- House type: Four-class
- Capacity: 34 frosh; 44 upperclass
- Neighborhood S: Wilbur East, Zap, Terra, Kappa Alpha Theta, Bob, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A.
The Asian American theme house was established at Stanford in 1971 to create community and provide a center for the experiences of what was then a very small and primarily first-generation Asian American student population. Renamed in 1979 after John Okada, recognized as the first Asian American novelist, Okada House continues to explore and celebrate the diversity of Asian American peoples, cultures, and languages in both historical and contemporary contexts.
In addition to fostering a warm and vibrant community, Okada serves as a focal point for students in the residence and across campus to explore the Asian American experience and what it means to be Asian in America. Okada serves those who are connected to an Asian American identity, those who are not, and those who might feel “in-between.”
Okada creates an inclusive space where people of all identities and backgrounds can be vulnerable, explore identity, and lift up their voices as a community. Programs include weekly presentations by upperclass residents on topics such as immigration narratives, intersectional identities, and art & activism; presentations by dynamic faculty; trips to local community organizations such as the South Asian Radical History Walking Tour; teach-ins at the People’s Teahouse; student performances and events; and deep conversations and the lived experience.
All residents contribute to the vibrancy of our community to achieve our main main goals. First, we are a community where Okada residents feel at home and cared for: “Okada Means Family.” Second, we serve the larger campus community to explore, engage in, and think critically about the Asian American experience.