HIS 340S • Chinese in the United States
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.
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