The Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Asian & Asian American Studies Program at UMass Amherst is like an interdisciplinary minor that is open to all undergraduate students and provides with (1) a thorough understanding of both Asian and Asian American histories, experiences, and contemporary issues and (2) multi-disciplinary and multi-method research, analysis, and critical thinking

The Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Asian & Asian American Studies Program at UMass Amherst is like an interdisciplinary minor that is open to all undergraduate students and provides with (1) a thorough understanding of both Asian and Asian American histories, experiences, and contemporary issues and (2) multi-disciplinary and multi-method research, analysis, and critical thinking skills, both of which prepare students for the increasingly diverse, globalized, and interconnected world of the 21st century. We also promote a comprehensive and critical understanding of historical and ongoing issues related to social justice and equity for Asians and Asian Americans and other communities of color in the U.S.

About the Organization:

The Asian & Asian American Studies Program at UMass Amherst is like an interdisciplinary minor that is open to all undergraduate students and provides with (1) a thorough understanding of both Asian and Asian American histories, experiences, and contemporary issues and (2) multi-disciplinary and multi-method research, analysis, and critical thinking skills, both of which prepare students for the increasingly diverse, globalized, and interconnected world of the 21st century. We also promote a comprehensive and critical understanding of historical and ongoing issues related to social justice and equity for Asians and Asian Americans and other communities of color in the U.S.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

21-25 YEARS

The Issue:

The relationship between the Asian/Asian American community and other communities of color has always been very complicated. Each share similar positions of being historically marginalized with the U.S.'s racial hierarchy system but also have their own unique characteristics, histories, experiences, and contemporary challenges. Sometimes, institutional mechanisms of injustice and inequality have formed the basis for individual members of each community to blame or criticize members of other communities of color. This cycle of frustration and conflict only reinforces and perpetuates structural racism and white supremacy and keeps communities of color divided and isolated. We need more opportunities to learn from, and support each other. We need ways to facilitate more collaboration to address both institutional mechanisms of inequality but also community-level issues taking place around us, and to empower individuals to expand their interpersonal knowledge and skills. We want to use our Asian American Film Festival to bridge these gaps.

The Solution:

Using our collective expertise and energy in academic teaching and research, programming and student mobilization, and leveraging connections to surrounding communities and larger social networks, the AAASCP seeks to present the fourth annual UMass Amherst Asian American Film Festival. Through screenings and panel discussions of important films and documentaries, this event will bring together students, faculty, staff, filmmakers, and community members from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the artistic expression of filmmaking, promote dialogue and understanding of important issues such as internalized stereotypes between different groups, and how political, economic, and other institutional-level mechanisms of inequity function to keep marginalized groups divided despite their shared histories of marginalization. In the context of significant recent events such as the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-Asian hate during the pandemic, this Asian American Film Festival seeks to give members of diverse communities the opportunity to be seen, heard, feel empowered, and become united.

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