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

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40160 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
GAR 2.128

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the history of Asian immigrants and Asian-descended peoples in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. No previous knowledge of Asian or Latin American/Caribbean history is required. From the arrival of Filipino sailors on Spanish galleons to Mexico in the 16th century to the early 21st-century migration of Koreans in Guatemala, our concern is to explore the historical trajectories of individual diaspora groups in the wider theoretical context of transnationalism, globalization, identity formation, gender dynamics, race, class, religion, and sexuality. While concentrating upon the major Asian diaspora groups in the former Spanish and Portuguese American colonies - Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Middle Eastern - we also discuss the experiences of Filipino, East Indian, and other Asian-descended peoples.

Grading Policy

Attendance/Participation 10% Map Quiz of Asia 5% Map Quiz of Latin America 5% Reading Exam 25% Paper Proposal/Bibliography 15% Paper Presentation 10% Final Paper 30%


Jeffrey Lesser. Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities, and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999. Articles/Book Excerpts (on Blackboard under "Course Documents") • Floro L. Mercene. Manila Men in the New World: Filipino Migration to Mexico and the Americas from the Sixteenth Century. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007. Chapters 1, 10, and 12. • Evelyn Hu-Dehart. “On Coolies and Shopkeepers: The Chinese as Huagong (Laborers) and Huashang (Merchants) in Latin America/Caribbean.” In Wanni W. Anderson and Robert G. Lee, eds., Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005: 78-111. • Gerardo Rénique. “Race, Region, and Nation: Sonora’s Anti-Chinese Racism and Mexico’s Postrevolutionary Nationalism, 1920s-1930s.” In Nancy P. Applebaum, et. al., eds., Race and Nation in Modern Latin America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2003: 211-230. • Sarah Bak-Geller. “Chinese Cooks and Mexican Tastes: The Encounter of Two Culinary Practices in Mexico’s Chinese Restaurants.” Journal of Chinese Overseas 1: 1 (May 2005): 121-129. • Lisa Yun and Ricardo Rene Laremont. “Chinese Coolies and African Slaves in Cuba, 1847-74.” Journal of Asian American Studies 4: 2 (2001): 99-122. • Andrew Meyer. “Anatomy of a Craze: The Tangled Roots and Twisting Branches of the History of Cuban Chinese Restaurants in New York City.” In The Chinese in the Caribbean, ed. Andrew R. Wilson, 145-158. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publications, 2004. • Lok Siu. “Cultural Citizenship of Diasporic Chinese in Panama.” In Asians in the Americas: Transculturations and Power. Los Angeles: Asian American Studies Center, 2002. Amerasia Journal 28: 2 (2002): 181-202. • Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp. So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico: Middle Eastern Immigrants in Modern Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007. Chapter 6. • Simone Buechler. “Sweating It in the Brazilian Garment Industry: Korean and Bolivian Immigrants and Global Economic Forces in São Paulo.” Latin American Perspectives 31: 3 (2004): 99-119. • Kyeyoung Park. “'10,000 Señora Lees’: The Changing Gender Ideology of Korean-Latina-American Women in the Diaspora.” Amerasia Journal 28: 2 (2002): 161-180. • L. Madrigal, et. al. “The East Indian Diaspora in Costa Rica: Inbreeding Avoidance, Marriage Patterns, and Cultural Survival.” American Anthropologist 109: 2 (June 2007): 330-337.


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