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Lower Division Courses

R2A.  Reading and Composition. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 1, UC Entry Level Writing Requirement or equivalent. Formerly 2A. Through the study of the literary, political, social and psychological dimensions of representative works of Asian American literature, this course introduces students to close textual analysis, fosters critical judgment, and reinforces academic writing skills. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement. (F,SP)

R2B.  Reading and Composition. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 2A, English 1A or equivalent. Formerly 2B. This course examines literary works by Asian American, African American, Chicano, and Native American writers in their political and social contexts, focusing on similarities and differences between the experiences of ethnic minorities in the U.S. Emphasis is on literary interpretation and sustained analytical writing. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement. (F,SP)

20A.  Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States. (4)   Students will receive no credit for Asian American Studies 20A after taking XAsian American Studies 20A but may remove a deficient grade. Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Introductory comparative analysis of the Asian American experience from 1848 to present. Topics include an analysis of the Asian American perspective; cultural roots; immigration and settlement patterns; labor, legal, political, and social history. (F,SP)

20B.  Introduction to the Contemporary Issues in the Asian American Communities. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. An introduction to Asian American communities and the social, economic, and political issues they confront. The diverse range of communities, both suburban and urban, will be surveyed and situated within a domestic and global context. (F)

20C.  Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Analysis of social, intellectual, and artistic currents in Asian American communities. Focus will be on social practices, popular culture, the arts and expression (e.g. language and literature), and the historical and political contexts in which they are produced and consumed. (SP)

39.  Freshman/Sophomore Seminar.   Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. Seminar format. Sections 1-2 to be graded on a letter-grade basis. Sections 3-4 to be graded on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Priority given to freshmen and sophomores. Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

97.  Field Studies in Asian American Communities. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit. Three hours of fieldwork per week per unit. Three hours of fieldwork per week per unit. One and one-half hours of fieldwork per week per unit for ten weeks. Six hours of fieldwork per week per unit for eight weeks. One and one-half hours of fieldwork per week per unit for ten weeks. Six hours of fie Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Restricted to freshmen and sophomores; consent of instructor. University organized and supervised field program involving experiences in schools, school-related activities, community and community-related activities. (F,SP)

98.  Supervised Group Study. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. Three hours of work per week per unit. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Restricted to freshmen and sophomores; consent of instructor. Group study of selected topics which will vary from semester to semester. (F,SP)

99.  Supervised Independent Study and Research. (1-4)   Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. Three hours of independent study per week per unit. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Individual research on a topic which leads to the writing of a major paper. Regular meetings with faculty sponsor. (F,SP) Staff

Upper Division Courses

121.  Chinese American History. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or equivalent. Chinese American history, 1848 to present. Topics include influence of traditional values, Eastern and Western; patterns of immigration and settlement; labor history; the influence of public policy, foreign and domestic, on the Chinese individual and community. (SP)

122.  Japanese American History. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or equivalent. This course will be presented as a proseminar with selected topics in order to give students an opportunity to participate in the dynamics of the study of Japanese American history. Topics include immigration, anti-Japanese racism, labor, concentration camps, agriculture, art and literature, and personality and culture. (F,SP) Staff

123.  Korean American History. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or equivalent. Koreans in America from 1876 to the present. Topics include comparative immigration and settlement patterns; labor and socio-economic life; political activities; community organization; and issues related to the contemporary population influx. (SP)

124.  Filipino American History. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or equivalent. Topics include consequences of the Spanish-American War on Filipino emigration; conditions in Hawaii and California and the need for Filipino labor; community development; changing relations between the U.S. and the Philippines; effects ofthe independence movement and World War II on Filipino Americans; and contemporary issues. (F,SP)

125.  Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or equivalent. This course will introduce students to the sociocultural, economic, educational, and political issues facing Southeast Asian refugees in the U.S. While the course focus is on the Asian American experience, references will be made to the pre-migration experiences and histories of the Southeast Asian refugee groups. The processes and problems in the formulation of refugee programs and services in the U.S. also will be addressed in their implications for refugee resettlement and adaptation experience. Emphasis will be placed on comparative analyses of the Southeast Asian refugee communities. (F,SP)

126.  Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or equivalent. This course will examine Southeast Asian migration and resettlement in the U.S. in the context of the United States involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. It will also address the post-war "legacies" and their impact on the societies and politics of the three countries as well as neighboring states in the region. Asylum politics and refugee camp experiences will be addressed in the discussion of the formation of U.S. resettlement policies and of the adaptation of Southeast Asian refugees. (F,SP)

127.  South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: 20A or equivalent. Examines immigration and social history of South Asian Americans from the early 20th century to present. Development of South Asian American communities within the social, political and economic contexts of South Asia and the U.S.

128AC.  Muslims in America. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hour of discussion per week. The course traces Islam's journey in America. It will deal with the emergence of identifiable Muslim communities throughout the U.S. and focus on patterns of migration, the ethnic makeup of such communities, gender dynamics, political identity, and cases of conversion to Islam. The course will spend considerable time on the African American, Indo-Pakistani, and Arab American Muslim communities since they constitute the largest groupings. It also examines in depth the emergence of national, regional, and local Muslim institutions, patterns of development pursued by a number of them, and levels of cooperation or antagonism. The course seeks an examination of gender relations and dynamics across the various Muslim groupings, and the internal and external factors that contribute to real and imagined crisis. The course seeks to conduct and document the growth and expansion of mosques, schools, and community centers in the greater Bay Area. Finally, no class on Islam in America would be complete without a critical examination of the impacts of 9/11 on Muslim communities, the erosion of civil rights, and the ongoing war on terrorism. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement. (F,SP) Staff

131.  Asian Diaspora(s) from an Asian American Perspective. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Analyzes the global presence of an Asian group with a significant U.S. population: migration/settlement history, transnational economic/political/cultural interactions between diasporic communities and with land of origin, impact on Asian American community/identity formation. Instructor selects group(s). (F,SP)

132.  Islamaphobia and Constructing Otherness. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. This course will examine and attempt to understand Islamophobia, as the most recently articulated principle of otherness and its implications domestically and globally. The course will also closely examine the ideological and epistemological frameworks employed in discourses of otherness, and the complex social, political, economic, gender-based, and religious forces entangled in its historical and modern reproduction. (F,SP) Staff

132AC.  Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. This course will examine and attempt to understand Islamophobia, as the most recently articulated principle of otherness and its implications domestically and globally. The course will also closely examine the ideological and epistemological frameworks employed in discourses of otherness, and the complex social, political, economic, gender-based, and religious forces entangled in its historical and modern reproduction. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement. (F,SP) Staff

138.  Topics in Asian Popular Culture. (4)   Course may be repeated for credit. Three hours of lecture per week. Topics in Asian popular culture. Analysis of historical and contemporary issues addressed in popular media in Asia, such as 1990s Hong Kong cinema, fifth generation Chinese films, films of China and Taiwan, Japanese and Korean anime, South Asian and Bollywood cinema, and South Korean film and television drama. Course topics will vary with the expertise of the particular instructor. (F,SP) Staff

141.  Law in the Asian American Community. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or 20B. Course will examine the nature, structure, and operation of selected legal institutions as they affect Asian American communities and will attempt to analyze the roles and effects of law, class, and race in American society. May be taken with 197. (F,SP)

143.  Asian American Health. (3)   Three hours of seminar per week. This course examines the state of Asian American health, the historical, structural, and cultural contexts of diverse Asian American communities, and the role of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the production of unequal outcomes between Asian Americans and other racial/ethnic groups as well as across different Asian American subgroups. (F,SP) Staff

144.  Religions of Asian America. (4)   Three hours of lecture per week. This course will examine how Asian American communities engage religion and how, in turn, they are shaped by the different facets of religious life. Religion is examined in the form of major traditions-Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity-and readings will introduce students to key concepts, practices, and institutions which help to define these trajectories. (F,SP) Staff

145.  Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or 20B. An examination of the purpose, power, and function of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government and their relationship to the Asian American community. The course presents a range of contemporary issues to illustrate how government institutions and the Asian community define issues and respond to political challenges. (F,SP)

145AC.  Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities. (4)   Students that have already taken ASAMST 145 will not receive credit for taking ASAMST 145AC. Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or 20B. Formerly Asian American Studies 145. An examination of the purpose, power, and function of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government and their relationship to the Asian American community. The course presents a range of contemporary issues to illustrate how government institutions and the Asian community define issues and respond to political challenges. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement. (F,SP)

146.  Asian Americans and Education. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hour of discussion per week. This course examines the historical and contemporary issues which shape the educational experiences of Asian Americans. Critical issues such as bilingual education, university admissions, and the education of Asian immigrants as well as theoretical models of Asian American academic success will be explored and critically analyzed. (SP) Staff

150.  Gender and Generation in Asian American Families. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or 20B. The influence of cultural legacy, ethnic background, immigration history, community structure, class and economic status, and racism on gender and generational relations in the Asian American family. (SP)

151.  Asian American Women: Theory and Experience. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or 20B. Examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian American women in relation to work, sexuality, intellectual and artistic activity, and family and community life as well as the development of Asian American feminist thought and its relation to cultural nationalism. (SP)

165.  Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: 20A or 20B. Approaches to research in the Asian American community with emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area. Problems of research design, measurement, and data collection, processing ,and analysis will be considered. (SP)

171.  Asian Americans in Film and Video. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Introduces students to films and videos by and about Asian Americans; presents an overview of the development of the Asian American media arts field in relation to current cultural theories and American film history and theory. (F,SP)

172.  Asian American Literature. (4)   Course may be repeated for credit with different topic. Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Introduces students to representative works of Asian American literature by writers from the major ethnic subgroups; examines the works in their sociohistorical context; analyzes thematic and formal elements intertextually to form a coherent understanding of the Asian American literary tradition. (F,SP)

173.  Creative Writing. (4)   Three hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Instruction and practice in forms and techniques of prose, verse, drama or other writing as an expression of Asian American experiences and a contribution to evolving Asian American culture; may focus on specific genres or tasks depending on instructor. (F,SP)

175.  Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States. (3)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. The course will examine the various strategies of (re-)narrating colonial/neocolonial history in three genres: literature (novels, short fiction, poetry), essays, and films from the Philippines and the United States. Notions such as imperialism, nation, narration, history, nationalism, memory, ethnicity, language, power, gender, and subject formation will be discussed. (F,SP) Staff

176.  Genre in Asian American Literature. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Investigates specific genres in Asian American literature (e.g., autobiography, biography, drama, etc.) in terms of formal characteristics, innovations, comparisons of works from various subgroups in relation to counterparts in dominant Anglo-American tradition. (F,SP)

177.  Asian American Art: Remapping Modernity: Art and Artists in the 20th Century. (3)   Three hours of seminar per week. Seminar in contemporary Asian American visual art, with focus on the politics of production and reception. Works by such artists as Y. David Chung, Hung Liu, Yong Soon Min, Long Nguyen, and Manuel Ocampo will be studied. (F,SP)

178.  Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Culture. (4)   Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Explores gender/sexuality issues in Asian American literature and culture, such as simultaneous construction of gender/ethnicity/race/culture; heterosexual (masculinist/feminist) and gay/lesbian cultural projects; the body; family relations; matrilineal and patrilineal traditions. Instructor selects focus. (F,SP)

181.  Chinese American Literature. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Analyzes literary representations of contemporary and/or historical experiences of Chinese Americans; genre, formal, and stylistic features; definition of cultural identity and development of literary tradition. Primarily English-language works, some translations from Chinese. (F,SP)

183.  Korean American Literature. (4)   Three hours of lecture and zero to one hours of discussion per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Critical readings of major Korean American literary work, including autobiography and personal memoir, autobiographical fiction, poetry, short stories and novel, with attention to conditions surrounding the production and consumption of these writings. (F,SP)

190.  Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies. (4)   Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. Three hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Advanced seminar in Asian American Studies with topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester. (F,SP)

190AC.  Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies. (4)   Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. Three hours of seminar per week. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Advanced seminar in Asian American Studies with topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester. This course satisfies the American cultures requirement. (F,SP)

195.  Senior Thesis. (4)   Independent study. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Writing of a thesis under the direction of member(s) of the faculty. (F,SP) Staff

H195A-H195B.  Senior Honors Thesis for Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Majors. (3;3)   Seminar and individual meetings with faculty adviser. Credit and grade to be awarded on completion of sequence. Prerequisites: Senior standing. Approval of Faculty Advisor, 3.5 GPA on all University work, and a 3.5 GPA in courses in the major. Course for senior Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies maors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program. (F,SP) Staff

197.  Field Study in Asian American Communities. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. One and one-half hours of fieldwork per week per unit for ten weeks. Three hours of fieldwork per week per unit. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. University organized and supervised field program involving experiences in schools, school-related activities, community, and community-related activities. (F,SP) Staff

198.  Supervised Group Study. (1-3)   Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. Three hours of work per week per unit. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Group study of selected topics which will vary from semester to semester. (F,SP) Staff

199.  Supervised Independent Study and Research. (1-4)   Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog. Three hours of work per week per unit. Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Individual research on a topic which leads to the writing of a major paper. Regular meetings with faculty sponsor. (F,SP) Staff

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