Spring 2023

History of Asian American Women: Migration and Labor

Listed in: History, as HIST-348  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-348


Christine N. Peralta (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 348 [US/TR/TS] and SWAG 348) This seminar will explore the intersections of gender, migration, and labor, with a particular focus on Asian American women in the United States (broadly defined to include the U.S.’s territories and military bases), from 1870 to the present. Through transnational and woman-of color feminist lenses, we will investigate U.S. colonial and neo-colonial formations which disrupt local economies, compelling women to migrate from their homes across national borders and then channeling them into limited employment opportunities in some of the most exploitative industries in the United States, including manufacturing, agricultural, and domestic work. Students will do close analysis of historical evidence, including written documents, images, film, and newspapers. There will also be intensive in-class discussion and varying forms of written work, which will culminate in a final research paper on a topic chosen by the student.

Recommended Prior Coursework: SWAG 100 or HIST/SWAG 158. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Peralta.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to History majors and SWAGS majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, and independent research.

HIST 348 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM CHAP 201

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Random House Jia Tolentino Students will pick one of these books to read. Any edition is fine. TBD
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Abrams ComicArts Thi Bui Students will pick one of these books to read. Any edition is fine. TBD
Ma and Me Picador Putsata Reang Students will pick one of these books to read. Any edition is fine. TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021, Spring 2023