Forging interdisciplinary collaborations among cultural studies, ethnography, oral history, and digital humanities, this project aims to produce interactive digital modules for preserving and presenting the unique Asian American experiences in Minnesota. The 2010 US Census indicates that Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, with a 47 percent increase in growth in the Midwest since 2000. Unlike the established narratives from the East and West Coasts, however, the Asian population in the Midwest, especially in the rural areas, has been largely overlooked in extant research. This “invisibility” poses challenges for educators and students, and thus invites new concepts and contents in the study of Asian American communities across various disciplines.
This project is the third installment of the Asia in America series: Asia in Northfield and Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota, representing faculty-student collaboration on collecting, documenting, and analyzing Asian American stories from uniquely Midwestern perspectives. Asia in Minnesota brings issues of diversity, visibility, and connectivity of these vital minority groups to the forefront of civil discussion, especially on race, immigration, citizenship, and democracy.