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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
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Minor in Asian Canadian Studies

The University of Toronto is home to the first Asian Canadian Studies program in Canada, providing 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.

  • Our classes are small.
  • Our approach is flexible.
  • You'll engage the wider community with respect to both teaching and research.

This program is led by the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies, whose research and teaching provides innovative and cutting-edge insights on matters relating to Canadians of Chinese descent.

Explore diverse communities

The Minor in Asian Canadian Studies will provide you with a better understanding of the complexity of Asian Canadian communities, and the substantial contributions that they have made to Canadian culture and society. The category "Asian Canadian" is widely understood to refer to people in Canada of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and West Asian ancestry.  

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Core Courses

Courses foreground the intersections of race and ethnicity with other indices of difference, such as gender, class, migration, sexuality, language, and spirituality, in local, national, and global contexts (CDN230H1/CDN307H1/CDN325H1/CDN390H1). You will learn to analyze and critically examine research materials in the field of Asian Canadian Studies through interdisciplinary modes and methods of research. 

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Flexible Options for Your Degree

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 interdisciplinary studies in Contemporary Asian Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and East Asian Studies.

The Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies

The Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies was established in November 2012 with a generous $4 million endowment from an anonymous donor. The Chair educates domestic and international students to better understand the complexities of the Chinese-Canadian community and the substantial contributions that they have made to Canadian culture and society.