Robert T. Hayashi (Section 01)
In this course, we explore the genesis and impact of terms defining peoples of Asian descent in America, especially the contemporary panethnic ascription: Asian American. We will examine the material impact of such labels and analyze what characteristics have defined a group, individual, or text as Asian American. How well does Asian American operate as an umbrella term to define peoples of vastly heterogeneous histories, identities, and cultural backgrounds? Or to define realms of intellectual inquiry, social practice, and government policy? These are some of the key questions that will guide our conversations and engagement with materials over the course of the semester. This class is highly interdisciplinary and includes readings in literature, history, sociology, American Studies, and education; and includes the study of visual materials, especially photographs. Most course meetings will involve seminar-style discussion of course materials. Coursework will include short written assignments, research assignments, substantial group work, and a semester-long research project.
Fall semester. Professor Hayashi.