AMCULT 102 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Food and Gender in Asian American Communities
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This first-year seminar introduces students to historical and contemporary issues of Asians in America, through the lens of food and culture. We will examine how foodways often shape gender roles, labor, power dynamics, and Asian American identity. Focusing on, but not limited to, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Indian, and Vietnamese American communities, we will explore how (as acclaimed author Frank Chin puts it) "Food is our only common language."

Students will learn:

    How gender, like food, is a cultural construct;?
      The historical impact of legislation and immigration on communities and culinary practices;
        The strategies that various Asian communities have used to survive in America; and?
          An introduction to contemporary issues and foodways in Asian American communities.

          Course Requirements:

          Assignments may include readings, active participation, journals, and a term project.

          Class Format:

          This online class will include both synchronous and asynchronous elements, but students will generally be expected to “attend” class at its scheduled time. There will be no exams.


AMCULT 102 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
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001 (SEM)
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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