"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 Spring Course!

ASAM 13: Asian Americans and Asia

  • Interactive, supportive course with teaching assistant
  • Weekly Zoom class + asynchronous online activities
  • Case studies include:  Anti-Asian scapegoating and Sinophobia / Korean transnational, transracial adoptions / Filipino Americans and nursing / Vietnamese Americans and politics / Dalit Americans and discrimination / Arab and South Asian Americans and Islamophobia

Did You Know? 

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

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 astutely and effectively
  • Build community with Asian Americans and beyond

... then our program is for you!

If you're interested in Pacific Islander 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.

We Build Community

students sitting and talking on lawn

De Anza’s Asian American community is inclusive and supportive, whether you are a full-time student looking to transfer, a professional working at a nonprofit organization, a diversity and inclusion 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 currently offers 11 courses, and five new ones starting Fall 2020. Starting in 2020-21, we will also offer 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


Office Location

F3 31L
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