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In the classroom, in scholarship, and through campus and community advocacy, the Program is committed to examining the histories and experiences; identities, social and community formations; politics; and contemporary concerns of people of Asian ancestry in the United States and other parts of the Americas. 

In many ways, the Asian American Studies Program at Cornell is my home. I remember the first class I took in the program with pride. The students were actively involved, pushed their stances, and eagerly checked to see if they were on point. It is my belief that unless a class makes your heart pound or your blood boil, you have not experienced what it feels like to be truly engaged in learning. The AASP provides just that. It is for this reason that I am proud to be an AASP major. The Asian American Studies Program provided me with the tools and language necessary to have a real impact in the community as a student leader. The staff and faculty are first rate; their passion for Asian American studies provides inspiration for their students.

— Aminta Liu '14