African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Angelica Allen


M.A., Africana Studies, New York University, B.F.A., Art Education, University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. Candidate
Angelica Allen

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Interests


Black Diaspora Studies, The Black Pacific, Afro-Asian Diaspora, Philippine Afro-Amerasians, Black Indigenous Communities in the Philippines, Visual Studies.

Courses


AFR 317D • Mixed Race Identities

29630 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM CMA 3.114
CD (also listed as AAS 310, AMS 315)

Flag: Cultural Diversity in the US

This course serves as an introduction to the study of ‘multiracial identity’ and the ways that it has been experienced, represented and contested in American society. We will study issues of history, culture, and activism as they relate to the multiracial community.  Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine a variety of media in the form of art, print and film. Students will be exposed to a range of voices from scholars working in disciplines including, Asian American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, anthropology, visual arts and women’s and gender studies. While the initial focus centers on the experiences of multiracials in the U.S., we will explore a range of topics which travel internationally as we examine the lived-realities of individuals, including the Amerasian community (mixed-heritage children and adult progeny of American military men and Asian women) living in various parts of Asia. Some key questions guiding this course include the following: What is “race,” and what does it mean to be “mixed”? What is the historical situation and tension of “mixing” in the United States, and why is it significant? How do such issues vary from national to transnational contexts? Can one exist in two or more categories at the same time? Why do categories matter? Isn’t everyone “mixed” somehow? Where do you fit in?


TEXTS:

Gloria Anzaldua Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Cherrie Moraga Loving in the War Years

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

The Latina Feminist Group Telling to Live (excerpts)

Fred Ho and Bill Mullen Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans (excerpts).

Jayne O. Ifewunigwe Mixed Race’ Studies: A reader (excerpts).

 

FILMS:

Left by the Ship. Dir. Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemiatti. (2011), Film.

Loving. Dir. Jeff Nichols. (2016) Film.

Dear White People. (2017) TV series. (episode 1).

 

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