AFR 246 Fall 2014 Black Asia: From King Kong to Kung Fu and Beyond (D) (W)

Cross Listed as COMP245, ENGL246, AMST246
In the popular intuition of contemporary US culture, blackness and Asianness are often imagined as diametrically opposed. Yet the Asia/Pacific region has been crucial to the development of modern black culture since long before a Hawaii-born, Jakarta- and Honolulu-raised memoirist named Barack Obama was elected as the first African American president. In this tutorial, we'll consider how blackness and Asianness came to be opposed to each other, while exploring the rich and complex history of African American interest in Asia and the Pacific that this obscures. Course materials will be drawn from over a century of critical and creative reflections on the subject, including novels, films, music, visual art, journalism, and scholarly writing. This tutorial fulfills the EDI requirement by examining how concepts of racial and cultural difference emerge from local and global histories of inequality and political contestation.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly papers/responses and discussion
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam; or consent of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: English majors and Africana Studies concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ASAM Core Courses,ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1525
AFR 246 - T1 (F) TUT Black Asia (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Vincent J. Schleitwiler
TBA 1525
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