Library Information for CU Asian American Studies Program

Collections in Asian American Studies at Cornell

Kroch Asia Library houses the majority of Asian American Studies materials in the humanities and social sciences, including history, literature, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, religion, and more.

Materials relevant to Asian American Studies are also housed in discipline-specific libraries such as Music, Fine Arts, ILR, Law, plus Mann (education & health sciences), Olin & Uris (humanities and social sciences), and others.

Collection Development Contact Information

Lorena Nash
177 Kroch Library

Collection Development for Asian American Studies resources are handled by Lorena Nash in Kroch Library. To recommend a purchase in Asian American Studies for the library collection, Cornell faculty, staff, and students can complete an online Purchase Request form.

Library Instruction and Research Consultations for Asian American Studies

Carole Atkinson
180 Kroch Library

The digital revolution has made an enormous amount of information available to researchers in Asian American Studies and related disciplines, but discovering resources and using them effectively can be challenging, both for incoming freshmen and seasoned scholars.

The library provides instruction in using its resources for classes from freshmen- to graduate-level seminars.

Faculty/Instructors: If you would like to arrange for a course-specific library instruction session, please fill out the online Instruction Session Request Form.

Students and other Cornell-affiliated patrons: If you would like to arrange for an individual research consultation, please fill out the online Consultation Session Request Form, or contact Carole Atkinson directly.

Library Research Guide for Asian American Studies

The Asian American Studies Research Guide categorizes and annotates over 75 Asian American Studies information resources, primarily from CU Library reference collections. Included are encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, bibliographies, dictionaries, almanacs, print indexes, online databases, and more. Information on the page is reviewed and updated regularly.

Core Reference Sources for Asian American Studies

Asian American Encyclopedia
editor, Franklin Ng
New York : M. Cavendish, c1995
Kroch Library Asia Reference (Non-Circulating) E184.O6 A827x 1995+

This 6-volume encyclopedia provides the most thorough coverage of the Asian American experience past and present ever published in a single multivolume reference source. The information found in this reference set cannot readily be found elsewhere. Highlights the role of Asian Americans in the arts, education and scholarship, government and politics, science and technology, sports, and many other fields. Entries cover such broad topics as the Asian American Movement, Families, the Model Minority, Asian American Women and more. Charts, tables, graphs and more than fifty maps complement the text.

Reference Library of Asian America
Susan Gall, managing editor ; Irene Natividad, executive editor
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, c1995
Olin Library Reference (Non-Circulating) E184.O6 R32 1995

3 volumes. The first 15 chapters describe Asian Pacific Americans by selected nationality/ethnicity. Subsequent chapters offer in-depth discussion of Asian-American history and life, such as immigration, civil rights, family, language, education, labor, religion, literature,and the media. A chronology section includes key documents excerpted or in full-text. A biography section includes profiles of prominent Asian-Americans and selected speeches.

Asians in America: The Peoples of East, Southeast, and South Asia in American Life and Culture [Series]
edited with introductions by Franklin Ng
New York : Garland Pub., 1998

Kroch Library Asia Reference (Non-Circulating) E184.O6 A866 1998 [6 volume set]

Volume 1: The History and Immigration of Asian Americans
(Circulating copy in Olin Library E184.O6 H58x 1998)

Volume 2: Asian American Family Life and Community
(Circulating copy in Kroch Library Asia E184.O6 A8275x 1998)

Volume 3: Asian American Women and Gender
(Circulating copy in Olin Library E184.O6 A8424x 1998)

Volume 4: Adaptation, Acculturation and Transnational Ties Among Asian Americans
(Circulating copy in Kroch Library Asia E184.O6 A33x 1998)

Volume 5: Asian American Interethnic Relations and Politics
(Circulating copy in Olin Library E184.O6 A8414x 1998)

Volume 6: Asian American Issues Relating to Labor, Economics, and Socioeconomic Status
(Circulating copy in Olin Library E184.O6 A829x 1998)


The Columbia Documentary History of the Asian American Experience
Franklin Odo
New York: Chichester: Columbia University Press, c2002
Olin Library E184.O6 C63 2002

This collection of key documents presents the rich Asian American heritage through primary sources—speeches, diary entries, editorials, advertisements, court opinions, legislation, songs, and poems—along with expert, concise editorial commentary. It testifies not only to the rapid expansion of the field of Asian American studies in the last decade but also to the innovations in scholarship on Asian Americans in many fields, including western history, feminist studies, political science, anthropology, and military history.

The Columbia Guide to Asian American History
Gary Y. Okihiro
New York : Columbia University Press, c2001
Olin Library E184.O6 C64 2001

Offering an insightful road map of Asian American history as it has evolved over more than 200 years, this book marks the first systematic attempt to take stock of this field of study. It examines, comments, and questions the changing assumptions and contexts underlying the experiences and contributions of an incredibly diverse population of Americans.

The Asian Population 2000 (Census 2000 Brief)
U.S. Census Bureau

Provides a portrait of the Asian population in the United States and discusses its distribution at both the national and subnational levels. Looks at characteristics of the total Asian population and then focuses on detailed groups.

Databases for Asian American Studies

Bibliography of Asian Studies [Restricted to Cornell]
The online version of the Bibliography of Asian studies (BAS) contains more than 410,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Includes relevant materials on Asian Americans.

Asia Studies Full Text Online
Database for the study of modern Asia Pacific. As the exclusive licensee for many of the region's most prestigious research institutions, brings together thousands of full-text reports covering 53 countries on a multitude of business, government, economic, and social issues. Includes some materials on Asian Americans.

Other Databases for Research in Asian American Studies
Asian American Studies-related material can also be found in ProQuest, America -- History & Life, Literature Resource Center, Web of Science, Project Muse, MLA, JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, and many other electronic databases. See the databases section of the Asian American Studies library research guide for more information.