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American studies offers the promise of a sustained education in what it is to live in this twenty-first century American world. Knowledge about this world, this country, about how diverse and varied peoples make their lives in it and call it America, depends on open conversations that are alternately serious, playful, fun, and painful.

– Hendrik A. Hartog

Members of the Little Tokyo Anti-Eviction Task Force lead a protest against evictions of residents and small businesses. Photo courtesy of Karen Umemoto.
“Japanese/America” symposium explores art, literature, place, music

The Feb. 15 symposium “Japanese/America: Transpacific and Hemispheric” is free and open to the public, and includes lectures, discussion, and musical performance exploring the participation of people of Japanese descent in the societies and politics of the Pacific Rim and the Americas.


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“The Asian American Family” makes a zine

Program in American Studies Postdoctoral Research Associate Paul Nadal, teaching ASA 347, “The Asian American Family,” led his students in finding story forms for reimagining Asian American kinship.