Ethnic Studies 119: 3 Units
FILIPINO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Professor: James Sobredo, Ph.D.
Lecture/Discussion: ETHN 119_85291. Tues. Thurs, 9 - 10: 15 a.m., EUR 114
Office Hours: Amador Hall 563A, Hours. Tues.12:00 – 1:20 pm and 3-4:30 pm
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Telephone: (916) 278-7566 & Web Address: http://www.csus.edu/aas/sobredo
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Historical documents provide us archival evidence that Filipinos have been immigrating to the Americas since the 16th century and forming permanent settlements in the United States since the mid-1800s. Their experience and contributions, however, have been minimized and generally received very little attention in history books. Moreover, whenever mentioned, Filipino Americans have been stereotypically constructed as either "cheap" labor who were a threat to white workers or as successful "model minorities."
This course will provide an introduction to the history of Filipinos in America. Beginning in the 16th century and extending to the present (1990s), we shall examine the immigration and settlement histories. Their experience in America will be examined within the context of historical, social, economic, and political forces in American society. We shall also critically examine how their labor market status, race, class, and sex/gender relations affected the evolution and formation of Asian American communities. Finally, this course approaches the discussion and analysis of Filipinos in America from a world history and global migration point of view.
By the end of the class, students will learned about:
In order to pass the class, students must complete all the mid-terms, final, and oral history interview project. Students are also required to attend all the class lectures, arrive to class on time, and are responsible for all the readings and lectures.
Only medical and family emergencies will be considered by the instructor. Students are allowed 2 absences, after which their grades will be significantly affected. The instructor does not tolerate disruptive classroom behavior. Consult the Sac State Student Handbook for policies governing student conduct and responsibilities. Late work will be assessed a reduction in grade points. Students are expected to be at class on time. The instructor does not give "make-up" exams or grade on a curve.
ASSESSMENT & GRADING
2 Midterm Exams
2 Midterms (100
pts each): T or F, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blanks, and short essay (500
Oral History interview, narrative, & photos.
(a) Oral History Narrative [20 pts]: 1,200 words (minimum), single-spaces (do a word count on your computer and write down the number of words). *Due: Last day of class, IN CLASS at beginning of class time.
(b) Transcript [20 pts]: 5 full pages of transcript, single-spaced, typed—see online example. *Due: Last day of class, IN CLASS at beginning of class time.
Photos [10 pts]: provide 5 photos (color photo copies) with appropriate
captions & explanations (who, what, where, when, why/how). *Due:
Last day of class, IN CLASS at beginning of class time.
In-Class Discussion, Short Assignments & Participation
50 pts. CLASS DISCUSSIONS & IN-CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENTS. 50 pts. Students will be evaluated on their small group discussion sessions, in-class writing assignments & participation.
GRADING SCALE 300 pts Total
300-282 points.... A, 281-270...A-, 269-260... B+, 259-250...B, 249-240...
B-, 239-230...C+, 229-220...C,
219-210...C-, 209-179...D, 178 and below... "E" [not passing]
Asian American Studies 150: TEXTS/READINGS
· Evangeline Canonizado Buell, Twenty-Five Chickens and a Pig for a Bride: Growing Up in a Filipino Immigrant Family (San Francisco: T’Boli Publishing, 2006).
· Carlos Bulosan, American is in the Heart (University of Washington Press, 1995).
Readings/Articles in Library Reserve: indicated
SCHEDULE OF WEEKLY TOPICS & READINGS (TENTATIVE SCHEDULE)
*“Filipina Activist Buell Writes Family History to Understand Herself,” San Francisco Chronicle, 8 March 2007.
*Antonio Vargas, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," NYTimes 22 June 2011.
Flynn, Dennis and Arturo Giraldez,
"Born with a 'Silver Spoon': The Origin of
World Trade in 1571," Journal of World History, 6:2, 1995. Available via Sac State Library: JSTOR (Library Database).
James Sobredo, “Filipino Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stockton and Seattle,” July 1999.
“Introduction” and Chapters 1-7.
Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart (Seattle: Univ. of
Washington Press, 2000).
Emelyn Cruz Lat, “Paving the Way for the UFW,” San Francisco Chronicle, 19 October 1997.
Micah Ellison, “The Local 7/Local 37 Story: Filipino American Cannery Unionism in Seattle, 1940-1959,” Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project.
15. Pilipino, kahit saan, kahit
Rene P. Ciria-Cruz, “Italian Hours,” Filipinas, February 1999.
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7 Oct. 2012 (11 am – 4 pm), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco): Filipino American History Celebration
20 Oct. 2012 (TBA), United Latinos political forum, CSUS University Union.
* * * CLASS ENDS: 7 December 2012 * * *
* * * ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS DUE in class * * *