AMS 321 • Asian American Activism
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course explores Asian American struggles for racial justice, labor rights, gender and sexual equality, and full citizenship from the mid-1800s to the present. More than just a survey of Asian American "contributions" to activism, the course demonstrates how such struggles have fundamentally shaped the mainstreams of US culture and politics.
While paying attention to the specific political histories of Asian ethnic groups in the United States, the course highlights common political themes and forms of activism that cut across historical periods and ethnic groups. These include: labor organizing in Hawaii and West coast agribusiness, anti-imperialist movements, Third World liberation, the Vietnam War era, student organizing, the Asian American movement of the 1960s-70s, post-1965 racial justice movements, women of color feminist struggles, workers organizing in the global economy. The course will conclude with an assessment of Asian American activism today
Possible Texts Vijay Prashad, The Karma of Brown Folk Steve Louie, eds. Asian Americans: The Moment and the Movement Miriam Ching-Louie, Sweatshop Warriors Diane Fujino, Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama Course Reader