Fall 2013 Courses

Doe Library

AAS R2A: Reading and Composition with Ana Leong  (TuThu 11-1230PM, 104 BARROWS; Discussion W 10-11A, 78 BARROWS or W 11-12P, 78 BARROWS )

Through the study of the literary, political, social and psychological dimensions of representative works of Asian American literature, this course introduces students to close textual analysis, fosters critical judgment, and reinforces academic writing skills. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

 

AAS R2A: Reading and Composition with TBD  (TuTh 930-11A, 118 BARROWS; Discussion W 8-9A, 174 BARROWS or W 11-12P, 240 MULFORD )

Through the study of the literary, political, social and psychological dimensions of representative works of Asian American literature, this course introduces students to close textual analysis, fosters critical judgment, and reinforces academic writing skills. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

 

AAS 2B: Reading and Composition with Ana Leong   (TuTh 1230-2P, 118 BARROWS; Discussion W 2-3P, 174 BARROWS or W 11-12P, 115 KROEBER)

This course examines literary works by Asian American, African American, Chicano, and Native American writers in their political and social contexts, focusing on similarities and differences between the experiences of ethnic minorities in the U.S. Emphasis is on literary interpretation and sustained analytical writing. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

 

AAS 2B: Reading and Composition with TBD (TuTh 2-330P, 587 BARROWS; Discussion W 8-9A, 104 BARROWS, W 8-9A, 175 BARROWS)

This course examines literary works by Asian American, African American, Chicano, and Native American writers in their political and social contexts, focusing on similarities and differences between the experiences of ethnic minorities in the U.S. Emphasis is on literary interpretation and sustained analytical writing. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

 

AAS 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States with Christopher Chua (MWF 11-12P, 160 KROEBER; Discussion section options: M 9-10A, 587 BARROWS/Tu 2-3P, 20 WHEELER/W 10-11A, 104 BARROWS or Th 8-9A, 118 BARROWS)

Introductory comparative analysis of the Asian American experience from 1848 to present. Topics include an analysis of the Asian American perspective; cultural roots; immigration and settlement patterns; labor, legal, political, and social history.

 

AAS 20C: Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities with R.V. Chung (M 4-7P, 104 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

Introductory comparative analysis of the Asian American experience from 1848 to present. Topics include an analysis of the Asian American perspective; cultural roots; immigration and settlement patterns; labor, legal, political, and social history.

 

AAS 121: Chinese American History with Harvey Dong (MWF 9-10A, 56 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

 Chinese American history, 1848 to present. Topics include influence of traditional values, Eastern and Western; patterns of immigration and settlement; labor history; the influence of public policy, foreign and domestic, on the Chinese individual and community. 

 

AAS 122: Japanese American History with Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani (Th 2-5P, 118 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

This course will be presented as a proseminar with selected topics in order to give students an opportunity to participate in the dynamics of the study of Japanese American history. Topics include immigration, anti-Japanese racism, labor, concentration camps, agriculture, art and literature, and personality and culture.

 

AAS 124: Filipino American History with Catherine Ceniza Choy (TuTh 930-11A, 136 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

Topics include consequences of the Spanish-American War on Filipino emigration; conditions in Hawaii and California and the need for Filipino labor; community development; changing relations between the U.S. and the Philippines; effects ofthe independence movement and World War II on Filipino Americans; and contemporary issues.

 

AAS 125: Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S.: “History, Memory and Citizenship: Key Issues in Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation in the U.S.” with Khatharya Um (TuTh 1230-2P, 122 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

This course will introduce students to the sociocultural, economic, educational, and political issues facing Southeast Asian refugees in the U.S. While the course focus is on the Asian American experience, references will be made to the pre-migration experiences and histories of the Southeast Asian refugee groups. The processes and problems in the formulation of refugee programs and services in the U.S. also will be addressed in their implications for refugee resettlement and adaptation experience. Emphasis will be placed on comparative analyses of the Southeast Asian refugee communities.

 

AAS 128AC: Muslims in America with Hatem Bazian (MW 4-530P, 120 LATIMER; Discussion Sections: M 2-3P, 118 BARROWS/Tu 4-5P, 151 BARROWS/W 1-2P, 185 BARROWS/Th 8-9A, 136 BARROWS/F 11-12P, 9 EVANS)

The course traces Islam’s journey in America. It will deal with the emergence of identifiable Muslim communities throughout the U.S. and focus on patterns of migration, the ethnic makeup of such communities, gender dynamics, political identity, and cases of conversion to Islam. The course will spend considerable time on the African American, Indo-Pakistani, and Arab American Muslim communities since they constitute the largest groupings. It also examines in depth the emergence of national, regional, and local Muslim institutions, patterns of development pursued by a number of them, and levels of cooperation or antagonism. The course seeks an examination of gender relations and dynamics across the various Muslim groupings, and the internal and external factors that contribute to real and imagined crisis. The course seeks to conduct and document the growth and expansion of mosques, schools, and community centers in the greater Bay Area. Finally, no class on Islam in America would be complete without a critical examination of the impacts of 9/11 on Muslim communities, the erosion of civil rights, and the ongoing war on terrorism.

 

AAS 138: Topics in Asian Popular Culture: “Hallyu: Understanding the Korean Wave, Korean Pop Culture and its Consumption”  with Hannah Mitchell (TuTh 330-5P, 104 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

Topics in Asian popular culture. Analysis of historical and contemporary issues addressed in popular media in Asia, such as 1990s Hong Kong cinema, fifth generation Chinese films, films of China and Taiwan, Japanese and Korean anime, South Asian and Bollywood cinema, and South Korean film and television drama. Course topics will vary with the expertise of the particular instructor.

 

AAS 141: Law in the Asian American Community with Tom Fleming  (M 6-9P, 200 WHEELER…Seats Available!)

In this class, we will seek to understand and critically analyze the law and how it affects Asian American communities.  We will examine selected legal principles in the United States Constitution as well as in state and federal statutes, and the case law interpreting such principles.  Further, we will explore racialization vis-à-vis certain legal areas such as national security, immigration, profiling, hate speech/crimes, criminal law, labor and employment, education, and affirmative action.  We will investigate not only the relationship between law and race, but also that of law and class, gender, politics and economics. 

 

AAS 151: Asian American Women: Theory and Experience with Young Shin  (W 3-6P, 136 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

Examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian American women in relation to work, sexuality, intellectual and artistic activity, and family and community life as well as the development of Asian American feminist thought and its relation to cultural nationalism.

 

AAS 165: Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities: Exploring Videography as a Strategic Intervention with Jere Takahashi (Th 2-5P, 78 BARROWS…Seats Available!)

This course will examine key issues relevant to conducting research in Asian American communities.  After first reviewing the major perspectives that have guided past community research, we will focus on field research strategies (e.g. observation, interviews) that are particularly applicable to community research, with special emphasis on the use of visual recording media/video.  This course is designed to involve students immediately in a community-based research project using video as their primary research tool.  Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively in all phases of their project.  Prior experience using video is not required, since instruction in video production will be provided.

 

AAS 181: Chinese American Literature  with Fae Myenne Ng  (TuTh 1230-2P, 220 WHEELER)

Analyzes literary representations of contemporary and/or historical experiences of Chinese Americans; genre, formal, and stylistic features; definition of cultural identity and development of literary tradition. Primarily English-language works, some translations from Chinese.