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Asian American Studies
The Asian American Studies Program offers a minor with classes that focus upon the
history and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These
courses explore themes in local and ethnic history, trans-Pacific contact, cultural
change and adaptation, and interethnic relations. Courses in Asian American Studies
familiarized students with the historical, socioeconomic, and cultural adaptations
that peoples from Asia make when coming to the United States. Students can also use
the "Special Major" option to design a degree in Asian American Studies. Students
work directly with the Co-Coordinators of the Program, and an Academic Advisor in
another field to design a combination of classes that help students to successfully
complete their "Special Major."
A strong background in ethnic studies is a significant advantage in many occupational
fields, especially in an increasingly multicultural society. The Asian American Studies
minor complements any major dealing with human behavior, including business, social
science, education, international relations, and the human and health services professions.
Category I. Select from ASAM 7, ASAM 8, ASAM10, ASAM 15; ASAM20; ASAM50; ASAM88; (6
Category II. Select from ASAM 108; ASAM 110/110S; 120; 138, 140, 143;180T; (6 units)
Category III. Select from ASAM 151W; ASAM161W; ASAM121; ASAM108; ASAM148; ASAM175;
ASAM185 ;ASAM 190; ASAM195
Total (18 units)
Note: The minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
New classes coming soon. GE 2022-23
1.ASAM 7 Biracial & Interracial identity D2
2. ASAM 8 Community Health E
3. ASAM 88 Critical Thinking A3
4. ASAM108: Religion F
5. ASAM 111 Asian Pac. Desi Am. History ID
6. ASAM 121 Family & Marriage ID
7. ASAM 148 Art and Visual Culture IC
Focus on biracial, multiracial, and adopted Asian Americans with an emphasis on race
and ethnicity in the United States. Critically examined. Topics: history, racial categorization,
immigration, identity, interracial and interethnic friendships and marriage, racial
attitudes, mass media images, residential segregation, educational stratification,
and labor market outcomes.
Units: 3G.E. Breadth D2
Examines contemporary and historical Asian American community health, beliefs, and
Units: 3G.E. Breadth E
(ASAM 10 same as MCJ 6) This course equips students with an understanding of the principles
and practices of Asian American journalism through examination of Asian American newspapers
and mass media. This includes examination of mass media as well as independent newspapers,
magazines, zines, and other media products made by Asians and Asian Americans. Includes
analysis of representations of Asian American media throughout U.S. cultural history.
G.E. Breadth F.
Units: 3Course Typically Offered: FallGE Area: F
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Historical, social, and psychological factors in
the changing status and identity of Americans from Asia. Examines variables such as
cultural heritage, family organization, intergenerational conflict, and the experience
of racism in the changing world of Asian Americans.
Units: 3, Repeatable up to: 3Typically Offered: Fall, SpringGE Area: D3
This introductory course examines how Asian Americans have been imagined and depicted
through various mediums of popular culture such as print, film, television, internet,
music, etc. Students will become familiar with concepts relating to popular culture
and Asian Americans. G.E. Breadth F.
A survey of social adaptations and cultural changes among Japanese Americans in different
communities such as California and Hawaii. Considers identity, marginality, acculturation,
and cultural traditions in Japan and in American communities.
Units: 3, Repeatable up to: 3Typically Offered: Fall
The course examines Asian American contemporary issues. It analyzes cultural, political,
social, and economic complexities facing Asian Americans. G.E. Breadth F.
Units: 3GE Area: F
Introduction to the process of critical thinking through the lens of race-based theories
and selected historical and contemporary discourse of African Americans, [American
Indians,] Asian Americans, European Americans and Latinos on race relations and multiculturalism
in American society. Examines contemporary social issues through the use of scholarly
studies and a range of cultural texts in order to explore the effects of race and
racism on the relationship between language and logic, processes and form of reasoning
and practices of critical reflection. Also examines intersection of race, gender,
and class. (Available for GeneralEducation, Basic Skills A3 Critical Thinking.)
Units: 3GE Area: A3
Interdisciplinary study of Asian American religions, spiritualities, cultural beliefs
and practices, as well as their receptions, resistance, and racialized depictions
within the U.S. culture, legal systems, and politics; includes Jain, Hindu, Sikh,
animist, Buddhist, Taoist, and their sub-traditions.
Units 3GE Area: F
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. A multidisciplinary study of Asian
American communities and their relations with the larger society. Analyzes values,
lifestyles, processes of group identity and boundary maintenance, social organization,
and cultural change. Examination of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and other Asian American
subcultures. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.
Units: 3, Repeatable up to: 3Typically Offered: Fall, SpringG.E. Multicultural/International MI.
Introduction to Asian American History focuses on the historical contexts of Asian
Americans from the mid 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century.
Units: 3GE Area: ID
Examines central concepts, theories, and historical contexts of race and ethnic relations
in the United States. Students will become familiar on the formation of racial and
ethnic identities, and how they are produced, maintained, and transformed over time
and space in American politics and culture. G.E. Breadth F.
Units: 3Course Typically Offered: Fall, SpringGE Area: F
This course explores the social, political, and economic issues related to the intersection
of race, gender, class, and sexuality that have shaped Asian American/Asian immigrant
women’s lives. Focuses on the complex relationships between local and national politics,
globalized capitalism, formations of US imperialism, and individual histories of Asian
American/Asian immigrant women.
Units: 3, Repeatable up to: 3Typically Offered: Spring
Since the Immigration Act of 1965 the Asian American population has grown dramatically.
This course focuses on recent issues that are facing new arrivals and supplements
a history of Asian American communities.
Units: 3, Repeatable up to: 3Typically Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: ENGL 5A & B or equivalent, and ENGL 20. This course provides a general
overview of Asian American writers within U.S. culture and politics. It explores how
Asian American writers negotiate a myriad of identity formations that rebut many mainstream
racialized depictions and how their writing resists restrictive legal contexts. G.E.
Units: 4Course Typically Offered: Fall, SpringGE Area: F
Critically looking at Asian American/Asian art and visual culture including documentary,
film, television, art, paintings, architecture, and monuments.
Units: 3GE Area: 1C
(ANTH 126W same as ASAM 151W.) This is a writing class that explores these various
unknown stories of Asians and their foodways. Meets the upper-division writing skills
requirement for graduation.
Units: 3Course Typically Offered: Spring
Focuses on Asian American contributions to the caring fields in education and health,
including teaching, educational administration, social work, and labor in medical
professions as doctors and nurses. Includes an examination of Asian American history,
migration, and other social and cultural factors that influence the work of Asian
Americans in the caring fields. Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement
(ANTH 175 same as ASAM 175) Asian American Cultural Studies focuses on the cultural
products of Asian Americans and the peoples of Asia. G.E. Breadth F.
Focuses on the political, educational, and theoretical development of the field of
Asian American Studies. Topics include the formation of the field, its relationship
to the ongoing civil rights struggles of Asian American people, and the position of
the field in higher education and the wider community. G.E. Breadth F.
Prerequisites: ASAM 15, permission of instructor. Detailed consideration of a single
topic concerning the past or present position of Asian Americans in U.S. society.
Units: 3, Repeatable up to: 6
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for SP grading.
Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to: 6Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. The cultural and social origins
of ethnicity, and its opportunities and problems for contemporary mass societies.
Offers a critical review of major theories on ethnic politics, economics, and ideology
in the light of cross-cultural evidence.
G.E. Multicultural/International MI.
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. An introductory survey of the cultural
and historical adaptations of societies in Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam;
and of Insular societies in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Examines the
major effects of culture contact between East and West.
G.E. Multicultural/International MI.
(Same as HUM 140.) Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Examines the
current aspirations and problems of the Chinese and Japanese in terms of their traditional
cultures, and explains how their histories, values, world views, and intellectual
traditions affect their lifestyles and their international relations today.
(Same as ASAM 151.) Treats cuisine as a systematic product of the interaction between
culture and ecology. Focuses on sociocultural rather than bio-nutritional factors
in the preparation and ritual implications of food in Mainland and Insular Asia. Students
learn to prepare and serve a variety of Oriental dishes.