Spring 2009

Making Asians: Asian American Identity in Literature and Law

Listed in: English, as ENGL-63


Robert T. Hayashi (Section 01)


Over the course of the semester, we will examine the construction of Asian American identity from the late 1800s to the present day. We will explore, in particular, how Asians in America have been represented and defined in the realms of law and literature, how these separate realms have intersected and informed one another. We will not only explore the formation of Asian American identity from the outside, but also from within this broad racial category, as reflected in works by Asian American authors and documentary filmmakers. The course will be strongly interdisciplinary and include readings in history, ethnic studies, legal studies, material culture, and literary criticism. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Professor Hayashi.