ASIA 216
Asian/American Identities in Motion Fall 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ASIA 216 / DANC 216 / THEA 216 / AMST 213 / GBST 214 / AAS 216

Class Details

The course aims to explore dance and movement-based performances as mediums through which identities in Asian and Asian-American (including South-Asian) communities are cultivated, expressed, and contested. Students will engage with how social and historical contexts influence the processes through which dance practices are invested with particular sets of meanings, and how artists use performance to reinforce or resist stereotypical representations. Core readings will be drawn from Dance, Performance, Asian, and Asian American Studies to engage with issues such as nation formation, racial and ethnic identity politics, appropriation, tradition and innovation among other topics. This is primarily a discussion-based seminar course, and might also include screenings, discussion with guest artists and scholars, and opportunities for creative projects. No previous dance experience is required.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1584
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: reading responses, in-class writing assignments, participation in discussions and presentations, essays, and a final cumulative essay assignment.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first years and sophomores
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASIA 216 Division I DANC 216 Division I THEA 216 Division I AMST 213 Division II GBST 214 Division II AAS 216 Division II
DPE Notes: This course introduces students to the role of performance in nation formation in Asia and the history of Asian-Americans in the US through analysis of dance practices. Student will explore how race was central to the formation of Asian and the American nation, and how social and legal discriminatory practices against minorities influenced popular culture. The assigned material provide examples of how artists address these inequalities and differences in social power.
Attributes: AAS Core Electives
AAS Gateway Courses

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