An instrumental part of the Asian American Studies movement, the Northwestern University Hunger Strike transpired after failed negotiations with the campus administration to create funding for Ethnic Studies and include more Asian American Studies courses. Students organized a hunger strike that lasted for 23 days and called for action on behalf of the campus administration to adhere to their demands. Most importantly, the strike aroused awareness and support from campuses across the country. 4 years later, the program established a minor in Asian American Studies at Northwestern. The students faced the possibility of arrest for illegal camping and one had been hospitalized for being seriously ill and suffered damage to his organs from not eating.