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Judith A.N. Henchy
HIST 367
Seattle Campus

Southeast Asian Activism and Social Engagement

Investigates how Southeast Asian activism is tied to the histories of political struggle within Southeast Asia and to questions of diasporic Asian American identity. Engages in group research projects exploring the meaning of social activism within local communities. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 367; Sp.

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Schedule of Classes:

Part I: Introduction and Historical Overviews. March 31: Introduction. No readings.

April 7: Read: Sucheng Chan, The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation, pp.1-70. Benedict Anderson, “Cacique Democracy in the Philippines: Origins and Dreams” in Reading Packet. Reynaldo C. Ileto, “Outlines of a Nonlinear Employment of Philippine History”, in Reading Packet.

Part II: Nationalism, War and Revolution.

April 14: Read: Phan Boi Chau and Ho Chi Minh, Reflections from Captivity, (selections in Reader). Nguyen Thi Dinh, No Other Road to Take: Memoirs of Mrs. Nguyen Thi Dinh Nguyễn An Ninh. “The Ideal of the Youth of Annam,” La Cloche Fêlée [The Cracked Bell], January 7, 1924 (unpublished mss in Reader )

April 21: Read: John N. Schumacher, “Rizal in the Context of Nineteenth Century Philippines,” in Reader. Benedict Anderson, “The First Filipino,” in Reader. Jose Rizal, “Love of Country”; “To the Young Women of Malolos”; “The Philippines a Century Hence,” all in the Reader. Apolinario Mabini, The Philippine Revolution, selections in Reader. Part III. Displacement and Diaspora:

April 28: Read: Yen Le Espiritu, Homebound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities and Countries, pp.1-69; 70-126; 157-223.

May 5: Sucheng Chan, The Vietnamese American 1.5 Generation, pp. 71-115; 158-170; 190-254. Speaker [to be confirmed]: Vo Le Thanh Dong, Editor, Phuong Dong newspaper.

May 12: Read: R. Zamora Linmark, Rolling the R’s (read whole book). [Proposals for class presentations, projects and research papers are due on this day].

May 19: Read: Andrew Lam, Perfume Dreams (read whole book). Film: Saigon USA (if we have time). [May 23-24: Conference on Vietnam at the UW. Extra credit for attendance. ] May 26: Holiday, no class. June 2: Class presentations. Final projects and/or papers due on June 9, 3:30 pm.

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Last Update by Judith A.N. Henchy
Date: 03/27/2008