Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Sam Vong


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., 2013, Yale University

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AAS 312 • Intro To Asian American Hist

34949 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm JGB 2.218
(also listed as HIS 317L)

Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course introduces students to the histories of people of Asian descent in the United States, from the late eighteenth century to the present. It examines the migration and settlement of Asian peoples, their inclusion into and exclusion from the nation-state, and their experiences of race and racism. This course places particular emphasis on understanding Asian American history and its key themes within global and transnational contexts. These themes include: Orientalism; citizenship and national belonging; labor and class; comparative racial formation; anti-Asian movements; gender and sexuality; community formation; and political activism. Through engagement with historical writings, films, literature, and primary sources, students will learn to ask informed questions, including the following: what and who constitutes Asian America? Who counts as Asian American? How has the notion of "Asians" transformed over time in American culture and history? How can we re-write the history of Asian America to account for the arrival of new "Asian" groups to the United States, the formation of new political identities and solidarities across borders and nations, and the emergence of new technologies and multimedia? 

Tentative Reading List:

Sucheng Chan, Asian Americans: An Interpretive History (Twayne, 1991)

Daryl Maeda, Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asian America (Minnesota, 2009)

Coursepack readings

 

Assignments and Grade Breakdown:

25%     Class participation and attendance

25%     Midterm exam

25%     Final exam

25%     Written essay on community-based project

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