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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.
Select from Category I: ASAM 15, ANTH 2, AFRS 1 (6 units)
Select from Category II: ASAM 110, ASAM 138, ASAM 140, ASAM 180T (6 units)
Select from Category III: ASAM 151W, ANTH 123, ANTH 124, ANTH 125, AFRS 10 (6 units)
Total (18 units)
Note: The minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
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
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
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.
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: 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
Units: 3, Repeatable up to: 3
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.
Examines cultural pluralism and considers cultural adaptations and change among minorities
such as Moslems, Tibetans, and Mongolians in China, and ethnic groups of Japan and
Korea. Outlines kinship, religion, organization, and technological factors in the
Asiatic culture complex.
(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.
G.E. Multicultural/International MI.
(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.