Summer 2019: American Studies/Ethnic Studies 318: Asian America, Survey

Summer 2019, Outreach/Extension, Writing Intensive (W) & Ethical Focus (E)
May 20-June 28, 2019

Valerie Lo, Ph.D., Lecturer
Class Meetings: Online
Office Hours: N/A (use email)

This course is a survey of Asian American immigration history, social history, labor, politics, and culture from the 1840s through the present. This course will focus on five major themes: immigration and migration to the United States and Hawai`i, ethnic Asian communities, transnational Asians within and outside of the United States and Hawai`i, work and labor, and culture and art. Part of the course will focus specifically on ethnic Asians and Asian Americans on the continental United States including, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, South Asian/Indian, Hmong, Ameriasians and Mixed Race Asian Americans. The remainder of the course will focus on Asian ethnic groups in Hawai`i including Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Okinawans, Filipinos, and ethnically and racially mixed Asians. This course fulfills W (Writing Intensive) and E (Contemporary Ethical Issues) focus requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: “Contemporary ethical issues are fully integrated into the main course material and will constitute at least 30% of the content. At least 8 hours of class time will be spent working with ethical issues. Through the use of lectures, discussions and assignments, students will develop basic competency in recognizing and analyzing ethical issues; responsibly deliberating on ethical issues; and making ethically determined judgments.” Writing Intensive courses require students to write a minimum of sixteen pages (approx. 4800-5000 words)

Though this class is online, it may be useful to think of it as a course that meets 3 times per week and adjust your reading and study schedule accordingly.

Course Books and Online Readings:

• Hune and Nomura, Eds. Asian American Pacific Island Women: A Historical Anthology. New York University Press, 2003. • Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. Mariner Books, 2003. • Lee, Don. Yellow. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001. • Murayama, Milton. All I asking for is my body. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1988. • Zia, Helen. Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition.