December 3's Fact of the Week

Months before the Nassau Hall sit-in at Princeton University, Northwestern University’s struggle for an Asian American Studies Program has just begun. In February 1995, the Asian American Advisory (AAAB) at Northwestern submitted a proposal for Asian American studies to the Offices of the President and Dean. Only 2 months later, Northwestern students organized a hunger strike for 23 days. The strike challenged the campus administration to review and allocate funds for courses in Asian American Studies. In addition, the strike demonstrated solidarity and student strength, and raised awareness and support from not only Northwestern students, but also students from campuses across the country. 4 years later, the Asian American Studies Program would be established as a minor.

Sources: http://www.asianamerican.northwestern.edu/overview/, http://www.asianamerican.northwestern.edu/overview/aaab/bienen-letter-2.html, http://www.asianamerican.northwestern.edu/overview/aaab/bienen-letter-3.html