ASAM1200 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Writing Asian American Lives

Status
A
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Introduction to Creative Writing: Writing Asian American Lives
Term
2022C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM1200401
Course number integer
1200
Meeting times
TR 10:15 AM-11:44 AM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Piyali Bhattacharya
Description
“Kids know more about dinosaurs than they do about Asian Americans.” So says Dr. Karen Su, founding director of PAACH (Pan-Asian American Community House) at Penn, and though she’s talking about children’s literature, her sentiment might apply to adults, too. Who are the Asian Americans? What does it mean to be non-Black POC in this country? How do religion, ethnicity, gender, class, nationality, and immigration status define this group? How do we discuss all this while being inclusive of both “us” and “them”? This course will explore these questions through the lens of an introductory fiction, nonfiction, and poetry creative writing workshop. We’ll follow the traditional workshop format of critiquing each other’s short stories, essays, and poems in class, along with close reading works by authors as established as Jhumpa Lahiri, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Amy Tan, and as contemporary as Lisa Ko, Bushra Rehman, Ocean Vuong, and Mira Jacob. We’ll use these texts as springboards to examine representations of identity, inclusion, and exclusion, and we’ll be invited to consider these representations in the media around us as well as in our local communities. Finally, we’ll think through how we can contribute to discussions of these topics with our own artistic voices. This course is cross-listed with Asian American Studies.
Course number only
1200
Cross listings
ENGL3025401
Use local description
No