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AAST
Asian American Studies Department Site
AAST200
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The aggregate experience of Asian Pacific Americans, from developments in the countries of origin to their contemporary issues. The histories of Asian Pacific American groups as well as culture, politics, the media, and stereotypes, viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Also offered as AMST298C. Credit granted for AAST200 or AMST298C.
AAST201
Asian American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST221.
Credit only granted for: AAST201, HIST219G, HIST219M, or HIST221.
Introduction to the history of Asian Americans and Asians in the United States and the Americas and to the field of Asian American Studies, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include theories of race and ethnicity; Asian migration and diaspora to the Americas; Asian American work and labor issues; gender, family, and communities; nationalism and nativism, and anti-Asian movements; Asian Americans in World War II, the Cold War, and the issues in the civil rights & post-civil rights era.
AAST233
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: ENGL233.
Credit only granted for: ENGL233 or AAST233.
A survey of Asian American literature with an emphasis on recurrent themes and historical context.
AAST378
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AAST388
(Perm Req)
Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
AAST398C
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Politics of Transnational Adoption: Intersectional Analysis of Class, Race, Gender and Nationality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as WMST379C. Credit only granted for WMST379C or AAST398C.

In this course we will examine the political, economic, and cultural impetus and the consequences of the movement of children across national borders from diverse perspectives. By considering racial, class, gender, and national hierarchies at the global scale, we will explore the factors that have maintained transnational adoption between South Korea and the United States for over sixty years. We will also examine the causes, processes, and results of transnational adoption between China and the United States.
AAST398E
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Growing Up Asian American: The Asian Immigrant Family and the Second Generation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AAST398J
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; New World Arrivals: Literature of Asian American Migration and Diaspora
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ENGL349J. Credit granted for AAST398J or ENGL349J.
AAST398M
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian Americans and Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, DVUP
From yellow peril invaders to model minority allies, Asian Americans have crafted their own dynamic cultural expressions in a number of media from film, television, and music to fashion, sports, and foodthat reveal and contest the contradictions of the U.S. nation-state. Asian American culture also uniquely sits at the nexus of immigration flows and digital technologies, providing a transnational lens to view the US place in the world. This advanced course, then, will introduce students to the study and practice of Asian American culture as multiple, hybrid, and heterogeneous. It will do so through three sections: section one will introduce students to classic cultural and media concepts as well as relevant keywords outlined by Asian American Studies scholars; section two will review the work of Asian American cultural theorists; section three will focus on analyses of particular Asian American cultural productions. In doing so, students will gain an understanding of the shifting and interlocking tensions among the local, the national, and the global that form the cultural geographies of Asian America.
AAST398R
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Cultural Imagination in the US-China Relations since 1785
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST428F. Credit granted for HIST428F or AAST398R.
AAST443
Asian American Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AAST498T, AAST443, GVPT368C or AMST 498J.
Formerly: AAST498T.
Students will gain a greater understanding of 1)the role of Asian Americans in US politics, 2) the political attitudes and behaviors of Asian Americans and 3)how to conduct research on Asian American politics. Though the class will concentrate on Asian Americans, issues related to Asian American politics will be examined within the larger context of America's multicultural political landscape.
Also offered as AMST498J. Credit granted for AAST443 or AMST498J.
AAST498F
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Oral History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An advanced topics course to understand, explore, analyze, practice, and present Asian American oral histories. An introduction to the general field, methodology, and importance; listen, read, and analyze examples of Asian American oral histories; and then conduct and share an oral history interview of a local Asian American. Course questions: how can Asian American oral histories illuminate larger global, national, and regional forces such as war, empire, militarism, capitalism, racism, and other forms of state violence? How can they illustrate different forms of resistance to these same forces? What are some of the ethical, socially-just practices we must maintain when listening, preserving, and circulating them? And how can these questions, practices, and processes help us be better listeners, members, and actors in our communities?
AAST498M
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Also offered as AMST418N. Credit granted for AMST418N or AAST498M.
AAST498Q
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Through a case study approach, students will gain an understanding of (1) the indigenous people of Hawaii and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands, (2) the impact of their historical and current relationship with the American imperialism and the U.S. government, and (3) their impact on demographic change in the U.S.