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“…history has determined our lives, and we must…work hard for what we believe to be the right thing…life is something we borrow and must give back richer when the time comes.” – Carlos Bulosan

What is AAAS @ Laney College?

Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and current experiences of Asian Pacific Americans. It is an academic program and a major for the Associate Arts (AA) degree in the Ethnic Studies Department. There are three other collaborative programs, including African-American Studies, Mexican/Latino Studies and Native American Studies.

AAAS offers introductory and survey courses that are all transferable to the CSU and the UC. The courses meet IGETC requirements and fulfill GEs for the AA degree. To speak truthfully, most undergraduate students are pragmatic about their time and schedules, so they quickly admit when asked that they register and enroll in AAAS to fulfill GEs. Once in the courses, however, a special transformation may take place such as with Hong Pham (see her article). We hope to see you in some of our classes!

Laney students have recommended AAAS courses, and here is testimony:

Get to read Ron Takaki's, 'Stangers from a Different Shore', only costs $8.00 for a used copy. -Richard
I took all the courses with AAAS instructors because they are outstanding! -Alyce
The film class is really interesting, fun and not boring at all. -Doung
I enjoyed doing the faire project, and won an award for Best Display.. -Masanori
I finally had a chance to find out what it means to be American of Asian Descent. -Nai

What is the AAAS Student Leadership and Community Action Faire@ Laney College?

The Asian/Asian American Studies (AAAS) Student Leadership and Community Action Faire engages the Laney College campus community in an open dialogue about current issues relevant to the Asian American experience today, and it celebrates the contributions of Asian Americans to the diversity and history of the United States. Organized by students enrolled in AAAS courses and sponsored by the ASLC, our next multi-cultural event is scheduled on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 11am to 1pm in the Student Center, 3rd floor. AAAS students work in small groups to design and develop educational, political, and cultural displays showcasing their team’s many talents and generous gifts. Through active participation, leadership skills and coalition building, our students are creating and validating their voices at Laney College. Student clubs and local API community groups will also table at this event.