Quarterly Course Guide 2022-2023

Course Listing and Information Subject to Change

Fall 2022

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Instructor
Title
Day
Time
103San DiegoFirst Year Seminar: Under Pressure: Asian Americans in Higher EducationTTH2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
203ChoMedia, Culture, and IdentityMW2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
210San Diego
Introduction to Asian Am Studies

Description: In our current social, political, and ecological climate, what is the role of Asian American Studies? How has its mission and vision changed since its inception 50 years ago? Throughout this course, we will question the limits and possibilities of Asian American Studies as a field, method, theoretical approach, mode of critique, political orientation, and platform for social justice. Themes and concepts will include: intersectionality, critical race theory, the politics of knowledge production, popular culture, drag queens, identity, activism, and strategies of survival and resistance.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
225Cheng
Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities

Description: This class is critical examination of post-1965 Asian American communities in light of demographic, social, racial and economic trends in the United States and in Asia. 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 in recent decades. More specifically, this course, in response to current major global and national crises, including the global pandemic, escalating anti-Asian racism, violence against Asian/American women, and the tension between Black-Asian communities, will present and explore urgent issues, debates, and concerns facing Asian American communities. This course intends to examine the tension between the umbrella term “Asian American” and the diversity, divergence, inequity, and tension within this larger community.

MW12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
303-0-20Shankar
South Asian American Cultures

Description: South Asian American cultures will introduce students to the social and linguistic lives of migrants from the Indian subcontinent to the US. Focusing on post-1965 communities, we will examine what it means to be South Asian American from the perspective of race, caste, class, religion, gender, and nationality. Areas of focus include: politics of space and place; cultural production and appropriation; language use and expressive culture; politics and the War on Terror; and solidarities against marginalization and oppression.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTH11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
303-0-22ChoCommunity Engaged Methods in Asian American StudiesT4:00 PM - 6:50 PM
303-0-23MagatAsian American Disability PoliticsMW12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
360-0-21Enteen
Trans Surgeries in Thailand

Description: This course is situated at the intersection of theoretical, cultural, medical, and commercial online discourses concerning the burgeoning Gender Affirmation-related surgeries presented online and conducted in Thailand. Using Gender, Queer, Trans, Asian American, and Digital Humanities 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. We will also explore how digital archives are created and managed. Investigating transcripts of live interviews, medical discourses, and an archive of web images offering GAS surgeries produced by Thais for non-Thais will serve as axes for investigating this topic.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
MW2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Winter 2023

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Instructor
Title
Day
Time
203Cho
Critical Studies in Journalism: The Production and Circulation of Meaning

Description: This course examines how journalists produce and circulate meaning within and across societies. We analyze the role of journalist positionality, newsroom DEI initiatives, and institutionalized norms and values, in the coverage of social difference. We explore the influence of news audiences –both imagined and real –in journalistic knowledge production. Our goal is to critically interrogate the ideological underpinnings of present-day journalism practice.

MW12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
214San Diego
Intro to Asian American History

Description: This class introduces students to a broad survey of migratory and displacement patterns of those living in Asia as agitated by militarism, capitalism, imperialism, war, racism, sexism, classism, and nationalism stemming from within the region and abroad. What are the multiple and competing narratives of how these histories and experiences are produced? Once in the United States, how did similar—although not identical—processes of racialization, economic and labor exploitation, legislative and political exclusion, social and cultural othering, and strategies for survival and resistance work together to transform these heterogeneous populations into “Asian Americans”?

Distribution Requirement: Historical Studies
TTh11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
251Sharma
Intro to Critical Mixed Race Studies

Description: This course examines the history and major ideas about multiracial people in the United States through the lens of the emerging academic field of Critical Mixed Race Studies. How have laws constructing and regulating race, gender, sexuality, and immigration led to national ideas about who “mixed race” people are? What accounts for the national obsession about inter-racial marriage and multiracial people? And how do people who identify with more than one racial category navigate life in this society? Critical Mixed Race Studies is a field that interrogates these discourses and analyzes them within the context of society.

MW2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
303-0-1San Diego
Qualitative Research Methods in Asian American Studies

Description: How does an idea, a question, or a phenomenon become a research project? Once completed, how is that research to be used? As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, Asian American Studies employs research methods from traditional disciplines including Anthropology, English, Film, History, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as problem-based fields including queer studies, feminist studies, and disability studies to produce knowledge about difference towards the aim of social justice. In this class, we will practice reading and evaluating texts with the intent of understanding how scholars develop their research questions, modes of “data” collection, and structures of writing. We will also discuss the ethical concerns of conducting research on, about, and with intersectional Asian Americans. You will also develop practical skills such as developing research questions, writing a literature review, completing the IRB process, gathering and analyzing data, and presenting your findings to your peers. While this class is designed for those are completing a senior thesis or will be next year, 2nd year students applying for SURG (or a similar program) are also welcome.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
303-0-22Cho
Community Engaged Methods in Asian American Studies II

Description: This course uses hands-on inquiry to learn about community-engaged approaches to knowledge building. Through an immersive community partnership with Full Spectrum Features, a Chicago-based nonprofit committed to using film and digital storytelling to spark empathic learning and work toward educational justice, we engage in experiential learning about the ethical co-creation of knowledge. Students will contribute to Full Spectrum Features’ latest narrative film project on Japanese American redress by pursuing projects based on their skills and interests. Each week, we will add to a toolbox of research methods that students can apply to future coursework, research, internships, and jobs.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
T4:00 PM - 6:50 PM
360Magat
Queer and Trans of Color Genealogies

Description: This course offers an interdisciplinary examination of queer, trans, and nonbinary of color politics, poetics, and cultural productions. Drawing from the overlapping—at times contentious—intellectual frameworks, activist analytics, and genealogies of “queer and trans of color critique,” we will interrogate how writers, artists, activists, and performers have labored to enact life worlds in the face of interlocking systems of oppression, such as racial capitalism, cisheteropatriarchy, and transphobia. Students will have the chance to engage the Chicago area as a site of queer and trans of color worldmaking and activism aimed at imagining a more just and equitable world.

MW3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
376Gottlieb
Native Speakers: Identity and Representation in Asian America

Description: Asian American literary and cinematic arts invite us to understand their achievements in terms of an ongoing interrogation of the nature and nativity of speech: From "model minority" to "enemy aliens," from fortune-cookie clichés to talk-stories, and from "FOB" to "crazy rich," the representation and self-representations of Asian Americans weave an ambivalent -- sometimes affirmative, sometimes monstrous -- and ever-changing story. In this class, we will explore works of fiction, film, and other media by which Asian American realities are created, disturbed, and otherwise transformed, with a concentration on the themes of speaking, silence, place, displacement, protest, deviance, and exile.

Distribution Requirement: Lit/Fine Arts
MW12:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Spring 2023

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Instructor
Title
Day
Time
247MagatAsian Americans and Popular CultureMW11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
275-0-1San DiegoIntro to Asian American LiteratureDistribution Requirement: Lit/Fine ArtsTTh12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
303StaffTBDDistribution Requirement: Soc/BehavM/W11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
360-0-1San DiegoAsian American SexualitiesDistribution Requirement: Soc/BehavTh5:00 PM - 7:50 PM
303SharmaBlack Studies, Native Studies, Asian Settler ColonialismDistribution Requirement: Lit/Fine ArtsW2:00 PM - 4:50 PM
365ShankarLanguage, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.Distribution Requirement: Soc/BehavT5:00 PM - 7:50 PM