Even though we are living through what seem like uniquely challenging times, I feel a lot of excitement at the start of the school year and the anticipation of engaging with the Carolina community. This will be another terrific year for the Asian American Center, with many engaging artists and scholars set to visit. Our first major event of the semester is also our first in partnership with Duke University’s Asian American and Diaspora Studies Program, a conference on September 9-10 bringing together as many of the people studying and teaching Asian American studies in the Southeast as we could gather. (Register at go.unc.edu/SCAAS!)
We are growing our systems to support campus and community endeavors this year. One of the biggest campus gaps that we’ve been trying to fill is the need to support student projects about and with Asian American communities. It’s been a pleasure to mentor and empower students who are working on everything from K-12 curricula to community documentaries to poetry. If you’d like to learn more and get involved with our incubator, whether by offering or receiving mentorship, please reach out. And don’t forget about the support available for intersectional projects through Alliance, a partnership of four centers.
Here’s to another strong year of growth for the Asian American Center, and for all of us.