ASAM 25th Anniversary


Asian American Studies Program 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Visualizing Asian American Futures

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Asian American Studies at Penn, we look forward to building our collective futures as an academic program and community. Through a series of events in Spring 2022, we will commemorate both the struggles and the triumphs of our field, the Program, and our students, past and present. The recognition of our history demands a renewal of our responsibilities to our communities in the face of anti-Asian racism and increased insecurity resulting from the pandemic. And just as the field of Asian American Studies grows, redefining the scope and approach of its scholarship, our program seeks to expand with a series of new hires, additional course offerings, and a major in Asian American Studies, while relentlessly and unapologetically shaping the conversation of what it means to be Asian American at Penn. Please join us this spring as we explore these issues with Penn scholars, activists, students, and ASAM alumni to visualize our futures together. 


Please save the date March 19th, 2022!

Join us for the 25th Anniversary celebration at The Study in University City

20 South 33rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Please join us in person and RSVP

If you can’t join us in person, please join us by Zoom! You can register in advance for this meeting here!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



10:00- 11:00 am: Check in / Exhibition  

11: 00- 11:15 am

Welcoming Performance and Welcome Remarks  

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

"ASAM History: Looking Back to Look Forward"  with former UAB Chairs

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

UAB remarks

Keynote speaker: Cathy Park Hong, Author of Minor Feelings 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch and Book signing with Cathy Park Hong 

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Remarks - Ben Huynh, President UPAAN 

Panel "Visualizing Asian American Careers:  Living Asian American Futures"   with ASAM Alumni

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Networking & Coffee Reception   

5:00p - 7:00 pm

Dinner (By Invitation Only) 

About the panels:

ASAM: Retrospective Panel - Looking Back to Look Forward: with Lindsey Liu, Duong Ly, Erin O’Malley, Seung Hyun Chung, Christian Perucho, Louis Lin 

            Moderator: Claire Nguyen

ASAM Career Panel - Living Asian American Futures: with Dana Nakano, Brian Redondo, Eugena Oh, Evelyn Gong, Dave Lu, Shaina Zafar 

            Moderator: Anthony Tran 


The ASAM 25th Anniversary Exhibit “Exploring our past.” will be open to the public during the all day. This exhibit explores our program’s past. From protest signs to symposium posters, we’ll revisit important moments in ASAM’s history.


During the all day we will also host the ASAM 25th Anniversary Exhibit “Exploring our past.” This exhibit explores our program’s past. From protest signs to symposium posters, we’ll revisit important moments in ASAM’s history.


  • Wednesday Night with ASAM Alumni Series


  • 25th Anniversary Podcast



 A podcast on Asian American Studies Program history in partnership with The University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network (UPAAN.) Through the ASAM-  UPAAN Podcast, we hope to document the oral history of the ever-changing, multifaceted APA experience on Penn's campus across generations, as well as to share and highlight our alumni's stories, both from their time on campus as well as from their lives after graduation.

Listen to the UPAAN x ASAM25 Podcast