ASAM294 - Facing America

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
601
Title (text only)
Facing America
Term
2019C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
601
Section ID
ASAM294601
Course number integer
294
Meeting times
W 05:30 PM-08:30 PM
Meeting location
JAFF B17
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
William D Schmenner
Description
This course explores the visual history of race in the United States as both self-fashioning and cultural mythology by examining the ways that conceptions of Native American, Latino, and Asian identity, alongside ideas of Blackness and Whiteness, have combined to create the various cultural ideologies of class, gender, and sexuality that remain evident in historical visual and material culture. We also investigate the ways that these creations have subsequently helped to launch new visual entertainments, including museum spectacles, blackface minstrelsy, and early film, from the colonial period through the 1940s.
Course number only
294
Cross listings
ARTH274601, LALS274601, CIMS293601, ARTH674601, AFRC294601
Fulfills
Cultural Diversity in the US
Use local description
No

ASAM210 - Asian Am Religions: Asian American Religions

Activity
SEM
Section number integer
301
Title (text only)
Asian Am Religions: Asian American Religions
Term
2019C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
301
Section ID
ASAM210301
Course number integer
210
Meeting times
TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Meeting location
COLL 311A
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Rupa Pillai
Description
This course examines the changing religious landscape of the United States through a focus on the religious life of Asian Americans. Through interdisciplinary texts and ethnographic field assignments, students will consider how religion and race intersect to inform notions of cultural and political citizenship, community, and culture. Topics to be explored include the impact of 9/11, religious political activism, and the appropriation and commodification of "Asian" religious practices.
Course number only
210
Fulfills
Cultural Diversity in the US
Use local description
No

ASAM208 - Asian American Cinema

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
1
Title (text only)
Asian American Cinema
Term
2019C
Syllabus URL
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
001
Section ID
ASAM208001
Course number integer
208
Meeting times
W 04:30 PM-07:30 PM
Meeting location
DRLB 3C2
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Robert V Buscher
Description
Providing a broad introduction to the history of persons of Asian descent living in the United States, this course will specifically examine the Asian American & Pacific Islander American experience as told through the cinematic lens. Equal parts socio-political history and media studies, this course will comprehensively assess factors contributing to the historical under representation of AAPIs in mainstream American media. By contrast, the media texts that we study will reveal a cinematic history that runs parallel to the mainstream, consisting of independently produced films created by and/or starring AAPIs that feature authentic portrayals of the community they represent. Topics will include economics of film production, broadcast television ratings, film festivals as a mechanism of distribution, negative stereotyping, Hollywood whitewashing, cultural appropriation, and media activism.
Course number only
208
Use local description
No

ASAM203 - Amer Expansion-Pacific

Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Amer Expansion-Pacific
Term
2019C
Syllabus URL
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM203401
Course number integer
203
Meeting times
W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM
Meeting location
BENN 17
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Eiichiro Azuma
Description
Topics vary. Please see our website for more current information: asam.sas.upenn.edu
Course number only
203
Cross listings
HIST231401
Use local description
No

ASAM190 - Intro Asian Am Studies: Introduction To Asian American Studies

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
1
Title (text only)
Intro Asian Am Studies: Introduction To Asian American Studies
Term
2019C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
001
Section ID
ASAM190001
Course number integer
190
Meeting times
MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM
Meeting location
WILL 1
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Rupa Pillai
Description
According to the U.S. Census, there are approximately 21 million Asian residents in the U.S. that comprise almost 6 percent of the total population. This relatively small number disguises the critical experiences Asian American communities face in both the local and transnational context. Yet, Asian Americans constitute one of the most heterogeneous racial groups within the U.S. Over the course of this semester we will read about and actively discuss the history of Asian immigration to the U.S., the social construction and experience of race in the U.S., and the political, economic, and cultural contributions of Asian Americans. We will also examine how Asian Americans negotiate/deploy their culture and ethnicity to achieve recognition in multicultural America and how the construction of Asian American identity intersects with class, gender, and sexuality.
Course number only
190
Fulfills
Cultural Diversity in the US
Use local description
No

ASAM160 - South Asians in the Us

Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
South Asians in the Us
Term
2019C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM160401
Course number integer
160
Meeting times
TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM
Meeting location
GLAB 102
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Fariha Khan
Description
This course investigates the everyday practices and customs of South Asians in America. Every immigrant group has its own history, customs, beliefs and values, making each unique while simultaneously a part of the "melting pot" or salad bowl" of American society. Yet how do people define themselves and their ethnicities living in a diasporic context? By taking into account the burgeoning South Asian American population as our model, this course will explore the basic themes surrounding the lives that immigrants are living in America, and more specifically the identity which the second generation, born and/or raised in American, is developing. South Asians in the U.S. will be divided thematically covering the topics of ethnicity, marriage, gender, religion, and pop culture. Reading and assignments will discuss a variety of issues and viewpoints that are a part of the fabric of South Asia, but will focus on the interpretation of such expressive culture in the United States.
Course number only
160
Cross listings
SAST290401
Fulfills
Cultural Diversity in the US
Use local description
No

ASAM003 - Intro To Asian Amer Hist

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Intro To Asian Amer Hist
Term
2019C
Syllabus URL
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM003401
Course number integer
3
Registration notes
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Meeting times
TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM
Meeting location
COHN 402
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Eiichiro Azuma
Description
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.
Course number only
003
Cross listings
HIST155401
Fulfills
History & Tradition Sector
Cultural Diversity in the US
Use local description
No

ASAM002 - Asian-American Lit

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Asian-American Lit
Term
2019C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM002401
Course number integer
2
Registration notes
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Meeting times
TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM
Meeting location
STIT B21
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Josephine N Park
Description
An overview of Asian American literature from its beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century to the present. This course covers a wide range of Asian American novels, plays, and poems, situating them in the contexts of Asian American history and minority communities and considering the variety of formal strategies these different texts take.
Course number only
002
Cross listings
ENGL072401
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Cultural Diversity in the US
Use local description
No

ASAM001 - Asian Amer in Contemp So

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Asian Amer in Contemp So
Term
2019C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM001401
Course number integer
1
Meeting times
TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM
Meeting location
MCNB 395
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Vani S Kulkarni
Description
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.
Course number only
001
Cross listings
SOCI103401
Fulfills
Society Sector
Use local description
No

ASAM006 - Race & Ethnic Relations

Status
X
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
900
Title (text only)
Race & Ethnic Relations
Term
2019B
Syllabus URL
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
900
Section ID
ASAM006900
Course number integer
6
Meeting times
CANCELED
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Phoebe Ho
Description
This course will focus on race and ethnicty in the United States. We begin with a brief history of racial categorization and immigration to the U.S. The course continues by examining a number of topics including racial and ethnic identity, interracial and interethnic friendships and marriage, racial attitudes, mass media iages, residential segregation, educational stritification, and labot market outcomes. The course will inlcude discussions of African Americans, Whites, Hispanics, Asian Ameriacns, and multiracials.
Course number only
006
Cross listings
SOCI006900, AFRC006900, URBS160900
Use local description
No