Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies Courses

AAS 301 • Intro To Asian Am Studies-Wb

32460 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM • Internet
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 310 • Gendering Asian America

32465 • Remoquillo, Andrea
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CBA 4.324 • Hybrid/Blended
CDWr (also listed as AMS 311S)
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AAS 310 • Race, Deportation, Diaspora-Wb

32470 • Mena, Olivia
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM • Internet
CDGC (also listed as AFR 310, AMS 315, LAS 310)
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AAS 312 • Intro To Asian American Hist

32475 • Mehta, Mohit
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM • Hybrid/Blended
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AAS 314 • Asian American Lit/Cul-Wb

32480 • Brozovsky, Erica
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM • Internet
CDWr (also listed as E 314V)
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E 314V  l  2-Asian American Literature and Culture-WB


Instructor:  Brozovsky, E

Unique #:  33454

Semester:  Spring 2021

Cross-lists:  AAS 314, 32480


Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).


Description:  As the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, the Asian population has made an indelible mark on American culture.  However, as a community and as individuals, they must continually negotiate the tensions between life in the United States and ties to their “cultural homelands,” answering the question: What has it meant, and what does it mean to be “Asian American?”


This course will explore how Asian American literature attempts to negotiate these tensions.  Through the lens of 20th and 21st century Asian American novels and short stories, we will explore issues of nationhood, ethnicity, race, and gender in the project of constructing “Asian-American” identity.  We will attempt to unpack the ways in which literary texts assert belonging, negotiate the immigrant experience, and balance the demands of different cultural traditions.


The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.


This course contains both a cultural diversity flag and a writing flag.  The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade.


Texts include:  Michelle Kuo - Reading with Patrick; Thi Bui - The Best We Could Do; Milton Murayama - All I asking for is my body; Lisa Ko – The Leavers; and other readings, provided on Canvas.


Requirements & Grading:  There will be a series of 3 short essays, the first of which must be revised and resubmitted.  Subsequent essays may also be revised and resubmitted by arrangement with the Instructor (70%-80% of the final grade).  There may also be short quizzes, reaction papers, and/or in-class presentations (20%-30% of the final grade).

AAS 335 • Asian American Jurisprudence

32520 • Jin, Arnold
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BEL 328 • Hybrid/Blended
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AAS 377 • Capstone Seminar

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