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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007

HIS 340S • Chinese in the United States

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39570 F


Course Description

This course offers an overview of the history of Chinese in America with an emphasis on Chinese American identity and community formations under the shadow of the Yellow Peril. Using primary documents and secondary literature, we will examine structures of work, family, immigration law, racism, class, and gender in order to understand the changing roles and perceptions of Chinese Americans in the United States from 1847 to the present.

Grading Policy

40% Written assignments 20% Class attendance and discussion 40% Examinations


Required: The Chinese in America by Iris Chang (New York: Penguin Books, 2003). Selected readings available through electronic reserve. Excerpts taken from Ruthanne Lum McCunn Wooden Fish Songs, Philip Choy et al The Coming Man, Stuart Creighton Miller The Unwelcome Immigrant, Sui Sin Far "In the Land of the Free", Monfoon Leong New Year for Fong Wing, Him Mark Lai et al, Island, Marlon Hom Songs of Gold Mountain, Paul Siu Chinese Laundryman, Renqiu Yu To Save China, To Save Ourselves, Judy Yung Unbound Feet, Karen Leong The Racial Image of Anna May Wong, Louise Leung Larson Sweet Bamboo, Tung-pok Chin Paper Son, Victor and Brett de Bary Nee Longtime Californ', and Elaine Kim Asian American Literature.


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