Who We Are

Founded in 2018, Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) is an interdisciplinary academic program with a minor degree program dedicated to the studies of Asian America and the Asian diaspora. AADS seeks to educate, create collaborative opportunities, and forge partnerships within and beyond Duke. We are dedicated to the following goals:

  • Offer a curriculum that enriches the understanding of the long-neglected history, rich cultural heritage, and present position of Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora through pedagogy, public outreach, and programming;
  • Raise awareness of the relationships of Asian Americans and the global Asian diaspora to U.S. history;
  • Develop a Southeast regional hub for Asian American and Diaspora Studies, with particular focus on the intersectional dynamics of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in the American South.