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Elizabeth Engelhardt, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2007

AMS 370 • Asian Americans and the Law-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29415 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ 1.104
Raymond

Course Description

This class will look at how diverse Asian American communities encounter, respond to, and use the U.S. legal system, by reading legal, popular, and scholarly texts produced both by Asian Americans and "others." The course will encompass dialogues about Asian Americans and the law that take place both within formal legal venues (such as the courts and legislative bodies) and in other public spaces. We will look at legal writings in three distinct ways that include, but are not limited to, purely legal analysis. We will examine pleadings and court decisions as genres of cultural production that carry a particular kind of weight, and circulate in ways and venues that are distinct from those of other forms of cultural production such as novels, music, poetry, film, political platforms or theological texts. Court decisions circulate, and have effects, including effects on power relations, in at least three different, although porous, realms.

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