Kanta A Kochhar
Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.
Since the late 60ís and, more particularly, in the last decade, there has been a growing interest in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies. New scholarship, conferences, and course offerings offer unprecedented opportunities for opening up new spaces of understanding the histories of Asian migrations to the States and the vast impact the presence of the various Asian communities have had on the American culture. Much of the scholarship addresses areas in history, literature, humanities, philosophy, the arts, and film. A consideration of Asian American studies can provide a forum for envisioning more inclusive communities.
This course includes a combination of lecture, film, discussion, and workshop activities. The activities of each section will culminate in a short writing assignment that demonstrates a synthesis of questions regarding the readings and its significance for that particular section topic.
Student learning goals
To gain a broad-based understanding of Asian American Studies
To contextualize contemporary interest in Asian American studies within a historical and theoretical frame, including seminal figures and important socio-historical moments
To explore how Asian American studies engages in cultural and social critique
To apply the course findings to individual areas of interest
General method of instruction
Lecture, film, discussion, workshop
Class assignments and grading
Participation (30%) Four papers (60%) Field Assignment (10%)
Participation: Quizzes on reading and class lecture. Four papers: Critical essays Field assignment: the completion of an interview or field observation exercise