Fall 2016 Courses

ASAM 094. Community Health.
K. Yep, PZ, TR 11:00 a.m-12:15 p.m.
This course explores the struggle for social justice and health equality for and with underserved Asian American communities and Pacific Islander communities. Through participatory teaching strategies, the class will examine health care as a basic human right and analyze movements working towards eliminating disparities in health. Fulfills Pitzer social responsibility requirement.

ASAM 115. Methodologies.
K. Yep, PZ, TR 2:45-4:00 p.m.
Asian/American and Pacific Islander Studies is a distinct field of study that documents the experiences of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders AND provides an approach to theorize, analyze, and research. Using decolonizing and indigenous frameworks, we approach methodology by examining the ethical and political aspects of research methods. Through proposing and implementing components of a participatory action research (PAR) project, we will explore questions such as 1) What are the methods that make Asian/American and Pacific Islander Studies a distinct field and 2) What are the ethical considerations in research.

ASAM 130. Science, Technology, Asian America.
T. Honma, PZ, T 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 190a/190PO. Asian American Studies Senior Seminar: Applications, Analysis, and Future Directions.
S. Goto, PO, TR 1:15-2:30 p.m.
This is the capstone seminar for senior Asian American Studies majors (minors optional). The seminar is designed to bring seniors together to discuss and assess their understanding of Asian American Studies practice and theory at the Claremont Colleges and beyond. We will engage in minor research activities, read & analyze provocative books and articles, and revisit key issues & controversies.

ENGL 162. Asian American Literature: Gender and Sexuality.
W. Liu, SC, M 2:45-5:30 p.m.
This course will explore questions of gender and sexuality in the context of Asian American literature, and will investigate how these key terms undergird even the earliest formations of Asian America. The course will investigate this idea through a variety of lenses, focusing on both creative and critical texts.

POLI 118. Korea and Korean Americans.
T. Kim, SC, TR 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 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 126AA. Immigration and the Second Generation.
H. Thai, PO, R 1:15-4:00 p.m.
Analysis of post-1965 children of immigrants, and/or immigrant children in Asia America. Emphasis on variations on coming of age patterns, the course examines diverse childhood experiences, including ‘transnational’ children, ‘refugee’ children, and ‘left-behind’ children. Emphasis on gender, class, ethnicity, intergenerational relations, education, sexuality, popular culture, and globalization, and specifically how young adults negotiate major American institutions such as the labor market and educational systems.

THEA 001G. Acting for Social Change.
J. Lu, PO, TR 1:15-3:45 p.m.
Acting for Social Change is an introduction to the fundamentals of acting, drawing upon different techniques such as psychological realism and physical theatre. Students will perform a self-written monologue, a documentary monologue transcribed from a live interview, and a two or three person scene from a play. They will also be introduced to Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed, two forms of theater that are applied commonly today to create dialogue, heal conflict and trauma, and build community.

THEA 115M. Race and Contemporary Performance.
J. Lu, PO, TR 9:35-10:50 a.m.
What is race and how does the meaning attached to racial categories shape culture and social structures in the United States? This course will examine how individuals and groups use their bodies and minds to identify, dis-identify, imagine and re-imagine racial dynamics on the America via drama and performance.