Asian Canadian Studies

The Canadian Studies includes a Minor program, the Asian Canadian Studies Program.

Minor in Asian Canadian Studies

The  Minor in Asian Canadian Studies provides students with an opportunity to better understand the historical, sociocultural, economic, and political forces that shape our knowledge about people of Asian  heritage in Canada.  The category "Asian Canadian" is widely understood to refer to people in Canada of  East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and West Asian ancestry.  

Like all of the Canadian Studies subject POSts, this Minor is multidisciplinary in its approach. Courses foreground the intersections of race and etthnicity with other indices of difference, such as gender, class, migration, sexuality, language, and spirituality, in local, national, and global contexts.  Students take two required half-year core courses in Canadian Studies; select from an array of courses on Asian Canadian Studies; and supplement their program with the large number of cross- listed courses from other departments.

What will I get out of the program?

  • A solid grounding in the writing and thought of scholars, essayists, critics, novelists, and artists who address Asian Canadian issues
  • A comprehensive understanding of the complexity of Canada's place of the world in Canada, with particular attention to Canadian- Asian perspectives
  • An appreciation of the value of interdisciplinary modes and methods of inquiry with reference to understanding the experiences of Asian Canadians
  • The ability to analyze and critically examine research materials in the field of Asian Canadian Studies

The Minor in Asian Canadian Studies is easily combined with more traditional disciplinary areas of study, such as Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Political Science and Sociology, or with interdiscplinary studies in Contemporary Asian Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and East Asian Studies. 


The Minor in Asian Canadian Studies Program requires the completion of 4.0 full credit courses or their equivalent (FCE) in Canadian Studies approved courses, including at least 1.0 full credit course at the 300+ level.

  • CDN267H1/CDN268H1
  • CDN367H1/368H1
  • 2.0 full credit courses from the following list:  CAS413H1; EAS315H1, ENG268H1; ENG368H1; SOC218H1; CDN230H1; CDN307H1; CDN390H1; CDN395H1
  • 1.0 full credit course from the course listing available on the Canadian Studies website:
Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact: 

Asian Canadian Studies Program
University College, University of Toronto
173-15 King's College Circle, the Academic Office
Toronto, ON  M5S3H7
Tel:  (416) 946-4025

Lisa Rose Mar

Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies
Associate Professor, Department of History
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON  M5S3H7