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EGS 142 - Asian American Roots

5 Credits
An interdisciplinary examination of the shared and uneven histories of Asian American migration, settlement, and struggles for social justice from 1850s through WWII using comparative race/ethnic and intersectional frameworks.

Course Note Previously CGG 205 and DGS 140.

Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Designed to Serve All students.  Meets the Social Science Area I and Diversity and Globalism degree requirements.
Active Date 20200330T21:14:09

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 35
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to the frameworks of Asian American studies (ethnicity, racial formation, settler colonialism, and intersectionality)
  2. Arrival and exclusion (labor, migration, anti-Asian violence, and exclusion of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and South Asians)
  3. Survival and resistance (family formation, work lives, resisting sexual and economic exploitation, struggles for civil rights, homeland independence)
  4. Forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII
  5. Struggles for equal rights and belonging during WWII

Student Learning Outcomes
Articulate the social and political construction of an “Asian race.”

Recognize the influence of the U.S. labor, laws, and homeland politics on the formation of Asian American ethnic identity and interethnic solidarity.

Describe when, where, and how Asian Americans resisted multiple forms of oppressions.

Effectively interpret personal experience and observations using key concepts and frameworks learned in the course.

Effectively participate in collective learning using alternative modalities, such as visual art, spoken word, and/or genre productions.

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