The Program in Asian/Pacific/American Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis explores the histories, experiences and cultural production of peoples of Asian or Pacific origins living in and moving through the Americas. Our classes cross boundaries between literature, history, visual culture, urban studies, legal studies, and gender/sexuality studies, and connect the lives and concerns of local communities to national and global dynamics.
Its faculty members, many of whom also operate as museologists, artists, journalists and community activists, have a broad range of research interests in the realm of APA Studies including contemporary piracy, the fashion industry and avant-garde cinema. Classes, while open to everyone, have traditionally been of particular interest to students majoring in politics, East Asian studies, psychology, food studies, history, literature, and sociology. The Program is also a close partner of the A/P/A Institute.