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Asian American Studies

Division of Social Sciences,
Humanities and Social Sciences 5044;
Telephone (805) 893-8039
E-mail: redilynm@asamst.ucsb.edu
Website: www.asamst.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Lisa Sun-Hee Park


 

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AS AM 1. Introduction to Asian American History, 1850-Present
(4) ZHAO
Historical survey of Asian Americans in the United States from 1850 to the present. Topics include: Immigration patterns, settlement and employment, race and gender relations, community development, and transnational connections.
AS AM 1H. Introduction to Asian American History, 1850-Present
(1) ZHAO
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AS AM 1; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 1.Quarters usually offered: Winter, Summer.
Students receive one unit for the honors discussion section. Intended forhighly motivated and well prepared students.
AS AM 2. American Migration Since 1965: Asians and others in the United States
(4) J.PARK
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
An examination of central themes in immigration law and policy, especially after the Immigration Act of 1965. The class focuses on Asian immigrants, but covers immigration trends comparatively. Topics include economic integration, interracial conflict, subsequent immigration reforms and their consequences.
AS AM 2H. American Migration Since 1965: Asians and others in the United States
(1) J.PARK
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AS AM 2; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Students receive one unit for the honors seminar. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students.
AS AM 4. Introduction to Asian American Popular Culture
(4) PANDYA
A historical survey of how Asians and Asian Americans have been represented in American popular culture, with an analytical focus on the social and symbolic contents of examples in journalism, literature, theater, and television.
AS AM 4H. Introduction to Asian American Popular Culture
(1) PANDYA
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AS AM 4; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 4.Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Students receive one unit for the honors seminar. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students.
AS AM 5. Introduction to Asian American Literature
(4) NINH, PANDYA
Selected major themes in literary texts from Asian American communities, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Southeast Asian Americans: dislocation/relocation; finding/inventing a usable past; poetics/politics in language; identities/ethnicities.
AS AM 5H. Introduction to Asian American Literature Honors Section
(1) NINH
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AS AM 5; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 5.Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
Repeat Comments: Honors discussion section may not be repeated.
Students receive one unit for the honors seminar. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students.
AS AM 7. Globalization, Gender and Social Inequality in Asian America
(4) AMEERIAR
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Survey of contemporary social scientific theories and empirical studies of globalization through the experiences of Asian Americans. Major themesinclude global capitalism, labor, colonialism, modernity, pop culture, diaspora, race, gender, sexuality and cultural difference.
AS AM 7H. Globalization, Gender and Social Inequality in Asian America
(1) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AS AM 7; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring. Concurrently offered with AS AM 7
Students receive one unit for the honors seminar. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students.
AS AM 8. Introduction to Asian American Gender and Sexuality
(4) FUJINO
Introduction of gendered analysis and intersectionality in the study of Asian Americans from sociological, psychological, and historical perspectives.Major themes include social construction of femininities and masculinities,family formation, productive and reproductive labor, global capitalism, violence regulating gender and sexuality.
AS AM 8H. Introduction to Asian American Gender and Sexuality.
(1) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AS AM 8; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 8.Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Repeat Comments: Honors discussion section may not be repeated.
Students receive one unit for the honors seminar. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students.
AS AM 9. Asian American Freedom Struggles and Third World Resistance
(4) FUJINO
History of Asian American freedom struggles, organizations, leadership models, ideologies, and solidarities, with a particular focus on the 1960s-70s period. The Asian American movement is studied in the context of US andworld history, especially the US Black and Third World decolonization movements.
AS AM 9H. Asian American Freedom Struggles and Third World Resistance
(1) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AS AM 9
History of Asian American freedom struggles, organizations, leadership models, ideologies, and solidarities, with a particular focus on the 1960s-70s period. The Asian American Movement is studied in the context of US andworld history, especially the US Black and Third World decolonization movements.
AS AM 71. Introduction to Asian American Religions
(4) BUSTO
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a cumulative for the proceeding quarter(s). Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Survey of the major themes and issues in Asian American religious history, belief, and practice. Topics include the problem of orientalism; Buddhism and race; Asian American forms of Christianity; religion's role in immigrantand second-generation identity; Asian American contextual theologies.
AS AM 79. Introduction to Playwriting
(4) COWHIG, MORTON, STAFF
A intensive introduction to playwriting for beginning dramatists. Students will read and analyze the structure of plays, write and stage their ownshort plays, and gain experience acting in and directing each other's work. Homework for the course includes a series of written and performance-based assignments.
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AS AM 100AAZZ. Specific Asian Ethnic Groups
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units provided the letter designations are different.
The historical and contemporary experiences of specific Asian ethnic groups.
AS AM 100AA. Chinese Americans
AS AM 100BB. Japanese Americans
AS AM 100CC. Filipino Americans
AS AM 100DD. Korean Americans
AS AM 100EE. Vietnamese Americans
AS AM 100FF. South Asian Americans
AS AM 100HH. Southeast Asian Americans
AS AM 107. Third World Social Movements
(4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: As least one lower-division course in the Social Sciences or Humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Racial comparative analysis of Third World social movements. Study of impact of historical context, political economy, racial formation, and gender dynamics on activism of Asian, Black, Chicana/o, Indigenous, Puerto Rican communities in the United States; also attention to global struggles.
AS AM 108. Asian American Academic Rhetoric
(4) NINH
Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Writing Program 109HU, Writing Program 109SS
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Advanced workshop for refining academic writing skills. Students will assess scholarly essays from various disciplines in Asian American studies. Course will refine mechanics of argumentation and analysis, but especially useof language, to produce academic prose that is rigorous: precise, concise, clear.
AS AM 109. Gender and Labor in Transnational Asian America
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Examines Asian American women and the politics of labor. Will equal pay forequal work resolve long-standing inequities? Why are women of color over- represented in certain kinds of jobs? We will examine women's experiences in the gendering of labor.
AS AM 110. Transnational Asian America
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: As least one lower-division course in the Social Sciences or Humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Focuses on "deterritorialized" processes that have emerged due to intensified globalization. Emphasis on three distinct schools of thought (diasporic studies, cultural globalization, and transmigration) that illuminate how people, goods, and ideas intersect across multiple spaces and times.
AS AM 111. Asian American Communities and Contemporary Issues
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: As least one lower-division course in the Social Sciences or Humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Historical formation of Asian immigrant communities and their social structures and functions; impact of post-1965 Asian immigration on existing communities; issues facing Asian Americans today including education, employment, discrimination, civil rights, political participation, media stereotypes,and anti-Asian violence.
AS AM 113. Asian Americans and the Long Civil Rights Movement
(4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Examines the Asian American Movement of the 1960s-70s in the "long Civil Rights Movement" framework, connecting with earlier and later activism. Focuses on leadership development, pan-Asian identity, Third World solidarities,feminism, education, housing, and antiwar, among other critical issues.
AS AM 114. Asian Americans and Public Policy
(4) L.PARK
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Presents formal justifications for using racial categories in American public policy. Course presents racial theories about other groups, with particular attention to Asians. Covers period from 1850 to 1990.
AS AM 115. Asian American Communities and Contemporary Legal Issues
(4) PARK
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Examines several contemporary developments in American law where Asian Americans have played an important role. These include: changes in immigration rules; affirmative action law; emerging criminal defenses based on cultural background; political districting; and rules about race-based violence.
AS AM 116. Asian Americans and the Law
(4) PARK
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Laws impacted the lives of Asian Americans and Asian Americans' contributions to the legal system in the United States. Review of landmark course cases with opportunities for students to analyze legal documents.
AS AM 118. Asian Americans in Popular Culture
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
A historical survey of how Asians and Asian Americans have been representedin American popular culture and an analysis of alternative models of popular culture. Texts include literature, theatre, television, and film.
AS AM 119. Asian Americans and Race Relations
(4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: a prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Examination of the development of racial ideology and racism, theories of race relations, effects of racism and discrimination against Asian Americans, and contemporary race issues.
AS AM 120. Asian American Documentary
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Analysis of modes of documentary production to negotiate issues of Asian American history, culture, class, and personal identity. Critical readings and discussion of filmic strategies, combined with introduction to documentary pre- production, culminates in the production of a documentary proposal.
AS AM 121. Asian American Autobiographies and Biographies
(4) PANDYA
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Asian American biographies, their socio-political reflections and expressions inscribing the subject in and against culture, relations between intention and form. Readings may include Pardee Lowe, Jade Snow Wong, Monica Sone,Jeanne Houston, Carlos Bulosan, and Maxine Hong Kingston.
AS AM 122. Asian American Fiction
(4) NINH
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Asian American Studies 5.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Examination of the ways in which Asian American writers create fiction in order to reflect on pertinent issues concerning Asian Americans, such as race, class, gender, and sexuality. Texts include short stories and novels.
AS AM 124. Comparative Ethnic American Literature
(4) NINH
Recommended Preparation: A literature course in Asian American studies (such as As Am 5), or otherethnic studies departments (such as Black Studies 38A/38B).
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Focuses on literature by Asian American writers alongside texts from one or more of the other ethnic American literary traditions. Generic and thematic coverage will vary. Emphasis on literary analysis in comparative racial context.
AS AM 125. Asian American Plays
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
An examination of plays by first, second, and third generation Asian Americans that demonstrate divergent yet expanding vitality in Asian American theater; works by Ping Chong, David Henry Hwang, Frank Chin, GennyLim, Wakako Yamauchi, Philip Kan Gotanda, and Velina Hasu Houston.
AS AM 126. Asian American Poetry
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Historical overview and critical examination of the development of Asian American poetic expression, in relation to Asian American and US literature, and to larger questions of American identity and belonging.
AS AM 127. Asian American Film, Television, and Digital Media
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: a prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Formal, historical, and cultural issues in the study of Asian American film, television, and digital media practices in independent, Hollywood, and transnational contexts. The role of cinema and visual technology in the understanding of Asian Americans in modern and contemporary culture.
AS AM 128. Writings by Asian American Women
(4) NINH
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: At least one Asian American Studies course.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 133 Fall 1996 or prior.
Asian American women's writing covering a variety of genres and cultural communities; emphasis on literary analysis of works in relation to central themes of race, family and gender.
AS AM 129. Representations of Asia in Asian American Narratives
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Course traces the emergence of an American discourse about Asia by examining literary and non-literary texts. Post-1960s Asian American narratives will also be analyzed in terms of their relationship to the earlier discursive frameworks.
AS AM 130. Colonialism and Migration
(4) J.PARK
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 171AA.
Examines the impact of Western imperialism and colonialism on Asian people and nations, and then the subsequent migrations of Asians to the United States. The course examines the root causes of migration, the response of the United States to Asians immigrants, and changes to immigration law andpolicy from 1850 to 1965.
AS AM 131. Asian American Women's History
(4) ZHAO
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies, History, or Women's Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
The lives and changing status of Asian immigrant women, past and present; Japanese and Korean "picture brides"; American-born girls of Asian ancestry; Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino war brides; adopted Asian girls; and diverse lifestyles of Asian American women today.
AS AM 132. South Asian Women in Diaspora
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Examines the experiences of South Asian women in diaspora. How do they negotiate citizenship and identity while maintaining real and imagined social and economic ties to countries on the subcontinent? Topics will include: citizenship, class, consumption, and labor.
AS AM 133. Science, Technology, and Asian America
(4) ZULUETA
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American 171HH with a grade of C or above.
The origins and development of Asian American representation in science-based fields and the consequences of that phenomenon in US politics, immigration, counterespionage, and images of Asian Americans in popular culture.
AS AM 134. Asian American Men and Contemporary Men's Issues
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Asian American Studies 8.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
An interdisciplinary study of Asian American male identities, masculinities, and bodies; emphasis on literary, sociocultural, cinematic, and popularculture representations; Asian American masculinist discourses as complements to Asian American feminist discourses. Texts include literatures, films, photos, comic books, and essays.
AS AM 135. Asian Pacific American Queer Issues
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: a prior course in Asian American studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
An interdisciplinary survey of the histories, experiences, and identities of Asian Pacific American gays, lesbians, and bisexuals; coming out issues, family and community pressures, and socio-political representation in Asian Pacific American communities and in the mainstream gay movement.
AS AM 136. Asian American Families
(4) ZHAO
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Prior course in Asian American Studies or Feminist Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
The importance of the family in the East and Southeast Asian cultural heritage; family formation in the United States; contemporary Asian American family dynamics; interracial families; changing gender roles and relationships; the family and the life cycle.
AS AM 137. Multiethnic Asian Americans
(4) ZULUETA
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Repeat Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 7or 107.
The history, identities, and social relations of multiethnic Asian Americans. Uses fiction, autobiography, sociological and psychological studies ofpeople of mixed racial or ethnic parentage. Considers cognate issues suchas interracial marriage.
AS AM 138. Asian American Sexualities
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors.
Examines the critical lens of sexuality in studying Asian American culture,history, and politics. Survey of interdisciplinary texts on concepts of sexuality in Asia and America, constructions of sexual difference, denaturalizing heterosexuality and queer theory.
AS AM 139. The "New" Second Generation Asian Americans
(4) PANDYA
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 171BB.
Analysis of post-1965 Asian American children of immigrants and/or immigrant children. Examination of diverse childhoods such as "brain drain" children, "refugee" children, "parachute" and "transnational" children. Emphasis on gender, class, ethnicity, inter-generational relations, education, sexuality, popular culture, and globalization.
AS AM 140. Theory & Production of Social Experience
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 594. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Theory and video production of social experience course focused on performance studies and ethnography in the context of Asian American studies. Central texts in these fields as well as production of performances and ethnographies in video are covered.
AS AM 141. Asian American Creative Writing
(4) PANDYA
Prerequisite: Writing 2 or 2E or 2LK; and, English 10 or Writing 50 or 50E or 50LK or 109AA-ZZ, or consent of instructor.
A creative writing workshop focusing on Asian American themes. Different genres are emphasized depending on the instructor's preference and expertise.
AS AM 142. Introductory Asian American Performance Workshop
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
An introductory performance workshop focusing on Asian American themes. Students write original pieces, learn the basic techniques of stage performance, and participate in presenting a public performance at the end of the quarter.
AS AM 143. Television Production
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Not open for credit to students who have taken Asian American 170LL.
Introduces students to television production and critical studies focused on the melodrama and comedy of race and the racialized experience. Completion of two short video works visualizing and dramatizing Asian American life in a professional three-camera studio.
AS AM 144. Asian American Visual Culture
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Examining Asian American visual culture through the use of a variety of media: film, television, photography, sculpture, etc.
AS AM 145. Intermediate Asian American Performance Workshop
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Asian American Studies 142
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Must have completed Asian AmericanStudies 142.
An intermediate performance workshop focusing on Asian American themes. Course provides in-depth exercises in writing, rehearsing, and producing a public performance.
AS AM 146. Racialized Sexuality on Screen and Scene
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 170KK with a grade of "C" or above.
Repeat Comments: Students who completed Asian American Studies 170KK with a grade of "C" or above may not enroll in Asian American 146. Students who earned a "C-" or below may enroll in Asian American 146 as a legal repeat.
Explores race and sexuality in Asian American moving image visual cultures.Theories of visuality and perception in the contexts of racial, gendered, and queer representation and visibility.
AS AM 147. Asian American Playwriting
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Examination of various dramatic techniques, dialogue construction, and character development used in writing for the theater. Students create an original short play or performance piece. Some pieces may be developed for a staged presentation.
AS AM 148. Introduction to Video Production
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Asian American 118, 120, 127, 146, or 149.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 170QQ.
Introduction to video pre-production, production, post-production and distribution of Asian American independent video. Covers fundamentals of production planning, budget, lighting, sound recording and design, editing, and the film festival and distribution requirements for race and independent media projects. Examples of various practices by Asian American independents are explored.
AS AM 149. Screenwriting
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 170RR; legal repeat of Asian American Studies 170RR.
Repeat Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 170RR; legal repeat of Asian American Studies 170RR.
Writing-intensive course focuses on the craft of screenwriting in the shortfilm, television, and feature film format. Attention to development of visual language, story, structure, plot, conflict, and other alternate modes ofstorytelling deployed by various Asian American filmmakers. Students complete scripts in various formats.
AS AM 150. Pacific Islander Americans
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Examination of the histories, migration patterns, ethnic identities, familydynamics, community organizations, cultures, religions, health and mental health, social service needs, political concerns, and inter-group relations of people from Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Guam, Fiji, and other Pacific Islands.
AS AM 154. Race and Law in Early American History
(4) J.PARK
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Recommended for juniors and seniors.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Early race relations in the American colonies and in the formation of the United States. The course examines the interrelationship of Native Americans, Africans, Asians, and Europeans in American public law before the Civil War
AS AM 155. Racial Segregation from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement
(4) PARK
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Recommended for juniors and seniors.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Examines the legal dimensions of white supremacy in American public law after the Civil War. The course reviews commonly recurring rules and principles about segregation and racial subordination in American society before the 1960's.
AS AM 156. Race and Law in Modern America
(4) J.PARK
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher
Recommended Preparation: At least one lower division course in the social sciences or humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall. Recommended for juniors and seniors.
This course reviews the Civil Rights Movement and American law in the post World War II era, and it concludes with an overview of contemporary debatesabout race and law. We examine the end of segregation, and review recurringpatterns of race-based inequality.
AS AM 157. Asian Americans and Education
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring. Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American 171II.
A historical and sociological examination of the effects of race and power on Asian American educational experiences. The role of critical pedagogy inthe creation of knowledge. The development and impact of ethnic studies andthe model minority image.
AS AM 158. Asian American Aesthetics
(4) PANDYA
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: One prior Asian American Studies course.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a cumulative 2.0 for the proceeding 3 quarter(s). Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring. One prior Asian American Studies course.
Questions, arguments and ideas regarding Asian American aesthetics. How can we apply traditional western concepts such as beauty, the sublime, and the imagination when considering Asian American cultural production? Explores the employment of realism, modernism and postmodernism across different genres.
AS AM 160. Asian American Politics
(4) LIEN
Prerequisite: Political Science 12 or Asian American Studies 1 or Asian American Studies 2.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Survey of the historical and contemporary political experiences of Asian Americans and their pursuits for immigration, equality, citizenship, political identity, racial justice, cross-racial/ethnic coalition building and incorporation into the U. S. political system.
AS AM 161. Asian American Religions
(4) BUSTO
Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing or permission of instructor.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Religious Studies 123.
Historical and interdisciplinary approach to the themes and issues in the religious traditions of Asian Americans. Topics: the civil religious context, the transplantation of "Asian" traditions into the U.S., Asian American Christianity, Asian American theology.
AS AM 162. Asian American Mental Health
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher
Examination of the current theory and research on the specific psychological issues that affect Asian Americans. Special emphasis on how immigration experiences,cultural values, ethnic identity, and racism influence various aspects of psychosocial functioning.
AS AM 163. Asian American Community Studies and Social Justice
(4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: Recommended prior courses: Asian American Studies 107 "Third World Social Movements" or Asian American Studies 113 "The Asian American Movement."
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a cumulative 2 for the proceeding 3 quarter(s). Open tonon-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Examines models of community organizing, leadership development, and Asian American and Third World social movement history. Study of social issues of inequality and social justice struggles in Asian American, Chicano/Latino, and African American communities.
AS AM 164. The Politics of The Global War on Terror
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Examines the politics of terrorism and the “Global War on Terror”. Focusing on the impact it has on South Asian, Arab, and Muslim Americans. How have the politics of terrorism impacted the lives of those living in the U.S.
AS AM 165. Ethnographic Research Methods in Asian America
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Examines the politics of Asian America through ethnographic texts. Discusses the construction of the category "Asian American," including conflicts and coalitions across groups. What can ethnographic texts teach us about the everyday life of living in Asian America?
AS AM 170AAZZ. Special Topics in Asian American Studies - Arts & Humanities
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American studies.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units provided letter designations are different, but only 8 units will apply to the major.
Courses focusing on various arts & humanities topics not covered in other Asian American Studies courses.
AS AM 170MM. Special Topics in Asian American Studies
AS AM 170NN. Special Topics in Asian American Studies - Arts & Humanities
AS AM 170QQ. Special Topics in Asian American Studies - Arts & Humanities
AS AM 171AAZZ. Special Topics in Asian American Studies - Social Science and History
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: a prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units, provided letter designations are different, but only 8 units will apply to the major.
Focuses on various social science and history topics not offered in other Asian American studies courses.
AS AM 171HH. Special Topics in Asian American Studies - Social Science and History
AS AM 175. Theory and Method in Asian American Studies
(4) ZHAO
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Recommended Preparation: Students participating in the Asian American Studies Honors program are expected to enroll in Asian American Studies 195H winter quarter and work with a faculty adviser and complete an undergraduate honors thesis.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Exploration of the main theoretical orientations that have shaped Asian American studies; race and ethnicity, diasporas, international labor migration, etc. Introduction to several methodologies, including historiography, quantitative social science, literary criticism and ethnography
AS AM 183AA. Asian-Americans and the Black Radical Imagination
(4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies or Black Studies or upper-divisionstanding.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Repeat Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Asian American Studies 171EE.
An analysis of the political, economic, geographic, biographical, methodological, and/or racial/ethnic comparative contexts in which Asian and Africangrassroots politics and social movements arose and influenced one another in the United States and globally.
AS AM 191AA. Research Seminar in Asian American History
(4) ZHAO
Prerequisite: Asian American Studies 1 or 2.
Recommended Preparation: At least one lower division course in the social sciences or humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
A research seminar exploring historical approaches to studying Asian American experiences. Students have the opportunity to collect, analyze, and evaluate historical documents and manuscripts. Students will carry out a research project and produce a research paper.
AS AM 192A. Research Seminar in Asian American History
(4) ZHAO
Recommended Preparation: At Least one lower division course in the social sciences or humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. A two-quarter in-progress sequencecourse with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of Asian American Studies 192B.
Exploration of Asian American history from 1850 to the present. Students collect, analyze, and evaluate primary sources and work closely with the instructor to write research papers on selected aspects of Asian American history.
AS AM 192B. Research Seminar in Asian American History
(4) ZHAO
Recommended Preparation: At least one lower division course in the social sciences or humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. A two-quarter in-progress sequencecourse with grades for both quarters issued upon completion of Asian American Studies 192B.
Exploration of Asian American history from 1850 to the present. Students collect, analyze, and evaluate primary sources and work closely with the instructor to write research papers on selected aspects of Asian American history.
AS AM 193A. Research Seminar in Asian American Social Movements
(4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Upper division only.
Enrollment Comments: Two quarter in-progress course with letter grades for both quarters issued upon completion of Asian American Studies 193B.
Exploration of the study of Asian American social movements and research methodologies. Students work closely with the instructor to conduct original research and write a research paper on selected aspects of Asian American social movements.
AS AM 193B. Research Seminar in Asian American Social Movements
(4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Asian American Studies 193A; upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: Two quarter in-progress course with letter grades for both quarters issued upon completion of Asian American Studies 193B.
Exploration of the study of Asian American social movements and research methodologies. Students work closely with the instructor to conduct original research and write a research paper on selected aspects of Asian American social movements.
AS AM 195H. Senior Honors Project
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Open only to Asian American Studies majors, Junior standing or higher.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter. Must have a 3.0 overall grade-point average and a 3.5 grade-point average in courses in the major.
Offers an opportunity for students who meet the prerequisites to do independent research and to write an honors thesis or produce an honors film/video or performance.
AS AM 196. Career Development Seminar in Asian American Studies
(1) STAFF
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter. May be repeated. Course meets for one hour every week during the regular quarter.
Course is for majors and other interested students who wish to explore career options under the supervision of a faculty member.
AS AM 197. Field Studies
(1-4) FUJINO
Prerequisite: Open to students who 1) have attained upper-division standing, 2) have at least a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding three quarters, 3) have completed at least two upper-division course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. May be repeated up to 7 times for a maximum 8 units of credit.
Students will conduct independent field work in Asian American communities. Specific projects include working with community agencies and organizations to evaluate programs, implement new or modified services, and develop community resources.
AS AM 199. Independent Studies
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: A lower-division Asian American Studies course and 2 upper-division courses; upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter, and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined. No more than 4 units per quarter and no more than 12 units total may be applied to the major.
Independent study of topics not covered in the regular curriculum under theguidance of approved faculty member.
AS AM 199RA. Independent Research Assistance in Asian American Studies
(1-4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a cumulative 3.0 for the proceeding 3 quarter(s). Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Coursework consists of faculty supervised research assistance.
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AS AM 200. Critical Issues in Asian American Studies
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the social sciences or humanities or instructor consent.
Recommended Preparation: Graduate standing in the social sciences or humanities.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Graduate Seminar exploring critical themes and major debate in Asian American Studies. Readings cover perspectives that may include history, literature, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, political science, gender andsexuality studies, psychology, and religious studies.
AS AM 209. Gender and Labor in Transnational Asian America
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 109. Quarters usually offered: Summer.
Examines Asian American women and the politics of labor. Will equal pay for equal work resolve long-standing inequities? Why are women of color over-represented in certain kinds of jobs? We will examine women's experiences of the gendering of labor.
AS AM 218. Asian American in Popular Culture
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 118. Graduate student standing, course held the same time as AS AM 118.
Critical and historical approaches to popular culture representation of Asian Americans in the United States in films, theater, performance, print media, sports, and music.
AS AM 227. Asian American Television and Digital Media
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 127. Taught concurrently with Asian American Studies 127.
Asian American film, video, and new media produced within Asian American framework life, culture, and politics or "socio-aesthetics." Moving image production, criticism, and theory is reviewed in order to formulate an analysis of production, authorship, and spectatorship of various forms. Readings of Peter Feng, E. Franklin Wong, Eve Oishi, and others are a must. Students will write two page response papers every week, attend lectures and screenings as part of Asian American 127, meet with the professor weekly, and readextensively in the field of Asia American Film Studies.
AS AM 232. South Asian Women in Diaspora
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 132. Quarters usually offered: Winter. Concurrently offered with AS AM 132 Misc: Graduate studentstanding, course held the same time as AS AM 132.
Examines the experiences of South Asian women in diaspora. How do they negotiate citizenship and identity while maintaining real and imagined social and economic ties to countries on the subcontinent? Topics will include: citizenship, class, consumption, and labor.
AS AM 238. Asian American Sexualities
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Recommended Preparation: A prior course in Asian American Studies.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 128. Quarters usually offered: Spring. Graduate students required to write a research paper, or weekly assignments. This course is taught with undergraduate student AS AM 128.
Examines the critical lens of sexuality in studying Asian American culture,history, and politics. Survey of interdisciplinary texts on concepts of sexuality in Asia and America, constructions of sexual difference, de-naturalizing heterosexuality and queer theory.
AS AM 240. Theory and Production of Social Experience
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.
Enrollment Comments: Concurrently offered with AS AM 140. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Graduate level theory and production course. Theory and video production ofsocial experience course focused on performance studies and ethnography in the context of Asian American studies. Central texts in these fields as well as production of performances and ethnographies in video are covered.
AS AM 246. Race, Sex, and Cinema
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: A graduate-level course in theory and production.
Recommended Preparation: Graduate student standing.
Twentieth-century western film and video representations of Asian/American sexuality through ethnic, film, sexuality, queer, and feminist studies.
AS AM 264. The Politics of The Global War on Terror
(4) AMEERIAR
Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Concurrently offered with AS AM 164. Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Examines the politics of terrorism and the "Global War on Terror". Focusing on the impact it has on South Asian, Arab, and Muslim Americans. Howhave the politics of terrorism impacted the lives of those living in the U.S.
AS AM 500. Laboratory for Teaching Assistants
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Appointment as a teaching assistant in an Asian American Studies course.
Enrollment Comments: No unit credit allowed toward advanced degree.
Supervised teaching of Asian American studies lower-division courses.
AS AM 594. Special Topics
(4) SHIMIZU
Prerequisite: A graduate-level seminar in theory and production.
Graduate-level theory and video production course focused on performance studies and ethnography in the context of Asian American studies. Central texts in these fields as well as production of performances and ethnographies in video are covered.
AS AM 596. Directed Reading and Research
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring.
Reading and research in special topics in Asian American studies.