The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) of the City University of New York (CUNY) selected Mr. Kevin Park as the recipient of the 2016 CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship, for his project, Campaigning for an Asian American Studies Major at Hunter College/CUNY. The Scholarship, in honor of the late Dr. Thomas Tam and administered by AAARI, awards $1,000 annually to a single qualified undergraduate student currently enrolled at CUNY, Asian or non-Asian, who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as Health, Education and Culture.
An undergraduate student at Hunter College/CUNY, Mr. Park’s project, calls for college administrators to establish an Asian American Studies Major/Department, and to create hiring lines for five full-time Asian American Studies faculty. “Asian American history, which is essentially just another aspect of American history, provides everyone with a better understanding of how intertwined the contributions and experiences of the APA community are in the context of U.S. history and its lasting impacts on the U.S. today.” Mr. Park’s campaign seeks to expand and stabilize the current Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, to increase visibility for the CUNY Asian American community, and to ensure that CUNY students will have access to an indispensible interdisciplinary education that fill a critical gap in academia.
An honorable mention prize of $250 was also awarded to Mr. Francesco Asano, an undergraduate student at Brooklyn College/CUNY, for his project, Animal Advocacy or Cultural Imperialism? Asian Animal Rights Advocacy and Racialization. Through his summer research in Japan, Mr. Asano will publish a paper analyzing the racial/cultural dynamics of animal rights activism, and serve as a bridge-builder of animal rights between the Asian and Asian American community.
Mr. Park and Mr. Asano will be honored at AAARI’s 15th Annual Gala on Thursday, December 8, 2016.