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2020-2021 SCHARP Grant Artist-in-Residence: Ben Barson, member of the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective

We welcome Ben Barson, Composer, Coordinator, Musician and member of the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective as this year's Artist-in-Residence. Mr. Barson is the 2018 Winner of the Johnny Mandel Prize in Jazz Composition from ASCAP and a Jazz Studies PhD Candidate from the University of Pittsburgh.
He is a past winner of the AAASI's Fred Ho prize funding scholarly research of Fred Ho's archives in UConn's Special Collections. As the protege of Fred Ho, Mr. Barson carries into the present a radical legacy of abolition, decolonization, and anti-racism through his artistry, talent, and creativity in the performing arts. As a member of the Afro-Yaqui Music Collective we welcome all their partners in a series of exciting programs, events, and workshops throughout the academic year.

Learn more about the Collective here.



UConn Alum, Ryan Verano on Student Union lawnAn interview conducted by Jason O. Chang, director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, with Ryan Verano ’18 (CLAS), a UConn economics major and Asian American studies minor, on his mission in the healthcare field.

Read the interview here.


Meet The Director!

Jason Chang
Associate Professor of History and Director of the AAASI
(Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)

Welcome to the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. Read Jason Chang's message here.


Contact US

For more information about the program, please contact Jason Chang, director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, at or (860) 486-5717.

For all other inquiries, please contact the CLAS Business Center at or (860) 486-1231.


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This Year’s Inagaural Activist-in-Residence

Meet Mike Keo, founder of the #IAMNOTAVIRUS Campaign.

Read about the campaign, and find our resources here.

  • Statement from Centers, Institutes, and Programs on Racial Injustice and Ending White Supremacy
    We, the faculty and staff of the interdisciplinary Centers, Institutes, and Programs, stand together to express our shock, our heartbreak, and our outrage at the horrific and senseless killing of George Floyd and the ongoing violence against Black people. George Floyd, David McAtee, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Kathryn Johnston, Ayiana Stanley-Jones, […]
    Posted on June 8, 2020
  • Pandemic Anti-Racism Reader
    Can’t view the PDF? Click or tap here to download it!  
    Posted on April 15, 2020

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Upcoming Events (All are Temorarily Cancelled Due to COVID-19)

  1. Feb 22 DHMS: Shaoling Ma6:00pm

A Townhall on Anti-Asian Racism: Race, Struggle and Solidarity in the Time of A Global Pandemic

AAASI’s Illuminating Resilience Project

Want to see the work some students have done with the mental health and arts initiative involving the COVID-19 pandemic?

See this page, linked here!