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Shawn H Wong
ENGL 533
Seattle Campus

Modern American Literature

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Reading Chinatown: A Literary Stroll Through 1970’s San Francisco Chinatown This is a simple course. You read. We discuss what you read. No theory (or not much). Archival knowledge. What are we going to read? We’re concentrating on literature that takes place in the early 1970’s and is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the rise of the Asian American movement: Karen Yamashita’s "I Hotel," Fae Myenne Ng’s "Bone" and "Steer Toward Rock," Jeffery Paul Chan’s "Eat Everything Before You Die," Frank Chin’s "Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon," and Jeffrey Partridge’s "Beyond Literary Chinatown." In addition to these literary works, we will be screening three documentaries and two films: Curtis Choy’s "The Fall of the I Hotel," "The San Francisco State Strike," Bill Moyers’ "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience," "Chan is Missing," and "The Year of the Dragon." Whenever possible we will be able to have video conferences with most, if not all of the authors. Karen Yamashita will be in Seattle during Spring Quarter to discuss her novel with this class.

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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 Shawn H Wong
Date: 02/16/2011