Spring 2019 courses

AMST 128 SC. Race, Space and Difference.
W. Cheng, SC, R 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This course is an introduction to critical scholarship on race and space in the United States. We will consider definitions of race and racism, and how the intertwining of race and differential access to space has shaped patterns of power and inequality. We pay special attention to the making and maintenance of national boundaries; spatial typologies within metropolitan areas; and the differential racialization of Asian Americans, Latinas/os, African Americans, and Native Americans. Readings and discussions are organized around spatial typologies including border, ghetto, suburb, and prison. Assignments provide opportunities to think critically about race, space, and inequality in the landscape.

ANTH 088. China: Gender, Cosmology, State.
E. Chao, PZ, M 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This course examines the anthropological literature on Chinese society. It will draw on ethnographic research conducted in the People’s Republic of China. Particular attention will be paid to the genesis of historical and kinship relations, gender, ritual, ethnicity, popular practice and state discourse since the revolution.

ASAM 022. Healing Justice (half credit).
K. Yep, PZ, W 5:30-7:00 p.m
Using an integrative and socio-centric approach to learning, this student-centered course draws from student projects to examine healing justice through feminist, anti-racist pedagogies and contemplative practices. In addition to identifying community resilience, research shows the impact of adverse childhood experiences, historical trauma, and chronic stress on the body and executive functions. Through community engagement, students will explore the potential of destressing, somatic, and compassionate pedagogies in interrogating the relationship among individual, interpersonal, and interorganizational anger with viable generative sustainable systemic change.

ASAM 086. Social Documentation and Asian Americans.
K. Mak, PO, F 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 090. Asian American and Multiracial Community Studies.
Staff, PZ, W 2:45-5:30 p.m.
Introduces students to studying and working beside Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through the exploration of the politics of place. Issues to be addressed in the course include ethical considerations of community projects and social topography as it changes in the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander diasporas. Course will be project-based and working with community-based organizations.

ASAM 102. Social Responsibility Praxis (half credit, meets bi-weekly).
K. Yep, PZ, M 7:00-9:50 p.m.
Using feminist pedagogies, this course explores social responsibility praxis through a community engagement project at an adult literacy program in Monterey Park. We will examine the ethical and political implications of language ideologies in the naturalization process and adult literacy for immigrant and refugee emergent English speakers. Transportation provided. Repeatable for credit. Class meets biweekly.

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 122. Diasporic Asian/American Popular Cultures: South & Southeast Asia.
G. Nubla, PZ, TR 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
This course will examine popular cultural representations of and by South Asians and Southeast Asians in the diaspora, with a substantial but not comprehensive focus on U.S.-Asia relations. Media to be explored include film, television, theater, music, fiction, comics and graphic novels, and the internet. We will highlight the inextricable relationship between art/aesthetics and politics, taking a historical approach that considers the colonial, postcolonial, and neocolonial relations between Western and Asian countries.

ASAM 125 HM. Introduction to Asian American History: 1850-Present
A. Flores, HM, TR 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Survey course examines journeys of Asian immigrant groups (and subsequent American-born generations) as they have settled and adjusted to life in the United States since 1850.  Address issues such as the formation of ethnic communities, labor, role of the state, race relations, and American culture and identity.

ASAM 160 PZ. Asian American Women’s Experiences.
G. Nubla, PZ, T 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of Asian and Pacific Islander American women.  It will examine the history and experiences of Asian American women in the United States.  The class will include both lecture and discussion and will cover various issues, such as gender roles, mass media stereotypes, Asian women’s feminism, and the impact of sexism and racism on the lives of Asian American women through education, work, and home life.

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.

GWS 162. Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America.
A. Bahng, PO, W 7:00-9:50 p.m.
Through an analysis of historical and contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander literature, film, performance, art, and popular culture, this course emphasizes a wide range of engagements with gender and sexuality that disrupts binary thinking on the topic. Students will examine the formation of Asian American genders and sexualities alongside histories of racialization, migration, and labor that span East, South, and Southeast Asian, as well as Pacific contexts.

POLI 118. Korea and Korean Americans.
T. Kim, SC, W 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This course is an intensive introduction to North and South Korea, with their interlocking histories and greatly divergent economic, political, and social realities. The course pays special attention to the impact of U.S. foreign policy on Korean national formation and Korean American identity and community formation.

PSYC 155. Seminar in Ethnic Minority Psychology and Mental Health.
W. Hwang, CMC, MW 2:45-4:00 p.m.
This course examines the roles and influences of ethnicity, race, and culture on psychology and mental health.  Students will learn about intergroup dynamics, racism and White privilege, ethnic identity development, acculturation and immigration, ethnic differences in the expression of distress, differential patterns and barriers to help-seeking, mental health disparities, and ethnocultural issues that influence treatment processes.

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, MW 10:00 a.m.-12:30 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.