ASAM Spring 2019 Courses

Front 2019 Spring Bookmark


ASAM-001-401 Asian Americans in Contemporary Society ^ +
Vani Kulkarni
Cross-Listed: SOCI-103
Lecture TR 1:30pm - 3:00pm

This class will introduce you to sociological research of Asian Americans and engage in the "model minority" stereotype. We begin by a brief introduction to U.S. immigration history and sociological theories about assimilation and racial stratification. The class will also cover research on racial and ethnic identity, educational stratification, mass media images, interracial marriage, multiracials, transracial adoption, and the viability of an Asian American panethnic identity. We will also examine the similarities and differences of Asian Americans relative to other minority groups.

ASAM-003-401 Intro to Asian American History ^ *
Eiichiro Azuma
Cross-Listed: HIST-155
Lecture MW 3:30pm - 5:00pm

This course provides an introduction to the history of Asian/Pacific Americans, focusing on the wide diversity of migrant experiences, as well as the continuing legacies of Orientalism on American-born APA's. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality will also be examined.

ASAM-110-601 Asian American Activism ^
Robert Buscher
Seminar W 4:30pm - 7:30pm

ASAM-120-301 Asian American Popular Culture ^
Peter Van Do
Seminar TR 4:30pm-6:00pm

This course will examine the ways in which Asian Americans have constituted and positioned their identities through various mediums of popular culture, community building and activism. First, students will become familiar with major concepts relating to Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, and Asian American Cultural Studies. Second, students will have a deeper understanding of the Asian American Movement. Third, students will make connections between representations and dominant images of Asian Americans within various mediums.

ASAM-165-401 Forgotten Asians of America
Rupa Pillai
Cross-Listed: GSWS-165 and SAST-166
Lecture MW 2:00pm-3:30pm

Although Asians have lived in the Americas for centuries, the Asian American community and experience tends to be defined by the post-1965 wave of immigration to the United States. In an effort to correct this narrative this course will explore the histories, experiences, and contributions of some of the forgotten Asians of the Americas. In particular, we will focus on the earlier labor migrations of Chinese and South Asian individuals to the Caribbean and the United States. The experiences of these individuals, who built railroads, cut sugarcane, and replaced African slave labor, complicate our understandings of race today. By examining the legal and social debates surrounding their labor in the 19th century and exploring how their experiences are forgotten and their descendants are rendered invisible today, we will complicate what is Asian America and consider how this history shapes immigration policies today.

ASAM-175-301 Asian American Race Relations
Daniel Woo
Lecture TR 4:30-6:00pm

This course provides an introduction to comparative racial frameworks and case studies in Asian American Studies. In line with an emergent body of work that considers the relational nature of racializations, we will examine how Asian American racial constructions are not only formed in relation to whiteness but also to other groups of color. Starting from the premise that the US is dynamically multiracial, we will consider how Asian Americans have been both “lumped together” with and “counterpointed” to other racially marginalized communities across historical time. Moreover, we will explore how Asian Americans themselves have articulated racial positions both in solidarity with and opposition to other people of color. Lastly, we will survey the different comparative racial frameworks Asian American Studies scholars have developed to understand the shifting terrain of race relations. The course places a particular emphasis on Asian-Black relations and Afro Asian political theory, given the unique juxtaposition of these groups in US racial discourse, the significance of “Blackness” to Asian American political and cultural identities, and the seminal place of these discussions in Comparative Ethnic Studies. Course materials include primary and scholarly readings, media, and material collaboratively gathered by members of the class. We will focus on developing diverse research methods for understanding the relational nature of Asian American racialization and community formation, culminating in individual research projects on case studies chosen by students in consultation with the instructor.

ASAM-180-401 Asian American Food ^
Fariha Khan
Cross-Listed: SAST-180 and URBS-180
Seminar TR 12:00pm - 1:30pm

You are what you eat. Asian American Food explores the history, politics, and ethnic identity of food through a cultural lens. Growing food, eating, and sharing meals serve as intimate expressions of self and community. By examining the production and consumption of food, the course investigates the ways that Asian Americans navigate traditions, gender norms, religious dietary laws, food habits, and employment as they create lives in the United States. The course overviews the history of Asian American foodways, but has a particular focus on Philadelphia's Asian American communities.

ASAM-203-401 Japanese American Internment ^
Eiichiro Azuma
Cross-Listed: HIST-231
Seminar T 1:30pm - 4:30pm

ASAM-201-401 Asian American Gender & Sexuality
Rupa Pillai
Cross-Listed: GSWS-215 and SAST-215
Lecture TR 10:30am - 12:00pm

This course explores the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race in Asian America. Through interdisciplinary and cultural texts, students will consider how Asian American gender and sexualities are constructed in relation to racism while learning theories on and methods to study gender, sex, and race. We will discuss masculinities, femininities, race-conscious feminisms, LGBTQ+ identities, interracial and intraracial relationships, and kinship structures.

ASAM-299 Independent Study
Permission needed from the ASAM Program

* Fulfills History & Tradition Sector
+ Fulfills Society Sector
^ Fulfills Culture Diversity in the US Requirement