Hyphen at "What Can You Do With Asian American Studies?"

April 16, 2010


Ah, yes. That eternal question: What can I do with an Asian American Studies degree?

As an Asian American Studies masters student, I ask myself that every day as I sustain myself on 90 cent Chinese buns and try to slog through chapters on intersectionality and heterogeneity. 'Tis a glamorous life.

But a bunch of cool folks at Claremont Graduate University -- specifically the CGU Transdisciplinary Studies Group on Asian American Studies -- decided to put together a free, one-day conference for students in the Asian American Studies field who want to know where they can take their knowledge when they hit the professional or academic path. It ain't a business degree, but that doesn't mean there aren't options for the Asian American Studies afterlife, particularly in academia, community/non-profit, and media.

Registration is now closed for the Saturday, April 17 event, but if you want some resources or are interested attending future conferences, check out the conference website for info on speakers and panels, as well as their Facebook page.

Hyphen will not only be tabling at the event (this is where I guilt you into subscribing!), but I will be speaking on the New Media and Arts panel along with filmmaker Tad Nakamura and Giant Robot co-editor Martin Wong.

This event makes Claremont the third university Hyphen has visited in the past six months or so after San Francisco State University and University of Maryland. Is a mass Hyphen campus invasion possible in the future...? [Cue sinister laughter]


Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at www.sylvie-kim.com and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.