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  1. @TMP I know it's a little hard to know just what my struggles are based on what I've posted in this thread. My difficulties are very complex. If you'd like to hear more in a PM, let me know. Thanks for the link to Judy Wu at UC Irvine. I'll check out her profile and maybe contact her to see if she can offer any insights.
  2. Thanks for all the responses so far. I'm mainly interested in Asian American Studies - and from a social justice standpoint, too. I've noticed that Asian American Studies programs focus a lot on discrimination, stereotyping, and injustices - what Asian Americans have faced for centuries in America. Whereas Asian studies programs are a lot less about that - little to no social justice focus - because it's about Asians in Asia. The vibe of Asian studies lectures I've attended have been very neutral, while the vibe of Asian American stuff tend to be angry and sad - from trauma and injustice. There's a rare PhD in Asian American Studies at UCLA, but I think that's too far, and I don't want to move there. I'm afraid of not fitting into any grad program - particularly activist/social justice-oriented ones like Asian American Studies or anything like that. So I'm very afraid of being judged and excluded by the faculty and peers. I fear I'll have a painful grad school experience, if I ever do get in and attend. Again, I'm in my late 30s, and I don't look young for my age - so age-ism might be a very real problem, too. And I'm always wrongly seen as "conservative," though I'm far from that, and people who are into social justice never see me as one of them. One of my reasons for looking into Asian Studies as well as Asian American Studies is that I might look like I "belong" in Asian Studies a little more because the vibe is more neutral and not angry activist - I'll never be accepted by social justice types, even though I am extremely social justice-oriented. My mission and goal, of course, is to publish, speak, and make a difference. Asian Americans still suffer from many injustices that are little-known and unacknowledged, and are some of the most depressed and anxious groups in America.
  3. I had an underwhelming GPA in a difficult major from a top 10 but underrated public research university. I'm also in my late 30s - I've been thinking of grad/professional school for a long time, but I know it will be very challenging, and may not be worth it.For a while now, I'm been thinking of applying to the M.A. in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and the M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies at University of San Francisco. I'd much prefer Asian American Studies, but very few schools offer an M.A. in that - the closest one seems to be UCLA, and I'd like to stay local and commute to school. There's an M.A. in Asian American Studies at SF State, but I know that SFSU doesn't have anywhere near the name recognition of UCB. My goals for those programs is to write, get published, be a "thought leader" (sorry if it sounds arrogant; it's not meant to be) in Asian or Asian American Studies, maybe lecture, and possibly teach in some capacity. My main goal would be to be a published author, whether through books, articles, journal papers, online digital content, etc. I just think of these master's programs as giving me a jumping point into what I want to do. I'd also love to go through the grad school experience - it would probably be very personally enriching. Also, like many people, I've always thought I would go to grad school, and it would be great to go to grad school at a top university. Any thoughts on the M.A. in Asian Studies at Berkeley, the M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies at USF, or the M.A. in Asian American Studies at SFSU? Has anyone gone through those programs, or know people who have completed them? How hard is it to get into those 3 programs? What is it like taking those programs, what do you learn or get out of it, what are the courses/students/professors like, and what do students do after they get their M.A.? Any other schools/masters programs you can recommend to me that are in the Bay Area, close to San Francisco? I'm also open to online masters programs, but there are hardly any offered in these fields, and they're from no-name and questionable schools.
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