Since the spring of 2021, the W&M Asian Centennial commemoration has sought to honor trailblazers beginning with the first Asian student, Pu-Kao Chen 1923 (also known as Chen Pu-Kao), and to acknowledge the accomplishments of Asian and Asian American students, faculty and staff at William & Mary. The commemoration formally culminates in a series of events this month.
After a year and a half packed with academic collaborations, research, performances, exhibits and other programs, William & Mary’s Asian Centennial commemoration will culminate with several special events later this month, including Asian Centennial Day on April 30.
Frank discussion with classmates helps William & Mary students understand course material in a different way in the religious studies class Modern Hinduism.
This expanded version of the festival will feature more films than ever before, in addition to music, theater, dance and an industry summit.
The Reves Center for International Studies, in cooperation with the Asian Centennial Committee, has announced that Viet Thanh Nguyen will deliver the 2022 McSwain-Walker Lecture. His talk, “Refugees, Language, and the Meaning of ‘America,’" will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 5pm in Commonwealth Auditorium and on Zoom.
Documentary filmmaker Marissa Aroy, distinguished film fellow for the university’s Asian Centennial, will be on campus in April to begin work on a video history of Asian people’s experiences at William & Mary.
The Reves Center for International Studies and the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary Law School have announced that Nagwan Soliman is the 2022 Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence.
Rinabeth Apostol wrote a one-woman show and will perform another in seeking to bring the Asian American experience to the stage at William & Mary. Apostol is serving as distinguished theatre fellow for the university’s Asian Centennial this academic year.
Jason Chen, associate professor of education at William & Mary, is working with Professor of Theatre and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies Francis Tanglao Aguas are using a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a professional development curriculum.
Renowned scholar and musician Johnny Farraj was the distinguished guest performer of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, directed by Professor Anne Rasmussen on November 12, 2021 in their concert for the Asian Centennial.
Andrea Wright, the first Jinlan Liu APIA Faculty Research Award recipient, will study community response to green energy projects
Clarissa Delgado ’09 (left) and Banan Malkawi ’05 are heading up the leadership circle for Asian-Pacific Islander-Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian Alumni of William & Mary.
Narrated and performed by Javaad Alipoor and co-star Peyvand Sadeghian, RICH KIDS loosely follows the ill-fated story of lovers Parivash and Hossein (the first, a middle-class girl, the second, one of the show’s eponymous #richkids) backwards in time, from its end in a car crash back to its beginning as seen on Instagram, the audience’s window into the couple’s narrative.
Sumié Yotsukura ‘22 and Brian Zhao ’23 recently celebrated the installation of the exhibit, “Pu Kao Chen: Thoughts of 1923 U.S. & W&M,” at Swem Library. The exhibit was the culmination of their research project to unearth the stories of the first Asian students to attend W&M.
While recognizing the accomplishments of Asian and Asian American students at the university over the past 100 years, the commemoration also seeks to probe the social and historical context of their experiences.
The story of Indian migrant workers does not end with the individual lives of these men. It is also a product of greater systemic inequalities and power structures. “I began to see how race and nationality began to inform how workers were treated and the policies that emerged.” In a book she is currently working on, “Producing Labor Hierarchies,” Wright writes about her works analyzing labor laws and understanding the various intersections of race, class, caste, and other systems of oppression and their effects on the lives of workers in the Middle East.
Rinabeth Apostol, award-winning West Coast-based actor, educator, director and activist, opens the workshop premiere of her solo show “little brown gIRL” this Tuesday October 12 in a special two-night engagement at the Kimball Theatre.
Prof. Andrea Wright has won the Jinlan Liu APIA Faculty Research Award.
A full slate of performances, writing talks and exhibitions open to the university and local communities is planned for the fall at William & Mary.
R. Benedito Ferrão and Deborah Al-Najjar have co-edited a special issue of the João Roque Literary Journal titled "1991: Dispossessions – A 30th Anniversary Remembrance of the Gulf War."
Chitralekha Zutshi is Class of 1962 Professor of History at William & Mary. She has written widely on nationalism, religious identities, and historical traditions in South Asia, primarily in the context of Kashmir. Her books include, Languages of Belonging: Islam, Regional Identity, and the Making of Kashmir; Kashmir’s Contested Pasts: Narratives, Sacred Geographies, and the Historical Imagination; Kashmir: Oxford India Short Introductions, and the edited volume, Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation.
Roberto Jamora will be researching and then seeking to capture in imagery the history and experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans at William & Mary.
Rani D. Mullen is an associate professor of government at William & Mary. Her research and teaching focus is on democratization and development in South Asia, and democracy and state building in India and Afghanistan in particular.
Quan Chau '21 writes, performs and films his own play dealing with his experiences as a child of immigrants from Vietnam.
Associate professor Emily Wilcox and W&M alumni Emily Matson ’12 and Austin Strange ’12 receive prestigious fellowships supporting the next generation of American scholarship on China.
The following books by William & Mary faculty members were published in 2021.
A 2021 Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Matt Crittenden ’21 seeks to build systems in data and policy that contribute to a better world and to serve as a role model for future Asian American students in the global governance and development community.
Following a consultative and thorough process established earlier this year, William & Mary’s Board of Visitors voted Friday to rename two campus buildings and name one campus structure to honor trailblazing alumni who helped open the door for marginalized people at both the university and beyond.
Please join us for a AMES & APIA 2021 CAPSTONE CONFERENCE
We are excited to announce the approval of our new AMES CONCENTRATION TRACK: Comparative Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES).
W&M News recently spoke with R. Benedito Ferrão, assistant professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies, to discuss the history and roots of anti-Asian sentiment and violence in the U.S. and abroad.
We, the AMES (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) community of students, staff, and faculty, are shocked, outraged and saddened by the March 16th shootings in Atlanta, GA in which eight people died, including six women of Asian descent.
A Statement from the Faculty of Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies on the safety of AAPI communities, in light of the rising onslaught of anti-Asian acts of hatred and racism, peaking at the March 16, 2021 murders of six Asian women in the state of Georgia.
The Asian Centennial will celebrate all those at W&M, past and present, who identify as Asian or of Asian ancestry, including those from Southwest Asia – often referred to as the Middle East.
Faraz Sheikh, assistant professor of religious studies at William & Mary, has published a new book, “Forging Ideal Muslim Subjects: Discursive Practices, Subject Formation, & Muslim Ethic,” which discusses the forms a religiously-informed, ethical Muslim life can take.
The W&M Middle Eastern Music Ensemble presents a small offering from Fall 2020
As we sheltered in place and at home, we kept our ensemble humming and our instruments in tune
Most students hope for an A for their midterm projects. Thomas Vandiver ’13 got a whole business from his.
Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Hosts Syrian-American Hip Hop Artist and Activist, OMAR OFFENDUM, November 22, 2019
AMES HOSTS OPEN HOUSE, MARCH 2, 2020 TO CELEBRATE THE NEW AMES/APIA LIBRARY
Please read an update from AMES Director, Anne Rasmussen about the third iteration of the interdisciplinary Study Abroad trip to Oman
AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released new data and analysis capturing the results of China’s strategic public diplomacy efforts in 13 countries of South and Central Asia.
Twenty William & Mary students departed for internships in Asia this summer through the Freeman Intern Fellowship Program. They returned with souvenirs in their suitcase, professional work experience on their resume and a better understanding of the career path in their future. The Freeman Intern Fellowship program places undergraduates in structured summer internship opportunities throughout East Asia. Locations include Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, the Philippines, and many more. Each student receives around $5,000 to defray living and travel expenses.
R. Benedito Ferrão, an assistant professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to India in the field of literature.
William & Mary will begin offering a Japanese Studies major this fall, becoming the only public university in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in the discipline.
Congratulations! Class of 2019!
William and Mary students traveled to Bengaluru, India
William & Mary students majoring in any subject will once again have the opportunity to live and work in East Asia this summer, thanks to a grant from the Freeman Foundation.
The latest Tack Faculty Lecture, on Oct. 9, was given by Anne K. Rasmussen, an enthnomusicologist and the William M. and Annie B. Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at William & Mary.
As part of William & Mary's ongoing partnership with sister university Beijing Normal, dance students and faculty from BNU participated in workshops and master classes with W&M students and faculty, and gave a performance last weekend.
In both teaching and research Xin Conan-Wu, associate professor of art and art history at William & Mary, emphasizes how landscapes span time and place.
The Tack Faculty Lecture on Oct. 9 will be delivered by Anne Rasmussen, professor of music and ethnomusicology and the Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern studies at William & Mary. She'll strip away the many misconceptions Westerners hold about music, women and the Muslim world.
As William & Mary celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence, these are just a few of the distinguished professors to receive that honor.
Director of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program received two awards that recognize his dedication to research and teaching students at The College of William and Mary.
History Professor Chitralekha Zutshi's latest book, "Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation," is a compilation of essays by eminent as well as junior scholars that Zutshi commissioned, edited and to which she contributed a chapter.
AMES Faculty, Chitralekha Zutshi has been nominated to be on the Board of Trustees for the American Institute of Indian Studies!
Chitralekha Zutshi, James Pinckney Harrison Professor of History, was interviewed by India Today on the occasion of the launch of her latest book.
Jonathan Glasser, associate professor of anthropology at William & Mary, will be awarded the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award at Charter Day on Feb. 9.
The following books by William & Mary faculty members were published in 2017.
William & Mary Assistant Professor R. Benedito Ferrão will spend a year in Goa, employing the power of art and remembrance to actualize a modified understanding of the region’s cultural identity.
Anne Rasmussen, William & Mary professor of music and ethnomusicology, spent the first six months of this year as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar researching Islamic music in Indonesia.
The Confucius Institute at William & Mary recently completed its annual Chinese Culture Summer Camp for eight lucky youngsters.
Total of 27 Global Studies students graduated on May 13th 2017!!!
Twenty talented and trailblazing professors from William & Mary have been selected to receive the 2017 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.
Photos and illustrations illuminating the lives of Buffalo Soldiers during the Philippine-American War are currently on display in Swem Library’s Botetourt Gallery as part of an exhibit organized by the William & Mary Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies program.
Jolene Mafnas '17 takes on the lead role in Jesse Eisenberg's thought-provoking "Asuncion," opening Feb. 28.
After years-long research on the lives, struggles and performance culture of Pakistani “female spirited” transgender communities, known as hijras, Professor Claire Pamment is exploring spaces beyond the gender binary through theatre.
Hundreds of members of the campus and local communities gathered in the Sunken Garden Thursday for the "No Ban in My Name" rally.