Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College Records

Date Range: 19492010
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2010-07-19
Creator: Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College

History: The Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College, City University of New York, is committed to producing and supporting community-based research on the diverse populations that make up the Asian diaspora in the Americas. Founded in 1987, the A/AC organizes research projects, conferences, and seminars, in addition to publishing a series of working papers by academics and community leaders, all of which examine the history and other aspects of Asian American experiences. The A/AC also works to support Asian American Studies. In 2010, for the first time at Queens College, the A/AC began offering courses in the field, allowing students to minor in Asian American Studies. The A/AC is also building a new resource lounge, which will house multimedia materials on Asian Americans.

Currently directed by Dr. Madhulika Khandelwal, the A/AC is invested in the larger Queens community. The Center is working with the Queens Borough President’s Office to aid non-profit organizations who wish to translate their documents and materials into Spanish and various Asian languages to better serve the diverse communities that live in the borough. The A/AC also makes its research library available for on-site use to the public and students.

Sources: Asian/American Center. “Our Mission.” Accessed February 2, 2015.

Ngui, Edward. Conversation with Amita Manghnani. Flushing NY, July 17, 2010.

Queen’s College. “Asian/American Center.” Accessed February 2, 2015.

Summary: The Asian/American Center (A/AC) Records total 76.5 linear feet and contain over 2,500 titles, including books, periodicals, working papers, monographs, and VHS tapes by or about Asians from North, Central, and South America as well as the Pacific, Caribbean, and Asia. The bulk of the collection, 57.5 linear feet, contains books, journals, and magazines published between the mid-20th and early 21st century. Subjects covered include history, anthropology, photography, post-colonialism, critical race theory, gender, immigration, architecture, identity, and international relations, as well as fiction. Of note is Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men (1981), Richard Jaccoma’s Yellow Peril: The Adventures of Sir John Weymouth-Smythe (1978), and Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa’s Language in Thought and Action (1949). Also included are issues of Amerasia Journal (1974-2000) and Dœdalus (1993-2002), and the periodicals India Currents and People’s Daily Overseas.

Measuring 11.5 linear feet are multiple copies of materials published by the A/AC including working papers (1998-2004), the Center’s newsletter (1996-2004), and informational brochures about their services and history. The working papers include “A Time of Crisis, an Opportunity for Unity: South Asians Strive for Social Justice in New York City After September 11” by Deepa Iyer and ”Chinese Small Business in Queens, New York” by Hsiang-shui Chen.

VHS tapes from 1983-2000 measure 7.5 linear feet and include Census 2000: A Guide for Asian Pacific Americans in Mandarin, English, Korean, and Cantonese, and British Asian filmmaker Gurindher Chadha’s I’m British But… and Acting our Age.

Stored electronically and available on its website, are the working papers published by A/AC, and community profiles of and census information about various Asian American groups.

Total Size: 76.5 linear feet, electronic records
APA-related Size: 76.5 linear feet, electronic records
Languages of materials: English, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
Arrangement: other
Location: Asian/American Center at Queens College offices, Queens College, CUNY
Bibliographic Control: other
Finding Aid Link:
Conditions Governing Access: Available to the public by appointment only, Monday-Thursday 9:30 am-2:30 pm.

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