Spring 2012 Courses

ASAM 86. Social Documentation and Asian Americans.
K. Mak, PZ, 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 102. Fieldwork in Asian American Communities (1/2 credit).
K. Yep, PZ, M 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The goals of this class are for students to understand the difference between service-learning and social justice education and to understand the roles of power, privilege, and positionalities in working in partnership with community members. The college students will be teaching a support citizenship exam class, a English writing support class, or provide coaching one-on-one with adult immigrants who have naturalization exam dates.

ASAM 160. Asian American Women’s Experiences.
Staff, SCR, T 7:00-9:50 p.m.
Course explores the histories, experiences, politics, identities, representations and agency of Asian American women from the mid 19th century through the present. We will study various forms of oppression and resistance in light of larger systems of governance. The class discussions will explore how the intersecting discourses on race, gender, sex, class and nation position Asian American women within Asian American communities and a transnational context. Asian American women’s experiences will be examined through oral histories, media representations and cultural productions of, by and about Asian American women.

ASAM 191PO. Asian American Studies Senior Thesis.
Staff, TBA
Students will work with one or more faculty on original thesis research toward completion of senior thesis.

ASAM 197. Contemporary Asian American Media.
L. Lopez, SCR, W 7:00-9:50 p.m.
Created as a response to student demands for alternative educational models within Asian American Studies, ASAM 197 is a student-driven class that encourages critical engagement, leadership, and empowerment among its participants. This student-led course will focus on media in the Asian American community, with a focus on the role that mass- and independent media play in domestic and transnational cultural exchange and appropriation, Asian/Asian-American representation, Orientalism, race and sexuality, and political activism. The course will review traditional media outlets such as film, theatre, and television; new media outlets such as YouTube and blogs; and sites for alternative cultural production and expression such as stand-up comedy halls and comics. Analysis will be grounded in theories and methodologies of Asian American Studies and media studies.

EA 100: Urban Planning and the Social Environment: Issues of Justice and Advocacy in Communities of Color.
A. Kim, PO, W 1:15-4:00 p.m.
This is intended as an applied and interactive overview of planning issues that affect communities of color and low-income communities. We will focus on how social and economic differences impact the construction and geographies of cities. The first part of the course will focus on histories of urban form and social theory as a framework for city planning. The second will examine specific theories such as community development, inequitable development, and environmental justice from a critical race perspective. The third will apply theories of culture, consumption and inequality as manifested in the city. The final section of the course will analyze and evaluate various strategies for social change in the community context. The readings are a guide to understanding local communities, and both the mid-term and final project will focus on current urban issues in local neighborhoods of students’ choosing.

ENGL 114. Asian/American Forms.
J. Jeon, PO, MW 11:00-12:15 p.m.
This course examines Asian/American literary texts that exhibit self?consciousness about their own formal characteristics as a means of engaging with and interrogating social and racial formations. Readings will include both texts written by Asian Americans and texts that address Asianness in an American context.

JPNT 177. Japanese and Japanese American Women Writers.
L. Miyake, PO, TR 2:45-4:00 p.m.
The course will examine the writings of classical/modern Japanese/Japanese American women writers within their local/global settings focusing on what they wrote, why they wrote, and where they wrote. The course will also explore how local/global gender and race politics inform these writings—and their reception—and look at the ways these formulations (which have crossed back and forth across the Pacific from the earliest Japanese immigration to the U.S. through international exchanges to this day) continue to fashion the writings of these women writers.

POLI 118. Politics, Economics and Culture of Korea.
T. Kim, SC, TR 9:35-10:50 a.m.
This course will be both an intensive introduction to the history, politics, economics and cultures of the two states on the Korean peninsula, with their interlocking histories and greatly divergent economic, political, and social realities; and a sustained theoretical and methodological inquiry into the relationship between the state, economic development and civil society.

POLI 128. Race and American Capitalism.
T. Kim, SC, F 1:15-4:00 p.m.
This course engages in a sustained examination – both theoretical and grounded – of the contemporary political struggle of communities of color negotiating liberal-capitalist ideology and its empirical manifestations. Through textual engagement, the course seeks to significantly advance and refine analyses that focus on the relationship between race, racism, and American capitalism. Through direct engagement with individuals and organizations involved in social justice work that confronts white supremacy and class domination, the course seeks to provide practical insight into working for social change that is grounded in the lives of communities negotiating the systemic relationship between race and capitalism on a daily basis.

PSYC 153AA. Asian American Psychology.
S. Goto, PO, TR 1:15-2:30 p.m.
This course 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 124. Global Asia/Asian America.
H. Thai, PO, M 1:15-4:00 p.m.
This course is about the challenges that globalization poses to people of Asian descent living outside of their country of birth. We focus on case studies, paying particular attention to education, sexuality, citizenship, gender, family, and work. We will use these cases to question new concepts, such as “flexible citizenship,” “cultural hybridity,” and “transmigrant,” that have emerged to describe new forms of belonging in this global age.

THEA 115N. Contemporary Asian American Drama.
J. Lu, PO, TR 9:35-10:50 a.m.
This course examines several post-1960 dramatic and performance works created by Asian American artists, such as, Phillip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Julia Cho, Ralph Peña, and Lan Tran, taking into account the historical and cultural contexts in which these productions emerged. We will look at how these different artists attempt to represent themselves and their experiences with dignity, how they preserve old traditions and create new ones, and at how these practices reflect different aspects of the relationships between the United States and various Asian countries, and between different ethnic groups in the U.S. This course includes a field trip, a written review of your experience, as well as a self-written monologue, and a final paper or dramatic performance.