1899: Kan-Ichi Asakawa was the first student of Asian descent to graduate from Dartmouth College. He went on to become the first person from Japan to become a professor at Yale University. The next student of Asian descent to graduate from Dartmouth was not until 1918.
1951: Samuel Chu, hailing from Washington DC, was the first Asian American student to graduate from Dartmouth College.
1973: Theresa Look, from Hong Kong, was the first woman of Asian descent to graduate from Dartmouth College. In 1977 five women of Asian descent, four of whom were Asian American, graduated from the College.
1975: The Dartmouth Asian Organization (affectionately referred to as DAO) was founded as the College's first student organization dedicated to serving Pan Asian students.
1997: Vernon Takeshita, a visiting professor in history, taught the first Asian American Studies course offered at Dartmouth College.
1998: The Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA) was founded by three alums in the New York area.
1999: The Asian Pacific American Programming Liaison, a half-time position, was the first staff position created at Dartmouth explicitly charged with serving the Asian American community.
2000: The Asian Pacific American Programming Liaison part-time position was evolved into a full-time staff appointment and renamed the Assistant Dean and Advisor to Pan Asian students.
2001: The Pan Asian Community Resource Room was established in 104 Robinson Hall.
2006: Dartmouth College hosted an Asian American Studies Conference to introduce students, faculty, and staff to the depth and complexity of scholarship in the field.
2012: The Pan Asian Community Resource Room was redecorated and rededicated to the Pan Asian student community.
Last Updated: 1/7/14