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Carleton College Archives: History of BIPOC Student Organizations at Carleton

Asian Student Organizations

In Carleton's early history, most Asian students enrolled in the school were international students from China and Japan. Under the direction of the Department of International Relations students were given support and community as international students. It wasn't until 1977 that ASIA (Asian Students in America) was created, giving Asian and Asian-American students their own space and community to host speakers, meals, and cultural events. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, new groups were formed to support specific groups in the Asian community and celebrate diversity within the larger community. 

Organizations for which the archive contains a wealth of information have received their own pages here, while other important organizations have limited documentation and are featured on the "Additional Asian Student Organizations" page. 

1977 - Present  Asian Students in America (ASIA)
1979 - 1993 Asia Week
1988 - Present  Chinese Club 
1994 - 1995  Japanese House 
1997 - 1999 South Asian Society (SAS) 
1997 - 2014 Barkada 
1997 - Present  CHAI
1998 - 2014 Dedicated to the Exploration of South-Asian Interests (DESI)
1998 - Present  Korean Students in America (KSA) 
2001 - Present  Coalition of Hmong Students 
2001 - Present Tim Viet 
2004 - Present 

Chinese Music Ensemble  

2005 - Present  Japanese Circle 
2013 - Present  Mosiac of South Asian Interest at Carleton (MOSAIC) 
2018 - Present  Coalition of Southeast Asians (COSEA)
2021 - Present  Taiwanese Cultural Society (TCS)