ASAM Spring 2014 Courses
Looking for a fun, interesting course to take this spring? Here are the Asian American Studies (ASAM) Department's offerings for the Spring 2014 semester. The last day to add a course is Thursday, February 6th. More information about the Asian American Studies minor can be found here: http://asam.sas.upenn.edu/
ASAM003 - INTRO TO ASIAN AMER HIST This course provides an introduction to the history of Asian/Pacific Americans, focusing on the wide diversity of migrant experiences, as well as the continuing legacies of Orientalism on American-born APA's. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality will also be examined. Time: MW 0330PM-0500PM Instructor: AZUMA, EIICHIRO
ASAM170 - Psychology of Asian Americans Using a cultural perspective, this course is intended to provide knowledge of Asian American personality, identity, and its relationship to mental well being; analyze psycho-social research pertinent to Asian Americans; and develop critical thinking skills on Asian American issues through experential learning/discussions. Time: TR 0430PM-0600PM Instructor: KUMAR, MEETA
ASAM201 - IMMIGRANT URBAN LABOR IN THE U.S. Section 401 - LEC This course examines post-1965 immigrant labor in urban U.S. cities. We consider how 1) globalization and U.S. immigration and labor policies inform labor flows and placement; 2) the conditions under which immigrants work; 3) the impact of immigrant labor on employment patterns, wages, labor unions, and the national economy; 4) labor activism among immigrants (workers centers, independent labor organizations); 5) the impact of xenophobia, immigration enforcement, and the economic recession on immigrant laborers; and 6) how family and kin networks are affected by labor patterns. We look at examples from industries in which immigrants are concentrated or over-represented: garment work, taxi driving, nursing, domestic work, and restaurant work. This course will be of particular interest to students of urban development, work and labor, race relations, policy, and globalization and will familiarize all students with government and non-profit data, grassroots and transnational labor activism, and the contemporary debate on immigration reform. Time: TR 1200PM-0130PM Instructor: NOPPER, TAMARA K. Section 601 - LEC Time: M 0530PM-0840PM Instructor: NOPPER, TAMARA K.
ASAM202 - TOPICS IN ASIAN AMER LIT: War and Asian America Section 401 - SEM What do we talk about when we talk about “war”? Through the course of the twentieth century with global conflict and world wars, the event of war has come to symbolize a universal truth about the human capacity and will to power and violence. In this class, by utilizing the tools of archival research and literary criticism, we will take a distinctly different approach – we will examine how people have constructed and understood war as a distinct historical event. In other words, even the type of war we understand to be universal in its horror and violence is a recent construction of war in modern history. Our study of war will focus on the conflicts, encounters, and migrations between the United States and Asia from the 19th century through the present. Through the interpretation and mobilization of international and/or immigration law by American officials and military, we will examine four concepts that have greatly impacted the construction of war in the past two centuries – sovereignty, civilization, technology and security. For each element of war, we will analyze the conflict and struggle over the representation of war – both during and after the event. In addition to travel narratives, international legal texts, as well as policy debates, we will read cultural texts produced by Asian or Asian American writers, intellectuals, and artists in order to glean different constructions, critiques, or understandings of the dynamics and legacies of these wars in the trans-Pacific world. What happens to “America” in these narratives? Who talks about war, and how? What is at stake in how we talk about war? Time: TR 1200PM-0130PM Instructor: PARK, JOSEPHINE NOCK-HEE
ASAM203 - TOPICS IN ASIAN AM HIST: Japanese American Internment Section 401 - SEM This reading seminar will review the representative studies on the subject and discuss how social scientists and historians have attempted to explain the causes of the event. Students will be encouraged to examine scholarly works in a critical manner, especially with regards to their political nature, limitations, and historical specificity. Time: T 0130PM-0430PM Instructor: AZUMA, EIICHIRO
ASAM205 - ASIAN AMERI COMMUNITIES: Asian American Communities Who is Asian American and how and where do we recognize Asian America? This interdisciplinary course explores the multiple factors that define Asian American identity and community. In order to provide a sketch of the multifacted experience of this growing minority group, we will discuss a wide variety of texts from scholarly, artistic, and popular (film, cinematic) sources that mark key moments in the cultural history of Asia America. The course will address major themes of community life including migration history, Asian American as model minority, race, class, and transnational scope of Asian America. In combination with the readings, this class will foster and promote independent research based on site visits to various Asian American communities in Philadelphia and will host community leaders as guest lecturers. Section 401 - SEM Time: TR 0130PM-0300PM Instructor: KHAN, FARIHA