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The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) was established on November 19, 2001, by The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees, in a resolution introduced by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. The Institute is a university-wide scholarly research and resource center that focuses on policies and issues that affect Asians and Asian Americans. It covers four areas: Asian American Studies; East Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; and Trade & Technology Studies.

Our Mission
The City University of New York, with 24 institutions city-wide, is rich in faculty who have expertise in Asian and Asian American studies. As of Fall 2016, CUNY enrolled over 50,714 (20.8%) Asian undergraduate and 4,639 (15.8%) graduate students who will soon emerge as a vital segment of New York City’s workforce and leadership. Asians represent over 5,980 (13.2%) faculty and staff at CUNY.

The Asian American/Asian Research Institute seeks to achieve the following:

  • to be an Asian intellectual and cultural center that addresses the  needs of New York’s diverse ethnic subgroups of Asian origin

  • to be a respected authority regionally, nationally, and internationally, on issues concerning Asia, and the Asian American community

  • to stimulate the study of Asian people, languages, cultures, and countries as well as Asian immigrants and their descendants who live in the U.S.

  • to bring together a community of scholars and channel their scholarship and research energies on Asia and the Asian American experience

  • to identify timely issues that affect the Asian and Asian American communities

  • to conduct scholarly, unbiased studies impacting policy and community concerns

  • to disseminate its research results and educate the public about  Asian and Asian American issues

  • to serve as a bridge between CUNY, and the Asian American community

Our Accomplishments

  • Established a weekly public lecture series featuring over 190+ topics

  • Received the following grants: CUNY Diversity Grants to produce the “Chinatown in the 21st Century” workshop, and conference on “Asian American Women,” Verizon Foundation Grant to conduct the “Community/ Academia Hi-Tech Bridge Workshop,” Ford Foundation Good Neighbor Grant to fund Lecture/Cinema Series

  • Provided funding for research proposals by six CUNY faculty members

  • Produced nine major conferences, including Asian American Leadership: Healing and Rebuilding New York after 9/11; Global Entrepreneurship: Economic Development for Asia and the U.S.; South Asians and the Diaspora; The Well-Being of Asian American Senior Citizens; Caribbean Asians: The Journey Continues; Asian American Women: Celebrating Successes, Meeting Challenges; Redefining Asian America in the 21st Century

  • Produced CUNY Bulletin of Asian American / Asian Affairs, Vol. 1 - 6

  • Produced CUNY FORUM: Asian American / Asian Studies, Vol. 1 - 3

  • Established a community forum for Asian organizations to conduct outreach

  • Offered workshops on Chinese Calligraphy and Painting; Tai Chi; & Asian Civilizations: Exploration of the Chinese Mind; and Dharma

  • Established an Asian cinema series during the summer and winter sessions

  • Produced a website featuring live webcasting, streaming video, and audio podcast of activities; and instant messaging for live interaction during events or online assistance

  • Established an annual CUNY-wide Asian American Film Festival

  • Established the AAARI/Dr. Thomas Tam Professorship in Asian American and Asian Studies

Plans for the Future
We envision the Asian American / Asian Research Institute to be a financially well-endowed organization, and respected authority regionally, nationally, and internationally on issues concerning Asia, and the Asian American community. It will continue to be a non-partisan research institution and a pan-Asian intellectual and cultural center that addresses the needs of New York's diverse subgroups of Asian origin, and a bridge between the City University of New York, and the Asian American community.

  • Collaborate and provide research opportunities for faculty, with a particular emphasis on new faculty

  • Provide research opportunities for students on Asian American and  Asian affairs

  • Establish professional development opportunities for Asian American faculty and staff, including leadership in higher education



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Ron Woo

Vinit Parmar


Carol Huang

 Board Members
Young Cheong
Ravi Kalia
Rose Kim
Kiyoka Koizumi
Sambhavi Lakshminarayanan
Catherine Ma
Ann Matsuuchi
Diana Pan
Ryoya Terao

Honorary Members
Betty Lee Sung

Community Resources
Edward Ma

Administrative Staff

Joyce Moy
Executive Director

Antony Wong
Program Coordinator

Loretta Chin
Special Projects Coordinator

William Tam
College Assistant

Zhu-Hui Wu
College Assistant


Russell C. Leong


Claire Chun
Research Intern

Ming Xue Sun
Research Intern


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