Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Aarti Bhalodia


LecturerPh.D., The University of Texas at Austin

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AAS 325 • South Asian Migration To Us

35935 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.114
(also listed as ANS 372, HIS 365G, WGS 340)

Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course examines the South Asian diaspora in United States. We will cover migration of people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal to United States and other parts of the world. While studying the history and culture of South Asian America, we will discuss globalization, transnationalism, migration, assimilation, formation of a diaspora, discrimination, and gender and sexuality, all major themes in Asian American Studies. The course is arranged chronologically and thematically. We will start in the nineteenth century following the journey of the first South Asian migrants to US. We will then move on to studying the Bengali and Punjabi immigrants to U.S. and the formation of Bengali-African and Punjabi-Mexican communities. We will study the effects of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act on South Asian migration to US. Topics covered include economic and social reasons for migration, adaptation to American life, cultural and religious assimilation, changing family structures, and discrimination and exclusion. We will end the semester by discussing South Asian American life in the twenty-first century.

 

Course Objectives

 

Through the semester we will study more than a century of South Asian American history. A primary goal of this course is to highlight the diversity in South Asian America. We will encounter a diaspora whose members belong to different religious, linguistic, economic and social groups. Many came to the United States forcibly to seek economic opportunities lacking at home. Others came enthusiastically with dreams of making it “big” in the land of abundant opportunities. We will ask ourselves how monolithic is the South Asian community? We will also examine South Asian American interactions with other Asian American groups in the fields of social activism and community development.

 

Assignments and Grading

 

15%   Attendance and participation

25%   Exam 1

25%   Exam 2

5%     Research paper topic and bibliography

5%     Research paper presentation

 

25%   Research paper

 

Textbook: Karen Isaken Leonard, The South Asian Americans (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997). 

 

Selections from the following:

 Vivek Bald, Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013).        

 

 Judith M. Brown, Global South Asians: Introducing the Modern Diaspora (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).       

 

Shamita Das Gupta edited, A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998).        

 

Khyati Y. Joshi and Jigna Desai, Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (University of Illinois Press, 2013)     

 

Susan Kosby and R. Radhakrishnan edited, Transnational South Asians: The Making of a Neo-Diaspora (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

 

Karen  Isaken  Leonard,  Making Ethnic Choices: California’s Punjabi Mexican Americans (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992).

AAS 330 • Sociology Of Race And Work

35845 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.114
(also listed as SOC 321R, WGS 322)

Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course is a critical examination of work through a gendered and racial lens. Individuals’ racial and gender characteristics deeply shape how labor markets emerge and how skills are evaluated. Jobs are often gender segregated and men and women are remunerated differently. The purpose of this course is to examine concepts such as labor markets, globalization, racial segregation, and gendering of the work place. This course is cross-listed with Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies.

AAS F312 • Intro To Asian American Hist

82245 • Summer 2016
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GDC 4.302
(also listed as HIS F317L)

This class introduces key themes in Asian American history by exploring the crucial roles Asian have played in framing American ideas and institutions regarding citizenship, national belonging, border control, and multiracial democracy.  Seen as inassimilable aliens and essentially foreign, Asians were the first targets of legal immigration restrictions and enforcement.  Asian Americans persevered in continuing migration to establish communities and forge ethnic identities and cultures by claiming the promise  of equality in America.  We will consider variations on Asian American history and culture through memoirs, legal documents, cultural productions, media representations, and reinterpretations of mainstream tropes of American identity.

AAS 325 • South Asian Migration To Us

34980 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.114
(also listed as ANS 372, HIS 365G)

FLAG: CD

Description:

This course examines the South Asian diaspora in United States. We will focus on Americans who trace their descent to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. While studying the history and culture of South Asian America, we will discuss globalization, transnationalism, migration, assimilation, formation of a diaspora, discrimination, and gender and sexuality, all major themes in Asian American Studies. The course is arranged chronologically and thematically. We will start in the early twentieth century following the journey of the first South Asian migrants to arrive in California. The second part of the course will focus on the effects of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Topics covered include economic and social reasons for immigration, adaptation to American life, cultural and religious assimilation, changing family structures, and discrimination and exclusion. We will end the semester by discussing South Asian American life in the twenty-first century.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.

AAS 325 • South Asian Migration To Us

36275 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CMA 3.114
(also listed as ANS 372, HIS 365G)

Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course examines the South Asian diaspora in United States. We will focus on Americans who trace their descent to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. While studying the history and culture of South Asian America, we will discuss globalization, transnationalism, migration, assimilation, formation of a diaspora, discrimination, and gender and sexuality, all major themes in Asian American Studies. The course is arranged chronologically and thematically. We will start in the early twentieth century following the journey of the first South Asian migrants to arrive in California. The second part of the course will focus on the effects of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Topics covered include economic and social reasons for immigration, adaptation to American life, cultural and religious assimilation, changing family structures, and discrimination and exclusion. We will end the semester by discussing South Asian American life in the twenty-first century.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.

AAS 325 • South Asian Migration To Us

36345 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 206
(also listed as ANS 372, HIS 365G)

Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course examines the South Asian diaspora in United States. We will focus on Americans who trace their descent to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. While studying the history and culture of South Asian America, we will discuss globalization, transnationalism, migration, assimilation, formation of a diaspora, discrimination, and gender and sexuality, all major themes in Asian American Studies. The course is arranged chronologically and thematically. We will start in the early twentieth century following the journey of the first South Asian migrants to arrive in California. The second part of the course will focus on the effects of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Topics covered include economic and social reasons for immigration, adaptation to American life, cultural and religious assimilation, changing family structures, and discrimination and exclusion. We will end the semester by discussing South Asian American life in the twenty-first century.

 

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