AMCULT 310 - Topics in Ethnic Studies
Section: 001 Filipino American Experience.
Term: WN 2008
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This is an interdisciplinary course on the experience of Filipinos in America. We will interactively learn about Filipino Americans’ roles in historical events, contemporary issues, and how these affect community formation and life in America. The assigned texts, films, guest speakers, and field trips will focus on the different waves of Filipina/o migration to the U.S, and the historical experience of “Pinoys” & “Pinays” in education, labor, family, politics, and other sectors of American society. A large focus will be on Filipinos of the Midwest, with a special emphasis on the Metro Detroit area. Through historical, sociological, psychological, autobiographical, and literary readings, we will answer such questions as: Who/What is a Filipino American? What makes the Filipinos' experience in America unique from that of other Asian Pacific Americans? How does the complex intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality affect Filipina/os? How are Filipino Americans “positioned” in this society? What are some of the current issues facing Filipinos? What roles have Filipina/os played in civil rights and social activism? Overall, how have Filipino Americans strategized their changing places within this society? As we examine these issues, we will also uncover “new” historical findings within our local Filipina/o American community. Successful completion of at least one American Culture or Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies course (i.e, AMCULT 214 or 314) is highly recommended, but not required. For the term project, students will have the option of conducting an interview of one Filipina/o American and writing an historical research essay OR producing a creative project. APIA Studies Minors or students with previous experience may have the option of volunteering/leading workshops at Paaralang Pilipino Lanugage & Cultural School, housed at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield.

This course satisfies: - "Historical Experience" or "Contemporary Communities and Social Issues" Requirement for the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Minor; - "Transnationalism, Diaspora, and/or Empire" or "Ethnic and/or Indigenous Studies" Breadth Requirement for the American Culture Concentration.

AMCULT 310 - Topics in Ethnic Studies
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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