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EGS 143 - Contemporary Issues in Asian America

5 Credits
An interdisciplinary examination of contemporary social, political, and economic issues facing Asian Americans. Topics include post-WWII changes to U.S. immigration and citizenship laws, the emergence of Asian American movements and identity, refugee resettlement and displacement, the myth of the model minority/perpetual foreigner stereotype, media representation, education, and community and labor organizing. We utilize an intersectional racial, ethnic, and gender lens to analyze these issues and center the experiences of intersectionally marginalized Asian Americans.

Course Note Previously CGG 206, DGS 206, and DGS 141.

Quarters Typically Offered
Winter Evening
Designed to Serve All students.  Meets Social Science Area I and Diversity & Globalism degree requirements.
Active Date 20200330T21:14:10

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

  • Social and political construction of race and ethnicity
  • Post 1965 immigration and demographic change
  • The rise and shifting dynamics of the Asian American movement
  • Statehood, sovereignty, and ethnic identity in Hawai’i
  • Refugee “resettlement” and wealth disparities
  • Family formation and intergenerational relations
  • Media representation 
  • Education and affirmative Action
  • Combating anti-Asian violence
  • Multiracial and multiethnic intersectional coalitions for social justice

Student Learning Outcomes
Describe the origins, goals, and achievements of the Asian American movement in the 1960s.

Identify and explain the sources and consequences of diversity among Asian Americans using key concepts and frameworks.

Articulate the ways in which Asian Americans build inter-ethnic, inter-racial, and multi-identity coalitions for social justice.

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 role-play, zines, and/or poster projects.

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