Quarterly Courses Guide

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Fall 2017

Introduction to Asian American Studies

Description: Asian American Studies emerged from the interracial social movements and global solidarities of the 1960s and 1970s to value the histories, people, and communities who had been excluded from university curriculum. This course will focus on Asian American experiences from the 19th century up until the present day, to tell us about race, rights, nationhood, agency, imperialism, capitalism, and diversity. This course will pay special attention to scholarship, activism, and inter/intra-racial conflict and cooperation.

MW11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Introduction to Asian American History

Description: “Asian America” is often considered to be a composite of ethnic communities formed by migration from the region of “Asia,” and the study of “Asian American history” is usually taken to be concerned with the identities of each of these groups. This course proposes that Asian American history matters regardless of personal identification, because the writing of mainstream Asian American histories often revises the global histories in which Asia and the Americas are located. Instead of a personal history of identity, such an approach considers Asian American history as an integral part of the history of ‘modernity,’ a term that this course will address by Asian American historiography and the study of primary source documents.

MW2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Asian American Film and Media

Description: The complaint is that Asian Americans are invisible in U.S. film. While this is true, it also conceals how Asian Americans have told their stories to change the Hollywood image. In this course, we will survey key Asian Americans in film from periods including the U.S. silent era, the activist media of the 1970s, the transnational directors of the 1990s, and today’s digital filmmaking. We will use an intersectional lens to examine what this history of expression can tell us about race, citizenship, and activism today.

MW3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Race & Indigeneity in the Pacific

Description: Since the so-called Age of Discovery, the Pacific has been conceptualized as a crossroads between the East and the West. By the twentieth century, places like Hawaiʻi came to be idealized as a harmonious multicultural society. This class examines how race and indigeneity are constructed within the Pacific using an interdisciplinary approach. Drawing from works within indigenous studies, ethnic studies, and critical race studies, students will address themes of sovereignty, settler colonialism, diaspora, and migration in order to interrogate and problematize the concept of the multicultural ‘melting pot’ across time. We focus on the impacts of U.S. plantation economies, militarism, and tourism in shaping the triangulation of indigenous, Black, and Asian groups in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific. STUDENTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS CLASS; PLEASE CONTACT PROFESSOR SHARMA n-sharma@northwestern.edu AND PROFESSOR HOBART hiilei.hobart@northwestern.edu. STUDENTS MUST BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A WEEK-LONG RESEARCH TRIP TO HAWAI‘I THE WEEK BEFORE CLASSES START. DETAILS FORTHCOMING.

TTH2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Description: Techno-Orientalism names a variant of Orientalism that associates Asians with a technological future. This seminar will explore how Techno-Orientalist tropes are used by, played with, and rewritten by Asian American authors. We will study how twentieth-century and contemporary issues of technology, globalization, and financial speculation collide with a history of yellow peril and Asian Invasion discourse, as well as how these tensions manifest in figures and tropes such as robots, aliens, and cybernetics. Texts will drawn from drama, poetry, novels, short stories, comics, and film.

MW2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
War, Gender, & Memory in Asian American Performance

Description: This course examines the history of U.S. involvement in wars in Asia and the Pacific alongside Asian American cultural productions that emerged in response to colonization, militarization, internment, migration, and displacement. Our objective is to understand how theatre, performance art, music, spoken word, and social performances (for example, pilgrimages by adoptees and family history projects) in particular are significant sites and critical practices in negotiating these histories. We will have a particular focus on the relationship between gender and memory, particularly how women employ memory to make political claims and to articulate histories of violence that have long been silenced.

MW9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Winter 2018

203CableIntroduction to Arab American StudiesTTH12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
247IshiiAsian American Pop CultureMW2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
276HuangGender and Sexuality in Asian American LiteratureTTH2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
304YuhAsian American Women's HistoryTTH9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
350TseAsian American ReligionsMW12:50 PM - 1:50 PM
360EnteenThai Medical Tourism & Transnational SexualityMW9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
370TseGlobal ChinatownsMW9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
376-0-1IshiiQueering Asian American MultiracialityMW11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
377-0-1DoolanLegacies of the Korean WarTTH11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
376-0-2CableFilm Festivals: Arts and Activism in the Public SphereTTH3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
394AokiAsian Identity in CinemaTu6:00 PM - 8:50 PM

Spring 2018

203IshiiTopics in Social and Cultural AnalysisTTH9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
216YuhGlobal AsiansTTH11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
220TseAsian American Social MovementsMW2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
275LeongIntroduction to Asian American LiteratureMW9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
303TseAsian American GeographiesMW3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
320YuhMemories of WarTTH3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
360IshiiAsian American Sexualities: From Lotus Blossoms to Rice QueensTTH12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
394AokiAsian American Arts in PracticeTu6:00 PM - 8:50 PM