School of Interdisciplinary Studies Asian American Studies

Past Events

Spring 2016

AMST Colloquium
Dr. Rachel Lee, Professor
English & Gender Studies, UCLA
Date: March 7, 2016 4 - 5:30pm
Location: HEAV G4

Spring 2015

February 20, 2015
Asian American Studies/American Studies Colloquium
Two separate presentations.

Fall 2013

October 16, 2013

Film Screening Curtis Chin's Vincent Who? 7:00 p.m., Krannert Auditorium Q&A and Discussion to follow

Spring 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Asian American Studies Program's 5th Anniversary Celebration 

Spring 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Asian American Studies Program welcomes artist and memoirist GB Tran. The son of immigrants who fled the fall of Saigon and settled in the United States, Tran explores his family's history in his acclaimed graphic memoir VIETNAMERICA (Villard, 2011). Library Journal declared: “This will be called the MAUS for the Vietnam War, and for good reason. Similar premise: clueless American-born son of immigrants confronts the legacy of family pain predating his birth. Similar outcome: a kick-in- the-gut graphic novel... he purposely fragments the plot, shifting points of view, narrative voices, and settings while the reader—as did Tran—must assemble the pieces to learn how his parents became the people he knew.” Tran will show slides of VIETNAMERICA, discuss his work, and answer questions from the audience. His website is This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 

The Asian American Studies Program welcomes novelist and painter Julie Otsuka, author of WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE, about the internment of a Japanese American family during World War II, and the National Book Award-nominated THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC, about a group of young Japanese "pictures brides" in the early 1900s.

Otsuka will be giving a Q&A at 4:30 pm in Stewart Center, Room 318. At 7:30 pm she will be reading from her work in Krannert Auditorium, Room 140, followed by a book-signing. These events are co-sponsored by the Department of English.

Fall 2009

September 25-26, 2009 
"Crossroads: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Across Disciplines" 
Asian American Studies Conference in Bloomington, IN 

CAAS graduate students Lisa Hanasono and Kate Agathon are part of a conference planning committee comprised of graduate students from Purdue University and Indiana University. Supported in part by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the Asian American Studies Conference will be held September 25-26, 2009, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. 

Spring 2010

April 13, 2010
"New Communities"

A Symposium on Contemporary Asian American Identity
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

April 9, 2010 
ImaginAsian Opening Reception 
6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Tippecanoe Arts Federation 
638 North Street 
Lafayette, IN 47901-1153

April 2 - May 9, 2010 
ImaginAsian Art Exhibition 
Tippecanoe Arts Federation 
Lafayette, IN. 
Spring 2009

Book Reading and Performance 
Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology 
March 30, 2009 
7:30 p.m. 
Fowler Hall

Secret Identities Official Trailer

May 2009 
"Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month" display cases 

In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the CAAS will have two large display cases featuring the Asian American Studies program, photos, and fun facts. The exhibit will be displayed in Stewart Center (May 4-11, 2009) and the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Display Case (May 18-29, 2009) located on the first floor of Beering Hall. 

May 22-June 20, 2009 
Asian American photography exhibition at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette 
102 S. 10th Street, Lafayette, IN 47905 

Along with the Asian American Network of Indiana and Color Tech, the Council on Asian American Studies is proud to support "commUNITY," a provocative photographic exhibition by Lafayette photographer William L. Snyder that documents the realities and experiences of Asian Americans who live, work, and go to school in Greater Lafayette. Through black and white portraits accompanied by brief personal narratives, "commUNITY" investigates the notion of cultural and geographic communities and explores individual identity by deconstructing social, racial, and cultural constructs. 

The traveling exhibit will also be displayed July 2010 in the Walnut and Elm Galleries of the West Lafayette Public Library, and April-June, 2011 at the Indianapolis Art Center. Please see the YouTube video for a sneak peek.  Asiance: Connecting Asian American Women to the World article.

For more information, visit or email 

Fall 2008

November 1, 2008 
Fred Ho Afro-Asian Jazz Ensemble 
Along with Chamber Music America, the American Studies Program and the Black Cultural Center, the Council on Asian American Studies helped to co-sponsor Fred Ho and the Afro-Asian Jazz Ensemble. The Afro-Asian Ensemble is dedicated to producing social relations in the sphere of music. 

Council on Asian American Studies Reception 
October 29, 2008, 4:00-5:30 p.m. 
Purdue Memorial Union East Faculty Lounge 

Reading, Lan Samantha Chang 
Author of Hunger and Inheritance and Director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop 
October 29, 2008, 7:30 p.m. 
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140 
An Experience Liberal Arts event. 

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