Spring 2014 Courses

R2A (2 sections) “Reading and Composition” Anna Leong
(TuTh 11:00-12:30PM, 175 Barrows) or (TuTh 12:30-2:00PM, 174 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.


R2B (2 sections) “Reading and Composition” Anna Leong
(TuTh 12:30-2:00PM, 136 Barrows) or (TuTh 11:00-12:30PM, 174 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” Michael Omi
(TuTh 11:00-12:30PM, 50 Birge)
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.


20B “Introduction to the Contemporary Issues in the Asian American Communities” Harvey Dong
(TuTh 9:30-11:ooAM, 110 Barker)
An introduction to Asian American communities and the social, economic, and political issues they confront. The diverse range of communities, both suburban and urban, will be surveyed and situated within a domestic and global context.


127 ” South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues” Jane Singh
(MW 4:00-5:30PM, 155 Barrows)
Examines immigration and social history of South Asian Americans from the early 20th century to present. Development of South Asian American communities within the social, political and economic contexts of South Asia and the U.S.


131 “Asian Diaspora(s) from an Asian American Perspective” Lok Siu
(TuTh 2:00-3;30PM, 587 Barrows)
Analyzes the global presence of an Asian group with a significant U.S. population: migration/settlement history, transnational economic/political/cultural interactions between diasporic communities and with land of origin, impact on Asian American community/identity formation.


132AC “Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness” Hatem Bazian
(MW 4:00-5:30PM, 3 LeConte)
This course will examine and attempt to understand Islamophobia, as the most recently articulated principle of otherness and its implications domestically and globally. The course will also closely examine the ideological and epistemological frameworks employed in discourses of otherness, and the complex social, political, economic, gender-based, and religious forces entangled in its historical and modern reproduction.


143 “Asian American Health” Winston Tseng
(TuTh 3:30-5:00PM, 104 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.


144 “Religions of Asian America” Chris Chua
(TuTh 3:30-5:00PM, 587 Barrows)
This course will examine how Asian American communities engage religion and how, in turn, they are shaped by the different facets of religious life. Religion is examined in the form of major traditions-Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity-and readings will introduce students to key concepts, practices, and institutions which help to define these trajectories.


146 “Asian Americans and Education” Jere Takahashi
(Th 3:00-6:00PM, 130 Wheeler)
This course examines the historical and contemporary issues which shape the educational experiences of Asian Americans. Critical issues such as bilingual education, university admissions, and the education of Asian immigrants as well as theoretical models of Asian American academic success will be explored and critically analyzed.


150 “Gender and Generation in Asian American Families” Keiko Yamanaka
(TuTh 9:30-11:00AM, 104 Barrows)
The influence of cultural legacy, ethnic background, immigration history, community structure, class and economic status, and racism on gender and generational relations in the Asian American family.


173 “Creative Challenges in Asian America, a writing workshop” Fae Myenne Ng
(Tu 3:00-6:00PM, 102 Latimer)
CCN: Enrollment by Instructor Approval Only (see instructions below)
In this seminar, we’ll write and share our creative work. We will examine how Asian American writers deal with the personal and the political; how we translate our bicultural, bilingual loyalties into full fictional narratives. We will consider the reader and the critic. We will discuss the writers’ technique and talent in crossing ethnic borders on the page. What empowers a writer: experience or imagination?

Be ready to set up a writing sanctuary and commit two hours every day to the practice of writing.

To be considered for the class, please submit your best work, (10 pgs. dbl spaced, max) with a cover letter introducing yourself, your goals as a writer, how long you’ve been writing, your favorite writers, and a list of the last five books read.  Tell me your rank, junior, senior.  What inspired you to become a writer?  Which books are the most influential and why.

Deadline: Monday, January 13th @ Noon

TWO copies,
Email a copy to: fmn@berkeley.edu
Deliver a hard copy to 506 BarrowsClass list will be posted on January 20th outside of 524 Barrows.


175 “Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States” Joi Barrios-Leblanc
(TuTh 12:30-2:00PM, 175 Barrows)
The course will examine the various strategies of (re-)narrating colonial/neocolonial history in three genres: literature (novels, short fiction, poetry), essays, and films from the Philippines and the United States. Notions such as imperialism, nation, narration, history, nationalism, memory, ethnicity, language, power, gender, and subject formation will be discussed.