Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

A bird's eye view of Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago Illinois, landscaping design by Site Design Group, Ltd., a company led by MSU Alumnus Ernest Wong. Photo Courtesy: Site Design Group, Ltd.

This month, we celebrate “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month” to honor the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Thuy-Tram Butler

Ms. Thuy-Tram Butler, an academic specialist in MSU's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations (SHRLR), is primarily charged with helping SHRLR Master's students find placements. She is also a member of her school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, and ensures that SHRLR adheres to DEI policies.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Alisha Phan

Alisha Phan is a fourth-year MSU undergraduate double majoring in Psychology and Human Biology and minoring in Asian Pacific American Studies. She is also an active member of Asian Pacific American Student Organization and is the newly elected president of the Vietnamese Student Association.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Ernest Wong

Mr. Ernest Wong, is a MSU Landscape Architecture Alumnus from the School of Planning, Design and Construction. Wong is the founding Principal and President of Site Design Group, Ltd. He is an award-winning urban designer of creative and beautiful spaces, whose architectural designs have positively impacted the lives of many in our community.

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Asian Pacific American Studies Program

As the Asian Pacific American Studies Program prepares for its 20th anniversary, program leaders are launching a digital resource project that helps us better educate the MSU community about Asian American experiences. As racial climate and demography change on campus and across the country, an urgent need exists to create an accessible and engaging educational resource that better informs the MSU community about Asian American history in local, national, and global contexts.


Additional Resources

  • Books
    • Minor Feelings : An Asian American Reckoning (2021) by Cathy Park Hong

    • The Making of Asian America: A History (2016), by Erika Lee

    • Yellow Peril!: e An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear (2014) edited by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats

    • The Myth of the Model Minority : Asian Americans Facing Racism, Second Edition (2014) by Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin

    • All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir (2019) by Nicole Chung

    • I Hotel (2019) by Karen Tei Yamashita and Jessica Hagedorn

    • Native Speaker (1996) by Chang-Rae Lee

    • It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way (2019 ) by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad

    • This Time Will Be Different (2020) by Misa Sugiura

    • China Men (1989) by Maxine Hong Kingston

    • Locus (2019) by Jason Bayani

    • America Is Not the Heart (2018) by Elaine Castillo

    • Obit (2020) by Victoria Chang

    • How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays (2018) by Alexander Chee

    • So Many Olympic Exertions (2017) by Anelise Chen

    • All You Can Ever Know (2018) by Nicole Chung

    • Immigrant, Montana: A Novel (2018) by Amitava Kumar

    • Pachinko (2017) by Min Jin Lee

    • The Sympathizer (2015) by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    • Minor Feelings (2020) by Cathy Park Hong

    • Night Sky with Exit Wounds (2016) by Ocean Vuong

    • A Little Life (2015) by Hanya Yanagihara

    • Last Boat Out of Shanghai (2019) by Helen Zia

  • Children Fiction
  • Academic Articles
    • Chen, Guo (2021). “Working Together for Racial and Social Justice: From Anti-Asian Racism and Violence to Anti-Racist Praxis in Geography.”

    • Kim, J. (1999). Are Asians Black?: The Asian-American Civil Rights Agenda and the Contemporary Significance of the Black/White Paradigm. The Yale Law Journal,108(8), 2385-2412.

    • Libretti, T. (1997). Asian American Cultural Resistance. Race, Gender & Class,4(3), 20-39.

    • Le Espiritu, Y. (2001). "We Don't Sleep around like White Girls Do": Family, Culture, and Gender in Filipina American Lives. Signs,26(2), 415-440. 

    • Chow, E. (1992). The Feminist Movement: Where Are All the Asian American Women? S.-Japan Women's Journal. English Supplement,(2), 96-111.

    • Lee, S. (1994). Behind the Model-Minority Stereotype: Voices of High- and Low-Achieving Asian American Students. Anthropology & Education Quarterly,25(4), 413-429.

    • Wong, S., & Jeffrey J. Santa Ana. (1999). Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature. Signs,25(1), 171-226.

    • Chow, E. (1987). The Development of Feminist Consciousness among Asian American Women. Gender and Society,1(3), 284-299.

    • Courturier, M. (2001). The Asian American Movement: A Sociological Analysis. Michigan Sociological Review,15, 83-92.

    • Goyette, K., & Xie, Y. (1999). Educational Expectations of Asian American Youths: Determinants and Ethnic Differences. Sociology of Education,72(1), 22-36.

    • Lu, A., & Wong, Y. (2013). Stressful Experiences of Masculinity Among U.S.-Born And Immigrant Asian American Men. Gender and Society,27(3), 345-371.

    • Junn, J., & Masuoka, N. (2008). Asian American Identity: Shared Racial Status and Political Context. Perspectives on Politics,6(4), 729-740.

    • Yoon, K. (2008). Learning Asian American Affect. In Mao L. & Young M. (Eds.), Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric(pp. 293-322). University Press of Colorado. 

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