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Tetsuden Kashima
AAS 380
Seattle Campus

Asian-American Communities and Social Policies

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.

Class description

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, 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

Recommended preparation

AAS 205 or other courses dealing with Asian Americans

Class assignments and grading

Readings and discussion


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 Tetsuden Kashima
Date: 09/12/2013