HIS 317L • Introduction to Asian American History
This course is an introductory survey of the comparative histories of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States from 1850 to the present. We will analyze how Asians and Asian Americans were involved in the political, economic and cultural processes of nineteenth and twentieth-century United States society. We will examine their changing experiences within the global contexts of labor migration and the U.S. rise as a world power, and in the domestic context of race relations and immigration. Topics will include Asian migration and diaspora in the Americas; work and labor systems; racial ideologies and anti-Asian movements; debates over citizenship, nationalism and belonging; gender, family and community formation; Asians in popular culture and their cultural expression; post-1965 immigration; and civil rights and the emergence of Asian American identities.
25% midterm essay exam 20% oral history paper 35% final paper 20% class discussion and in-class assignments
Lon Kurashige, et al, eds., MAJOR PROBLEMS IN ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY: DOCUMENTS AND ESSAYS Josephine Lee, RE/COLLECTING EARLY ASIAN AMERICA