Ethnic Studies 119: 3 Units
FILIPINO AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Professor: James Sobredo, Ph.D.
Lecture/Discussion: ETHN 119_88406. Tues. Thurs, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., DH 105
Office Hours: Amador Hall 563A, Hours. T.Thr.10:30–11:50 a.m.
*Every 2nd Fri. of MONTH = Friday, 10:00 am - 1 p.m. (9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13)
Telephone: (916) 278-7566 & Web Address: http://www.csus.edu/aas/sobredo
Sobredo’s ETHN or any class at Sac State:
The Professor is NOT responsible for ADDING or DROPPING you from this course or any other course. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to file the appropriate paper work with the Registrar’s Office to add or drop Dr. Sobredo’s ETHN or any other class.
* For more INFO on dropping individual classes, see: http://www.csus.edu/acad/faq/drp.stm
Historical documents provide us archival evidence that Filipinos have been immigrating to the Americas since the 16th century and forming permanent settlements in the United States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]
Filipino American Experience (Ethnic Studies 119): 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).
Dawn Mabalon, Little Manila is in the Heart
(Duke University Press 2013)
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.
* * * EXTRA CREDIT: 21 Sept. 2013, International Hotel: PHOTO EXHIBIT * * *
* * * MANILATOWN CENTER PANEL: Saturday, 19 October 2013 * * *
*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.
*Dawn Mabalon, pp. 254-265 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart
1) 19 Oct. 2013: International Hotel Manilatown Center PANEL (3-6 pm)
2) 16 Nov. 2013: International Hotel Manilatown Center PANEL (3-6 pm)
1) 21 Sept. 2013: International Hotel: PHOTO EXHIBIT
2) 6 Oct. 2013: Asian Art Museum (11 am)
* * * CLASS ENDS: 13 December 2013 * * *
* * * ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS DUE in class * * *
1. Only medical and family emergencies will be considered as legitimate excuse by the instructor. Unless prior arrangement has been made with the class instructor, the professor does not accept late assignments.
2. The professor does not tolerate disruptive class behavior. For example, it is disruptive to come in fashionably late, hold private conversations, let your cell phone ring or have a cell phone conversation in class (turn off your cell phone, beeper, or put it on silent).
3. Inappropriate classroom behavior: It is disruptive to have a private conversation with other students, to walk in “fashionably” late to class (let me know ahead of time if you’re going to be late and go to the back of the class and quietly find a seat). It is disruptive to the instructor if you fall asleep in class (this particular instructor spends many long hours preparing for his class lessons)—let me know ahead of time if you work nights/evenings or have children and other pressing responsibilities.
4. Professional Ethics. Students are expected to behave and conduct themselves in a polite and professional manner. The course instructor is to be addressed as “Dr. Sobredo” or “Professor Sobredo.”
5. Plagiarism. The professor does not tolerate academic dishonesty--consult the CSUS Student Handbook (http://www.csus.edu/admbus/umanual/UMA00150.htm) for policies governing student conduct and responsibilities. It is the student’s responsibility to understand what plagiarism is and how to provide the appropriate and correct citation of ideas and sources that are not their own. An “F” grade will be given to any student who plagiarizes by (a) passing another person’s idea or work as theirs or (b) failing to provide to provide the appropriate citation for original theories/concepts, quotes or research data—I will also write a letter about the incident to the Dean of Student Affairs.
6. Unless prior arrangements has been made with the professor, late work will be assessed a 20 percent reduction in grade.
7. The instructor does not give "make-up" quizzes, exams or grade on a curve.
9. Do not call or email the instructor regarding homework assignments. All homework assignments are available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7). Should any mistakes occur regarding online postings of assignments, the instructor will make the appropriate changes and adjustments.
1. EXTRA CREDIT: The professor will allow students no more than 1 (ONE) extra credit assignments (short paper, 2 pages minimum)—submit your work with your MIDTERM or on LAST DAY OF CLASS. [*Exceptions: no extra credit work is accepted during the shortened online and summer sessions.]
2. Your final grade will reflect your ability to follow these classroom policies, to follow and complete class assignments, and to follow professional ethics.
3. Finally, pay attention to what the professor says on 1st part of class regarding the possible and rare roadblocks students face in passing any class and that students are responsible for KEEPING COPIES of any essay assignments they submit in class.