Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies Courses

AAS 301 • Intro To Asian Amer Studies

35800 • Nault, Curran
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 136
(also listed as AMS 315)
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Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to critical questions regarding the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans. Students will intellectually engage key issues, theories and debates in Asian American Studies, and learn to unpack the very idea of “Asian American” as containing an ever-shifting multiplicity of peoples, histories and places. Taking an intersectional approach to identity that explores race and ethnicity in conjunction with gender, sexuality, generation and nation, this course will engage diverse viewpoints, including those of women, LGBT+ individuals and people of color more generally. Key topics to be explored include: (im)migration, citizenship, imperialism, panethnicity, racial formation, intersectionality, multiraciality, transnationalism, hybridity and mediated representation.


AAS 310 • Race, Immigration & Family

35805 • Gunasena, Natassja
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm GEA 127
(also listed as AMS 315, WGS 301)
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Flag: Culutural Diversity in the U.S.

Queer South Asian Feminisims This class will interrogate the ways South Asian feminists conceptualize identity, belonging and sexuality within the context of nationalism, anti-blackness, colonialism and diaspora. Through close-reading literary and theoretical texts, we will examine how nationalism constructs gender and femininity and the transformative potential of queer feminine desires. This class is designed as an introduction to key issues in South Asian feminist thought as well as how these feminisms interface with the larger project of women of color feminisms. Beginning with feminist perspectives on identity and the nation state, we will consider what “queer” and “feminist” mean in the context of casteism, ethnic cleansing and forced migration. For the scope of this class we will focus extensively on Sri Lanka and India and their diasporas. Some of the authors we look at include Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Shailja Patel, Ru Freeman and Gayatri Gopinath.


AAS 312 • Intro To Asian American Hist

35810 • Vong, Sam
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm UTC 1.144
(also listed as HIS 317L)
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This class introduces key themes in Asian American history by exploring the crucial roles Asian have played in framing American ideas and institutions regarding citizenship, national belonging, border control, and multiracial democracy.  Seen as inassimilable aliens and essentially foreign, Asians were the first targets of legal immigration restrictions and enforcement.  Asian Americans persevered in continuing migration to establish communities and forge ethnic identities and cultures by claiming the promise  of equality in America.  We will consider variations on Asian American history and culture through memoirs, legal documents, cultural productions, media representations, and reinterpretations of mainstream tropes of American identity.

Texts:

Shelley Sang-Hee Lee, A New History of Asian America (Routledge, 2013)


AAS 314 • Asian American Lit & Culture

35813 • LEDERMAN, EMILY A
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 302
(also listed as E 314V)
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E 314V  l  2-Asian American Literature and Culture

Instructor:  Lederman, E

Unique #:  34664

Semester:  Fall 2016

Cross-lists:  AAS 314

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description:  As a worldwide refugee crisis continues, hateful rhetoric in the US is directed toward recent and potential immigrants, despite immigration’s central role in the nation’s identity.  Considering contemporary and historical debates about immigration through the lens of 20th and 21st century Asian American novels and short stories, this course will focus on conceptions of nationhood, ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality, and ask the following questions:  What has it—and does it—mean to be “Asian American”? How does Asian American literature navigate oppression, politics, and culture?

The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.

This course contains a writing flag.  The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade.

Tentative Texts:  Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1975), Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Interpreter of Maladies (1999), andMonique Truong’s The Book of Salt (2003), among other novels, short stories, and secondary sources.

Requirements & Grading:  There will be a series of 3 short essays, the first of which must be revised and resubmitted.  Subsequent essays may also be revised and resubmitted by arrangement with the Instructor (75% of the final grade).  There may also be short quizzes, reaction papers, blog posts, and/or in-class presentations (25% of the final grade).


AAS 318Q • Supervised Research

35815
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For Asian American studies majors only. Supervised, student-derived research in Asian American studies. May be repeated for credit when the research projects vary.

Prerequisite: Rhetoric and Writing 306 and consent of the director of the Center for Asian American Studies.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.


AAS 320 • Documenting Difference

35825 • Nault, Curran
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 1.102
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Flags: Cultural Diversity in the U.S. and Writing

This course will explore the theory, history, practice and poetics of minority documentary, as well as the related fields of oral history and archiving. With a particular emphasis on Asian American examples, students will engage documentary (as well as oral history and archiving) as a vital practice of minority self-representation and self-preservation. Students will be introduced to a variety of documentary modes (poetic, expository, observational, participatory, reflexive and performative/personal), as well as key doc topics: jargons of authenticity; inscriptions of science, truth and knowledge; ethnography and colonialism; realism and fictions of objectivity; ethics of responsibility; grassroots political filmmaking and strategies of resistance; depictions of the self. Class projects will be a combination of written and creative work, and students will have the opportunity to create their own short documentaries, oral histories, or archival projects.


AAS 325 • Refugees In 20th-Century US

35833 • Vong, Sam
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BEN 1.108
(also listed as HIS 350R)
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This course explores the history of refugees in the twentieth century, with special attention to the U.S. and its engagement in the international arena of refugee politics. The course asks what historical and contemporary roles have refugees played during times of peace and conflict in the twentieth century? Students will examine how states, non-governmental organizations, private charities, and local communities have come together to address the questions of asylum, displacement, statelessness, and human rights. Students will study the causes of particular refugee movements and the reasons why the United States responded to or failed to respond to certain refugee cases. The course will introduce students to how the "problem" of refugees has been framed by, among others, historians and social scientists, policymakers, NGOs, local communities, social workers, and refugees themselves. In doing so, this course will explore how particular cases of refugees have shaped U.S. domestic policies and also the development of the United States and its role in international affairs.

Texts:

1.         Eric Tang, Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the New York City Hyperghetto

2.         Samantha Power, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide

3.         Peter Gatrell, The Making of the Modern Refugee

Grading:

Midterm 25%

Final 25%

Group project 25%

Final paper 25%

 


AAS 330 • Sociology Of Race And Work

35845 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CMA 3.114
(also listed as SOC 321R, WGS 322)
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Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course is a critical examination of work through a gendered and racial lens. Individuals’ racial and gender characteristics deeply shape how labor markets emerge and how skills are evaluated. Jobs are often gender segregated and men and women are remunerated differently. The purpose of this course is to examine concepts such as labor markets, globalization, racial segregation, and gendering of the work place. This course is cross-listed with Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies.


AAS 330 • Urban Unrest

35855 • Tang, Eric
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 203
(also listed as AFR 372F, AMS 321, ANT 324L, URB 354)
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How and when do cities burn? The modern US city has seen its share of urban unrest, typified by street protests (both organized and spontaneous), the destruction of private property, looting, and fires. Interpretations of urban unrest are varied: some describe it as aimless rioting, others as political insurrection. Most agree that the matter has something to do with the deepening of racism, poverty and violence. This course takes a closer look at the roots of urban unrest, exploring a range of origins: joblessness, state violence, white flight, the backlash against civil rights gains, new immigration and interracial strife. Urban unrest is often cast as an intractable struggle between black and white, yet this course examines the ways in which multiple racial groups have entered the fray. Beyond race and class, the course will also explore unrest as a mode of pushing the normative boundaries of gender and sexuality in public space. Course material will draw from film, literature, history, geography and anthropology.

 

Required Texts: 

  • The majority of readings will be available as pdf on Blackboard. Students must acquire the following texts:
  • Robert F. Williams, Negroes With Guns
  • Robin D.G. Kelley, Yo Mama’s Dysfunctional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America
  • Dan Georgakis and Marvin Surkin, Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution
  • Robert Gooding Williams eds. Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising

AAS 335 • Challenge Of Asian Am Leadrshp

35860 • Gururaj, Suchitra
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm GAR 1.126
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Flag: Ethics and Leadership

Discussion around Asian-American leadership often includes reference to the “Bamboo Ceiling” that prevents Asian Americans from ascending to the highest levels of management across sectors, including the public sector. While Asian Americans are well represented in the public sphere—including all levels of government—they are less likely to be supervisors than their non-Asian colleagues. In like manner, Asian Americans are underrepresented among the ranks of elected officials and among the highest levels of higher education administrators. This service-learning course is designed to foster student leadership development by examining the phenomenon of Asian-American leadership in the ranks of politicians, administrators, and public service and public sector supervisors; using leadership and student development models to explore barriers to ethical leadership; through case studies, uncovering the ways in which upcoming leaders (our students) may overcome those barriers and draw upon strengths to progress toward positions of ethical leadership.

Goals and Objectives

1) Provide social, cultural, linguistic, and other contexts that lead to the underrepresentation of Asian-Americans in leadership roles in the public sphere.

2) Gain an overview of historical Asian-American representation in the public sector and current Asian-American participation in leadership circles.

3) Demonstrate understanding of ethical leadership.

4) Become acquainted with the current literature on Asian Americans and leadership and create conceptual framework on Asian-American leadership.

5) Connect students with Asian-American leaders in the public sector toward production of case studies.

6) Demonstrate collaborative community engagement by developing innovative culturally grounded solutions as part of a reciprocal service-learning project.

 

 

 


AAS 358Q • Supervised Research

35865
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For Asian American studies majors only. Supervised, student-derived research in Asian American studies. May be repeated for credit when the research projects vary.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Rhetoric and Writing 306, and consent of the director of the Center for Asian American Studies.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.


AAS 378 • Community Internship

35870
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Supervised internship in community, civic, or government organization or program that facilitates the economic, political, and social development of the Asian American Community. Prerequisite Upper-division standing and consent of the director of the Center for Asian American Studies.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.


AAS 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course

35880
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Supervised individual reading for one semester, followed by a semester of research and writing to produce a substantial paper on a specific topic in Asian American studies.

Prerequisite: For 679HA, upper-division standing and admission to the Asian American Studies Honors Program; for 679HB, Asian American Studies 679HA.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.


AAS 679HB • Honors Tutorial Course

35885
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Supervised individual reading for one semester, followed by a semester of research and writing to produce a substantial paper on a specific topic in Asian American studies.

Prerequisite: For 679HA, upper-division standing and admission to the Asian American Studies Honors Program; for 679HB, Asian American Studies 679HA.

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the independent inquiry flag requirement.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class.