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Enrique C. Bonus
AAS 385
Seattle Campus

Asian Americans: The Law and Immigration

Traces the evolution of United States immigration law and policy from the nineteenth century to modern day, from free immigration to immigration restriction, through the elimination of race as a criterion, and culmination in the passage of the Simpson-Mezzoli bill. Recommended: either AAS 205 or AAS 206.

Class description

This course explores the relationships between Asian American and Pacific Islander American migration/immigration history and the law. We will examine the historical and contemporary construction of the Asian American and Pacific Islander American immigrant/citizen/subject on the basis of debates on, arguments about, and enactments of legal statutes and court decisions in the U.S. Specifically, discussions will cover issues pertaining to justice, immigration and exclusion, naturalization and citizenship, internment and redress, sovereignty and self-determination, family and culture, gender and sexuality, free/hate speech and violence, refugee policy, racial profiling, and affirmative action and education. Since this may be considered a writing course, students are expected to fulfill several writing exercises. Friday sections will be devoted to researching, discussing, and writing those exercises.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

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 Enrique C. Bonus
Date: 11/09/2006