country, including those of three [...]

LOTUS: An Asian American Student Journal at Hunter College

This is the first issue of LOTUS, a student-run publication devoted to Asian/Asian American perspectives at Hunter College, which came out in the Spring of 1988. The issue includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, and reflections on the [...]

Black Nations/Queer Nations? Conference Video

This panel was one of many held during CLAGS’ Black Nations/Queer Nations? conference held at the Graduate Center from March 9 to 11 1995. It brought together famed, queer, black literary figures Samuel R Delaney, Coco Fusco, and Essex Hemphill. [...]

The Nation and the Closet

One of CLAGS’ first events, held on November 19, 1991, The Nation and the Closet brought together four distinct academics to discuss queerness in Latin America. The first speaker, Lehman College professor, Oscar Montero discusses the way in which [...]

The CUNY Crisis and the New World Order

Sponsored by City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Students Against the War, this flyer announced a symposium on “The CUNY Crisis and New World Order.” Well before the CUNY strikes of 1991, Graduate Center student organizations were [...]

Advisory Board Meeting Agenda: Infusing Women of Color Material into CUNY Senior College Curriculum

Dated March 23 and April 6, 1990, this agenda for the Advisory Board meeting for the  Infusing Material on Women of Color into the Liberal Arts Curriculum  of the City University of New York (CUNY) Senior Colleges served as a formal [...]

Email Chain with Students

In this email exchange from early March 2020, an adjunct instructor discussed student needs and concerns with their Latinx Studies class regarding converting the course to an online format. These frank dialogues revealed how much course design [...]

Initial Survey for Students Switching to Distance Learning

The instructor in a seminar on the works of Audre Lorde distributed this copy of a survey from March 2020 during the instructional transition. Though simple in style (only seven questions/three pages in length), the form revealed what concerns [...]

Covid-19 and the Escalating Mental Health Crisis among Bipoc and Immigrants

Created by Areeba Zanub in Fall 2020, this digital capstone project examined the COVID-19 pandemic relationship to the rising mental health crisis of BIPOC and immigrant communities. In it, Zanub investigated the role of the "essential worker" with [...]

#CancelRent And Eviction Blockades in Brooklyn: Black Queer Women and Femmes Fight for the Right to Housing

Written and submitted by Brooklyn College student Emily Batista over the summer of 2020, this autoethnography focused on the eviction defense of 1214 Dean Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Batista framed this research project as a "vessel to [...]

Oral History Interview with Stuart Schaar

This interview with Stuart Schaar, Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Brooklyn College, was conducted by Douglas Medina for his research on Open Admissions at CUNY. Stuart Schaar was raised in the Bronx and attended the City College of [...]

Oral History Interview with Khadija DeLoache

Khadija DeLoache entered City College in the fall of 1966 with support from the CUNY Seek program. In this oral history, DeLoache discusses growing up in Harlem, her experience as a student activist, and the development of the Black Studies [...]

Oral History Interview with Anselma Rodriguez

In this oral history, Anselma Rodriguez discusses her experiences as a student at Brooklyn College from 1969-1973. She was a founding a member of Movimiento Estudiantil Dominicanos and active in Brooklyn College's Puerto Rican Studies Department. [...]

Statement of Policy by the Board of Higher Education

This "statement of policy", attached to the minutes from a meeting of the Board of Higher Education on July 9, 1969, reflects the culmination of negotiations between college officials and protesting City College students. The students, most of whom [...]

Press Release from Black and Puerto Rican Student Community

This press release, written by protesting black and Puerto Rican students at City College on April 26, 1969, offers insight into the group's motivation behind their protests in the preceding months. Arguing for CCNY to better serve its surrounding [...]

Newton Hall Statement

“We as white students, can either be a part of the solution or a part of the problem. At Huey P. Newton Hall of Political Action we are attempting to become a part of the solution.” In solidarity with black and Puerto Rican students, a group of [...]

Five Demands

This handout, created by a group of protesting City College students, offers insight into the motivations behind a campus-wide strike in April/May 1969. Black and Puerto Rican students, as well as white supporters, demanded the college meet these [...]

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