As I approach the end of my first year as AES Chair, there is much to look back on that reminds us all just how important the work we do is in supporting the well-being of the department. While we have faced our share of challenges, it is in the celebratory moments we showcase in this issue of All Eyes on AES that we find the most authentic manifestation of our commitment to a future that beckons and asks us to remember who we are and where we’re going. Once again, the diverse... Read more
On Friday, May 6th, various members of the University of Washington community and beyond gathered at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center for the first American Ethnic Studies research symposium titled “Toward Transdisciplinary Perspectives.” The event marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of AES as a department and the 45th anniversary of the founding of three programs that eventually joined together to become the department: African American Studies, Asian American Studies... Read more
Professor Erasmo Gamboa has provided an exceptional opportunity to several AES students by inviting them to work on his oral history project of Latino/as from the Yakima Valley. Gamboa’s project collects stories and photos from Latino/a residents of the Yakima Valley from 1930 to 1960. These stories are being collected in part to create a map of sites of historical significance to the Valley, but also to create a museum exhibit for the Sea Mar Latino Museum and Cultural Center that is currently... Read more
Azeem Victor and Dante Pettis have taken multiple American Ethnic Studies courses. They’re also star players on the UW Husky football team. Most importantly, to hear them tell it, they are both mentors to dozens of young students in south Seattle.
Listening to Victor and Pettis talk about their work through the AES Community Ambassadors Program is inspiring. The program, founded by AES’s Dr. Terry Scott and now in its inaugural year, has given seven UW student-athletes a remarkable... Read more
On February 11th, an array of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and community members gathered for a Forum on Race and Equity co-sponsored by the Departments of American Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Conceived in part in response to UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s ongoing Race & Equity initiative, the forum served as an opportunity for a representative from each of the three departments to reflect critically on what... Read more
Professor Tetsuden Kashima, who is retiring at the end of spring quarter after 39 incredible and productive years as an AES faculty member, has made his mark with several remarkable projects for the UW and the wider Seattle community.
Kashima, who received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego, has been a professor at the University of Washington since 1976. He worked as a Director of Asian American Studies until the program joined with the African American Studies... Read more
In her eighteen years as a professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies, Gail Nomura has been happy to see the leaps and bounds that scholarship and students have made in Asian American studies. As a pioneer in the field, Nomura leaves her post as a professor in the department having seen her field develop, improve, and continue to grow. “I’m glad that we’ve reached a point where we’ve been able to plant Asian American studies at major universities,” she notes. “Students can major in... Read more
Professor Stephen Sumida sits in the same office that he once occupied as a graduate student. Years passed between Sumida receiving his PhD in English in 1982 and then returning to teach at the UW in 1998, but it seems that he and his office were meant to be together. When Sumida finally vacates the office in June, retiring after 18 years as an AES professor and after a long career as a pioneer of Asian American literary studies, the office will be left without its most important tenant.... Read more
This spring, the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences authorized searches for three-year lecturer appointments in the teaching of Tagalog and Swahili. After a national search, UW was able to offer appointments to long-time AES lecturers Richard Atienza and Jacqueline Waita. Their language instruction has been invaluable for the many students they have served over the last several years, and AES welcomes their continued service in the department.
Richard Atienza, a native of Manila... Read more
After years of laying the ground for it, Professor Lauro Flores recently saw the opening of his curated exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art. The exhibit, titled “Beyond Aztlán: Mexican and Chicano/a Artists in the Pacific Northwest,” has draw together a collection of work by fifteen visual artists with ties to the Northwest. Directors of the MONA contacted Flores two years ago inviting him to assemble an exhibit on the basis of his work as a historian of Pacific Northwest art. As Flores... Read more
The University of Arkansas Press is publishing a major new book, Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: A Decolonial Reader as a volume in an exciting new series on Food and Foodways edited by Dr. Jennifer Wallach. The book includes sixteen original chapters and was assembled and co-edited by AES Professor Devon G. Peña in conjunction with Dr. Luz Calvo (California State University-East Bay), Dr. Pancho McFarland (Chicago State University), and one of his... Read more