Founded in 1987, the Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College is dedicated to the development of community-oriented research to analyze and understand the various dimensions of the Asian American experience.
A/AC studies and engages the multicultural communities of Queens—the most diverse county nationwide and home to more than half of New York City’s Asian Americans—and draws upon the rich community resources around the campus. The center plays an important role in bridging the academic arena with Asian American communities and strengthens collaborations and partnerships. A/AC also serves the campus with programs and curriculum-building efforts focusing on Asian American communities.
A/AC’s work includes the following:
• Conducting research projects that analyze diverse Asian and Asian American communities and examine interethnic relations in our multicultural society.
• Publishing a series of working papers consisting of its research findings as well as papers by noted scholars and community leaders.
• Sponsoring conferences and seminars to encourage scholarship and discussion on cultural diversity.
• Providing support and services to enhance academic pursuits of students and faculty, particularly those of Asian background.
• Sharing its research library—a unique collection of several thousand titles—with the campus and the community.
• Offering free translation of English documents into various languages for nonprofit organizations.