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Connie C. So
AAS 350
Seattle Campus

Chinese American History and Culture

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.

Class description

The experience of Chinese in America, from the travels of Huishen and Zheng He to current day American-born Chinese and Chinese immigrant from East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. An interdisciplinary approach using literature as well as social science essays will be used to examine immigration patterns, anti-Chinese movements, and the changing role of ethnic, sociopolitical and economic institutions in Chinese American communities. The course has been divided in five parts: the first part deals with China’s early interaction with the West; the second part focuses on the policies set by other countries to deal with the Chinese immigration; the third deals with life in the United States; the fourth part looks at the changing institution of family; and finally, the last part is an exploration on the meaning of identity.

Student learning goals

Learn about overseas Chinese in the larger diaspora. Gain an appreciation about the diversity of Chinese people and Chinese Americans.

Learn about push-pull factors influencing Chinese immigrants in America.

Critique various theories as they apply to Chinese Americans.

Understand the complexity and evolution in the term "Chinese American."

Understand the contributions of Chinese Americans, from building the infrastructure of the United States to creating/challenging the laws of the United States

Appreciate the writings and self-expression of Chinese and Chinese Americans about the United States.

General method of instruction

Lecture, small discussion, midterms, presentations.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, but AAS 101, AAS 206 or AES 150 are recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Midterms are essay format; presentations are on assigned readings and the final paper.

Discussion/Participation = 10 percent Facilitation = 10 Percent Midterm = 25 Percent Final Project = 30 Percent (5 percent based on presentation) Final = 25 Percent


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Connie C. So
Date: 10/17/2013