A collage of Asian Pacific American books and pictures Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of Virginia

Asian Pacific American Studies... History

Over the course of the 2003 Spring semester, the Asian Student Union's Asian American Studies committee continued to meet with adminstrators and faculty, especially to lobby for Asian American representation among newly hired professors. At the end of the semester, two new Asian American professors (Pensri Ho and Sylvia Chong) were hired to fill spots jointly in the American Studies department, English department, and Anthropology department.

Over the course of the 2004 Fall semester, major progress was made toward the creation of an Asian American Studies program.

  1. During the first meeting of Student Council's representative body, Representative Thomas Gibson introduced legislation supporting the creation of an Asian Pacific American Studies program at UVa. The following week, when the legislation came up for vote, Student Council decided to table the legislation for further debate, citing uncertainty about student support for an Asian Pacific American Studies program.
  2. In response to Student Council's decision to table the Asian Pacific American Studies legislation, the Asian Student Union conducted a survey of the student body, in online and paper form, measuring support for the creation of an Asian Pacific American Studies program.In one week, the survey accumulated over 1000 positive signatures.
  3. In its third meeting of the semester, the Student Council representative body passed its legislation supporting the creation of an Asian Pacific American Studies program unanimously.
  4. Throughout the semester, Professor Pensri Ho and Professor Sylvia Chong met with faculty members in other departments, to find other professors interested in participating in an Asian Pacific American Studies Minors program. After finding significant support for the program among the faculty, they drafted and submitted a proposal to the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate to create the Asian Pacific American Studies Minor, which will launch in the Fall of 2005. The minor is the first step towards the creation of a full-fledged program in Asian Pacific American Studies.

The Rotunda during the winter


Contact Information
Asian Pacific American Studies
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400708
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4708
phone 434-924-7133
fax 434-924-3889
apas-program@virginia.edu

A collage of Asian Pacific American books and pictures