Fall 2021

Asian American History: 1800-Present

Listed in: History, as HIST-158  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-158

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Christine N. Peralta (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 158 [US/TE/TR/TS] and SWAG 158) This course provides an introduction to the history of East, South, Southeast Asian migrations and settlement in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present.  Major themes include labor migration, community formation, U.S. imperialism, legal exclusion, racial segregation, gender and sexuality, cultural representations, and political resistance. We will be conducting close analysis of historical evidence which will include archival material from local collections, images, comic books, and music. Students will also examine digital oral history archives throughout the U.S., and work collectively on an oral history project on the history of Asian American student activism at Amherst College and beyond.  Two meetings per week.

Limited to 40 students. Fall semester. Professor Peralta.

If Overenrolled: Preference to majors in HIST or SWAGS, then seniors, juniors, etc.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023