Current Courses


Winter 2016


Asian Am 203/SOC 276

Topics in Social and Cultural Analysis: Second Generation Asian American Experience

Jennifer Huynh

MW 2:00-3:20 p.m.

Children of immigrants comprise one-in-five of Americans under age 18, and the proportion is growing rapidly. This course focuses on how the children of immigrants, or rising second generation, experience growing up American. Using a sociological lens, we will explore family and school life, intergenerational relations, identity, religion, and how youth and society frame "success". It focuses on the unique aspects of being second-generation Asian American.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro


Asian Am 218/Af Am 214

Asian-Black Historical Relations in the U.S.

Nitasha Sharma

MW 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Why do Asian Americans and African Americans seem to be incommensurably different groups? How can we understand the tensions between these communities? And where can we find evidence of past solidarity and commonality? This course offers an interdisciplinary examination of the experiences of Asian and Black peoples in the U.S. Topics include: racialization and sexualization of Blacks and Asians; slavery and early immigration legislation; international “Afro-Asian” connections; racial and economic dynamics in the post-WWII economy; deindustrialization; social movements of the 1960s and 1970s; and theories of inter-minority relations beyond Black and White.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro

Historical Studies Distro


Asian Am 216/History 216

Global Asians

Ji-Yeon Yuh

TuTh 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

This is a comparative course that will examine the international migration histories of different Asian groups in the 20th century as well as the development of community and identity of those groups in national contexts. In short, we will explore the borders, cultural encounters, and mixings of Asian groups in various socioeconomic and political contexts in different nation-states. We will interrogate the concept of diaspora versus migration versus immigration; we will examine the immigration policies of host countries in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and the settlement histories of Asians within these countries.

Historical Studies Distro


Asian Am 247

Asian Americans & Pop Culture

Laura Fugikawa

MW 12:30-1:50 p.m.

What is Asian American Popular Culture? This course will look at food, popular film, music, television, YouTube, consumer culture and print culture (zines, graphic novels and art). We will go beyond looking at tropes of the Other, the "model minority" and the mainstream's erasure of Asian American culture to explore how Asian Americans use popular culture to challenge and critique identity categories, imagine solidarities and motivate change. 

Literature and Fine Arts Distro


Asian Am 303

Settler Colonialism / Indigeneity

Laura Fugikawa

MW 3:30-4:50 p.m.

This course looks at colonialism as continuing structural power rather than an historical event. With a focus on the Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Americas, this course examines and questions settler, indigenous and arrivant identities. What cultural, economic and political work does settler colonialism do to justify imperialism? What does settler colonialism look like in contemporary culture? How have Indigenous peoples challenged settler colonialism through political action and art? What alternative world-views push back against policies of coloniality and the rhetoric of modernity?  This course will engage with current discussions in Asian American Studies, Native American/Indigenous Studies and Ethnic Studies.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro


Asian Am 360/Gndr St 341/Asian St 390

Medical Tourism & Transnational Sexuality

Jillana Enteen

TuTh 12:30-1:50 p.m.

This course is situated at the intersection of theoretical, cultural, and medical, and commercial online discourses concerning the burgeoning Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS) medical surgeries presented online and practiced in Thailand. Using “Trans” theories: transgender, transnational, translation, spatio/temporal, we will discuss the intersections, dialogues, refusals and adoptions when thinking about medical tourism to Thailand. We will examine Thai cultural/historical conceptions of sex and genders, debates concerning bodies and diagnosis that took place during the drafting of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and changes in presentations of sex/gender related surgeries offered online.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro


Asian Am 394

Asian Identity in Cinema

Tatsu Aoki

Tu 6:00-8:00 p.m.

This course is a survey and discussion-based course examining representations of Asian and Asian American icons in the U.S. We will do this by comparing portrayals of Asians in films made by Asians versus those produced by the American mainstream. Course materials include Hollywood films, mainstream Asian films, independent works and other visual media such as Youtube videos.



Fall 2015


Asian Am 210/Amer St 310-22

Introduction to Asian American Studies

Laura Fugikawa

MW 2:00-3:20 p.m.

Ethnic studies programs are the result of dissatisfaction with the absence of the histories, stories and experiences of people of color in the academy. As the result of this social movement, Asian American Studies emerged in the 1960s to incorporate Asian American histories and experiences into the classroom. We will discuss a broad historical and regional grounding of experiences of Asian Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries; focus on issues of representation in literature, films, and pop culture, and identity organizations that meet these needs in Asian American Chicago.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro


Asian Am 225/Sociology 276

Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities: Ethnic Economies & Neighborhoods

Jennifer Huynh

TuTH 3:30-4:50 p.m.

This course studies immigrant entrepreneurship, the formation, function, and persistence of ethnic neighborhoods and economies on identity, family, immigrant integration, and gender. Case studies examining historical enclaves such as Chicago's Chinatown and Los Angeles' Koreatown, the rise of affluent ethnoburbs in California, and ethnic niches and economies in new immigrant destinations will be discussed.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro


Asian Am 335/Anthro 335

Language in Asian America

Shalini Shankar

TuTh 11:00-12:20 p.m.

This course will examine language use among Asian communities in the U.S. We will explore topics of language socialization, bilingualism, code-switching, language retention and loss, stereotypes, English as a Second Language, and slang in conjunction with broader dynamics of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality will be explored. Special attention will be paid to processes of racial and ethnic formation through language ideologies and use, especially in the context of English monolingualism, the model minority stereotype, and the white public sphere.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro


Asian Am 360/Gender St 382

Studies in Race, Gender and Sexuality

Laura Fugikawa

MW11:00-12:20 p.m.

This course is a cross-disciplinary examination of issues related to genders and sexualities among Asian Americans, with critical attention paid to experiences across various social and political contexts. This class will discuss queer and LGBT issues, ethno-sexualization, interracial relationships, masculinities, and femininities, and representation in pop culture. We will engage with historical contexts, critical theories of race and gender and sexuality frameworks, and sociology studies, as well as interrogate a range of Asian American narratives regarding genders and sexualities.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro




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