An Asian-American specialist in the sociology department, even a temporary one, is a step in the right direction.
For over 25 years students have called for an Asian-American studies department, the need for scholarship in the field at Oberlin has been made clear.
But we can't assume the problem is solved with this position alone. The administration shouldn't think that bringing a hint of Asian-American studies for a year will give them a chance to relax.
If anything, a taste of the delicacy will bring cravings for more.
Soon, students will want more classes and (gasp!) Asian-American advisers. In order for this not to be seen as a token gesture, Oberlin will have to keep Asian-American Studies on their priority list.
For this important need, a one-year position does not solve everything, but it is better than nothing.
Copyright © 1996, The Oberlin Review.
Volume 124, Number 21; April 19, 1996
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