The Association for Asian American Studies was founded in 1979 for the purpose of advancing the highest professional standard of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Asian American Studies; promoting better understanding and closer ties between and among various sub-components within Asian American Studies: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hawai’ian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, and other groups. AAAS sponsors professional activities to facilitate increased communication and scholarly exchange among teachers, researchers, and students in the field of Asian American Studies. The organization advocates and represents the interests and welfare of Asian American Studies and Asian Americans. AAAS is also founded for the purpose of educating American society about the history and aspirations of Asian American ethnic minorities.
The purposes of the Association reflect long-term goals and interest of the membership, and serve to guide the Association's policies and activities.
1. To promote the highest professional standards of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Asian American Studies.
2. To promote better understanding and closer ties between and among various subcomponents within Asian and Pacific American Studies.
3. To promote a meaningful and useful collegium among all individuals professionally involved and committed to the study of Asian Americans.
4. To coordinate professional activity involving meetings, research projects, teaching, advocacy projects, and community relations among members; and between members and non- members.
5. To support increased communication and scholarly exchanges among students, teachers, and scholars in the field of Asian American Studies.
6. To promote professional dignity in the field, its many programs and practitioners, so as to have a positive influence upon American public opinion, society, and government in all areas where Asian Americans are affected.
7. To act as an advocate for the interests and welfare of Asian American Studies in academia and government.
8. To assist with the task of educating American society and government with the history of Asian Americans and the contemporary issues and problems they face in the United States.