|214||Fugikawa|Historical Studies Distro
Description: Asian American History is American History. This course is an introductory survey of historical experiences of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. What roles do colonization, global politics and American Expansionism play in Asian and Pacific Islanders' experiences of immigration to the U.S.? How did Asian Americans wield political influence and circumscribe exclusionary and racist policies to build their lives in America? How does looking at Asian American history change the way we understand American history?
|MW||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
|251||Sharma|Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro
Description: Growing numbers of interracial marriages and children of mixed racial descent have contributed to the increasing diversity of 21st century America. In this course, we will evaluate the experiences of self-identified multiracials. This class will explore the interracial and inter-ethnic marriage trends in various Asian communities in the U.S. Additionally, we will compare the experiences of multiracials representing a range of backgrounds, including those of Asian/White and Asian/Black ancestry as well as Asian/Black heritage. Some of the specific topics that will be covered in this course include: racial and ethnic community membership and belonging; passing; the dynamics of interracial relationships; identity, authenticity, and choice; and the gender identities of the mixed race individuals.
|TTH||11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
|275||Leong|Literature and Fine Arts Distro
Description: This course is an introduction to foundational works of 20th century Asian American literature. We will begin with the revolutionary autobiographies of anarchist Dhan Gopal Mukerji and labor organizer Carlos Bulosan, continue with John Okada's hard-hitting novel No-No Boy, and conclude with the genre-defying experiments of Maxine Hong Kingston and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. If you are interested in the political power and legacies, daring creative experiments, or the multi-generational history of Asian American writing, this is the course for you.
|TTH||3:30 PM - 4:50 PM|
|310||Sharma|Ethics and Values Distro
Description: This course explores the relations between Asian American and Black people in the contemporary U.S. Picking up where Asian and Black Historical Relations in the U.S. (Asam/Afam 218) left off (not a pre-req), this course covers the historical racialization of these two groups. In the first meeting of each week, we analyze and discuss the set of readings and films. The second meeting each week is structured around a student-led debate about the topic of the week. These include: the differential and overlapping racialization and sexualization of Blacks and Asians; Black and Asian labor in the U.S.; reparations; affirmative action; the 1992 L.A. riots; martial arts and Bruce Lee in African American communities; Asian/Black intermarriage; multiracial Blasians; and Asian Americans in hip hop.
|TTH||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
|320||Yuh|Historical Studies Distro
Description: Vietnamese refugees and Korean immigrants came to the U.S. with experiences of war that are passed to younger generations as both silence and memory. How can we understand and represent the experiences of both the older and younger generations? How do their experiences transform the history of Asian Americans as well as the broader history of the U.S.? What does war mean in the American experience? This research seminar focuses on Vietnamese American and Korean American communities in the Chicago area in an attempt to answer these and other questions through focused oral history research and public presentations.
|MW||11:00 AM - 12:20 AM|
|370||Huynh|Social and Behavioral Sciences Distro
Description: The diversity of the Asian American experience includes the outpouring of refugees who arrived to the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s while fleeing war, revolution, and exile. How do Cambodians, Vietnamese, and Laotians fit the model minority myth? Is there inter-generational transfer of trauma and war to the second generation? This course focuses on the experiences of Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao, Hmong and ethnic Chinese from Southeast Asia. We will examine political and economic factors for their exodus and how they reconstruct their identities, families, and communities in the U.S. We will look at issues such as refugee camp experiences, education, occupational options, and homeland relations.
|TTH||3:30 PM - 4:50 PM|
Description: In this seminar, students will develop their own research projects on manga, comics, or graphic novels while working together through a reading list of Jewish, Japanese, and American graphic narratives. Although the course readings will focus primarily on documentary, historical, and realist works, students are encouraged to pursue interests in other genres and styles. We will also examine the psychological and physical displacements wrought by Japanese and Jewish immigration to the U.S., Japanese American internment, and the Holocaust.
|TTH||11:00 AM - 12:20 AM|
Description: Students will examine the cross cultural work of Asian American artists through a survey and research-based class structure, focusing mainly on the development of Asian American visual and performing arts in the last 10 years, both nationally and locally with Chicago area artists. Materials include YouTube videos, internet-based performances and other online pieces. We will study the formation of cultural and artistic communities and their impact on the mainstream culture, as well as study the collaboration between these communities and cultures on local and transnational levels.
|T||6:00 PM - 8:50 PM|