Fall 2009 Asian American Studies Courses
Great courses, award-winning teachers.
AAS 1101: Imagining Asian America/ MWF 10:10-11am/ 3 credits / Prof. Erika Lee. We will use history, memoir, film, and other texts to explore the changing face of Asian America & to examine how “Asian America” is central to understanding American popular culture and public life. (Lib Ed reqs: Citizenship/Publ Ethics, Cultural Diversity)
AAS 1201: Racial Formation and Transformation/ T,Th 8:00-9:15am/Prof. Yuichiro Onishi. This course asks: what does it take to discuss race seriously? And it suggests a counter-narrative to contemporary growing public opinionthat (1) casts America as a "raceless” nation, (2) interprets antiracism as “reverse racism,” and (3) embraces “diversity” to maintain the racial status quo.
AAS 3001: Contemporary Asian America / T, Th 2:15 -3:30/Prof. Kale Fajardo. Interdisciplinary overview of Asian American experiences/identities. Emphasizes post-1965 migration/community, history, cultural productions, and contemporary concerns of Asian Americans.
AAS 3270: Service Learning in the Asian Community/ W 3:35-4:25pm / 2 credits/Juavah Lee. Students engage in service learning among members of local Asian communities. Readings, mentoring, English language instruction, other activities.
AAS 3501: Asian America Through Arts and Culture/ T,Th 2:30-3:45pm/3 credits/ Asian American experience, identity, and community through literature, dance, music, photography, film, theater. Students work with local Asian American arts groups/organizations. Students express their own cultural contradictions through writing and other forms of artistic expression and attend local arts events. (Lib Ed reqs: Cultural Diversity, Other Humanities Core)
[SOC 3090]: Introduction to U.S. Immigration/ T,TH 11:15am – 12:30pm/ 3 credits/ Prof. Lisa Sun-Hee Park. This course focuses on the ways immigrant communities have transformed the foundations of American life. We will tackle 3 particular themes: new racial transformations, the immigrant narrative, and social citizenship. In doing this, we will discuss the impact of immigrants on the ideologies and institutions that structure our communities and society.
[Soc 3251w]: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender/T,Th 11:15am - 12:30pm/3 credits/Prof. Teresa Swartz. Race, class, and gender as aspects of social identity and as features of social organization. Experiences of women of color in the U.S., family life, work, violence, sexuality/reproduction. Possibilities for social change. (Lib Ed reqs: Cultural Diversity, Social Science Core, Writing Intensive)
AAS 4311: Asian American Literature and Drama/ T,TH 11:15am-12:30pm/3 credits/Prof. Josephine Lee. Literary/dramatic works by Asian American writers, past: Sui Sin Far and Carlos Bulosan, and present: Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, Han Ong. Political/historical background of Asian American artists, their aesthetic choices.