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AMERICAN ETHNIC STUDIES
ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

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AAS 101 Introduction to Asian American Cultures (5) I&S
Asian-American subcultures; evolution of Asian-American cultures in the United States from 1850 to 1950 - immigration patterns, evolution of subcultures, evacuation, interracial relations, assimilation, and signs of social disorganization.
Instructor Course Description: Connie C. So Gail M. Nomura Tetsuden Kashima Moon-Ho Jung

AAS 206 Contemporary Problems of Asian Americans (5) I&S, DIV
Recent Asian-American issues from 1950 to the present. Topics include ghetto communities, civil rights, identity problems and ethnicity, social organizations, political movements, and recent immigration.
Instructor Course Description: Connie C. So

AAS 210 Asian-American Identity (5) I&S, DIV
Examines the nature of Asian-American identity from a multidisciplinary approach. Explores influences and manifestations of Asian-American identity, using literature, history, and other texts. Topics include gender issues, interracial relationships, and Amerasians. Recommended: AAS 101; AAS 206.
Instructor Course Description: Connie C. So

AAS 220 Asian-American Stereotypes in the Media (5) I&S
Asian stereotypes popularized by American literature, film, radio, and television and their effects on Asian American history, psychology, and community.

AAS 250 Asian American Oral History (5) I&S Nomura
Examines the meanings of trhe lived experience of Asian Americans through an oral history perspective. Uses readings and conducting recorded in-depth interviews to develop insight into the complexity of the lives of diverse Asian Americans and learn the skills and value of oral history research.
Instructor Course Description: Gail M. Nomura

AAS 300 U.S. Pacific Islander Contemporary Culture (5) I&S
Examines U.S. Pacific Islander culture as informed by Pacific history, social and cultural organization. Emphasis on understanding contemporary experience in the U.S. and other diaspora communities. Major themes include post-colonialism, migration, family, religion, politics, gender, education, and transnational identify. Recommended: either ANTH 202 or AES 151. Offered: jointly with ANTH 307; Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Holly M. Barker

AAS 310 Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest (5) I&S
Examines the history and lives of Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest rom the eighteenth century to the present with an emphasis on Washington and Seattle and discussion of Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. Topics include immigration, community building, family, women, politics, labor, culture, and activism.
Instructor Course Description: Gail M. Nomura

AAS 314 Ethnography, Transnationalism, and Community in Island Southeast Asia/Asian America (5) I&S, DIV Lowe
Ethnographic exploration of the transformative processes of transnationalsim in relation to identity and community formation in Southeast Asia and among Southeast Asian Americans. Experiential learning format concentrates on mini-ethnographic projects, field trips, and group presentations. Prerequisite: either one 200-level ANTH course or one AAS/AES course. Offered: jointly with ANTH 314.
Instructor Course Description: Mia Siscawati

AAS 320 Hawaii's Literatures (5) VLPA Sumida
Prose fiction, historical narratives, and poetry (including lyrics and songs) of Hawaii by Native Hawaiian and multicultural local writers and composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Analyses of colonization and its consequences frame the literary studies.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen H. Sumida

AAS 330 Asian American Theater (5) VLPA Sumida
Explores works of Asian American plays in historical, interpretive, and artistic contests and dimensions. Includes students' performances of dramatic readings.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen H. Sumida

AAS 350 Chinese American History and Culture (5) I&S
Experience of the Chinese in America from 1850 to the present. Transformation from an immigrant to Chinese American community: immigration patterns, anti-Chinese movements, ethnic sociopolitical and economic institutions, community issues, Chinese American culture. Recommended: AAS 205.
Instructor Course Description: Connie C. So

AAS 360 Filipino-American History and Culture (5) I&S Revilla
History and culture of the Filipino in America and the influence of an admixture of Filipino, Spanish, and American traditions on the Filipino immigrant and his or her descendants. Recommended: AAS 205.
Instructor Course Description: Enrique C. Bonus

AAS 370 Japanese-American History and Culture (5) I&S
Historical roots and subsequent changes in the Japanese-American group examined through an interdisciplinary approach. Topics include historical events, culture, values, social and community structures, institutions, occupations, and future orientations. Recommended: AAS 205.
Instructor Course Description: Tetsuden Kashima

AAS 372 Internment Camps in North America: United States and Canada (5) I&S
Comparative study of United States and Canadian internment camps incarcerating Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians during World War II. Focuses on early history, dislocation and internment, effects (disorganization and adjustments), effects on the internees and society, and present situation.
Instructor Course Description: Tetsuden Kashima

AAS 380 Asian-American Communities and Social Policies (5) I&S
History, culture, social organization, leadership patterns, and interethnic relations of Asian-American (Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean) communities. Origins and impact of social policies relevant to Asian-American communities. Recommended: AAS 205.
Instructor Course Description: Tetsuden Kashima

AAS 385 Asian Americans: The Law and Immigration (5) I&S
Traces the evolution of United States immigration law and policy from the nineteenth century to modern day, from free immigration to immigration restriction, through the elimination of race as a criterion, and culmination in the passage of the Simpson-Mezzoli bill. Recommended: either AAS 205 or AAS 206.
Instructor Course Description: Gail M. Nomura Enrique C. Bonus

AAS 392 Asian-American Women (5) I&S
History of and contemporary issues related to Asian-American women in the United States. Recommended: either AAS 205 or AAS 206. Offered: jointly with GWSS 392.
Instructor Course Description: Gail M. Nomura

AAS 395 Southeast-Asian Americans: History and Culture (5) I&S

AAS 401 Asian-American Literature to the 1940s (5) VLPA
Asian-American literature from nineteenth-century immigrants to the 1940s. Emphasis on Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino writings detailing the experience and sensibility of first generation immigrants. Early twentieth-century writing focus on the development not only of Asian-American community, but also of second generation American-born Asian-American writers. Recommended: either AAS 205 or AAS 206.

AAS 402 Contemporary Asian-American Literature (5) VLPA
Asian-American literature from the 1940s to the present. Emphasis on the development of attitudes and identities in contemporary Asian-American literature, the role of the writer in a minority culture, and the relationship of literature to self and society.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen H. Sumida

AAS 403 Survey of Asian-American Poetry (5) VLPA
Asian-American poetry, nineteenth century to present. Readings include poetry of the early immigrant to America, cultural imperatives transferred from old world to new world, and establishment of an Asian-American identity in poetry from 1870s through 1890s.

AAS 406 Asian American Activism (5) I&S, DIV
Explores the multiple political traditions forged by Asian Americans, from the earliest challenges to racist laws and unequal wages to the latest debates over affirmative action and racial profiling. Examines Asian American communities organized to oppose and to perpetuate social inequalities. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 406.

AAS 498 Special Topics (5, max. 10) I&S

AAS 499 Undergraduate Independent Study (1-5, max. 10)