Asian Americanist scholars, artists, and activists continuously generate critical insights related to Asian American and Asian diasporic racial formation; performance, dance, and literature; migration, experiences with war and empire, and more. The field encompasses comparative methods of study, transnational analysis, and the work of scholars from around the globe.
Knowledge in Asian American Studies is crucial for understanding society, history, literature, religion, culture, art, and beyond. At Williams, AAS courses encourage inquiry within traditional disciplines, bolster a number of interdisciplinary fields, and showcase a wide variety of theories, methods, and methodologies (both creative and scholarly). Students are encouraged to practice intersectional analyses of difference (e.g. race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, citizenship, class), as well as think about the social and cultural construction of power, place, and identity.