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
This course on the Asian/Pacific American communities and social policies will focus upon the Chinese American, Filipino American, Japanese American, Korean American communities as well as those Vietnamese, Laotian, Kampuchean, East Indians and Samoans who have arrived recently to the United States. Topics include definitions of community, and over-arching perspectives of theory, kinship, trust, values and social institutions. Included in each group will be a social history, cultural patterns, patterns of settlement, issues of social policies, and inter-ethnic relations. The course will require the purchase of a Xeroxed reader and will have various video presentations to supplement the lectures and further class discussions.
Video documentaries and Prezi presentations are incorporated into the class materials. An optional field tour of the Seattle Asian American community will assist the student gain first-hand knowledge about the community and its people.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, videos
AAS 205 or other courses dealing with Asian Americans
Class assignments and grading
Readings and discussion
Four short essays on the videos and lectures and a take-home, essay type, final examination. An optional paper may be written in lieu of a two or more of the short essays.