George Kagiwada Library and Digital Media Lab

In podcast studio with Cat and Beshara


As the name suggests, the George Kagiwada Library and Digital Media Lab is home to both the ASA research library and the department's new digital media lab initiative. 

Library Collection

Asians in America Annotated Bibliography
From the Collection:  An early bibliography in the formation of ASA.

The George Kagiwada Library contains an extensive collection of books, media, and rare periodicals, as well as the ASA archive of faculty and departmental papers, course syllabi and readers, and foundational bibliographies documenting the emergence of the field of Asian American studies.  View the library catalog here.  Contents include:

  • Books covering many topics including: Asian American History, Culture, Identity, Diaspora, and Social Justice.
  • Media:  VHS and DVDs covering a wide range of topics related to Asian American Studies
  • Periodicals:  Newspapers, Journals, and Magazines related to the APIA and Asian community
  • ASA Department Archive:  faculty and department papers; early bibiographies; course syllabi and readers, and more.

Online Portal:  The ASA department is collaborating with Shields Library to inventory, catalogue, and digitally scan parts of the collection, with the goal of creating an online portal to extend virtual access to this valuable research collection.

Library Hours and Policies:  10am to 5pm weekdays, and we ask all patrons to sign in at the front desk, no food or drinks allowed, no check outs available.


Digital Media Lab

Digital Media Lab - Before and After
"Before" and "after" views of the Kagiwada Digital Media Lab: a potential transformation that can only be realized through the generous support of donors like you.

ASA Podcast FlyerThe Digital Media Lab was originally conceived of in 2018 and offered its first courses in 2019.  The Lab serves as a hub for teaching, experimentation, and student-led practice-as-research in digital media production and digital humanities.  Facilities include:

  • digital media workstation
  • podcast studio
  • archival scanner
  • video and audio production kits 

ASA students have the opportunity to produce media in

  • production-intensive course offerings
  • core curricula
  • supervised lab hours 
  • independent productions

The Lab also serves the needs of faculty and graduate student research in digital humanities and production.

Course Offerings and Student Productions

First Year Seminar:  In Winter 2019, ASA offered its course in the Media Lab initiative, a production seminar titled "Asian and Arab American Media Justice" as part of the First Year Seminar program.  The following film was produced in this seminar.

Megan Duong, Home and Homeland, 2019.  TRT: 4:03


Summer Media Institute: In Summer 2019, a handful of students participated in an experimental media institute that attempted to integrate concepts of cultural studies, media activism, and basic video production techniques.  Here is an example of student work.

Katelyn Banh, Through Many Eyes, 2019.  TRT: 9:41.


Upper Division Seminar

Annamarie Gayla-Hello, my name is
Annamarie Gayla, "Hello, my name is", 2019.  Mixed media.

In Fall 2019, in ASA189B "Digital Media Production in Asian American Studies," students created works in response to Bouncing Back: Community, Resilience & Curiosity, the memoir Dr. Isao Fujimoto, one of the founding faculty members of the ASA department.  Students worked across a variety of media and approaches, including podcasting, digital storytelling, oral history, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.  Student creative works are linked below:


Digital Methods in Faculty and Graduate Student Research

Bulosan Center logoProfessor Robyn Rodriguez is the leader of the Digital Media Lab initiative and also serves as director of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. 

Grandma's Advice promo image نصائح ستّي Grandma’s Advice: Things You Wish You Asked Your Arab Grandma But Never Did is a podcast currently in development by Beshara Kehdi, a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies.  Six episodes are scheduled for release in Winter 2021.

Screen Grab of Isao Fujimoto: Bouncing Back biographical website
"Isao Fujimoto: Bouncing Back" website


Isao Fujimoto: Life and Legacy is a digital humanities project sponsored by ASA in honor of the retired scholar activist and founding faculty member of the ASA department, directed by Scott Tsuchitani, an artist and Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies.  The project draws inspiration from Dr. Fujimoto's community-centered, horizontal pedagogy in its collaborative and multivocal approach to authorship, bringing together the work of artists, activists, students, and scholars for a multimedia exhibition and public events that took place in January-February 2020.  View the project:

  • Poster Panel Series
  • Visual Art
  • Student Works
  • Biographical Timeline Website
  • Oral History Archive 
Panoramic view of Isao Fujimoto exhibition at International House Davis
Panoramic detail view of "Isao Fujimoto: Life and Legacy" exhibition installed at International House Davis, January-February 2020.