Description: This class examines the formation of Arab-American cultural identity and the social and political issues at the heart of the Arab-American community. What are the historical circumstances that have shaped Arab immigration to the U.S.? How has U.S. foreign policy impacted Arab-American experiences? Where do Arab-Americans "fit" within the U.S.' racial classification system? What is anti-Arab racism and where does it stem from? What is Islamophobia? Why are the categories of “Arab” and “Muslim” collapsed in popular and political rhetoric?
|TTH||12:30 PM - 1:50 PM|
Description: Using frameworks from Ethnic Studies and the study of popular culture, we will study the compromises and negotiations that go into Asian Americans representing themselves and being represented through U.S. mass culture and locally based cultural production. We will pair popular culture “texts” with scholarly theories to think about race and power at the intersection of class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. What is Asian American popular culture, and who is producing and consuming it? How does this shape our understanding of Asian American communities?
|MW||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
Description: This class explores race, gender, and sexuality in twentieth and twenty-first century Asian American literature through “experimental embodiment,” meaning both the representation of non-normative bodies as well as experimental modes of representing embodiment. Analyzing how racial formation is subtended by discourses of gender and sexuality, we will explore Asian America’s multifarious relationship to categories such as “woman,” “sex,” “gender,” “queer,” and “LGBTQ.” In the process, we will familiarize ourselves with several genres of Asian American cultural production, including film, novels, drama, and poetry.
|TTH||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
Description: This course explores the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity in the historical experiences of Asian American women. We will consider a variety of themes significant to those experiences, including immigration and citizenship, exclusion and discrimination, family and community structures, paid and unpaid labor, and resistance and activism. We will discuss how these historical experiences shaped the development of Asian American female subjectivities and feminisms.
|TTH||9:30 AM - 10:50 AM|
Description: Usually, the study of Asian American religions is confused with the study of the practice of “Asian” religions in the United States, especially in popular culture. This situation sometimes produces confusion about how to talk about the everyday religious practices of Asian Americans themselves, including those of Asian Americans who claim to be “nonreligious.” I have assigned some texts that might be able to help us figure out how to study Asian American religions despite the popular ideologies surrounding them. Students will conduct projects on one aspect of one Asian American religious community of their choice.
|MW||12:50 PM - 1:50 PM|
Description: This course examines theoretical, cultural, medical, and commercial online discourses concerning the burgeoning number of gender confirmation surgeries conducted in Bangkok, Thailand. Using “trans” theories: transgender, transnational, translation, this class discusses the adaptions, refusals, and intersections of considering medical travel. We will examine Thai cultural/historical conceptions of sex/gender, debates concerning bodies and diagnoses, and presentations of sex/gender-related surgeries offered online. Comparative cultural studies, medical discourses, and web images—aimed at western clientele—offering surgeries in Thailand, will help us investigate this topic.
|MW||9:30 AM - 10:50 AM|
Description: Chinatowns around the world are usually described as historic sites of racialized segregation and contemporary venues for tourism. But what is their place in contemporary urban geographies, especially in what are called ‘global cities’? In this course, students will be invited to theorize what Chinatowns are as urban places by considering case studies of Chinatowns in global cities in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Each student will be asked to work on a specific ‘global Chinatown’ for a final project, which is staggered by weekly reflections, a project proposal, a class fair, and a final submission.
|MW||9:30 AM - 10:50 AM|
Description: How are ocean geographies connected rather than separated regions? This multidisciplinary course helps students move beyond dominant geo-historical paradigms to gain a new understanding of how Africa, India, and the so-called New World were and are interconnected through the circulation of labor, goods, and aesthetics. Beginning in the early modern period, it addresses processes and events such as trade networks; European imperialism; African enslavement and Asian indenture in the making of Caribbean and Indian Ocean plantation societies; and contemporary artistic and critical discourses on the histories of migration, labor, and cross-racial relations throughout these ocean worlds. The assigned readings include primary sources such as maps, portraits, and travel literature; novels and films; and critical essays.
|MW||2:00 PM - 3:20 PM|
Description: Multiracial Asian Americans are often held up as the “post-racial” future – even in 45’s America – in ways that exclude through white supremacy, gender norms, and heterosexism. This seminar will seek a different visibility, by placing queer theory in conversation with Asian American Studies and Critical Mixed Race Studies. Through scholarship, stories, activism, and art by and about multiracial Asian Americans, the course will cover topics including marriage laws, the rule of hypodescent, blood quantum, settler militarism, and illicit intimacies.
|MW||11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
Description: The Korean War is called “The Forgotten War” within American historical
memory. But to Koreans, the war was too brutal to be forgotten—resulting in nearly 3 million civilian casualties, mass movement, national division, and the militarization of Korean society. Today, Koreans and Americans alike are living with the consequences of a war that is still ongoing. This seminar explores the lasting legacies and human consequences of the Korean War through a look at
North Korean, South Korean, US Military, and Korean American History. Some topics we will cover are the war itself, the North Korean state, US military bases in South Korea, camp towns/militarized sex work around those bases, and the Korean War diaspora (Military brides, transnational adoptees, and the third-wave of Korean American immigration to the US).
|TTH||11:00 AM - 12:20 PM|
Description: This course focuses on how film festivals have become dynamic sites of group identity formation, political activism, and cultural contest. We will examine how and why people of color, women, and LGBT/Queer folks have used film festivals to resist underrepresentation, express cultural politics, and produce vibrant discourses on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in the public sphere. Readings on the history of film festivals, social movements, and art and media activism will be paired with feminist theory, queer of color critique, and postcolonial theory.
|TTH||3:30 PM - 4:50 PM|
Description: This course looks at America's perceptions of Asians through their portrayal in American mainstream media in contrast to those made in Asia by Asian filmmakers. It is a survey and discussion oriented case studies of representation of Asian and Asian American icons. By comparing films made by Asians and those produced by the American mainstream, major differences in their perspectives and approaches are found. In doing this, the class investigates issues of representation and misrepresentation in mass culture stereotypes of Asians to show how they have been rooted in confusions surrounding cultural differences between Asians and Asian Americans. The course presents Hollywood films; mainstream Asian films, independent works from as well as other visual media such as Youtube submissions and commercial application both the Asian and Asian American communities.
|Tu||6:00 PM - 8:50 PM|