Description: Why do Asian Americans and African Americans seem to be incommensurably different and conflicting groups? Where can we find evidence of past solidarity and commonality? This course offers an examination of the construction Asian and Black peoples in the U.S. Topics include: the historical and overlapping racialization and sexualization of Blacks and Asians; slavery and early immigration legislation; international “Afro-Asian” connections; new racial and economic dynamics that differentially locate Blacks and Asians in the post-WWII economy; the 1965 Immigration Act; the devastating effect of 1970s American deindustrialization leading to the “model minority” and “underclass” myths; the ideologies that emerged from social movements of the 60’s and 70’s; how the Vietnam War reconceptualized race, identity, and inter-minority relations beyond Black and White.
|TTH||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
Description: Twice since 9/11, politicians have referred to the World War II imprisonment of Japanese Americans as a possible precedent for policies toward Muslims. Yet many Americans remain ignorant about this important and understudied episode in U.S. history. This course examines events leading up to the mass imprisonment of a group of people based on race, the role played by wartime emergency language, the experiences of Japanese Americans, and the consequences of this wartime policy. It focuses on the intersections between race, gender, nation, and law.
|TTH||9:30 AM - 10:50 AM|
Description: This course will be a survey of the various ideologies, movements, and communities that make up what is called ‘Chinese America.’ The course will utilize a wide range of texts, including fictional, historiographical, and sociological materials. These texts will demonstrate the diverse, if not divisive, ‘Chinese America’ that exists, and how ‘Chinese America’ is still used as a coherent term of political mobilization.
|MW||12:30 PM - 1:50 PM|
Description: Oftentimes, ‘Asian America’ is taken as a demographic category to describe everyone in America of ‘Asian descent.’ However, this course begins with the premise that ‘Asian America’ is founded and sustained by ‘social movements’: mobilizations of people who have become conscious of an issue that affects them, and motivate them to do something collectively about it. The texts in this course will give examples of Asian Americans engaging in the work of social movements, and this course tasks the students to evaluate whether these movements have been effective. Featured texts will include Gary Okihiro’s "Third World Studies" and Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s "Pedagogy of the Oppressed."
|MW||9:30 AM - 10:50 AM|
Description: Asian North Americans are a diverse people with a strange relationship to land: they have been denied citizenship and have been chased from their homes, they have been called “aliens” and thought of as “perpetual foreigners”, they have experienced and maybe perpetrated multiple colonizations of the lands they inhabit, and they are seen as technologically inclined and even robotic. These racialized experiences of place and displacement have been theorized in Asian North American literature and other forms of storytelling. This course will focus on these stories to ask: How have Asian North Americans inhabited the earth through their difference? With topics ranging from citizenship, solidarity, food and resource use, globalization, environmental justice, and the future, these stories will challenge us to think globally as our planet may very well be moving closer to extinction.
|MW||11:00 AM - 12:30 PM|
Description: The recent popularity of international forms like Hallyu and new artists like Mitski make it seem like Asians are newcomers to the U.S. music scene. People usually seem far more familiar with the Orientalist tropes and cultural appropriation of some U.S. popular music, but in this course, we will examine the rich tradition that Asian American musicians have created across the 20th- and 21st-centuries as a form of expression, representation, and political critique. From the transformation of “traditional” folk songs, to the soundtracks of past and current Asian American activisms, to the rise of the Asian American YouTube generation, this class will examine the racial, cultural, and genre-based contexts that shape how Asian Americans make themselves heard through an intersectional lens.
|MW||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
Description: This course is situated at the intersection of theoretical, cultural, medical, and commercial online discourses concerning the burgeoning GCS-related surgeries (Gender Confirmation Surgery) presented online and conducted in Bangkok, Thailand. Using “Trans” theories: transgender, transnational, translation, spatio/temporal, this class discusses the intersections, dialogues, refusals, and adaptions when thinking about medical travel to Thailand. We will examine Thai cultural/historical conceptions of sex and gender, debates concerning bodies and diagnoses, and changes in presentations of sex/gender related surgeries offered online. Comparative cultural studies, medical discourses, and an archive of web images offering SRS surgeries to Thailand produced by Thais for western clientele will serve as axes for investigating this topic.
|TTH||11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
Description: This course focuses on Arab American film, visual art, literature, and performance as a way to examine various political, ideological, and social issues of concern to Arab American communities. The course will begin with a brief overview of how Arab culture has been represented in the US and then move on to examine Arab American arts and cinema as forms of self-representation. At the heart of the course will be an interrogation of the relationship between representation and power. Readings in postcolonial theory, women of color feminist theory, and queer of color critique will provide analytical lenses through which to explore the aesthetic and political aspects of Arab American arts and cinema.
|TTH||12:30 PM - 1:50 PM|
Description: This course will examine the cross-cultural work of Asian American artists with a focus on regional arts and culture, the influence of nationally and internationally known artists, and historical analyses of Asian American music and visual arts. For this class, we will look at the phenomenal development of new and traditional music, performing arts, and visual arts in Chicago and the Bay Area in the last 20 years. This research-based class also investigates many influential cyber arts and/or non-arts movement such as Youtube submissions, internet-based performing activities and web page presentations. Themes that will be addressed are the forming of new cultural and artistic communities and their impact on the mainstream culture, collaboration between communities and cultures on the local and transnational levels, and community and economic development issues in the arts and society.
|T||6:00 PM - 8:50 PM|