CUNY FORUM
Asian American Studies + Global Voices + Community Perspectives + Latitudes

Editor-In-Chief: Russell C. Leong

Editorial Board: Meena Alexander (Hunter College/CUNY & CUNY Graduate Center) | Moustafa Bayoumi (Brooklyn College/CUNY)
Luis H. Francia (Hunter College/CUNY & NYU) | Jennifer Hayashida (Hunter College/CUNY) | Evelyn Hu-Dehart (Brown University) | Kenneth Guest (Baruch College/CUNY)
Peter Kiang (UMASS-Boston) | Amitava Kumar (Vassar College) | Kyoo Lee (John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY) | Pyong Gap Min (Queens College/CUNY)
Phil T. Nash (University of Maryland) | Betty Lee Sung (Prof. Emerita, City College of NY/CUNY) | John Kuo Wei Tchen (NYU) | David K. Yoo (UCLA)

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Asian American Matters: A New York Anthology
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Release Date: November 2017

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Editor: Russell C. Leong | Publisher: Joyce O. Moy | Assistant Publisher: Antony Wong

Editorial Intern: Tiana Cheng-Wilson | Proofreader: J. Mayor | Journal Design: William Tam & Antony Wong | Information Technology: Zhu-Hui Wu

News Coverage
World Journal | News India Times

Video Presentation for Guandong University of Foreign Studies
Second International Forum
(December 9, 2017)

 

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"A generation ago, scholars held out for the promise that, in addition to the West and the Pacific, Asian American studies could be anchored in communities that were 'east of California.'
Asian American Matters: A New York Anthology
 delivers on that promise, with a collection of incisive writing by activists and educators that is necessary, timely, and vital."

- Theodore S. Gonzalves, Ph.D.
Curator, Asian Pacific American Histories, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
President, Association for Asian American Studies (2018-2020)

 

"Situated against a backdrop of increased xenophobia, reinvigorated nativism, rising Islamophobia, and intensified racism in the United States, Asian American Matters potently reminds its readers of the possibilities of coalitional activism and political dissent. Such capacious dynamics, consistently at the forefront of Asian American Matters, evocatively reflect and refract the revolutionary legacies which brought the very notion of “Asian America” into being."
 

- Cathy Schlund-Vials
Director, Asian and Asian American Studies Institute
Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies
University of Connecticut
President, Association for Asian American Studies (2016-2018)

 

"Students of Asian America should add Asian American Matters: A New York Anthology to their bookshelves. Editor Russell C. Leong brings together academics and writers to piece together
 the diverse strands that make Asian America a political possibility and a community of connections and intersections."

- Deepa Iyer, Author, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future

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A commemorative edition on the fifth-year anniversary of CUNY FORUM, founded in 2013 to advance thinking & action in Asian American Studies. Asian American Matters (ISBN: 978-0-692-94978-8, 256 pp., illustrated, $25) features forty New York and U.S. scholars writers, artists and activists, is the first national anthology to address post 9/11 issues around Asians, Asian Americans, South Asians, and Muslims in relation to Asian American Studies and communities.

Within Asian American Matters, the 50-year history of Asian American Studies as a scholarly and cultural discipline, together with video, open-source, and on-line educational sites, are provided by renowned writers, including Shahidul Alam, Meena Alexander, Tomie Arai, Moustafa Bayoumi, Sylvia Chan-Malik, John J. Chin, Margaret M. Chin, Loan Thi Dao, Mariam Durrani, Raymond Fong, Luis H. Francia, Molly Higgens, Yibing Huang, Tarry Hum, Shirley Hune, Allan Punzalan Isaac, Mary Uyematsu Kao, Peter Nien-chu Kiang, Prema Kurien, Peter Kwong, Son Ca Lam, Vinay Lal, Russell C. Leong, Robert Lee, Zai Liang, Vivian Louie, Erik Love, Joyce Moy, Kevin L. Nadal, Don T. Nakanishi, Phil Tajitsu Nash, Songkhla Nguyen, Glenn Omatsu, Vinit Parmar, Raymond Pun, David K. Song, Samuel Stein, Rajini Srikanth, Eric Tang, Shirley Suet-ling Tang, Antony Wong, Ming Xia, and Judy Yung.

  1. Taking on a Post-9/11 World with Asian American Studies

  2. Fifty Years of Past & Futures (of Asian American Studies)

  3. Writing Across, Against and Beyond Borders

  4. Activism, Art & Media

  5. Community Research and Online Methodologies

  6. Passages: Peter Kwong

 

CUNY FORUM Volume 4:1
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Editor-In-Chief: Russell C. Leong | Publisher: Joyce O. Moy | Assistant Publisher: Antony Wong

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AAARI's fourth issue of CUNY FORUM is concerned with how Asian American Studies, as a radical education initiative begun forty-years ago, can become a "change-creator," providing a counter narrative to what is already known or practiced. Here, East Coast scholars, activists, artists and institutions, through their work and research bring critical transcultural perspectives and uncommon meanings to both voice and practice.

This 152 page journal (Volume 4:1, Fall 2016 to Winter 2017, ISSN: 2329-1125, $15.00) features three sections, each examining through essays, commentaries, and research:

  1. Transcultural Voices

  2. Asian American Studies

  3. Research & Reports

 

CUNY FORUM Volume 3:1
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Editor-In-Chief: Russell C. Leong | Publisher: Joyce O. Moy | Assistant Publisher: Antony Wong

Editorial Assistant: Loretta Chin | Proofreader: J. Mayor
Journal Design: William Tam & Antony Wong | Information Technology: Zhu-Hui Wu

AAARI's third issue of CUNY FORUM commemorates and examines the history of Asian American Studies on the East Coast during the tumultuous time of the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Learn from leading scholars and pioneers in the field about the future of Asian American and South Asian Studies in research, teaching, and education.

This 152 page journal (Volume 3:1, Fall 2015 to Winter 2016, ISSN: 2329-1125, $15.00) features three sections, each examining  through essays, interviews and poetry:

  1. Asian Pacific American Studies

  2. Community Research Perspectives

  3. Global Voices: Asia, Africa and the Americas

CUNY FORUM Volume 2:1
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Editor: Russell C. Leong | Publisher: Joyce O. Moy | Assistant Publisher: Antony Wong

Production Manager: Antony Wong | Editorial Intern: Ken Ruan
Graphic Design Production: William Tam | Journal Design: Russell C. Leong, William Tam & Antony Wong
Proofreader: J. Mayor | Information Technology: Zhu-Hui Wu | Production Interns: Maggie Liu & Allison Wen

Book Launch Event (Oct 10, 2014)

 

AAARI's second issue of CUNY FORUM features a mixture of Nobel Prize recipients together with notable Asian Pacific scholars, journalists and public artists including individuals connected with Bangladesh, South Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Nepal, Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines. The FORUM, taking its cue from new media approaches, introduces its contents through a visual mapping diagram, with keys and links to free digitally-available content. According to the editor, the goal of the FORUM is to bring intellectual and cultural communities together in a New York commons that takes readers well beyond typecasting Asian Americans as merely another American "minority brand," or as “the newest kid on the block,” and to link their experience and history with broader trends in scholarship, communications, media, and literature across the Asia Pacific region and including the Americas. 

This 158 page journal (Volume 2:1, Fall 2014 to Winter 2015, ISSN: 2329-1125, $15.00) features four sections, each examining  through essays and research reports:

  1. Asian Pacific American Studies

  2. Global Thinking and East-West Philosophy

  3. Global Voices: Asia, Africa and the Americas

  4. Latitudes / Word & Image

CUNY FORUM Volume 1:1
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Editor: Russell C. Leong | Publisher: Joyce O. Moy

Assistant Editor: Trevor J. Lee | Production Manager: Antony Wong
Graphic Design Production: William Tam | Journal Design: Russell C. Leong, William Tam & Antony Wong
Proofreader: J. Mayor | Information Technology: Zhu-Hui Wu | Distribution and Mailing: Shashi Khanna

Book Launch Event (November 4, 2013)

 

CUNY FORUM is the first journal in CUNY's 166-year history focused on Asian American and Asian issues, edited by veteran editor and award-winning American Book award writer Russell C. Leong, the 2012-2013 CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor at Hunter College. According to Leong, the goal of the FORUM is to bring intellectual and cultural communities together in a new commons that takes readers well beyond typecasting Asian Americans as merely another American "minority brand."

Beyond heated discussions around Asian Tiger Moms or Jeremy Lin last year, the media has seemingly created a "new branding" of Asian Americans– based on clichés of high-achieving students and economically savvy parents. The new Asian Americans have even been termed by some as the "new Jews" of New York. There is an insatiable need to plunk Asian Americans, once again, into the model minority niche that first came into existence in the 1960s. Global immigration, the ascendance of China and India, and better Western news coverage of East Asia and South Asia has all served to conflate Asia and the Asian American success story.

But does all this hype help– or hinder– Asian Americans– and who ARE the real Asian Americans behind this ubiquitous– and oft– insidious– typecasting? More importantly, what and how do they think – as scholars, writers, practitioners, or even poets? CUNY FORUM provides some answers and features some of the best thinkers and writers associated with the City University of New York's twenty-four institutions who challenge the status quo.

This 144 page full-color journal (Volume 1:1, Fall 2013 to Winter 2014, ISSN: 2329-1125, $15.00) features CUNY scholars drawn from faculty at Hunter, City College, Queens, Baruch, John Jay, and the Graduate Center who tackle and examine both contemporary issues and intellectual conundrums. Four sections each examine, through essays and research reports:

  1. Asian American Studies

  2. Global Thinking and East-West Philosophy

  3. Community-based Research

  4. Literature