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Asian American Studies Courses

Current Course Schedule

ETHN 110. Asian Americans: Status & Identity.
A study of the experiences of various Asian groups in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to present. The historical forces affecting the immigration and settlement patterns of Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, Asian Indians and Southeast Asians (Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians) will be compared and contrasted. Students will analyze the problems resulting from limited access to the social, political, and economic institutions of U.S. society. 3 units.

ETHN 111. Southeast Asians in the U.S.
Examine several issues and factors shaping the experiences of recent immigrant groups (Vietnamese, Mien, Hmong, Cambodians, Laotians) from Southeast Asia to the United States. Focuses on the dynamic relationship between ethnicity, minority assignment and social integration as these affect the experiences of these immigrant groups. 3 units.

ETHN 112 Contemporary Asian American Issues.
An advanced, web enhanced course that examines several important social issues such as emerging communities, education, employment and occupations, anti-Asian violence, media images and stereotypes, families and identities, and political empowerment shaping the contemporary experiences of diverse Asian American groups. 3 units.

ETHN. 113. Asian American Communities.
An examination of the historical and contemporary experiences of various Asian American communities through active investigation. The concepts, methods, and theories commonly utilized in community research will be covered. 3 units.

ETHN 114. Asian American and Globalization.
An examination of the Asian American immigration within the context of the larger Asian global migration. Emphasis will be placed on the period from the 16th century to contemporary Asian global migration. A critical examination of the perspectives on the Pacific region and how the economic, social, political and historical forces affected migration and the formation of Asian global communities. 3 units.

ETHN 115. Multiracial Identity.
An examination of biracial/multiracial populations, their social histories, social experiences and social identities within various sociological and social psychological theoretical frameworks. The course will explore the relationship biracial/multiracial groups have had, and continue to have, with the larger white majority and monoracially-identified minorities. 3 units.

ETHN 116. Asian American Politics and Public Policy.
A critical examination of the historical and contemporary political experiences of Asian Americans and their pursuits of immigration rights, citizenship, political identity, equality, freedom, and incorporation into the U.S. political system. 3 units.

ETHN 118. Asian American Women.
Asian American women with particular attention on demographics, family structures, occupational patterns, health, role transformation, and social and economic factors that impact their lives. These topical areas are intended to provide the context for Asian American women's response to living in a multicultural society. 3 units.

ETHN 119. The Filipino American Experience.
An overview of the Filipino American experience from the 16th century to the present. Immigration and settlement of Filipinos in the United States will be examined within the context of historical, social, economic, and political forces in American society. How the Filipino labor market status, race, class, and sex/gender relations affected the evolution and formation of Asian American communities will be critically examined. 3 units.

ETHN 121. The Hmong American Experience
Explores the historical and cultural background of Hmong Americans. Major emphasis is on the many experiences of the Hmong Americans including the social, economic, and political conditions that prompted their migration from Laos to the U.S. Explores the complex patterns of Hmong American acculturation in relation with other Asian and non-Asian immigrant groups. 3 units

ETHN 122. Sikh Americans and Globalization.
Examines the history and migration of Sikhs throughout the world, including the United States. Topics include the origin of Sikhism, Sikh history/religion/culture/social institutions and social relations, direct and secondary migration, race and ethnic relations, second-generation identity issues, and global diaspora/ transnationalism. 3 units

ETHN 167. Asian American Families: Issues and Perspectives.
The family is an adaptable and changing institution of society. Research and theory on Asian American families will be highlighted with an emphasis on applying the information to areas of service, therapy, policy, and education. Experiences of various Asian groups in the U.S. will be compared. 3 units.

ENGLISH 180M. Asian American Literature.
This course is designed to introduce students to the diversity and richness in the immigrant narratives created by various Asian American authors. In our discussions, we will study the processes through which different protagonists "become American" by considering topics such as stereotypes, cultural differences, gender politics, and identity construction.

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