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Gail M. Nomura
AAS 310
Seattle Campus

Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest

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.

Class description

AAS 310 examines the history and lives of Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest from the eighteenth century to the present with an emphasis on Washington and Seattle and discussion of Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. This course studies the development of Asian American communities in the Pacific Northwest despite long standing government sanctioned discrimination and powerful non-government forces committed to restricting or erasing Asian Americans from the American (and Canadian) landscapes. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the course topics include immigration, community building, family, women, politics, labor, education, architecture, law, religion, culture, and activism. Students will gain insight into the complexity of the history and lives of diverse Asian Americans in the Pacific Northwest and they will learn the skills and value of historical research through conducting their own research project.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course format will include lectures, guest speakers, media presentations, classroom discussion, individual research, small group work, presentations, and some fieldwork. There will be opportunities to participate in Asian American field trips and events.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Gail M. Nomura
Date: 02/07/2014