Extra Credit - April Events

The Missing Picture
Phnom Penh-born director Rithy Panh moved to Paris after the Khmer Rouge forced him and his family from his home and into a labor camp in 1975. "A gripping, fascinating and visually arresting memoir" (Film.com), The Missing Picture explores his quest for a "photograph" taken between the years 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia.

April 25, 2014, 7:30 pm
April 26, 4pm
April 26, 7:30 pm

Place: Walker Cinema
Price: $9 ($7 Walker members and seniors; $5 students)

Aloha America: Hula Circuits Through the U.S. Empire
Date: 04/29/2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: 101 Walter Library
Adria L. Imada is associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and affiliate faculty in the Critical Gender Studies program at University of California, San Diego.

Her book, Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire, about the relationship between U.S. imperial expansion and Hawaiian hula performance, was published by Duke University Press in 2012. It received three prizes in 2013: the Lawrence W. Levine Prize for best cultural history from the Organization of American Historians; best first book in women's history from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians; and Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance (co-recipient).


Mar. 24-26: Adopted Asian Americans

Histories of Asian Adoption
"First Person Plural" website

Henry Holt and the Beginnings of Adoption from Korea

"In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee" (POV: Behind the Lens) (8 mins)

"How I Became Cha Jung Hee" (Deann Borshay, 6 mins)

"In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee" website

Experiences of Adopted Asian Americans

"Adopted - the Movie" (Prof. Rich Lee on the loss of birth culture)

"Adopted - the Movie" (Lynn Conner Growing Up)

"Adopted - the Movie" (Lynn Conner on Racism)

"Adopted - the Movie" (Prof. Frank Wu on "Chinese" culture" for Chinese Americans and Adopted Chinese)

Other Links
"Raised in America, activists lead fight to end S. Korean adoptions," CNN, Sept. 16, 2013

Jane Trenka's Blog

"Wo Ai Ni Mommy: One American Family's Adoption Story" (Asia Society)

Wed. March 12: Immigrant Stories Website

Click here to learn more about the Immigrant Stories project and to watch sample digital stories

The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War Two

Why were Japanese Americans Interned?
Long-standing racial prejudice in both countries
Increased Yellow Peril fears, 1930s
----fear of Japanese espionage
----fear of Japanese invasion
----loyalty of Japanese Americans questioned
War Hysteria
Politics, not National Security

Pearl Harbor
"Aftermath of Pearl Harbor" (Densho Project)
Reflections on Pearl Harbor
Interview with Daniel Inouye
-Increased anxiety about national security after attack
-West coast leaders push for internment
-Rationale for "military necessity" - removal of Japanese is necessary for security of Pacific Coast

Executive Order 9066
"Military Necessity" Rationale
-Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt
-"New Order on Aliens Awaited," San Francisco News, March 2, 1942
-"Gov. Olson (California) Wants All Japs Moved," San Francisco News, 3/6/42
-"Their Best Way to Show Loyalty," San Francisco News, 3/6/42
"Removal and Incarceration" (Densho Project)
U.S. Government Film on "Military Necessity"

Japanese American Responses
-Legal Challenges
-Accommodation as an expressions of loyalty
-Service in the military
-No-no boys - draft resisters

Paper #2 Guidelines - AAS 1101_WW2 Paper Guide.docx

Other Links
"Loyalty Questionnaire," Densho Encyclopedia
Korematsu v. United States, Densho Encyclopedia
Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee, Densho Encyclopedia
"Righting a Wrong" Densho Project
-Oral Histories of Nisei Veterans from goforbroke.org

Paper # 1 (Angel Island) Due Feb. 17

Guidelines AAS 1101_Paper 1.docx
Writing tips Writing_Tips.docx

Extra Credit: Tues. March 11, 2014: Race for Empire Book Event

Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War Two

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 3:00pm
Prof. Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto
125 Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE

Monday, March 10, 2014 @ 3:00pm
Prof. Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto
125 Nolte Library, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE

If you are interested in the topic of Clint Eastwood's "Asian" movies, a discussion the IAS held several years ago with the Hmong actors in Gran Torino (several of whom are local) might be of interest.

Jan. 29, 2014: In the News

In Class Writing Assignments

We will have three in-class writing assignments that will ask you to analyze a historical document or oral history to better understand course materials.

Complete short answers generally contain detailed answers with examples to the following questions:

1. Identify the source (Who is the author? When was it created? Where? Who is the audience?)

2. Summarize the main message with examples and details

3. Critically analyze the source for its meaning and significance. (What purpose does the document serve? Why is it important? Does it shed new light on something? What? Does it change your mind or opinion? Is it a new perspective for you? What did you learn? How does it connect to what we're learning in class?)

Discussion Questions:

The Cuba Commission Report, 1874 - download Cuba Commission Report exerpts.pdf
1. According to their own testimonies, how did the Chinese coolies come to Cuba, and how were they treated in Cuba?

New York Times, "American Coolie Trade," April 21, 1860 - download NYT-American Coolie Trade exerpts.pdf
2. According to the New York Times article, why should the US act against the participation of US merchants in the coolie trade?