UCI is a federally recognized Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student serving institution, and is located in Orange County, home to the third largest AAPI population in the country! UCI’s Asian American Studies (AAS) explores Asian American histories, experience, and cultural production and the intersections of race, gender, citizenship, ethnicity, and dis/ability within them.
Our remarkable students engage in all kinds of research and community-based activities to broaden knowledge about Asian American experiences. Our undergraduate and master’s degree students conduct interviews, work in archives, write original research, and collaborate with AAS scholars throughout the world. The connections they make and the skills they learn are often the foundation for a meaningful career, whether in academia or out of it.
To enhance our focus on providing AAS students with meaningful opportunities to utilize their education in our community, we seek to supplement their coursework on campus by increasing access to key career-building internships with local and national non-profit organizations devoted to Asian American issues.
These important organizations often don’t have the budget or resources to provide our students with paid internships. Your philanthropy would help make these opportunities more equitable and attainable for our students while helping these vital non-profit organizations.
We invite you to join us in supporting our students in an era where Asian Americans are experiencing hate crimes, violence, and racist rhetoric.
Our Giving Day mission is to raise $7,500 to fund 5 internships for our Asian American Studies students, so that they can be better equipped for careers and lives beyond UC Irvine.
Double your impact! Gifts made to Asian American Studies will be matched 1:1, up to $7,000 by Song Li, Dr. Mary Ann Takemoto and Dr. John Liu.
I think as the AAPI community becomes a more “visible” presence within the 21st century, Asian American Studies has become a space where I really get to explore the importance of this identity and its complex history through a vastly new yet inspiring perspective. Before, I used to view being “Asian American” as just simply being ethnically Asian within America because the Asian/American experience was so rarely discussed in high school. But coming to UCI and deciding to major in Asian American studies have really enhanced my appreciation for everything the AAPI community has been through historically to allow us to be represented today (and I do hope that this representation continues to grow in the future). – Vicky Le, AAS undergraduate
Throughout my graduate studies, Asian American Studies at UCI has been a safe space for me to experiment and grow intellectually. It is also a space that has helped me to find lasting friendships and rich collaborations across different departments within the Humanities. Throughout the AAS courses that I have taken, faculty and my colleagues encouraged me to do interdisciplinary work and explore a range of topics that I'm passionate about like gender, empire, militarism, and the archive. I am forever grateful for the continued support and community from AAS that will surely continue even after I graduate. -- Kylie Ching, PhD Candidate in Visual Studies and Graduate Emphasis student in Asian American Studies