Introduction to Asian American History
Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Cross-listed as HIST284 / AMST284 / ASST284
This course covers the immigration of Asian to the U.S. from the 1850s to the present and the lives of both immigrants and their descendants. Possible topics are the Chinese Exclusion Act, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the arrival of Vietnamese to the U.S. after the war in Viet Nam.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: a series of short essays and a final oral history/family history
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preference: first come, first served
Distributions: Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: This course traces the immigration history of various peoples from Asia to the U.S. from the 1850s to the present. We will focus on the legal barriers to Asian American immigration and citizenship that reveal the racial, class, gender, and religious biases against people from that part of the world. By examining these issues, we will see an unequal balance of power as well as the various ways Asian immigrants resisted American immigration laws and would eventually build communities in many parts of the U.S.
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada