Funding Priority

Celebrating Asian America

Poised to become a regional and national leader, the Asian American Center cultivates a critical understanding of Asian American peoples, cultures and histories while enhancing the University’s commitment to excellence by expanding access to interdisciplinary learning and preparing the next generation of leaders for an increasingly multicultural society.

Since 2000, North Carolina’s Asian American population has grown tremendously, increasing by 85% from 2000 to 2010 — the third highest rate in the entire country and the fastest among all southern states.

Carolina’s student community reflects these gains, with almost one-fifth of new Tar Heels in 2019 identifying as Asian/Asian American. As the population is extremely diverse and continues to grow, the Asian American Center helps foster a greater understanding of the diversity and complexity of Asian American identity while amplifying scholarship and education about Asian America.

The goals of the Asian American Center are to: (1) promote a public understanding of diverse Asian American identities, cultures and histories and the role Asian Americans have played in shaping American society; (2) provide learning and development opportunities to UNC-Chapel Hill Asian American students, faculty and staff and the Chapel Hill Asian American community; and (3) connect those with Asian American interests to greater regional, national and global conversations.

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