|210||Nguyen|Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
Description: Introduction to Asian American Studies surveys major themes in the field through engagement with a variety of material from a wide range of disciplines, including scholarship, comedy, film, cartoons, music, dance, reality television, visual art, and public protests. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the major conversations and approaches of this interdisciplinary field. Students will delve into the development of Asian American Studies as a discipline through an overview of the history of racial formation, migration, settler colonialism, U.S. militarization, gender/sexuality, politics of representation, detention, incarceration, and political mobilization.
|TTH||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
|214||Tse|Distribution Requirement: Historical Studies
Description: “Asian America” is a composite of ethnic communities formed by migration between the regions of “Asia” and the "Americas." But how did these disparate groups come to become known as “Asian America”? In this course, we will explore the histories of various Asian American communities (e.g. Chinese American, Japanese American, Korean American, Filipina/o American, Indian American, Native Hawaiian communities). Our readings will begin with the pre-World War II Asian American experiences of exclusion and community establishment. We will then consider how it is that these different communities became known as an Asian American “community,” especially through the experience of the Second World War. Finally, we will read stories of post-1960s migrations and the ideological and material divisions that have emerged in Asian America. Cross-listed with HIST 214.
|MW||12:30 PM - 1:50 PM|
|220||Tse|Distribution Requirement: Historical Studies
Description: In this course, we will try to survey the various ideologies, movements, and communities that make up what is called ‘Chinese America.’ We will do this through some texts that I have chosen that I think represent the field of Chinese American studies. Some of these texts are fictional, others are historiographical, and still others are sociological. By reading these texts, we might gain a sense of how internally diverse, if not divisive, ‘Chinese America’ is and yet how this term ‘Chinese America’ is still used as a coherent term of political mobilization. Throughout the class, students will write weekly reflections; there will also be a short midterm paper and a longer final essay.
|MW||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
|225||Nguyen|Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
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.
|TTH||11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
|303||Merseth||Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav||T||9:30 AM - 12:30 PM|
|360||Enteen|Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
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,” and Critical Race Theories, we will discuss the cross-cultural intersections, dialogues, refusals, and adaptions when thinking about medical travel to Thailand for gender/sex related surgeries. 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. Asian American 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.
|MW ||11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
|365||Shankar|Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
Description: This upper-level undergraduate/ graduate seminar examines relationships between language, race and ethnicity in the contemporary United States. It pairs major theoretical concepts from linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and critical race and ethnic studies to examine ethnographic case studies about identity, subjectivity, racism, and institutions. The course will focus on language use among Asian Americans but also examine language practices by Latinos and Blacks by comparison. Topics include: language in media; bilingualism in schools and workplaces; the English Only movement; social media activism; names and naming; colonialism and postcolonialism; and transracial formations. Students will also be asked to apply course concepts to analyze relevant contemporary issues, including presidential malapropisms; controversies about place names and sports team names/ mascots; the 2018 elections; racial crossing and passing; and Yellow English today.
|TU||5:00 PM - 7:50 PM|
|370||Yuh|Distribution Requirement: Historical Studies
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.
|MW||9:30 AM - 10:50 AM|