Current Courses

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