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February 13, 2006

Symposium to examine Asian Pacific American studies

For years, UC Santa Cruz has been the only campus in the UC system without an Asian Pacific American studies program. Why has the effort failed? What intersecting issues of knowledge, politics, and power must be considered in any future development of Asian Pacific American studies at UCSC? Where does the field as a whole stand in an age of inter-disciplinarity and globalization?

Key players in the field will join students and faculty from UCSC to address these questions at "Inter-Disciplining Asia-Pacific-America: A Symposium on Knowledge, Politics, and the University" on Friday, February 17. The symposium will be held at the Bay Tree Building, Conference Room D, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Panelists will include:

  • Isao Fujimoto, founder of Asian American studies at UC Davis
  • Madeline Hsu, ethnic studies, San Francisco State University
  • Don T. Nakanishi, director, Asian American Studies Center at UCLA
  • Sau-ling Wong, professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley
UCSC faculty, student, and staff panelists include Neferti Tadiar, Vilashini Cooppan, Deborah Woo, Alice Yang Murray, Nancy Kim, and Ashley Uyeda.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
10 a.m. to noon, Panel I
The Transnational Turn: Globalization and Inter-Disciplinarity

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Panel II
Structuring Asian-Pacific-American Studies: Past, Present, and Future

4 to 6 p.m., Roundtable Discussion
Envisioning Asian-Pacific-American Studies at UC Santa Cruz

"Inter-Disciplining Asia-Pacific-America" is sponsored by the Center for Cultural Studies, Asia-Pacific-America Research Cluster, Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, Coalition for Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies, American Studies Department, Anthropology Department, Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance, Community Studies Department, Engaging Education, Feminist Studies Department, History of Art and Visual Culture Department and Cross-Cultural Initiative, History of Consciousness Department, and Literature Department.

For more information, contact the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center at (831) 459-5349,

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