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Help APA Studies program better educate the MSU community about Asian American experiences

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the Asian Pacific American Studies (APAS) Program at MSU. To mark this milestone, we are planning a series of celebratory events to recognize the many people and work it took to create and sustain the APAS Program, bring together our community, and create a lasting resource that highlights Asian American histories and experiences.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

In the last several years, the APAS Program – like the APIDA/A community – has made great strides to establish our presence on campus. Events that make up the annual APAS Program, alongside events such as those marking APIDA/A Heritage Month every year, highlight this presence and serve as opportunities to come together and grow even stronger as a community.

Our Community, Our Stories 

There also exists an urgent need to create an accessible and educational resource that informs the MSU community about Asian American histories and communities in local, national and global contexts, especially given recent shifts in racial climate and demography. With this aim in mind, the APAS Program plans to launch, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, a digital project that will provide the MSU community a resources to recognize and learn more about Asian American experiences, on campus and beyond.

The project will culminate in the release of a new website, titled Our Community, Our Stories (OCOS), in fall 2024. The website will include archival materials in the form of documents, photographs and oral histories relating to the development of APAS at MSU. Highlighting the past, present and future of APAS, the aim of this website is to create a living resource that not only records the history of our community, but can continually be updated to highlight its multiple intersections and dynamisms in the years to come.

In addition, the website can also be used as an “Asian American Experience 101 @ MSU” resource, which will find broad reach not only on the MSU campus, but also at local schools in the Greater Lansing area.

Project Budget

Funding will be used in 2024-25 to support key aspects of the APAS Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. These include:

  • Locating, organizing and creating resources related to Asian American experiences at MSU.
  • Creating opportunities for the APAS and wider APIDA/A communities to come together to honor our past and envision our future.
  • Launching the Our Community, Our Stories website, which presents texts, photos and audiovisual resources in an easy-to-understand, accessible way.
  • Designing an educational module that allows any interested users to understand who Asian Americans are and why their experiences matter.

As we continue to face the anti-Asian American sentiment that rose during the coronavirus pandemic, the work of APAS is crucial. Consider supporting today to build a better, more educated future.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 24OOPCF1AHAS” in the note section.

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