Mission Statement

Housed in the Department of Social and Critical Inquiry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Asian and Asian American Studies at UConn is a multidisciplinary research and teaching program. Distinguished by its global, diasporic, national, regional, and transnational orientations, we bring two traditionally distinct fields of inquiry together in dynamic conversation:  Asian Studies and Asian American Studies. Comprising the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, our research output and course offerings engage Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas not as static, monolithic sites rather as sets of shifting historical, geographic, and geopolitical zone of interaction, struggle, and cooperation.

In sum, the Asian and Asian American Studies Area fosters intellectual endeavors that concern the broad historical and contemporary experiences of people of Asian descent in Asia and in different parts of the world, inclusive of North and South Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Australia.