“Asia in Princeton” Project

The Program in American Studies will pay up to $300 a piece for well-researched and well-written articles of 1500-2500 words on the history of Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora in Princeton University, as well as on the University’s historic relations to Asia.

There are many areas of possible topics (though the researcher/writer must identify a specific and interesting angle into any of these larger topics):

  1. Any story involving the early benefactors of Princeton University and their involvements in the opium trade;
  2. Bio-history of distinguished Asian and/or Asian American alums;
  3. Princeton University’s attitudes toward international students, especially those from Asia;
  4. The origin of East Asian Studies as a discipline and department at Princeton;
  5. History of Asians and/or Asian Americans in Princeton the town and in New Jersey at large.

Articles that are accepted will be published. A new website devoted to this project is being developed and  will be linked to from the American Studies website. Students are welcomed to incorporate this work into their own scholarship, such as a junior paper or senior thesis.

If you are interested, contact Anne A. Cheng, professor of English and director of the Program in American Studies, at aacheng@princeton.edu with your proposed article idea. Your proposal must be approved before you start on your assignment.