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Asian American Studies
Set in the richly diverse Central San Joaquin Valley, Fresno’s population of about
500,000 is 13% Asian American and Pacific Islander, with significant presence of people
with Hmong, Asian Indian, Filipino, Laotian, Japanese, Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese,
Korean, Native Hawaiian, Samoan and Guamanian heritage. The Central Valley has played
a crucial role in the history of immigration from Asia to the United States, including
the arrival of people from South Asia to work in agriculture and, later, people displaced
by the wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
The Asian American Studies Program has a four decade history in the Department of
Anthropology, and is a valued part of the Department and University. The Fresno State
student body is over 15% Asian American and Pacific Islander and our AAPI students
lead many vibrant and active student organizations, including the Hmong Student Association, Lao Student Association [broken link], Magkaisa Fresno State, and Amerasia (a pan-Asian American organization). Every spring, Amerasia hosts Amerasia Week to
highlight the history and culture of Asian peoples in the Central Valley and Fresno.
The campus newspaper, The Collegian, publishes the Asia Pacific Review, a periodic showcase of Asian American student authors and news.
Fresno State is actively engaged in efforts to ensure the success of students from
all backgrounds, and participates in the CSU system's Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative.
The Asian American Studies Program offers a minor with classes that focus upon the
history and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These
courses explore themes in local and ethnic history, trans-Pacific contact, cultural
change and adaptation, and interethnic relations. Courses in Asian American Studies
familiarized students with the historical, socioeconomic, and cultural adaptations
that peoples from Asia make when coming to the United States. Students can also use
the "Special Major" option to design a degree in Asian American Studies. Students
work directly with the Co-Coordinators of the Program, and an Academic Advisor in
another field to design a combination of classes that help students to successfully
complete their "Special Major."
A strong background in ethnic studies is a significant advantage in many occupational
fields, especially in an increasingly multicultural society. The Asian American Studies
minor complements any major dealing with human behavior, including business, social
science, education, international relations, and the human and health services professions.
Category I. Select from ASAM7, ASAM8, ASAM10, ASAM 15; ASAM20; ASAM50; ASAM88; (6
Category II. Select from ASAM 108; ASAM 110/110S; 120; 138, 140, 143;180T; 190 (6
Category III. Select from ASAM108; ASAM121; ASAM148; ASAM 151W; ASAM161W; ASAM175;
ASAM180, ASAM185 ;ASAM 190; ASAM195 (6 units)
Total (18 units)
Note: The minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at California State University, Fresno was
established in the Spring of 1995. The Center is a multi-disciplinary unit designed
to help foster a greater awareness of Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian American
experience on campus. The Southeast Asian people in the Valley, in particular people
from Laos, are one of the fastest growing communities, and yet they are the least
understood cultural groups in the region. The Center helps to build a bridge of understanding
between these different groups and other communities in the Central Valley and Fresno.
The Center's scholarly activities bring appreciation and respect for Southeast Asia
to the campus community, as well as contribute to the empowerment of the Southeast
The development of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies has been ranked a priority
in the agenda of the University future plan.
The Certificate of Southeast Asian Studies requires a minimum of 12 units. Select
from the following upper-division courses:
ANTH 123, 190; ASAM 110, 138, 140, 190; GEOG 177T; HMONG 100, 101; LING 190; SWRK
The Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies focuses on the cultures and peoples of
Southeast Asia, and on their communities in the United States.
For further information, contact Dr. Jenny Banh at email@example.com