AMCULT 305 - Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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This course examines strategies for building Asian/Pacific Islander 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 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, Southfield, or Ann Arbor). 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 three weeks, 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, APIA Vote-Michigan, APA 101, or APIA Heritage Month/MESA.

Students volunteering with DAY Project or Paaralang Pilipino will engage 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 (D.A.Y.) Project was founded in 2004, and runs a mentorship program for mostly Hmong American students at Osborn High School and other areas of 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 UM's Yuri Kochiyama Leadership Program, Project Lighthouse, or APA 101, are highly encouraged to enroll to receive course credit.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote – Michigan is a non-partisan organization that serves the Asian Pacific Islander American community through civic participation, advocacy, and education. Students will help with planning and implementation of public education and outreach regarding Census 2010 and the importance for the Asian American community; conduct Census education outreach & voter registration drives at community events and houses of worship; and help with events across Southeast Michigan, usually on Saturdays or Sundays. Students volunteering with Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month will program a set of events, scheduled for March-April at UM, and co-sponsored by various groups on campus, APIA Studies, and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA).

Students interested in this course are advised to have completed AMCULT 214, 314 or another Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies course (but is not required).

AMCULT 305 is a required course for the Minor in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies and fulfills electives and Breadth requirements for the Concentration in American Culture.

AMCULT 305 - Asian Pacific American Community Service and Learning
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0374527369
Asian American dreams : the emergence of an American people, Author: Helen Zia., Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 1st pbk. e 2000
ISBN: 0934052344
Asian Americans : the movement and the moment, Author: ed. by Steve Louie and Glenn K. Omatsu., Publisher: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press 2001
ISBN: 0742553388
Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans : effective activities, strategies, and assignments for classrooms and communities, Author: edited by Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Glenn Omatsu., Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2006
ISBN: 0143113038
Stealing Buddha's dinner : a memoir, Author: Bich Minh Nguyen., Publisher: Penguin Books 2008
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