AMST 284
Topics in Asian American History Fall 2009
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 284 / HIST 284
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This course serves as the introduction to Asian American history, roughly covering the years 1850 to the present. It examines the lives of Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Indians, and Southeast Asians in America, and the historical reasons why they came to the US and their subsequent interactions with other ethno-racial groups in the United States. Topics include the anti-Asian exclusion movements, the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, the increase of Asian immigration after the 1965 Immigration Act and the war in Viet Nam, and impact of the events of September 11, 2001 on Asian American communities. These themes and others will be explored through the use of historical texts, primary documents, novels, memoirs, and films. This is an EDI course because it examines how people from different Asian countries and cultures interacted with each other and those already here in the US. Theirs is a story of immigration, exclusion, resistance, accommodation, and the process of “becoming American.”
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 30
Class#: 1760
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on six response papers, two short critical essay (5-7 pages) and a final oral history/family history of an Asian American (10-15 pages)
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Unit Notes: meets Group F requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 284 Division II HIST 284 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora

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