Statement on the TAAF Grant Read

What Asian American Studies is

Asian American Studies is an academic discipline which critically examines the history, issues, sociology, religion, experiences, culture, and policies relevant to Asian Americans. The organization also advocates and represents the interests and welfare of Asian American Studies and Asian Americans.


Since 1998, AAAS has published an esteemed peer-reviewed journal (Journal of Asian American Studies) to support Asian American Studies as a dynamic interdisciplinary field. In addition, since 1980 AAAS has sponsored an annual national conference, which remains the central academic venue for Asian American Studies.  In addition to featuring research in Asian American Studies, the conference sponsors convenings for directors and chairs of Asian American studies programs and departments; hosts workshops for junior faculty; stages “drop-in” job market clinics for graduate students; recognizes cutting-edge research via its book awards; celebrates the work of field founders and community organizers; and serves as an information/advocacy resource on matters concerning Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Asian American Studies.

Mission Statement

“Founded in 1979, the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) has emerged as a primary research and teaching hub for Asian American Studies, an interdisciplinary field born out of the 1960s movements for racial justice, third world liberation, and student activism. Advancing the highest professional standards of research, teaching, and service in the field of Asian American Studies, the AAAS is committed to sponsoring conferences, symposia, special projects, and publications, which engage the association’s priorities with regard to scholarship, mentorship, and pedagogy. Equally important is the degree to which the association’s various objectives – specifically as they intersect with advocating and representing the interests and welfare of Asian American Studies and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – reflect multiple communities and varied identities.”