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Courses - Fall 2019
AAST
Asian American Studies Department Site
AAST200
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AMST298C.
Credit only granted for: AAST200 or AMST298C.
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.
AAST201
Asian American History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with HIST221.
Credit only granted for: AAST201 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.
AAST222
Immigration and Ethnicity in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: AAST222 or HIST222.
The history of immigration and the development of diverse populations in the United States are examined. Topics include related political controversies, the social experiences of immigrants, ethnicity, generations, migration, inter-group relations, race and diversity in American culture.
AAST233
Introduction to Asian American Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with ENGL233.
Credit only granted for: ENGL233 or AAST233.
A survey of Asian American literature with an emphasis on recurrent themes and historical context.
A survey of Asian American literature with an emphasis on recurrent themes and historical context.
AAST298A
Special Topics in Asian American Studies; Islam in/and America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST219V and AMST298I. Credit granted for AAST298A, HIST219V, or AMST298I.

Islam in/and America examines the history and presence of Islam in the United States, and the construction and evolution of U.S. Muslim identity, community, and culture. A CIC CourseShare online course and part of the DISC initiative (Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum).The instructor is Sylvia Chan-Malik (American Studies/Women's and Gender Studies/Asian American Studies) at Rutgers University, but you enroll and receive credit for it at Maryland. You will also need to be entered into the University of Michigan Canvas course management system. The course meetstwice a week in real time using video conferencing technology. For more information about this course, including textbook information and instructions on enrolling, please contact Prof. Julie Park (juliepar@umd.edu).
AAST378
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AAST388
(Perm Req)
Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AAST398D
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Filipino American History and Biography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with AMST328J. Credit granted for AAST398D or AMST328J.

Focus is placed on Filipino American experiences with an emphasis on identity, community building and organizing to influence public policy We will cover pertinent events from the US and Philippine history in order to understand the impact of colonialism, migration, immigration and assimilation on Filipino Americans.
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
GenEd: DVCC
Cross-listed with AMST328V and IMMR319G. Credit granted for AAST398E or AMST328V or IMMR319G. An interdisciplinary course examines the experiences of children of Asian immigrants in the U.S., focusing on intergenerational dynamics i n the Asian immigrant family, their intersections with race, gender, class, sexuality, and religion, and how these shape second-generation Asian American life. Topics include identity and personhood, the model minority myth and education, work and leisure, language and communication, filiality and disownment, mental health and suicide.
AAST398F
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST328L. Credit granted for AAST398F or AMST328L.

Introduces students to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Through readings, film clips, and presentations, we explore how the concept of race has developed and endured over time through institutions and policies. This course will also help students to better understand how race is associated with other forms of difference, such as class, gender and ethnicity. We identify and confront prevailing myths about race and ethnicity in the United States. Finally, we examine the ways in which contemporary issues reveal the dynamics of race and ethnicity.
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
Cross-listed with ENGL349J. Credit only granted for ENGL349J or AAST398J .
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 food that 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 cyktyre as multiple , hybrid, and heterogeneous. It will do so through three sections: section one will introduce students to classical, 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 culturual 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.
AAST498N
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; South Asian American Intersectionalities and Solidarities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
South Asian Americans - identity, agency, and racial formation. This course will critically examine South Asian Americans through a transnational framework to understand how the community has experienced and created racial identity in the United States, navigated otherness from assimilation to solidarity, and leveraged U.S. political systems to both advance and destabilize domestic social justice movements.