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Introduction to Asian American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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.
Immigration and Ethnicity in the US
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: SOCY322.
Credit only granted for: AAST322, SOCY222, HIST322 or SOCY322.
Formerly: AAST222, SOCY222.
Explores historical and contemporary Asian immigration to the US in comparison to and in the context of other immigrant groups. From low-skilled laborers to highly-skilled professionals, Asian and other immigrants have been an integral part of the shifting US economy and society since its inception. The course includes theories on why immigration occurs, determinants of its continuation, the uses of migrant labor, and immigrant adaptation and settlement. The second part of the course focuses on theories of ethnicity and racial formation and how immigrants develop and challenge the definitions of race, ethnicity, the "other", and ultimately, who is American. Students will also have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the immigrant experience through a life history interview project.
Asian American Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: PSYC262.
Credit only granted for: PSYC262, AAST262 or PSYC489Z.
Formerly: PSYC489Z.
An overview of how socio-cultural influences impact the development and psychological health of Asian Americans. Other topics include how minority group status, adaptation and identity development influence various aspects of psychological functioning; the role of historic systematic racism; and, how the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted Asian Americans. Students develop a deeper understanding of the role of stereotypes and racism, acculturation, racial identity development, cultural values, gender socialization, behavioral norms, family roles, stressors and social support systems on the mental health, well-being and health of Asian Americans.
Special Topics in Asian American Studies; South Asian American Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Asian Americans and Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Credit only granted for: AAST351, AAST398M or AAST398N.
Formerly: AAST398M, AAST398N.
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 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.
Asian Americans in Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: AMST328W.
Credit only granted for: AAST355, AAST398L or AMST328W.
Formerly: 398L.
Explores how Asian Americans have historically been represented in the U.S. by Hollywood, and in turn, how independent and Hollywood Asian American filmmakers have represented themselves. It covers the history of racial, gendered, and sexualized representations of Asian Americans in Hollywood, as well as Asian American filmic responses within and outside Hollywood. It also introduces how four basic tools of film analysis mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound work together to create meaning in moving images. It examines how these elements are put together in three different types of films by Asian American filmmakers: narrative, documentary, and experimental. How films function in society to circulate ideas that reproduce and challenge stereotypes about Asian Americans.
Filipino American History and Biography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Cross-listed with: AMST323.
Credit only granted for: AAST363, AMST323, AAST398D, or AMST328J.
Formerly: AAST398D.
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.
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Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Growing Up Asian American: The Asian Immigrant Family and the Second Generation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with: AMST324, IMMR394.
Credit only granted for: AAST394, AAST398E, AMST324, AMST328V, IMMR319G or IMMR394.
Formerly: AAST398E.
An interdisciplinary course examines the experiences of children of Asian immigrants in the U.S., focusing on intergenerational dynamics in 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.
Selected Topics in Asian American Studies; Global Capitalism, Migration, Belonging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with ENGL349A. Credit only granted for ENGL349A or AAST398Q.
Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies; Asian American Women and Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud