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

IMPORTANT ITEMS

 

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Course Description

Historical documents provide us archival evidence that Filipinos have been immigrating to the Americas since the 16th century and forming permanent settlements in the United States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.

Course Objectives

By the end of the class, students will learned about:

  1. The history of Filipino American immigration and settlement in the U.S. (16th century - present),

  2. Historical context within which these immigrations/settlements have occurred,

  3. Social science theories in analyzing and interpreting Filipino American history.



COURSE REQUIREMENTS

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

200 pts

2 Midterms (100 pts each): T or F, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blanks, and short essay (500 words).

Oral History Project

50 pts

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.

(c)    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.

NOTE: If the person you are interviewing cannot sign a consent form or provide photos, then choose another interviewee.

In-Class Discussion, Short Assignments & Participation

50 pts

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.

 

Total

300 pts

 

 

 

 

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)

 

  1. Introduction: Historical "Invisibility" to a Critical Mass

*“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.

 

  1. Pre-Spanish Society: Datus and Caracoas

    *Felice Noelle Rodriguea, “Juan de Salcedo Joins the Native Form of Warefare,” Journal of Economic and Social History of the West, Vol. 46:2 (2003). Available via Sac State Library: JSTOR (Library Database).

 

  1. The Galleon Trade and Early Filipino Immigration, 16th-19th Century

*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 * * *

 

  1. American Colonialism: 1899-1902 FA War and "Benevolent Assimilation"

    *Benjamin Pimentel, “’White Man’s’ Forgotten War,” San Francisco Chronicle, 31 March 1999.
    *
    Carl Nolte, “U.S. War  with Philippines told in Presidio Exhibit,” San Francisco Chronicle, 14 November 2008.
    *Luzviminda Francisco, “The Philippine-American War” in Daniel B. Schirmer & Stephen Rosskamm Shalom, The Philippines Reader: A History of Colonialism, Neocolonialism, Dictatorship, and Resistance (Boston: South End Press, 1987)—available online at: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/franciscofirstvietnam.html
    *Dawn Mabalon, “Introduction” and Chapter 1 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart

  2. Context of Filipino Labor Migration to the United States

    *Finish reading Dawn Mabalon, Chapter 1 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart
    *Carlos Bulosan, “Introduction” and Chapters 1-7, America is in the Heart (Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 2000).


    * * * EXTRA CREDIT * * *
    * * * ASIAN ART MUSEUM: Sunday, 6 October 2013 * * *


  3. Filipino Migrant Workers: Hawaii's Sugar Plantations

    *Chapters 7-12. Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart (Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 2000).
    *“Labor Migration in Hawaii” and “Plantation Life” from The Philippine History Site (University of Hawaii). 
    *Rosemarie Bernardo, “Filipino Americans have Rich Isle History,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 June 2002.  

    * * * Mid-term I (6th week): Thursday, 10 October 2013) * * *
    * * * FIELD TRIP * * *
    7 Oct. 2012 (11 am – 4 pm), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco): Filipino American History Celebration

  4. Filipino Migrant Workers: San Francisco, Seattle & Stockton

    *Finish reading Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart (Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 2000).
    *Dawn Mabalon, Chapter 2 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart

 

* * * MANILATOWN CENTER PANEL: Saturday, 19 October 2013 * * *



  1. Stopping the "Third Asiatic invasion"

    *James Sobredo, "Stopping the 'Third Asiatic Invasion': the 1934 Tydings-McDuffie Act and Filipino Exclusion," in Studies in Pacific History (London: Ashgate, 2002).
    *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)—finish reading.
    *Finish reading Dawn Mabalon, Chapters 2-3 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart

  2. World War II and the Filipino American Community

    *Alex Fabros, “California’s Filipino Infantry,” California State Military Museum.
    *James Sobredo, “Sargeant Leo Giron: Farm Worker & U.S. Army Commando,” Asian Art Museum lecture, San Francisco (Oct. 2011).
    *Dawn Mabalon, Chapters 4-6 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart


  3. Filipinos and the United Farm Workers Union (UFW)


*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. Post-1965 Immigration and Community Formation

    *Diane I. Wolf, “Family Secrets: Transnational Struggles among Children of Filipino Immigrants” (Sociological Perspectives: 40:3, 1997). Available via Sac State Library: JSTOR (Library Database).
    *Dawn Mabalon, Chapters 6-7 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart


     * * * MANILATOWN CENTER PANEL: Saturday, 16 November 2013 * * *

  2. Filipino American Communities Today

    *James Sobredo, “From Manila Bay to Daly City: Filipinos in San Francisco” in James Brooks, Chris Carlsson & Nancy J. Peters (eds.), Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1998).
    *
    Dawn Mabalon, Chapters 7-8 in her book Little Manila is in the Heart

    * * * Mid-term II (12th Week): Thursday, 21 November 2013 * * *

  3. Filipino American Communities Today

    *Annie Nakao, “US Filipinos try to Live in Two Worlds,” SF Examiner, 31 May 1995.
    *Ellen Nakashima & Edward Cody, “Troubling Exodus of Philippines’ Best and Brightest,” Washington Post, 30 May 2004.
    *Dawn Mabalon, Chapters 7-8 & Epilogue in her book Little Manila is in the Heart

    * * * THANKSGIVING BREAK:  27-30 November 2013) * * *

  4. Filipino Global Migration
    *Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, "Life in Italy is no Dolce Vita," Women in Action (2:1999).

  5. Pilipino, kahit saan, kahit kailan
    *Rene P. Ciria-Cruz, “Italian Hours,” Filipinas, February 1999--Available via Sac State Library: JSTOR (Library Database).

     * * *


FIELDTRIPS:

1) 19 Oct. 2013: International Hotel Manilatown Center PANEL (3-6 pm)
2) 16 Nov. 2013: International Hotel Manilatown Center PANEL (3-6 pm)

 

EXTRA CREDIT:
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 * * *


CLASSROOM POLICIES

 

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.