Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies Courses

AAS 301 • Intro To Asian Amer Studies

32040 • Tang, Eric
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 3.132
CD (also listed as AMS 315)
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This interdisciplinary course introduces students to core questions regarding the historic and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans. Students will critically engage key issues, theories and debates in Asian American Studies, while also learning to unpack “Asian American” as a concept that contains an evershifting multiplicity of peoples, histories and places.

AAS 302 • Immigration And Ethnicity

32045 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM WAG 101
CD HI (also listed as HIS 317L, MAS 316C)
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Description:  Widely considered a wellspring for U.S. greatness, immigration has also been an abiding site of our deepest conflicts.  The republican foundations of the United States with its promises of democracy and equality for all seem to strain against ever increasing numbers of immigrants from parts of the world barely conceived of by the Founding Fathers, much less as sources of new citizens.  What is the breaking point for the assimilating powers of U.S. democracy and how much does national vitality rely upon continued influxes of a diversity of immigrants with their strenuous ambitions and resourcefulness?  Today we remain embattled by such competing beliefs about how immigration shapes our nation’s well-being and to what ends we should constrain whom we admit and in what numbers. 


This seminar emphasizes the following themes:  the changing population of the United States from colonial times; ethnic cultures, communities, and cuisines; ideologies concerning eligibility for citizenship and for restricting immigration; the development of immigration law as an aspect of sovereign authority; the entwining of immigration policy with international relations; and the evolution of institutions for immigration enforcement.  


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. 


This course also carries the flag for Cultural Diversity in the United States. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of American cultural experiences. A substantial portion of your grade stems from assignments concerning the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization. 


Texts/Readings: *main texts are on 2-hour reserve at PCL

*Roger Daniels, Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life (Harper Perennial, 2002 edition)

Supplemental readings are available on Canvas


Grade Distribution: Final grades will be allocated as follows: A 93-100; A- 90-92; B+ 88-89; B 83-87; B- 80-82; C+ 78-79; C 73-77; C- 70-72 and so forth 

            Family Immigration Narrative:  10%; 2-page essay

            Midterm: 20% bluebook exam; short essay IDs

Final: 30% bluebook exam; short essay IDs and long essay

            Attendance and class participation: 15%

            Primary document analysis: 25% research and 4-5 page essay


AAS 310 • Gendering Asian America

32050 • Remoquillo, Andrea
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 436A
CDWr (also listed as AMS 311S)
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AAS 310 • Race, Deportation, Diaspora

32053 • Mena, Olivia
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WAG 208
CD (also listed as AFR 317D, AMS 315, LAS 310)
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AAS 312 • Intro To Asian American Hist

32060 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM RLP 0.112
HI (also listed as HIS 317L)
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This course introduces students to the histories of people of Asian descent in the United States, from the late sixteenth century to the present. Through historical works, literature, films, primary sources, and popular culture, students will explore the making of Asian America as a dynamic site of identity construction, political protest, community formation, social movement building, and a vibrant field of intellectual and historical inquiry. The course will focus on four broad themes: 1) the causes and effects of migration and settlement in the development of Asian American communities; 2) the role that Asian Americans have played in shaping U.S. social, political, and cultural institutions; 3) the diverse individuals and groups which make up this broad category of people we designate as Asian Americans, and their unique and sometimes shared experiences of oppression, marginalization, racism, and political empowerment; and 4) the ways in which the experiences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class have intersected with other marginalized groups in U.S. society. Throughout the course, we will explore these themes within global and transnational contexts to identify shared connections across borders—physical, imagined, and otherwise.


Required course materials:

Erika Lee, The Making of Asian America: A History

Additional reading assignments will be available for download on Canvas.


Grading breakdown:

20% Exam 1

20% Exam 2

20% Exam 3

20% Group project

20% Attendance and participation

AAS 314 • Asian American Lit & Culture

32065 • Chi, Chienyn
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GDC 2.410
CDWr (also listed as E 314V)
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This is a course that asks you to rethink Asian American literature and culture from the perspective of aesthetics, history, and empire. You will find that the different experimentations in artistic expressions encountered here will testify to the richness and contradictions of what it means to be Asian American. We will be asking difficult questions: What is America, racial oppression, empire, nationhood, and the English language? What is a homeland, a place, a sense of belonging? What is family, history, and generational memory and trauma? What is a “good” immigrant and what is a “bad” immigrant? And are these understandings dictated by law, the media, historical events, or global politics? As you read the many texts on the syllabus, these authors will not always have easy answers to these hard questions, nor will they necessarily agree, yet they are all invested in the constant dismantling of our assumptions and our definitions.  Starting with seminal theoretical concepts on immigration and global empire to foreground our course, we will then explore different genres and forms of writing, such as, short stories, the graphic novel, the global novel, poetry, non-fiction, young adult and children literature. We will participate in the act of close reading and learn how to pay attention to the details of language and try to struggle with the many different possible interpretations. We will learn about Japanese internment, the Chinese Exclusion Act, activist solidarities between African and Asian Americans, the history of coolies, partition of India, the Cold War, American colonialism, and Asian migration and politics.  We will also critically think through cultural authenticity, cultural representation, gender, queerness, and class. I hope by the end of this course, you will realize through your own writing, reading, and research that there is always something more complex and infinitely more powerful than what we believe about Asian Americans. 

AAS 320 • Jpn Pop Cul:anime/Manga/Otaku

32070 • Schaub, Joseph
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 0.128
GC (also listed as ANS 372)
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This course examines a wide variety of Japanese popular media within the historical context during which

these unique cultural forms developed. Our focus will be on the popular manga and anime Japan has

exported since becoming an economic superpower in the 1980s. We will explore utopian/ dystopian

expression in the Japanese sci-fi narratives of tis era, and the complex interplay of genre and technology

in the new posthuman societies this narratives envision. We will also consider the significance of global

fandom as we chart the rise of the transnational otaku, and its relevance to Japan’s exercise of soft


AAS 325 • Global Economies: Asia/US

32085 • Mays, Susan
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM RLP 1.102
GC (also listed as ANS 361)
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AAS 325 • Pol Econ Devel Postwar Korea

32075 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.210
GC (also listed as ANS 361)
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This course will explore the political economy of South Korean development during the postwar period. The purpose of this course is to develop critical understanding of history, society, and culture of South Korea. By reading texts about compressed modernity, developmental state, social movements, gender politics, financial crisis and its aftermath, this course will address the tensions between industrialization, nationalism, authoritarianism, and democracy in South Korea. At the same time, we will contemplate contemporary South Korea in the global context by exploring such topics as Cold War geopolitics, transnational migration, transnational adoption, the globalization of Korean popular culture, and K-pop tourism. It is a reading- and discussion-extensive course.



Class Participation: 20%
Reading Responses: 20%
Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Paper: 40%

AAS 330 • Asian Americans In The South

32090 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM RLP 0.104
CD (also listed as AMS 321)
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Course Description:


This course focuses on the history and culture of Asian Americans in the U.S. South. We will examine what brought Asians to the American South. How have Asian Americans in the South created and sustained community? We will study the history and development of Asian American suburban communities in metropolitan areas, such as Houston, Atlanta, and New Orleans. The course will highlight the diversity within Asian America by exploring Indian, Pakistani, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and Cambodian communities.


While focusing on contemporary Asian American life in the South, the course will explore legacies of Jim Crow segregation and the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on Asian American community development and residential living patterns in the South. Through the semester we will consider the following questions: How have Asian Americans negotiated culture, language, and/or religion in the South? What challenges and opportunities have they faced as they navigate socio-economic, racial, and social boundaries? How might Southern history, fraught with racial trauma and oppression, inform the development of Asian American communities?



  • Bow, Leslie. Partly Colored: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South. NYC: NYU Press. 2010.
  • Joshi, Khyati Y. and Jigna Desai, Eds. Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. 2013.




  • Attendance: 5%
  • Class Participation: 10%
  • Response Papers: 10%
  • Exams: 50% (2x25)
  • Research Paper: 25%

AAS 330 • Blacks/Asians: Race/Soc Mov

32095 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM RLP 1.102
CD (also listed as AFR 374D, ANT 324L)
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AAS 330 • Urban Unrest

32100 • Tang, Eric
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 1.104
CDE (also listed as AFR 372F, AMS 321, ANT 324L)
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AAS 335 • Migration Crisis

32104 • Tang, Eric
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM JES A305A
CD (also listed as AFR 374D, MAS 374)
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Course Description:

This course provides an overview and analysis of contemporary U.S. migration policies and practices, focusing particularly on the most recent period of crisis defined by bans, restrictions and retrenchments. The course begins with an overview of the major epochs in US immigration history. It then explores five thematic areas: 1) Refugees and Asylees; 2) Bans and exclusions; 3) Family Separation; 4) Raids, Detention; 5) Sanctuary and Resistance. Course materials are primarily historical and sociological.



  • Naomi Paik, Bans, Walls, Raid, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21stCentury
  • Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Migra! A History of the US Border Patrol
  • Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America



  • Participation and Attendance: 25%
  • Reflection Papers: 25%
  • Group Research Project: 25%
  • Individual Research Project: 25%

AAS 377 • Capstone Seminar

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AAS 379 • Conf Crs In Asian Amer Studies

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Supervised individual study of selected problems in Asian American studies.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and consent of the director of the Center for Asian American Studies.

May be counted toward the independent inquiry flag requirement.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. May be repeated for credit.