"Throughout most of my life, what I knew about Asian American history was what I learned from history textbooks -- so, not a lot! I personally wasn’t aware of how deprived I was of certain stories, especially from the perspectives of other Asian Americans."

– An Nguyen, De Anza student 

NEW: ASAM's Vibrant Communities

Join ASAM on quarterly field trips to learn about local Asian American communities. 

Our first outing will be to an exhibit and talk:

Exhibit: Pinoytown Rising: Filipino Americans in Santa Clara Valley

Talk: Talk Story: Tales of First Wave Filipinos in the Valley of Heart's Delight

When: Saturday, October 14, 2023, 1–3 PM

Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 2nd Floor, Rm 225

Host: ASAM Intern Jamie Dy

Please RSVP.

October is Filipino American History Month

Join De Anza's Kapuso Conference and Pistahan on Oct. 18, Wed, 10 am - 7 pm to celebrate.

Go on a field trip with ASAM to hear stories about the first wave of Filipinos in the Santa Clara Valley. (See above announcement.)

Take Asian American studies classes in the Philippines next summer with De Anza Study Abroad.

Learn more about the history of Filipino American History Month.

ASAM Courses in Fall 2023

  • ASAM 1: Asian American Experiences: Past to Present
  • ASAM 11: Asian Americans and Racism 
  • ASAM 20/ELIT 24: Asian Pacific American Literature
  • ASAM 30: Filipinx American History and Culture
  • ASAM 40/ARTS 2G: Arts of Asia
  • ASAM 41: Introduction to Korean Popular Culture

Classes taught online and in-person. Details here.

Did you know...

You can earn a Certificate in Asian American Studies by taking five classes. Learn more.

Why Asian American and Asian Studies? 

If you want to ...

  • Explore what it means to be Asian American
  • Imagine and create Asian America
  • Dig into the history of the U.S. and its entanglements with power
  • Question assumptions about nation and belonging
  • Trace current-day complexities of race, gender, class, and identity
  • Advocate for Asian Americans and racial justice astutely and effectively
  • Build community with Asian Americans and beyond

... then our program is for you!

If you're interested in Pacific Islander/Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies and the Pacific Islander community at De Anza, check out Native American and Indigenous Studies (specifically NAIS 31) and the learning community called IMPACT AAPI. Although the term "Asian American Pacific Islander" is commonly used to draw Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders into one undifferentiated grouping, ASAM recognizes the complex pan-ethnic nature of both "Asian American" and "Pacific Islander."

At De Anza, we approach Asian American studies (ASAM) and Pacific Islander/Pacific Islands/Oceania studies (NAIS) as two distinct disciplines. We welcome you to check out both!

We Build Community

students sitting and talking on lawn

De Anza’s Asian American and Asian Studies community is inclusive and supportive, whether you are a full-time student looking to transfer, a professional working at a nonprofit organization, a DEI manager at a high-tech company, or a lifelong learner pursuing personal enrichment!

The Asian American and Asian Studies department invites you to ask lots of questions – about Asian Americans, the diasporic worlds of Asian America, and configurations of power. In searching for answers, we collectively build the community that is Asian American and Asian Studies.

Manny De Leon

An Nguyen

Mariamwit Giday

“We have the choice to show the world that we exist beyond our complexion, and walk confidently as role models for those who want fair treatment and opportunity to grow.”

– Asian American Studies Student, De Anza

Courses, Certificate and Programs

The Asian American and Asian Studies department offers 14 courses  and a Certificate of Achievement in Asian American Studies.

In collaboration with campus and community partners, our department also provides civic leadership training across different ages, an internship in teaching Asian American studies, a year-long cohort program, and scholarships:

"I think that learning about immigration policies in American history was particularly important for me to understand given the current political climate and contemporary issues surrounding immigration."

– Asian American Studies Student, De Anza 


Mae Lee

Mae Lee
Department Chair


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