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Asian Studies

Welcome & About This Research Guide

Welcome to the Asian Studies Research Guide at Central Washington University

We're glad you're here. This guide contains information and resources relating to the field of Asian Studies. Here, you'll find tips for getting started on your research and curated, subject-specific resources for conducting research in the field of Asian Studies.

About Asian Studies

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a curriculum drawn from courses in the university's various colleges. The program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the complexities of the Asian region. It serves as an integral element in support of CWU's goals of internationalizing the curriculum, emphasizing area studies programs, and providing provocative learning experiences that prepare students for contemporary life in a changing world. Through the collaborative support of the university's colleges and the Office of International Studies and Programs, students benefit from a challenging program of study.

Asian Studies at CWU

Spotlight on Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage, History, and Racism toward Asian Americans

Spotlight on Asian American and Pacific Islander History and anti-Asian Racism in the United States

graphic that says "STOP AAPI HATE"

As part of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, the CWU Libraries partnered with the Asian Studies Department and the CWU EthicsLab to create a series of events reflecting on the themes of APPI history, identity, experiences, and anti-APPI racism in the United States.

Events include:

  • May 4th  (4:00-5:00PM): Revolution Goes East: Radicalism in East Asia in the Interwar Period, lecture by Dr. Tatiana Linkhoeva - Register Here
  • May 17th (3:00-5:00PM): Convergences Generative Writing Workshop (open to CWU English students only) - contact to register.
  • May 25th (3:00-5:00PM): Convergences: Charting New Possibilities for Asian American Writing During Times of Crisis | a panel and reading by Chen Chen, Danni Quintos, and  SJ Sindu | Moderated by M. Eliatamby-O'Brien - Register Here

CWU Libraries has also prepared this reading guide with suggested reading, listening, and watching for cultivating greater awareness about AAPI identity and experiences, as well as ending racism against Asian Americans in the United States. Inside you'll find recommendations library holdings like novels, poetry, comics, academic books) and related podcasts on the AAPI diaspora. In the Brooks Library in the second floor Student Commons you will find a physical display of books on this topic.

Further reading:

Sponsored by the CWU Asian Studies Program, Department of English, EthicsLab, Department of History, CWU Libraries, Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities.




Graphic Novels

Self-Evident: Asian America's Stories

As people of all backgrounds reckon with complex legacies of race, power, culture, and identity and ask themselves, “Where do I stand?” Self Evident presents reported stories and radically open conversations from the everyday Asian Americans who have been confronting this question for generations. Our mission is to empower local communities to share stories and build relationships around the value of self-representation.

Southern Fried Asian

Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in the American South.

Asian Americana

A show about slices of distinctly Asian American culture and history.

Featured Titles in Asian Studies

Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964.

One distinctive feature of post-war Japanese cinema is the frequent recurrence of imagistic and narrative tropes and formulaic characterizations in female representations. These repetitions are important, Jennifer Coates asserts, because sentiments and behaviors forbidden during the war and post-war social and political changes were often articulated by or through the female image. Moving across major character types, from mothers to daughters, and schoolteachers to streetwalkers, Making Icons studies the role of the media in shaping the attitudes of the general public. J

Gender Diversity in Indonesia

Indonesia provides particularly interesting examples of gender diversity. Same-sex relations, transvestism and cross-gender behavior have long been noted amongst a wide range of Indonesian peoples. This book explores the nature of gender diversity in Indonesia, and with the world’s largest Muslim population, it examines Islam in this context. The book examines the lives and roles of these variously gendered subjectivities in everyday life, including in low-status and high-status ritual such as wedding ceremonies, fashion parades, cultural festivals, Islamic recitations and shamanistic rituals. The book analyses the place of such subjectivities in relation to theories of gender, gender diversity and sexuality.

The People's Republic of Amnesia

On June 4, 1989, People's Liberation Army soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing, killing untold hundreds of people. A quarter-century later, this defining event remains buried in China's modern history, successfully expunged from collective memory. In The People's Republic of Amnesia, Louisa Lim charts how the events of June 4th changed China, and how China changed the events of June 4th by rewriting its own history. By tracking down eyewitnesses, discovering US diplomatic cables, and combing through official Chinese records, Lim offers the first account of a story that has remained untold for a quarter of a century.

Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven

In 2014, the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan grabbed international attention as citizen protesters demanded the Taiwan government withdraw its free-trade agreement with China. In that same year, in Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement sustained 79 days of demonstrations, protests that demanded genuine universal suffrage in electing Hong Kong's chief executive. It too, became an international incident before it collapsed. Both of these student-led movements featured large-scale and intense participation and had deep and far-reaching consequences. But how did two massive and disruptive protests take place in culturally conservative societies? And how did the two "occupy"-style protests against Chinese influences on local politics arrive at such strikingly divergent results?

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