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Asian American Studies

Welcome to the Asian American Studies Subject Guide. Use the left navigation links to learn about the kinds of Asian American Studies resources available to CSUN students and faculty.


Keywords are words or phrases describing your product or service that you choose to help determine when and where your ad can appear. Metadata is "data that provides information about other data (books, articles, primary sources, etc.)", but not the content of the data, such as the text of a message or the image itself. Language matters in searching and writing.

"In the last few years, there has been a growing number of what are called “keywords” texts. These texts invite scholars to contribute definitions to emerging vocabularies in particular disciplines and can be used somewhat like glossaries. New York University Press has published eight books in its Keywords Series in the last few years."

For more information read, Metadata Justice: At the Intersection of Social Justice and Cataloging (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2019)

The AAPI/ API diaspora in the United States is made up of the following countries which can be used as keywords in a search. This is a short list to use in your searches and by no means represents all keywords for Asian American Studies.

  • China
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • Korea
  • Philippines
  • ​Filipino (or, Pinoy)
  • Samoa
  • Samoan
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • Camboadia
  • Taiwan
  • Fijii
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar 
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia 
  • Singapore
  • Timor
  • Brunei
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Maldives
  • Bhutan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Hawaii

Library of Congress | Subject Headings

Content is from the Library of Congress.

"Authorized subject headings are an excellent way to locate relevant materials in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Given the large number of pertinent subject headings for researching the topic of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the list here comprises a selection of the most effective ones for research. Click on each linked heading below to browse the online catalog for collection materials on that subject, and to see related broader or narrower headings. To search for additional subject headings, we recommend using the “Browse” search using the "SUBJECTS beginning with" option, then enter the subject heading words in the box."

The following subjects provide a good starting point for your research of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:

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