The Asian/Asian American Studies Program at Miami is an interdisciplinary program that applies a transnational and transcultural lens to critical inquiries into important issues both affecting and connecting Asia and Asian America and that prepares students to become global citizens of the twenty-first century.

The program studies how the historical, socio-cultural, and political forces shape our understanding and knowledge about people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the United States and in the diaspora. It aims to develop new paradigms and perspectives to close down past divisions and boundaries and to open up space for dialogue and engagement.

News and Announcements

Book Release Party: Constancio Arnaldo and Stan Thangaraj

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 pm, MacMillan Hall 212, join Stanley Thangaraj and Constancio Arnaldo in celebrating the release of their book, Asian American Sporting Cultures. Food and drink will be served.

Book Lecture: Stanley Thangaraj will speak at Miami

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 5:00-7:00pm, MacMillan Hall 212, Stanley Thangaraj will speak on his book, Desi Hoop Dreams: Pickup Basketball and the Making of South Asian American Masculinity.

A publication opportunity for undergraduates

The Femellectual, an annual publication, is accepting submissions for its 2016 issue. . .

We see you. You’re out there smashing the white, heterosexual, cisnormative, ableist, capitalist patriarchy like the superhero you are. And we want to show the world. Send us your creative writing and art submissions for the Femellectual at We love essays, collages, word puzzles, short stories, photography, paintings, and anything else that fits flat on a page! Get more info on the Fem at : or at

East Asia Faculty Forum

Thursday, November 5th 2015, 4:30pm-6:00pm
MacMillan Hall 212 (Great Room).

"Perspectives on Chinese Culture: Fashion, Art Market, Politeness, and Poetry"

  • Fashion and Revolution - Yihong Pan, Professor of History
  • The Chinese Art Market: An Inside View - Michael Hatch, Assistant Professor of Art History
  • When is Saying "Thank You" impolite? - Liang Shi, Professor of Chinese
  • Classical Poetry and Modernity - Haoshang Yang, Assistant Professor of Chinese
  • A Chinese Tea Ceremony demonstration will be presented by the Confucius Institute

Co-sponsors: East Asian Studies, GRAMELAC, Confucius Institute, History, and Geography

Dr. Constancio Arnoldo publishes new work

Constancio Arnaldo, along with Stanley I. Thangaraj, and Christina B. Chin are co-editing an anthology titled Asian American Sporting Cultures. You can find the book information on the NYU press blog with blurbs from Erica Rand and David Eng.

Dr. Liz Wilson Publishes New Work

Liz Wilson. "Women in Indian Buddhist Hagiography," a lecture for the Women and Buddhism series, Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany June 4, 2015.

Dr. Quanyu Huang Interviewed

Dr. Quanyu Huang was interviewed about his book The Hybrid Tiger for a Dutch journal, Talent. The interview appeared in volume 17, issue 3, May 2015.

Dr. Yu-Fang Cho delivers keynote lectures

Dr. Yu-Fang Cho delivered the keynote lecture at the American Literature and Culture at the Crossroads of Race and Gender Conference on March 23-24 at Nagoya University in Japan. The title of Professor Cho's talk is "Reading Race and Gender in America's Asia Beyond Multiculturalism." Dr. Cho delivered a second keynote lecture, "Opening Up Moving Archives: On Narrating Un/reproduction in Asian America," at the Transnational America and the Question of Literature Symposium sponsored by Hitotsubashi University on March 20, 2015

Dr. LuMing Mao book published in China

book cover for Reading Chinese Fortune CookieThe Chinese edition of LuMing Mao’s Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric was released. Trans. Jianfeng Wang. With a new introduction to the Chinese edition. (Fudan University Press, 2013) (中美混合修辞的崛起—兼读中式签语饼)

AAA Faculty involved in Hong Kong Program

Several AAA faculty have been involved in a special summer internship program in Hong Kong. Read the article to find out how 19 Miami students + 15 companies in Hong Kong = one unforgettable summer internship experience.

Dr. Anita Mannur Publishes New Work

Anita Mannur: “Gender, Terroir and Conflict: Culinary Discourse and Transnational Justice” Transnational American Studies Conference, Center for American Studies and Research, Beirut, Lebanon, January 2014

Dr. Yu-Fang Cho Engages Students in AAA Courses

YuFang Cho works with students in a lecture

Cho and Paulson earn Global Teaching and Learning Award

YuFang Cho profile pictureYu-Fang Cho, associate professor of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and affiliate in Asian/Asian American studies, and Susan Paulson, former professor of anthropology, were named the winners of the Office of Liberal Education’s 2014 Global Teaching and Learning Award.

The award was developed to highlight and encourage best practices in pedagogies that address global perspectives at the undergraduate level. The award winners’ efforts demonstrate effective and innovative teaching practices focused on preparing Miami University students to communicate effectively across linguistic and cultural differences.

Cho was honored for her teaching in AAA/ENG/WGS 351: Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America at Miami’s Oxford campus. The Liberal Education Council lauded ways that her inquiry-based curriculum helped to orchestrate meaningful conversations among the diverse students at Miami who enroll in her class.

This curriculum, writes Cho, “foreground[s] the dynamic connections and mutually constitutive relationships among different cultural and social groups rather than positing differences as passive objects to be ‘studied’ based on mainstream perspectives.”

Raval earns Early Career award from American Psychological Association

raval-vaishaliVaishali V. Raval, Miami University researcher and associate professor of psychology, has been awarded the American Psychological Association's Division 52 Early Career Professional 2014 Award for her international research, teaching and efforts in delivering culturally informed clinical services to youth and families within and outside of the U.S.

Division 52, the international subsection of APA, presents the ECP Award annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of international psychology. Awardees are given the opportunity to present at the annual APA convention, publish his/her research in the Division 52 newsletter and become a member of Division 52.

Read the full news article from Miami's News and Information Service.

Dr. Quanyu Huang’s Book Reviewed

book cover for The Hybrid Tiger by Dr. Quanyu HuangThe Hybrid Tiger: Secrets of the Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids received a starred review from Publishers Weekly on December 2, 2013. A review of the book was on the front page of The New York Times Book Review (February 2, 2014). Miami University's News and Information Department also has an article about the book.

Vaishali Raval and international team win major grant.

Miami professor Vaishali Ravel leads an international team to create cultural-centered mental health education.