Current Courses

Winter 2022

ASIAN_AM 216-0-1/HIST 216Yuh
Global Asians

Description: This is a comparative course that will examine the international migration histories of different Asian groups in the 20th century and the development of community and identity of those groups in different national contexts. We will interrogate the concept of diaspora versus migration versus immigration, and the different notions of identity implicit in each framework (diasporic community, sojourner, etc.). We will examine the immigration policies of host countries in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and the settlement histories of Asians within these countries. We will discuss notions of group belonging and ideas of citizenship, nationality and ethnicity, and also compare how different ethnic groups and different national societies have handled ethnic/racial/cultural diversity. We will, in short, be examining the crossing and construction of multiple borders, the cultural encounters and the mixings, of various Asian groups in various socioeconomic and political contexts in different nation-states.

Distribution Requirement: Historical
TTh9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
ASIAN_AM 225-0-1Nguyen
Refugee Aesthetics

Description: Refugee Aesthetics is a survey course that examines histories of racialization, war, forced migration, nation-state formation, humanitarian aid, and resettlement alongside questions of the politics of aesthetics, ethics of representation, and social justice. Students will explore how refugee aesthetics is broadly defined, performed, and contested through maps, graphic novels, films, textiles, performance art, theatre, visual art, music videos, and religious iconography. The course will offer students theoretical and creative practice-based frameworks of analysis to address historical and contemporary issues on refugees.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
ASIAN_AM 225-0-2Cheng
Contemporary Asian Am Communities

Description: This class is an introduction to a broad survey of historical and contemporary discourses shaping Asian American communities. Through exploring various material and political stakes involved in the call to “Asian American community,” this course introduces students to the debates, contentions, opportunities, and forms of solidarity that have emerged at different points. We will explore the personal, local, and global formations of Asian American communities, with possible topics including transnationalism, gentrification, environmental racism, labor, and other activist praxes.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
MW3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
ASIAN_AM 247-0-1San Diego
Asian Americans & Pop Culture

Description: This course introduces students to both historical and contemporary representations and expressions of Asian Americans in mainstream, independent, and alternative models of media. Such sites of production and reception include: documentaries, narrative film, television, print media, music, social media, literature/memoirs, video games, and more. A central focus of this course will be the various tensions that emerge vis-à-vis multiple and competing interpretations about the meanings, purposes, and affects of media for/in/about Asian Americans. Students will engage the power, pain, and pleasure of race, gender, sexuality, class, immigration, nationalism, health, and other topics through/within the multiple mediascapes of Asian America.

Distribution Requirement: Lit/Fine Arts
MW11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
ASIAN_AM 303-0-1Nguyen
Race, Mental Health, and Healing Justice

Description: Race, Mental Health, and Healing Justice explores how constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality are intimately connected to issues of mental health and chronic illness in a range of institutional and societal settings. Readings for the coursework include Frantz Fanon, Esme Weijun Wang, Aurora Levins Morales, Mariame Kaba, DSM-V, and Alternatives to Calling Police During Mental Health Crisis. Drawing from postcolonial, black feminist theory, women of color theory, critical refugee studies, and disability justice, this course focuses on how healing justice as a theoretical and methodological framework offers openings to address issues of state violence and cultural disease to imagine and manifest healthier sustainable futures.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
ASIAN_AM 303-0-2/POLI_SCI 390_0_22Merseth
Asian American Politics

Description: This course examines the possibilities and challenges of Asian American politics in the contemporary United States, focusing on topics such as racial(ized) group politics, political participation and representation, and political mobilization and resistance. Throughout the course we attend to the intersections of race with other identities such as ethnic/national origin, nativity, citizenship status, legal status, class, gender, sexuality, and religion.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
ASIAN_AM 370-0-1/HIST 300Yuh
Global Korean Diaspora

Description: The 20th century has been marked by upheaval and consequent migration for the people of the Korean peninsula. As a result of these migrations, substantial communities of ethnic Koreans exist in Central Asia, China, Japan, the United States and Canada, South America and Europe. How and why did Koreans go to these places? What kinds of communities and identities did they construct? How do these Koreans fit into the history of Korea, particularly in the context of a country divided into two opposing states? How do they fit into the history of their host countries? By examining the histories of ethnic Koreans outside the Korean peninsula, we will examine issues of migration, diaspora, race relations, and colonialism. We will also take a fresh look at modern Korean history by examining how these “overseas Koreans” view and relate to the history and ongoing politics of their divided homeland.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (online)
ASIAN_AM 380-0-1San Diego
Sex Work in Asian America

Description: From karaoke bars to military bases, from local dungeons to worldwide webcams, from sites of grassroots organization to spaces of neoliberal legislation, between international borders and across electronically mediated networks, how are these institutions, spaces, subjects, and normalized practices interconnected through a web of power, control, and profit and how have Asian Americans navigated and negotiated these terrains? Students will read an array of texts written by and/or relating to Asian/American sex workers, including: historical and contemporary legislation, selections from ethnographic studies of sex work in Asia and the United States, as well as first-hand accounts of Asian/American sex workers who make a living by teaching/practicing BDSM, shooting mainstream and internet pornography, supplying consensual sexual services, organizing for sex worker rights and the decriminalization of sex work, and more. Students should be prepared to engage with texts, films, and speakers covering a spectrum of experiences/intensities emerging from this course’s capacious approach to the concept of “sex work.”

Distribution Requirement: Lit/Fine Arts
MW2:00 PM - 3:30 PM