"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 

Coming Summer 2021...

  • ASAM 10: Contemporary Asian American Communities (Special APALI Leadership Academy)
  • ASAM 32: Vietnamese Literature from Tradition to Asian American Identity
  • ASAM 40/ARTS 2G: Arts of Asia 
  • WMST 22: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women

Events in Spring 2021

Presidential proclamation of May as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Ethnic Studies Multiracial Panel Series 

Join the Intercultural and International Studies Division for an online series of panel discussions and dialogues, with faculty from our four core areas of Ethnic Studies, along with students, classified professionals and administrators. Five consecutive panels, Fridays2:30-4:30 pm. Look for related CAN/DID Inclusion Series videos preceding each of the panels.

  • Friday, April 30: African American Studies
  • Friday, May 7: Asian American and Asian Studies
  • Friday, May 14: Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Friday, May 21: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Friday, May 28: Comparative Ethnic Studies – Building Multiracial Alliances

We encourage participation in the entire series, for full inclusion and understanding. Please register in advance to attend.

Support in Response to Anti-Asian Racism 

  • De Anza's Psych Services is hosting processing groups to address current events affecting Asian American communities. 
  • Meets every Wednesday beginning April 14, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • Meeting ID: 962 8732 7926. Zoom link here.  

Why Asian American and Asian Studies? 

If you want to ...

  • Explore what it means to be Asian American and Pacific Islander
  • Imagine and create Asian America and Pacific Islander community
  • 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 Pacific Islanders astutely and effectively
  • Build community with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

... then our program is for you!

We Build Community

students sitting and talking on lawn

De Anza’s Asian American and Pacific Islander 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 and Pacific Islanders, the diasporic worlds of Asian America and Oceania, 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

New Course Code

Beginning in 2020-2021, we will have a new code for our department: ASAM. Until then, courses offered by the Asian American and Asian Studies department will use the Intercultural Studies code: ICS.


Mae Lee

Mae Lee
Department Chair


Office Location

F3 31L
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