Asian American Studies Resource Center


Asian American Studies Resource Center
422 Rockefeller Hall

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Note on fall 2021 operations: due to Cornell health and safety protocols, all visitors to Rockefeller Fourth Floor and AASP offices must wear a mask at all times.

Established in 1989, the Asian American Studies Resource Center serves both Cornell and the surrounding Ithaca community. Library materials and media pertaining to Asian America are available for study, research, and viewing. The AASP collection includes over 3000 books, journals, periodicals, music recordings, and films and is searchable online. Books and videos are available for loan to the Cornell community.

Our study lounge is available for reading, group study, organization meetings, film screenings, or just hanging out between classes. We also have a conference room available by reservation. Our computer lab, shared with the Latina/o Studies Program, has 8 computers, two laser printers, and a copier for student use. Printers are outfitted with the CU Print system for limited free printing for students.

In addition to the many wonderful resources available in the AASP Resource Center, Cornell's Library Liaison Program currently offers four go-to librarians for Asian American Studies. They are subject specialists who provide support for faculty and student research, instruction, and scholarly communication, who build rich library collections or can refer you to other library experts.

Resource Center
This picture depicts a group of Japanese Americans in the background and another Japanese American in the front with a Japanese flag in the middle

Japanese American Relocation Centers Records: A Student Digital Exhibition

Click here to access the Student Digital Exhibition of the Japanese American Relocation Centers Records at Cornell University. Here you will find select primary documents from the Japanese American Relocation Centers Records accompanied by student historical analysis. The exhibition is a part of a class project from two courses taught by Dr. Chrissy Yee Lau, including AAS 2130: Introduction to Asian American History and AAS 3470: Asian American Women’s History. This class project comes out of collaboration between the Asian American Studies Program and the Rare Manuscript Division.

The goal of this digital exhibition is to bring public attention to the historical documents located at this unique archive and to offer an analytical insight, with attention to race, gender, class, and generation, into the incarceration experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II.

To assist their analysis of the Records archive, students utilized the wide range of secondary sources from the Asian American Resource Center. For a list of notable publications exploring the topic of Japanese American Incarceration, please contact the department.

AASP is a home on campus for me. I feel very comfortable and always welcome in the fourth floor of Rockefeller Hall, whether I am looking for a snack, study table, or nap space. Spam and Eggs, Wednesday Lunch Series, and PRAXIS events make me more aware of various Asian American issues and expand my horizons. However, the best part of AASP are the people; the students and staff shape the program and space. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive, lending an ear if you need to talk and genuinely concerned about your well-being.

— Wendy Chen ‘19