The emerging literature on mixed heritage Asian Americans in social sciences and other fields, as well as increasing visibility of mixed heritage Asian American figures in popular media remind us not only that the racial demographics in the US are rapidly changing, but also that there is an urgent need to expand our concept of "Asian America" beyond histories and experiences of "mono-ethnic" Asian Americans. In this course, we will examine mixed heritage Asian American populations, their histories, social experiences, and identity formations. By exploring the histories and identities of mixed heritage Asian Americans (e.g., Hapas, Eurasians, Afroasians, Amerasians, mestizo/as), the course intends to understand social construction processes of race and ethnicity, of Asian Americans, both multiethnic or mono-ethnic. Drawing upon interdisciplinary sources, such as personal memoirs, sociological analysis, fictions, and films, we will address the following questions, among others: What/who is "mixed" Asian Americans and how have they been historically produced? What is the power dynamics involved in interracial (hetero- and homo-) sexual romances and marriages for Asian and non-Asian Americans? What are the political and social relationships have mixed heritage Asian Americans had with the mono-ethnic Asian Americans as well as white majority? How are mixed heritage Asian Americans portrayed in the media, and what are the implications of these images? How do we theorize the issues of mixed heritage Asian American identity in such a manner that we are able to view the mixed heritage Asian American experiences as one dimension of the larger politics of race, sexuality, gender, and nation? The foundation for this course revolves around the sociological theories on racial formation and co-production of race, class, and gender, and historiography of Asian Americans. Alongside these theoretical and historical texts, students are encouraged to bring in materials in forms of personal anecdotes, non-scholarly texts, arts, websites, etc., to share your insights with the class.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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