WGS 340 • Gender and Asian American History
4:00 PM-5:30 PM
This upper-level course investigates how gender played as important a role in shaping Asian American history as race and ethnicity did. We will explore the historical variants of gender ideologies in a number of Asian American history topics, such as: family-formation, diasporic and ethnic communities, immigration law, multicultural/ transnational feminism, sexuality, cross-racial relationships, urban and rural settlement, and work.
The following questions will be recurring themes: " How the politics and meanings of gender changed over historical time periods and across geographic locations; " How masculinity and femininity varied across lines of race, ethnicity, class, and citizenship status; " How masculinity and femininity intersected with the politics and meanings of race, ethnicity, class, and citizenship status; and " How feminist and queer critiques of gender norms advance our study of the Asian American past.