AMST 404
New Works in Asian American Studies Spring 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
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In this seminar, we will consider recent and/or recently intensifying debates, conversations, and intellectual directions in Asian American Studies. Topics may include settler colonialism; indigeneity, the Pacific, and the transpacific; war and refugee experiences; media, including video games; political participation, conservativism, and religion; affirmative action; sexual violence; mental health; and comparative and relational racialization e.g. scholarship at the intersection of Asian American, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, and African American/Africana studies. We may also consider some new works of Asian American film and literature, and the criticism it generates. Course material will focus on scholarship that critically engage race, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, and/or disability as key terms. Students may be asked to develop a final project or paper based on one of the topics or books covered in the course; review a new work independently; or conduct an interview with an author. Students will gain an understanding of the field’s recent concerns but also become familiar with the broader political, social, and cultural contexts from which they emerge.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3922
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In-class participation, weekly response papers, in-class presentation of the reading, final paper or project
Prerequisites: AMST125 (Introduction to Asian American Studies) or equivalent from another unit e.g. WGSS
Enrollment Preferences: Senior American Studies majors; juniors or seniors with demonstrated interest in Asian American Studies (especially previous coursework); seniors majoring in LATS, Africana, WGSS, or doing related independent/Honors coursework
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course centers Asian American scholarship that foregrounds modes of social difference, systems of power, and formations of identity, solidarity, and community. Students consider how Asian American experiences are shaped by uneven and often unjust social processes, and aspects of identity, such as race, indigeneity, gender/sexuality, class, and religion. Students will also consider Asian American intersections with Indigenous/Native American, Latinx, and African American experience.
Attributes: AMST 400-level Senior Seminars

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