AAS 250 A: Asian American Oral Histories

Meeting Time: 
M 3:30pm - 5:20pm
ARC G070
Linh Thủy Nguyễn

Syllabus Description:


Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore common experiences of war, labor discrimination, and citizenship as sites of Asian American racialization, panethnicity and identity formation. Using oral history as method and theory, we will read AND PRODUCE narratives of immigrants to the United States, focusing specifically on key historical moments. From early migration and Chinese Exclusion to Japanese Internment and Asian American community activism, and refugee flows we will explore how "Asian America[n]" as an identity and field of academic study emerged in response to specific conditions of empire, race and capital and ask what determines who counts as Asian in America?

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Catalog Description: 
Explores the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the lives of diverse Asian Americans through readings of oral histories narrating powerful stories including immigration, war, refugee flight, exclusion and discrimination, activism, community building, labor, race relations, family, generation gap, gender role changes, domestic violence, adoption, mixed race, religion, and culture.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
April 9, 2020 - 9:10pm