This course examines strategies for building Asian Pacific American communities and developing leadership skills through community service learning and practice. Students will have the option to work with either a mentorship program or a local community research project.
Students will be responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar/meeting as well as participation at the designated community service site (in Detroit, Ann Arbor, or Southfield). Each student is expected to participate in a total of 30 hours of service over the entire semester (i.e, 3 hours per week for 10 weeks). Assignments include readings, reflective journal assignments, and a final project/report. For the first two class sessions, all groups will meet together at the time the class is scheduled; subsequent class sessions/group meetings, and community service times will be determined.
Possible Service Sites:
Students may volunteer with the Detroit Asian Youth (D.A.Y.) Project, Paaralang Pilipino Language and Cultural School, or an Asian American Oral History Project, engaging in projects that promote the social and political self-development of youth in the city. Incorporating a social justice curriculum and liberatory education theories through tutoring, poetry, arts, or media workshops, students will gain an in-depth perspective on the issues of racism, poverty, and education among Asian Americans, African Americans, and other diverse groups. The Detroit Asian Youth (DAY) Project was founded in 2004, through contacts from the UofM's Project Lighthouse, a college and career exploration program for Hmong American students based at Detroit's Osborne High School. DAY Project runs a mentorship program once a week in northeast Detroit. Paaralang Pilipino Language and Cultural School was founded 20 years ago, teaching all ages Philippine and Filipino American history and culture; they meet most Sundays at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan in Southfield. To develop a strong network of APA mentorship programs, mentors already volunteering with the Yuri Kochiyama Leadership Program, APA 101, or Project Lighthouse are highly encouraged to enroll to receive course credit.
AMCULT 305 is a required course for the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Minor.