Fall 2014 Courses

R2A (2 sections) “Reading and Composition” Anna Leong
(TuThu 11-12:30, 175 Barrows)
Sections: (W 10:00-11:00AM, 54 Barrows) or (W 11:00-12:00PM, 80 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.

 

R2A (2 sections) “Reading and Composition” Maria Faini
(TuThu 9:30-11:00AM, 155 Barrows)
Sections: (W 10-11:00AM, 321 Haviland) or (W 11:00-12:00PM, 201 Giannini)
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.

 

R2B (2 sections) “Reading and Composition” Anna Leong
(TuThu 12:30-2:00PM, 104 Barrows)
Sections: (W 10:00-11:00AM, 201 Giannini) or (TuTh 11:00-12:00PM, 240 Mulford)
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.

 

R2B (2 sections) “Reading and Composition” Adrian Comly
(TuThu 2-3:30PM, 587 Barrows)
Sections: (W 10-11:00AM, 175 Barrows) or (W 8-9:00AM, 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.

 

20A “Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States” Chris Chua Elaine Kim
(MWF 12-1:00PM, 105 North Gate)
Sections: (M 9-10:00AM, 104 Barrows), (Tu 2-3:00PM, 151 Barrows), (W 10-11:00AM, 104 Barrows), or (Th 8-9:00AM, 174 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.

 

20C “Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities” Roger Viet Chung
(M 4-7:ooPM, 136 Barrows)
Analysis of social, intellectual, and artistic currents in Asian American communities. Focus will be on social practices, popular culture, the arts and expression (e.g. language and literature), and the historical and political contexts in which they are produced and consumed.

 

121 “Chinese American History” Harvey Dong
(MWF 9-10:ooAM, 56 Barrows)
 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.

 

122 “Japanese American History” Lisa Hirai Tscuchitani
(Thu 2-5:ooPM, 200 Wheeler)
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.

 

124 “Filipino American History” Catherine Ceniza Choy
(TuThu (9:30-11:ooAM, 136 Barrows)
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 of the independence movement and World War II on Filipino Americans; and contemporary issues.

 

126 ” Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation” Khatharya Um
(TuThu 12:30-2:00PM, 155 Barrows)
This course will examine Southeast Asian migration and resettlement in the U.S. in the context of the United States involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. It will also address the post-war “legacies” and their impact on the societies and politics of the three countries as well as neighboring states in the region. Asylum politics and refugee camp experiences will be addressed in the discussion of the formation of U.S. resettlement policies and of the adaptation of Southeast Asian refugees.

 

128AC “Muslims in America” Hatem Bazian
(MW 4-5:30PM, 145 Dwinelle)
Sections: (M 2-3:00 PM, 587 Barrows), (Tu 4-5:00PM, 141 Giannini), (W 1-2:00PM, 185 Barrows), (Th 8-9:00AM, 175 Barrows), (F 11-12:00PM, 123 Wheeler), or (Tu 10-11:00AM, 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.

 

138 “Topics in Asian American Popular Culture” Hanna Mitchell
(M 2-5:00PM, 110 Barrows)
“Hallyu: Understanding the Korean Wave, Korean Pop Culture and its Consumption”
This lecture series will examine Hallyu as a transnational phenomenon, the production of Korean pop culture and what this might mean to those who consume it. Using examples from Korean dramas, K-pop music videos and film, we will examine portrayals of Korean life and relationships and discuss what implications this might have for gender, class and political relations. It will also explore the role Korean pop culture plays in our lives and question whether it reflects life or shapes it.

 

141 “Law and the Asian American Community” Tom Fleming
(M 6-9PM, 20 Wheeler)
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.

 

143 “Asian American Health” Winston Tseng
(TuTh 3:30-5:00PM, 155 Barrows)
This course examines the state of Asian American health, the historical, structural, and cultural contexts of diverse Asian American communities, and the role of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the production of unequal outcomes between Asian Americans and other racial/ethnic groups as well as across different Asian American subgroups.

 

165 “Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities” Jere Takahashi
(Th 2-5:00PM, 78 Barrows)
“Exploring Videography as a Strategic Intervention” – This course will examine key issues relevant to conducting research in Asian American communities. 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 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 and instruction in video production will be provided. 

 

172 “Asian American Literature” Fae Myenne Ng
(TuTh 2-3:30PM, 155 Barrows)
Introduces students to representative works of Asian American literature by writers from the major ethnic subgroups; examines the works in their sociohistorical context; analyzes thematic and formal elements intertextually to form a coherent understanding of the Asian American literary tradition.

 

183 “Korean American Literature” Elaine Kim
(Th 4-7:00PM, 106 Mulford)
 Critical readings of major Korean American literary work, including autobiography and personal memoir, autobiographical fiction, poetry, short stories and novel, with attention to conditions surrounding the production and consumption of these writings.

 

190 “Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies” Elaine Kim
(M 4-7:00PM, 332 Giannini)
“Important Works in Asian American Literature and Film” – In a seminar setting, students will study and discuss the historical context and artistry of key Asian American literary and cinematic work such as novels, short stories, and poetry by Leonard Chang, Julie Otsuka, Gene Luen Yang, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ed Lin, Aimee Phan, Brian Ascalon Roley, and Bienvenido Santos and filmmakers Marissa Aroy, Mira Nair, Spencer Nakasako, Greg Pak, Iris Shim, Rea Tajiri, Wayne Wang, and Alice Wu.