AMST 125
Introduction to Asian American Studies Fall 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

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Who or what constitutes “Asian American”? Centering this provocation, this course offers an introductory survey of the interdisciplinary field of Asian American Studies. Focusing on foundational texts and cultural production in the field–legal documents, scholarship, film, poetry, and visual and performance art–we will ask who has been included/excluded from this category and trace the shifting constructions of Asian American from the 19th century onward in tandem with other markers of difference, including gender, sexuality, religion, ability, class, and location. Each week, we will study how these constructions have been shaped by ongoing systems of migration, imperialism, settler colonialism, war, racial capitalism, housing, and affirmative action. We will also examine how this term has been fundamentally reimagined and remade. Over the course, we will approach this core question transnationally, hemispherically, and relationally alongside other racial formations.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1959
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly readings, class discussions, weekly discussion posts, in-class presentation, midterm paper, and a final paper or creative project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: If over enrolled: first-year students, AMST majors, or students with demonstrated interest in Asian American studies
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course examines "Asian" and Asian American" as categories of racial difference constructed through various structures of power. Students in the course are asked to unpack how constructions of this difference have changed over time and produced uneven power relations and access to resources.
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora

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