ASIANPAM 311 - Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies and the Humanities
Winter 2017, Section 002 - Asian/Pacific Islander Americans at the University of Michigan
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Subject: Asian/Pacific Island Amer Std (ASIANPAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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In the Diversity Summit held in Fall 2016 on the launch of UM President Mark Schlissel?s Initiative on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) students and faculty were hard-pressed to find any meaningful inclusion or acknowledgement of A/PIA presence or contributions. A series of 18 professionally-produced banners charted the history of UM's longstanding commitment to defend the educational value of a diverse campus community. Anyone browsing the banners, however, would have had to look very closely for the two sentences about A/PIA contributions that reportedly made it onto two different banners. For the vast majority of browsers, A/PIA students, faculty and staff were simply not visible in this historical depiction of diversity at UM.

In this course, students will conduct primary research toward producing historical narratives of Asian and Asian American presence and contributions at UM. Structured activities will include inventorying existing campus archival resources and physical facilities markers of A/PIA presence, and constructing timelines of markers of milestones of A/PIA contributions at UM. We will examine texts of UM diversity initiatives to understand how language in those texts produced "cloaks of invisibility" around the campus A/PIA community. The capstone activity in the course is to conduct an original research project that documents, analyzes, and interprets one aspect of A/PIA presence at UM.

  1. To examine the conditions that have rendered Asians and Asian Americans invisible in the history of diversity at UM
  2. To document the history of Asian and Asian American presence and contributions at UM
  1. Survey readings on Asian American history, the Asian American movement in and since the late 1960s, and the history of diversity at UM
  2. Create collaborative platforms to display the findings of class assignments that inventory campus resources
  3. Gather memorabilia, documents, and media stories into archivable collections
  4. Curate interpretive texts and publicly-accessible exhibits to communicate the findings of term projects

Two units of assigned readings will provide contextual background: a historical survey of Asian American history with particular focus on the Asian American movement in and since the 1970s; and empirical research on the status of Asian Americans in higher education.

Required readings are:

  • Rethinking the Asian American Movement, by Daryl Jodi Maeda (required)
  • Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties, by Karen L. Ishizuka (required)
  • 5-6 articles posted as PDF files on Canvas (required)
  • Asian Americans: The Movement and The Moment, edited by Steve G. Louie and Glenn Omatsu (recommended).

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Course Requirements & Grading:

  1. 5% -- Attendance and active engagement in class activities 5%
  2. 15% -- 3 quizzes on assigned readings 15%
  3. 20% -- Participation & contribution to campus inventory of archival resources and physical markers
  4. 20% -- Written assignments (2 written proposals for developing new archival collections of resources, 2 written proposals for oral history projects)
  5. 40% -- Term Research Project

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ASIANPAM 311 - Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies and the Humanities
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001 (LEC)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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