Program in Asian American Studies

Books read in Program in Asian American Studies courses

Readings in recent Program in Asian American Studies courses include, clockwise from top left: Bengali Harlem by Vivek Bald, Insurrecto by Gina Apostol, Tripmaster Monkey by Maxine Hong Kingston, Personal Days by Ed Park, The Asian American Achievement Paradox by Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou, Orientalism by Edward W. Said, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, Subverting Exclusion by Andrea Geiger, Fresh off the Boat by Eddie Huang.

Program in Asian American Studies

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Fall 2022 Courses

Introduction to Asian American Studies
Subject associations
ASA 201 / ENG 209

Who or what is considered Asian American? Who or what decides those boundaries? Using the collaborative Asian American tarot deck as framework, this course critically interrogates the complexities surrounding "Asian American" as political and community formation. In so doing, it considers intersections between race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality as factors that impact movements, identities, and narratives, and that ultimately trouble what it means to be Asian American. Course themes include: inclusion/exclusion, migration, racial violence, U.S. empire and war, refugees and adoptees, pop culture and media, and Asian American activism.

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Staff
Asian Americana: Theorizing Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality Across Difference
Subject associations
ASA 361 / AMS 461 / GSS 330

From the height of the Asian American movement began at San Francisco State in 1968, the question of where Asian diasporic communities fit within the American racial matrix has been of pivotal interest for scholars, students, activists and artists across genres. This class seeks to explore Asian Americans' social location in the US. Using a relational intersectional feminist approach, this class will examine Asian Americans positionality in relation to Indigenous, Black and Latinx communities throughout the country. Students will engage and hone Asian American Studies interdisciplinary methods (historical, literary and filmic analysis).

Instructors
Staff

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