AMCULT 214 - Introduction to Asian/Pacific American Studies
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Asian Americans are among the fastest-growing population segment, yet they are virtually invisible in public culture in the United States. Pacific Islander Americans? Even more so. The following four questions frame our study of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

  • What historical themes define the experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in the United States?
  • What are some of the contributions to American life and thought by Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans?
  • What present-day issues do contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander American communities face?
  • What can the perspectives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans tell us about American history and contemporary society?
These questions also pose crucial opportunities to critique the structures of power and oppression through which Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have navigated to locate citizenship and belonging. Since the late 20th century, Asian and Pacific Islander American immigration has also produced demographic and cultural transformations in public culture and contemporary life. We will examine the roots of Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies in the activism of the Asian American Movement, and follow through to the present moment of transnational flexible citizenship.

Requirements for this course will include guided “discovery” exercises, a term project, and essay midterm and final examinations.

AMCULT 214 - Introduction to Asian/Pacific American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 9780813527253
Asian American studies : a reader, Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2000
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