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Asian and Pacific Islander

The University of Minnesota has a vast array of Asian and Pacific Islander academic, cultural and community groups to become involved with on campus. We welcome you to join us and our vibrant community!

Get involved

Founded in 1975, the Asian-American Student Union (ASU) is an affiliate organization to 13 separate student organizations, such as the Hmong Student Association, Korean Student Association, or Cambodian Student Association of Minnesota.

There are also opportunities to join the Chinese American Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, and Lao Student Association for new year celebrations with traditional activities and foods, or get involved with the Hmong Minnesota Student Association.

Help plan ASU's Spring Conference, a popular event featuring a variety of speakers, dancers, poets, musicians, and professors representing many Asian American cultures. Or, enjoy the Indian Student Association's annual Diwali Show in the fall.

Study Asian cultures

As a U of M student, you will have the option to study the world's diverse cultures as part of your academic experience. Recent class offerings include "Hmong History Across the Globe," and "Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America."

The U of M offers a minor in Asian American Studies, in which you can explore Asian American history, politics, literatures, and cultures. Students can explore current events, identities, and experiences. Or, in the Asian Languages and Literatures major, you can study languages such as Chinese, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

"The Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA) is a place I can feel comfortable, meet new people, and find myself culturally. As activities co-chair, HMSA has given me the chance to be a leader and have my voice heard... It's just a great place to be and everyone is always welcome."

-Ashley Yang, Journalism and Mass Communications (Advertising) and Communication Studies

Living Learning Communities

The University offers over 30 interest-specific Living Learning Communities (LLCs) where students live together in a dedicated area of a residence hall. Each LLC is co-sponsored by an academic department or college and is designed to deliver a variety of events and services to support students in their academic and personal growth. Here are a few examples of LLCs to explore. Learn more online!

  • Chinese Language and Culture House: Surround yourself with students who are passionate about Chinese
  • TRIO Multicultural LLC: A vibrant multicultural community of scholars, leaders, and change-agents.
  • Tsev Hmoob: Live and build a long-lasting support system with other Hmong students on campus.

Student Groups

Find meaningful opportunities that add to your overall learning and development as a leader and engaged member of the University community. Take control of your co-curricular involvement by joining a group, attending an event, working on campus, developing leadership skills, and be recognized for taking an active role in the University community.

Examples of groups you may want to explore—learn more online!

  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
  • Asian-American Student Union
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Asian History and Economic Association
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers at the U of M
  • Asian Business and Economics Student Association
  • Asian Collective Theatre
  • Oriental Music Club
  • Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority
  • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity
  • Korean Student Association
  • Phillipine Student Association
  • The Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association- Young Generation- U of M chapter
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences at the U of M
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • Taiwanese Student Society
  • Korean International Student Organization
  • Cambodian Student Association of Minnesota
  • Vietnamese Student Association
  • Malaysian Student Association
  • Hmong Minnesota Student Association
  • Minnesota-Mongolian Student Association

Have a question?

Get in touch with the Coordinator for Asian/Pacific Islander Recruitment!

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