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

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This course covers topics and approaches salient to contemporary Asian American Studies as an interdisciplinary field of scholarship and activism. Drawing on primary source documents, scholarship, visual media, and creative work, we will look at cross-racial solidarity and organizing, anti-Asian exclusion and xenophobia, war and refugee communities, public and mental health, and immigration histories and experiences. We will ground our inquiry in the social movements from which the field emerged in the late-1960s and 1970s, then move on to address foundational terms for Asian American and Pacific Islander scholars, such as race, bodies, citizenship, empire, transnationalism, and iindigeneity. Throughout the course we will stay attentive to overlapping histories between Asian American and Native, Indigenous, Black, and Latinx people and communities. Students will also have a number of opportunities to practice analytic writing, do creative work, engage in personal reflection, and participate in community building.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3334
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly: an average of 75 pages of reading (or watch a film), participate in class discussions. 5x per semester: 2-page writing or creative assignments, including letter writing, conducting an interview, analyzing a passage from a historical document, or close read a scene from a film or story. Final: A 5-7-page final paper, small group project, or individual 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 defines "Asian" and "Asian American" as categories of social difference created through historical conditions (e.g. migration, imperialism) that change over time. These terms also refer to forms of personhood with racial, national, and ethnic meaning determined by unequal distribution of power and resources. Students in the course are asked to understand, engage, and articulate these differences, historical, and social process.
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora

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