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The Feb. 15 symposium was free and open to the public and included lectures, discussion, and musical performance.


Cover of "The Asian American Family" zine

“The Asian American Family” makes a zine

When scholarship and personal experience overlap, ideas that emerge can become critique and expression simultaneously.

Photo of David L. Eng. Photo by Sarah Malone

Eng discusses melancholy and dissociation

David L. Eng of the University of Pennsylvania opened Princeton’s 2018-19 Asian American Studies Lecture series.

American Studies students, faculty, staff, and friends celebrate Class Day in the Chancellor Green cafeteria with the awarding of student prizes

AMS honors seniors at 2018 Class Day

Students and faculty of the Program in American Studies gathered with friends and family on June 4 to celebrate graduating seniors and honor their achievements.

Excavation in AMS 352, "Battle Lab: Battle of Princeton" | Still from video by Nick Barberio and Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

Excavating Princeton and American history

AMS 352, “Battle Lab: The Battle of Princeton,” taught by Associate Director of American Studies Rachael DeLue and Associate Professor of Art and Archaeology Nathan Arrington, uses hands-on fieldwork to explore how the battle may have unfolded.

Photo of Desmond Jagmohan

Recognizing Ida B. Wells, printed speech

Assistant Professor of Politics Desmond Jagmohan located the journalism of Ida B. Wells in a tradition of combative printed speech.

Col(LAB) 1.0 in the dining hall

Publication News

Beth Lew-Williams, assistant professor of history at Princeton, has received two awards from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for her latest book, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America.

An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States by Rosina Lozano, associate professor of history, has received the 2019 PROSE Award for Language and Linguistics, sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.

2018 AMS alumnus Nicholas Wu writes with Karen Yuan in The Atlantic about the Facebook group Subtle Asian Traits, “a digital manifestation of a ‘third space,’ or the in-between space in which ‘cultural hybrids,’ such as the children of immigrants, adrift between two national communities, shape their unique identities.”

Rosina Lozano discusses her book An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States.

Brian Herrera, associate professor of theater, celebrated the legacy of playwright María Irene Fornés with a symposium and in Princeton’s 2018 James Baldwin Lecture. An essay is forthcoming in the journal Theater.

Tanika Raychaudhuri (Ph.D. candidate, Department of Politics) has published a solo-authored article based on research supported by a grant from the Eric Pai Asian American Studies Student Fund.

AMS emerita postdoctoral research associate Laurel Mei-singh writes on “Sowing the seeds of environmental justice in Trenton.”

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, AMS director Anne Cheng asks “Is the idea of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ preferable to the Model Minority or the F.O.B. (‘fresh-off-the-boat’) or, for that matter, the Yellow Peril?”

Professor of Dance Judith Hamera’s Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization has been awarded the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s 2018 Outstanding Book Award and the American Society for Theatre Research’s Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize (2017-18).

“[A] collective murmuring of wantAnne Cheng in the Los Angeles Review of Books on Laurie Greenfield’s documentary, “Generation Wealth.”

Alfred Bendixen, English department lecturer and AMS teaching faculty member, interviewed by the Princeton Alumni Weekly, described crime fiction as “central to American culture and American identity.”

Celebrating faculty books: Books published in the 2017-18 academic year engage with texts and events from the 1600s to the present.

Professor of History Alison Isenberg’s Designing San Francisco: Art, Land and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay received the 2018 PROSE Award in Architecture & Urban Planning, and a John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

Around Campus

AMS welcomes the Visiting Scholars and Artists from Puerto Rico (VISAPUR), hosted by the Program in Latin American Studies to support their continued work in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Sir Gordon Wu, Princeton Class of 1958, was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P). In his acceptance speech, he spoke of Princeton Asian and Asian American alums’ engagements with ideas of American democracy on the world stage.

Eduardo Bhatia, Princeton Class of 1986, minority leader and former president of the Senate of Puerto Rico, delivered Princeton’s 2018 Baccalaureate address on Sunday, June 3, urging the Class of 2018 to remember the diversity of America and to recommit themselves to the ideals and standards of American democracy.