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AAS 1100 : Introduction to Asian American Studies
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course introduces students to historical and contemporary issues and research methods in Asian American studies by examining the intersections of theory, activism and cultural production. We will attend to a set of key questions: How does the racial formation of "Asian American" emerge from and produce overlaps and tensions between theory and practice? What are the conceptual and geographical reaches of the term "Asian American," particularly as it pertains to Asian North American and Pacific Islander studies, and their critiques of settler colonialism and imperialism? What coalitions between Asian Americans and other marginalized groups have been and continue to be forged? The course will examine these questions by thinking about issues of gender, sexuality, nationality, ability and class.
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AAS 2620 : Introduction to Asian American Literature
Crosslisted as: AMST 2620, ENGL 2620 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will introduce both a variety of writings by Asian North American authors and some critical issues concerning the production and reception of Asian American texts. Working primarily with novels, we will be asking questions about the relation between literary forms and the socio-historical context within which they take on their meanings, and about the historical formation of Asian American identities.
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AAS 3015 : Cyborg Writing: Diasporic Literary Media
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course examines the relationships between diasporic/transnational experiences and emerging forms, practices and technologies of literary production. We will analyze literary media, such as interactive graphic novels, text-based web art, multimedia poetry, unconventional novels and blogs in order to study Asian racial formation and cultural production. In particular, we will discuss the political act of writing and reading by considering feminist "cyborg writing"—a term coined by Donna Haraway—and thinking about gender, race, sexuality, labor and migration. 
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AAS 3030 : Asians in the Americas: A Comparative Perspective
Crosslisted as: AMST 3703, ANTHR 3703, ANTHR 6703 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The common perception of ethnicity is that it is a "natural" and an inevitable consequence of cultural difference. "Asians" overseas, in particular, have won repute as a people who cling tenaciously to their culture and refuse to assimilate into their host societies and cultures. But, who are the "Asians?" On what basis can we label "Asians" an ethnic group? Although there is a significant Asian presence in the Caribbean, the category "Asian" itself does not exist in the Caribbean. What does this say about the nature of categories that label and demarcate groups of people on the basis of alleged cultural and phenotypical characteristics? This course will examine the dynamics behind group identity, namely ethnicity, by comparing and contrasting the multicultural experience of Asian populations in the Caribbean and the United States. Ethnographic case studies will focus on the East Indian and Chinese experiences in the Caribbean and the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, and Indian experiences in the United States.
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AAS 4950 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Independent reading course in topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course work.
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