AAS 375
Asian American Sexualities Spring 2024
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 375 / WGSS 375
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Often framed as objects of sexual use and perversity, how might Asian/Asian American subjects contend with these projections and enact their own sexualities? Anchored in this question, this theory-intensive course introduces students to core texts in Asian American Studies, feminist and queer criticism, and performance studies alongside a host of cultural productions (e.g., film, visual art, performance, poetry). It will focus on an array of topics, including western demands to “come out,” the history and activism of “comfort women,” HIV/AIDS, orientalism/ornamentalism, the criminalization of Sikh, South Asian, and Muslim Americans post-9/11, queer kinship, sex work, representations in pornography, drag performance (among others) to explore questions of racialized and sexualized pain alongside pleasure, play, and critique from feminist, queer, trans, and queered positions.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 18
Class#: 3563
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class discussion, weekly posts, in-class paper presentation, short paper, and final project (paper and creative options)
Prerequisites: preferably AMST 125 or WGSS 101/202
Enrollment Preferences: AMST/WGSS majors and AAS concentrators will be given priority; prospective AA concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 375 Division II WGSS 375 Division II AAS 375 Division II
DPE Notes: This course examines the terms Asian American, gender, sexuality, and ability as categories of social difference and oppression. Throughout the course, students will unpack how these categories have been made, unmade, and remade in relationship to ongoing issues of sexual violence, colonialism, racial capitalism, and empire.
Attributes: AAS Core Electives
AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives

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