Spring 2018 Courses
AMST 110. Migrant Memoir.
W. Cheng, SC, TR 2:45-4:00 p.m.
This course explores memoirs of migration (broadly conceived) through the interdisciplinary lenses of American Studies and ethnic studies. Students will learn how to read and analyze texts alongside the social, historical, and political contexts; and with a transnational and global view of the relationships between places, a critical focus on the meanings and realities of “America,” and a humanizing view of the complex personhood of migrant subjects.
ASAM 082. Racial Politics of Teaching.
K. Yep & C. Fought, PZ, W 7:00-9:50 p.m.
This class examines how race and ethnicity are constructed in schooling from sociological, linguistic, and ethnic studies standpoints. Specifically, we will discuss how race and ethnicity are constructed in schooling and ways teachers/educators may refine their pedagogies in relation to race and ethnicity. Students will do a research project.
ASAM 086. Social Documentation and Asian Americans.
K. Mak, PO, W 1:15-4:00 p.m.
Viewing of films and other documentary forms by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for critique and discussion. Basic instruction in use of digital video technology to document social issues relevant to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Community- project.
ASAM 094. Community Health.
K. Vaughn, PZ, T 6:00-8:50 p.m.
This course will explore Indigenous understandings of health with particular attention to the Pacific Islander community. By focusing on holistic understandings of health, students will learn the historical factors leading to health disparities amongst Pacific Islanders, but also will learn of current community efforts and movements to address the intersections of health and self?determination. Through participatory teaching strategies, the class will examine holistic health and analyze the movements centering restoring Indigenous understandings of health. Fulfills PZ social responsibility requirement.
ASAM 104. Asian American Foodways.
G. Nubla, PZ, T 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This seminar course will investigate Asian American identity, culture, and communities through an exploration of Asian American foodways, particularly in relation to colonization, immigration, nationalism, and globalization. This course will examine the history and origins of iconic “Asian” food such as chop suey and fortune cookies, the relationship of Asian Americans to the labor of food production, and the use of food in Asian American literary and cultural productions. Students will research the history of an Asian restaurant or Asian food business for their final project. Participation in a restaurant field trip is required.
ASAM 112. Asian American Literature: Racial Form, Aesthetics, and Politics.
G. Nubla, PZ, TR 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
By exploring the tensions between formal (aesthetic) and materialist approaches to Asian American literature, this course will examine the concept of Asian American “racial form” coined by literary scholar Colleen Lye. We will ask the following questions: What is the relationship between aesthetics and politics, and between Asian American literature and American literature at large? What is the role of literary experimentation in Asian American literary history? What does literary form have to do with constructions of identity and relations of power? What makes a text “Asian American literature,” and what are the ideal formal contours and thematic characteristics of Asian American literature? We will read literary texts alongside criticism and theory as well as attend to the publication history and reception of each literary text. Lectures will provide historical and social context, but a more substantial portion of class time will be spent in discussion of the texts assigned for each class session.
ASAM 120. Sex Work in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and U.S.: Race, Gender, Nation.
Gladys Nubla, PZ, R 1:15-4:00 p.m.
Are sex workers victims of human trafficking and colonial militarization? Are they active agents in negotiating with clients to meet their personal desires and economic needs? What is the relationship between sex, power, and consent? This course will provide a critical examination of sex work in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and Asian diasporic communities in the U.S. We will explore various representations of the adults and children who participate in sex work in these sites, and the conflicting ways in which sexuality, femininity, masculinity, and race articulate with global political economies. Lectures will provide historical and social context, but a more substantial portion of class time will be spent in discussion of the texts and films assigned for each class session.
ASAM 130. Science, Technology, Asian America.
T. Honma, M 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This course explores the implications of Western science and technology on the Asian American experience. By interrogating how science has been defined in the “West” in relation to “non-Western” peoples, we will explore questions related to epistemology, racialization, migration, education, professionalization, and research, and the political stakes therein.
ASAM 175. Asian American Comics: Racial Politics.
T. Honma, MW 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
This seminar focuses on comics as a form of storytelling within Asian American communities and the politics of racial representation. How do Asian American comic writers situate themselves (and their narratives) within a US settler society structured by capitalism, heteropatriarchy and white supremacy? Readings will include comics and graphic novels by and about Asian Americans from a variety of ethnic and gendered subject positions, as well as works distributed by both mainstream, independent, and do -it-yourself publishers. Theoretical work that examines race and visuality, political economy, positionality and intersectionality, transnationalism, aesthetics, and affect will also be required.
ASAM 190b/191PO. Asian American Studies Senior Thesis.
Students will work with one or more faculty on original thesis research toward completion of senior thesis.
FGSS188E. The Queer Transpacific: Sinophone Cultures and Race/Ethnicity in Asian America.
J. Cheng, SC, T 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This course draws together emergent scholarship in transpacific studies and sinophone studies with Asian American studies and queer studies. It attends to how the hemispheric Americas and Asia Pacific regions have been shaped by the United States and China, respectively and concomitantly. We trace overlapping histories of U.S.-European interventions into Asia Pacific, Pacific militarizations, Chinese empire, and modern Chinese nation-state building led by Han ethnonationalisms. Focusing on transpacific crossings and the production of “sinophone cultures” in history, popular culture, science, and tourism, this course applies queer analyses to investigate how the U.S. and China produce one another as analogous “others.”
MS 100AA. Asian Americans in Media.
A. Kaneko, PZ, T 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This is a historical survey of Asian American involvement in media production, beginning with the silent film era and ending with contemporary projects in film, video, and new media. In this course, we will focus on the shifting yet continuous participation of Asians in the production of media in North America, and look at how changing political, social, and cultural discourses have shaped media representations of Asians throughout this period.
PSYC 153AA. Asian American Psychology.
S. Goto, PO, TR 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Introduces students to the salient psychological issues of Asian Americans. Taking into account the social, cultural, and historical context of the Asian American experience, this course addresses values and cultural conflict development, acculturation, marriage and gender roles, vocational development, psychopathology, and delivery of mental health services.
SOC 095. Contemporary Central Asia.
A. Junisbai, PZ, F 1:15-4:00 p.m.
In this course, students will learn about the five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The “Stans” are majority Muslim, were part of the Soviet Union until 1991, and are ruled by authoritarian leaders today. The course will start out with a brief overview of the region’s history before, during, and after the USSR. Topics will include social and economic stratification, gender, interethnic relations, political inequality, and religion.
SOC 150AA. Contemporary Asian American Issues.
H. Thai, M 1:15-4:00 p.m.
Survey of contemporary empirical studies focusing on Asian American experiences in the U.S. and globally; major themes include race, class, gender, sexuality, marriage/family, education, consumption, childhoods, aging, demography, and the rise of transmigration. Readings and other course materials will primarily focus on the period since 1965.
THEA 130. Introduction to Directing.
G. Ortega, PO, TR 9:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
This is an introduction to the art and craft of directing for the stage, and related forms that will allow the artist to enhance their vision and eventually formulate their concept into fruition. There will be an emphasis on play selection, detailed script analysis, the director’s concept, collaboration with designers, auditions and casting, actor coaching, rehearsal strategies, and production methods. We will workshop several scenes as well as projects that the students will create. In addition, our student directors will have the opportunity to work with students from a local elementary school to produce a short adaptation of a fairy tale or a fable being taught in their curriculum.