AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
Winter 2020, Section 001 - Asian/Pacific Islander Americans in the Civil Rights Movement
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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This course explores the Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) civil rights movement, with an overview of how federal and state laws have affected the A/PIA experience and presence in the United States within the broader context of all immigrant communities, covering a variety of civil rights cases and civil wrongs against A/PIAs, and the activist response. The course will cover the historical timeline, exclusion laws, alien land laws, World War II internment of Japanese Americans, affirmative action as it applies to A/PIAs, civil rights and racial hate crime violence, bilingual issues in education and in the workplace, post-9/11 issues, A/PIAs in the marriage equality movement, immigration law reform, transracial adoptions, A/PIA voting trends and impact, the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, the current effort to change birthright citizenship, sex-selective abortion ban laws, among other topics. This course surveys the history of A/PIAs from the early sixteenth century to the present. We will situate this history within broader legal, sociocultural and political contexts. The critical questions to focus on are: What are the historical, political, legislative, and legal contexts that have together shaped the history of Asian and Pacific Islanders, and people of color generally, in the United States? How does that history compare to other immigrant populations? What is the relationship between the changing law, politics and economy, past and present, national and international, and community activism? What was, is, and will be the state of Asian Pacific Islander America past, present, and future? We will seek comparisons across groups and time, asking how historical patterns shape the present. In turn, we will also consider how our contemporary surroundings affect the way in which we view and interpret the past.

Course Requirements:

The course features lectures, movies, and guest lecturers from the movement. There is a term paper on a topic of your choice. There is no final exam.


AMCULT 301 - Topics in American Culture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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