AMST 246
Black Asia: From King Kong to Kung Fu and Beyond Fall 2014
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ENGL 246 / AFR 246 / COMP 245 / AMST 246
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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.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1526
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly papers/responses and discussion
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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 Preferences: English majors and Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 246 Division I AFR 246 Division II COMP 245 Division I AMST 246 Division II
Attributes: ASAM Core Courses
ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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