Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies Courses

AAS 310 • Asian American Film History

31510 • Nault, Curran
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 1.102
CD (also listed as AMS 315, RTF 301N)
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This course will consider Asian American film from a historical perspective, from the pioneers of Hollywood, to the YouTube stars of today. 

AAS 310 • Gendering Asian America

31499 • Remoquillo, Andrea
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BUR 436A
CDWr (also listed as AMS 311S)
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In this course, students will study representations of gender and sexuality in Asian America from the Chinese Exclusion Era to the 21st century. Students will be taught how to study race and subject formation through an intersectional and transnational feminist lens, thereby encouraging a more complex understanding of how race is always-already constituted by gender, sexuality, and class. For Asians in America, their belongingness and struggles with inclusion/exclusion have been readily predicated on racialized and gendered representations created by Euro- American discourses. This course will (re)introduce students to key moments of Asian American history — spanning from Chinese Exclusion, Japanese internment camps, the dropping of the atomic bombs, the Vietnam War, and more — while focusing on how these historical moments were represented to the American public. Rather than taking these representations at face value, however, I urge students to ask: how does time, place, gender, and sexuality shape our understandings of Asians in America? How have gender and sexuality been used as a means to marginalize Asians/Asian Americans, and how have individuals themselves engaged with these concepts as tools for subject formation and national belongingness? These are the questions that frame Gender in Asian America, and will guide students as they deconstruct the history of making Asian America.

AAS 314 • Asian American Lit & Culture

31520 • Brozovsky, Erica
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM FAC 7
CDWr (also listed as E 314V)
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E 314V  l  2-Asian American Literature and Culture


Instructor:  Brozovsky, E

Unique #:  34445

Semester:  Fall 2019. 

Cross-lists:  AAS 314


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.


Possible texts include: Michelle Kuo, Reading with Patrick; Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere;Chang-rae Lee, Native Speaker; Eddie Huang, Fresh Off the Boat;Selected short stories, essays, and poems from authors such as Mindy Kaling, Carlos Bulosan, Nam Le, Jhumpa Lahiri, etc.


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 320 • Documenting Difference

31529 • Shorb, Katherine
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 208
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AAS 320 • Screening Race

31524 • Mallapragada, Madhavi
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CMA 3.116
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AAS 325 • Chinese In The United States

31530 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 2.112
CD HI (also listed as ANS 340S, HIS 340S)
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This class examines U.S. history from the perspective of Chinese who were the first targets of racially defined immigration restrictions. As such, Chinese have played key roles in the evolution of U.S. immigration restrictions, their enforcement, limits regarding citizenship; permanent residency, and the underlying racial ideologies and conceptions of national belonging.


This course offers an overview of the history of Chinese in America with an emphasis on Chinese American identity and community formations under the shadow of the Yellow Peril. Using primary documents and secondary literature, we will examine structures of work, family, immigration law, racism, class, and gender in order to understand the changing roles and perceptions of Chinese Americans in the United States from 1847 to the present.


Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.


Chang, The Chinese in America: A Narrative History (2004); Yung et al Chinese American Voices (2006); excerpts of other readings posted on Canvas.


Midterms on lectures and assigned texts. Research paper on Chinese American history.

AAS 325 • South Asian Migration To US

31540 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.114
CDGC HI (also listed as ANS 372, HIS 365G, WGS 340)
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Course Description

This course examines the South Asian diaspora in the United States. We will cover migration of people from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh 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 the U.S. We will then move on to studying the formation of Bengali-African, Punjabi-Mexican and other multiracial communities. We will study how American immigration laws have facilitated or inhibited South Asian migration to the U.S. in the twentieth century. 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.

This course carries the Cultural Diversity in the United States flag. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.

This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

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 within 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 2 home. Others came enthusiastically with dreams of making it “big” in the land of abundant opportunities. We will also examine South Asian American interactions with other Americans in the fields of social activism and community development.

You are encouraged to participate in South Asian American life in Austin. I will bring to your attention relevant films, lectures, art, music, and dance performances. Our class meetings will be a blend of lectures and discussions.

AAS 325 • Taiwan: Colniz/Migratn/Ident

31535 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 0.104
GCWr (also listed as ANS 340T, HIS 340T)
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Contemporary Taiwan’s claims of an ethnic identity distinct from the Chinese mainland reference a history of multiple colonizations and migrations to and from the island.  This course will explore questions of ethnicity, empire, and modernization in East Asia from the sixteenth century to the present through encounters between aborigines, Han Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, the imperial Qing, Fujianese, Japanese, mainlander KMT, and the United States on Taiwan.

Shih-Shan Henry Tsai, Maritime Taiwan: Historical Encounters with the East and the West (M.E. Sharpe, 2009)



Denny Roy, Taiwan: A Political History (2003);
Shih-shan Henry Tsai, Maritime Taiwan (2009)
Additional readings available on CANVAS



Map quiz:  5%

Exam: 30% Short IDs and essay

Class participation and attendance: 15%

Writing assignments: 50% Three 5-6 page essays, with one rewrite required.


AAS 330 • Anthropol Of The Himalayas

31545 • Hindman, Heather
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.122
GCWr (also listed as ANS 361, ANT 324L)
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This course looks at the history and culture of the Himalayan region, including the northern hills of India, (briefly) sections of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Tibet but especially Nepal. Some understanding of Asian history, politics and religion will be helpful (but not necessary) as our attempt will not be a comprehensive survey of the region. The Himalayas have been the site of a great deal of anthropological attention and as such we will be simultaneously be exploring several key theoretical, historical and methodological issues within the discipline of anthropology as we learn about places and people in the region. Particular attention will be paid to the area as a site for exoticism by the Occident (as the Shangri-la phenomenon), development politics, the environment, mountaineering and tourism as well as the current political tensions in the region. At the conclusion of the class, students should have a stronger idea of the important role this area has played in the political, religious and social imagination of the world and an appreciation of concepts such as ritual theory, social movements, modernity and gender studies.

AAS 330 • Reproductive Justice & Race

31549 • Rudrappa, Sharmila
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM RLP 0.122
CDEWr (also listed as SOC 321K, WGS 340)
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Since the Cairo Conference on Population and Development in 1994 state policies concerning women’s health around the world have taken a turn away from population control to reproductive health. Within this context, activists and scholars alike have turned their attention to reproductive justice that envisions the complete physical and mental well-being of women and girls, which can potentially be achieved when they have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction. In this class we ask: how do various social movements define reproductive justice? How is access to reproductive rights stratified by race and class? Through drawing students’ attention to specific case studies, this course illuminates on the specific challenges faced by women of color in the U.S., as well as women in developing countries across the world. Topics we will cover are forcible sterilization, access (or lack of access) to birth control, population control policies, prenatal and postnatal care, maternal and infant health outcomes in various parts of the world, sex selective abortions, new reproductive technologies, and stratified reproduction. As part of the final part of the course the students will think through the reproductive health issues facing women of color on campus, through conducting a survey. 

AAS 330 • Sociology Of Race And Work

31550 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CMA 5.190
CD (also listed as SOC 321R, WGS 322)
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Course Description

Work is a central activity in the lives of most people. Along with providing an income, the type of work one does shapes the worker’s sense of personal identity. Social interaction in the work place provides workers with a set of skills, values, and mindset that influences how the work is done. Structure of a society determines the kind of work it does, who does what type of work, and how much people are paid for their efforts. In the United States, 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. This course is a critical examination of work through a gendered and racial lens. 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. This course carries the Cultural Diversity in the United States flag. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to sociologically identify concepts such as global markets, transnational labor, care work, service industry, gendered work, and racial segregation in the work place. A majority of the readings, films, and class meetings will focus on contemporary work environment. Students will examine workers in the retail industry, care workers such as nannies, maids, and nurses, transnational workers in the STEM fields, and migrant labor. We will start the class with a survey of different forms of labor throughout the United States’ history. Students will be able to make historical connections between American citizenship, work, and value of one’s labor.