City College of San Francisco
Course Outline of Record
Course Status: Active
A. Approval Date April 2013
B. Effective Semester No Semester Provided
C. Department Asian American Studies
D. Course Number ASAM 6
E. Course Title Asian American Issues through Literature
F. Course Outline Originator System Loaded
G. Department Chairperson Angelina Fa
H. Dean Fred Chavaria
A. Hours
Lecture: 3
Homework: 6
Total Hours: 9
B. Units 3
C. Prerequisite None
    Corequisite None
    Pre/Corequisite None
    Advisory None
    Advisory Pre/Corequisite None
D. Course Justification Satisfies areas 3B of the IGETC and C2 of the CSU GE transfer requirements. This course fills student demands for additional offerings by the Asian American Studies Program. It is a literary based course that centers on discussing the Asian American experience through novels, poetry, essays, autobiographies, and other writings.
E. Field Trips Optional
    Description of Field Trips Optional
F. Method of Grading Letter or Pass/No Pass
G. Repeatability Course is not repeatable
This course will examine long term and emergent issues in different genres of Asian American literature. Themes such as dislocation and displacement, nation, home, race, gender, class, and sexuality will be considered.
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
  1. Identify long term and emergent issues of the Asian American experience
  2. Evaluate the significance of race, gender, class, and sexuality to the Asian American experience;
  3. Compare and contrast the experiences of different Asian American groups;
  4. Critically engage Asian American writings and analyze form and content as well as its social and historical contexts;
  5. Access the ways Asian Americans have been racialized as economic threats to white labor and sexual threats to white purity;
  6. Delineate the ways war and memory of war are implicated in the Asian American experience;
  7. Evaluate the shifting meanings of Asian American masculinities and femininities;
  8. Delineate sources of tension and conflicts within Asian American families particularly along lines of gender and generation;
  9. Analyze the term "Asian American" and its shifting boundaries as well as points of contention among the different Asian American groups;
  10. Exhibit an aesthetic understanding of the ways in which Asian Americans have created fine and performing arts, linguistic expression, philosophical reasoning, analytical or creative writing.
  11. Critically assess the ways Asian Americans create, maintain, and recreate ties with the homeland as well as the intricate nature of migration and settlement and the ambiguities of belonging and longing.
  1. Course Introduction
    1. Asian Americans and their writings
    2. America through Asian eyes
    3. Asian America through American Eyes
  2. Early Asian Migration to the United States
    1. Immigration and settlement patterns
      1. Asian migration to California
      2. Asian migration of Hawaii
      3. Gender patterns of migration
      4. Emergence of ethnic enclaves and communities
    2. Labor and socioeconomic patterns
      1. Manufacturing
      2. Agriculture
      3. Self-Employment
    3. Political activities
      1. Labor organizing
      2. Homeland politics
      3. Self-help groups
  3. Immigration, Citizenship, and Racialization
    1. Asian Americans as an economic threat to white labor
    2. Asian Americans as a social threat to white racial purity
    3. Asian Americans as "strangers"
      1. Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)
      2. Talmo Ozawa v. United States (1922)
      3. United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923)
    4. Claiming America
      1. America is in the heart
      2. Disillusiomnent, longing, and indeterminacy
  4. Memory, History, and Trauma
    1. Japanese American writings about internment
      1. Racial contradictions of World War II
      2. Executive Order 9066
    2. Southeast Asian writings about displacement, loss, resettlement
      1. U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia
      2. U.S. resettlement policies
  5. Politics of Gender
    1. Constructions of Asian American masculinities and femininities
      1. Emasculation of Asian American men
      2. Hypersexualization of Asian American women
    2. Asian American feminism and cultural nationalism
      1. Debates about Asian American manhood and womanhood
      2. Frank Chin and Maxine Hong Kingston
  6. Asian American Families
    1. Gender relations and conflicts
      1. Shifting role of Asian American men and women
      2. Changing status of Asian American men and women
    2. Intergenerational relations and conflicts
      1. Language
      2. American culture
      3. Economic independence
  7. Interrogating "Asian America"
    1. Asian American panethnicity
      1. Civil rights movement
      2. Asian American movement
      3. Institutionalization of the Asian American category
      4. Future of Asian American panethnicity
    2. Filipinos and the limits of Asian American panethnicity
      1. Revisiting the controversy surrounding Blu 's Hanging
      2. Perpetuating racist images of Filipinos, or censorship?
  8. Postcolonial Asian America
    1. Rethinking "home" and "abroad"
    2. South Asian transnational narratives
      1. Forging connections between Asia and Asian America
      2. Negotiating new forms of identity and national citizenship
  1. Assignments
    1. In-class activity: Group or interactive discussion and activity
    2. In-class activity: Midterm and final examination to test critical understanding of course content such as Asian American social, political and cultural issues in literature
    3. Out-of-class assignment: Weekly readings covering such topics as racialization, the traumas of war, the politics of gender, Asian American families, Asian American panethnicity, and, transnationalism.
    4. Out-of-class assignment: Weekly journals that critically and thoughtfully respond to the particular week's topics, themes, issues
    5. Out-of-class assignment: A research paper focuses on a specific issue that directly affects Asian Americans in a historical context, such as changing generational relationships in Asian American families, examines multiple perspectives on the issue, and provides proof for a specific position
    6. In-class activity: Other: Optional field trip may be assigned by instructor to supplement instruction
  2. Evaluation
    1. Other: Weekly journal responses graded on the basis of a students' ability to thoughtfully and critically discuss how the readings relate to, complicate, and further elaborate on course themes, issues, and topics
    2. Other: Midterm and final exams graded on a student's ability to situate long-standing and emergent issues facing Asian Americans within their appropriate social and historical contexts
    3. Other: A research paper graded on the basis of a student's knowledge of the relevant literature, clarity and organization, and support for arguments
  3. Representative Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials
    1. Xiaojing, Zhao and Samina Najimi. 2005. Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature. University of Washington Press.
    2. Lee, Don. 2002. Yellow. W.W. Norton & Company.
    3. Murayama, Milton. 1988. All I Asking for is My Body. University of Hawaii Press.
    4. Lahiri, Jhumpa. 2005. The Namesake. Mariner Books.
    5. Bulosan, Carlos. 1988. America is in the Heart. University of Washington Press.
    6. Additional readings on emerging social, political and cultural issues may be distributed to the students or made available in a course reader
CREDIT/DEGREE APPLICABLE (meets all standards of Title 5. Section 55002(a))