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Asian American Coalition Records

Identifier: RG02.0003.052

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Scope and Contents

The Asian American Coalition collection primarily documents the first ten years of the organization’s existence from 1998 to 2008 with a smaller percentage of documents being from after 2009 to 2014. The collection contains documents such as the founding constitution, an issues paper which laid out why the organization was necessary, internal emails between the original student leaders which highlight their goals as an organization, communications with the University administration where they expressed many of their demands to the University, fliers and meeting notes for the various events they hosted on campus and in the community, and early newspaper coverage of the organization from the Daily Iowan.


  • Creation: 1998 - 2014

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This collection is open for research

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Biographical / Historical

The Asian American Coalition was a student organization at the University of Iowa from 1998 to 2017. The organization began after a counselor at the university, Dr. Dau-shen Ju, delivered a presentation titled Asian American: Am I Invisible? in the fall of 1998. The graduate and undergraduate students that attended Dr. Ju’s original presentation continued to meet to discuss the lack of institutional support for Asian Americans at the University. These informal gatherings would lead to the creation of the Asian American Coalition which they viewed as an umbrella organization that supported other Asian and Asian American groups on the campus. During the group’s nineteen-year tenure, the Asian American Coalition served as a political, social, educational, and cultural space for Asian Americans at the University of Iowa. Some of the organization’s highlights include playing a key role in establishing the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, organizing many of the early Asian Pacific American Heritage weeks at the University, and engaging with the local Iowa City community through reading children’s stories as the group Chopstix Theatre.


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