Spring 2020

The Asian American Experience

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-204  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-202


Pawan H. Dhingra (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 204 and SOCI 202) How do race, immigration, and the state not only shape people’s access to resources but also delimit who belongs to the nation, self-conceptions, and personal relationships? How can ethnic minorities at times be “out-whiting whites” but still be denied full citizenship by the state? What does it mean to grow up within a culture but never fully identify with it? We will answer these questions and more by examining Asian Americans' efforts for belonging and social justice as full members of the United States. Substantive topics include how race, gender, sexuality, and class intersect to influence life chances; immigration laws and trends; how people form ethnic and racial identities while becoming “good Americans”; educational experiences of youth and so-called “Tiger parents”; how family and relationship formations are shaped by race and immigration; media portrayals; inter-minority solidarities and tensions.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Dhingra.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to American Studies majors and upplerclassmen.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020