AMST 404
New Works in Asian American Studies Fall 2021 (also offered Spring 2022)
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

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In this seminar, we will consider recent and/or recently intensifying debates, conversations, and intellectual directions in Asian American Studies. Topics may include white settler colonialism; indigeneity, the Pacific, and the transpacific; refugee experiences; media, including video games; political participation, conservativism, and religion; affirmative action; sexual violence; mental health; and comparative and relational racialization. We will also consider some new works of Asian American film and literature, and the criticism it generates. Course material will focus on scholarship that critically engage race, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, and/or disability as key terms. Students will be asked to develop a final project or paper based on one of the topics or books covered in the course. Students will gain an understanding of the field’s recent concerns but also become familiar with the broader political, social, and cultural contexts from which they emerge.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1387
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In-class participation, weekly papers, one in-class presentation of the reading, final paper (10-12 pages of scholarly work or criticism) or final project (interview with an author or art work may be an option)
Prerequisites: AMST125 (Introduction to Asian American Studies) or equivalent from another unit e.g. WGSS
Enrollment Preferences: Senior American Studies majors; juniors or seniors with demonstrated interest in Asian American Studies (especially previous coursework)
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course is organized around Asian American scholarship that foregrounds systems of power and hierarchies of identity. Students will consider how Asian American experiences throughout the history of the U.S. are shaped by uneven and often unjust processes, such as war or economic liberalism, and aspects of identity, such as race, indigeneity, gender/sexuality, class, and religion.
Attributes: AMST 400-level Senior Seminars

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