Winter 2020 Courses

Winter 2020

214San Diego
Intro to Asian American History

Description: This course provides a broad survey of migratory and displacement patterns of those living in Asia as agitated by militarism, capitalism, imperialism, war, racism, sexism, classism, and nationalism stemming from within the region and abroad. What are the multiple and competing narratives of how these histories and experiences are produced? How are they evidenced and interpreted across multiple forms of visual, sonic, and textual ephemera? Once in the United States, how did similar—although not identical—processes of racialization, economic and labor exploitation, legislative and political exclusion, social and cultural othering, and strategies for survival and resistance work together to transform these heterogeneous populations into “Asian Americans”?

Distribution Requirement: Historical Studies
TTh12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Asian-Black Historical Relations in the US

Description: Why do Asian Americans and African Americans seem to be incommensurably different groups? How can we understand the tensions between these communities? And where can we find evidence of past solidarity and commonality? This course offers an interdisciplinary, chronological, and thematic examination of the construction Asian and Black peoples in the U.S by tracing their entrance and experiences. What are the economic, social, political, and ideological causes of tensions—and alliances? Topics include: the historical and overlapping racialization and sexualization of Blacks and Asians; slavery and early immigration legislation; international “Afro-Asian” connections. We then focus on WWII as a crucible of new racial and economic dynamics that differentially locate Blacks and Asians in the post- war economy. In the second half, we examine the impacts of the 1965 Immigration Act and the devastating—and bifurcated effect—of 1970s deindustrialization on Americans that led to the myths of the “model minority” and “underclass.” We study ideologies that emerged from social movements of the 1960s and 1970s and the results of the Vietnam War to theorize race and identity beyond Black and White to reconceptualize inter-minority relations.

Distribution Requirement: Historical Studies, Soc/Behav
MW2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Refugee Aesthetics

Description: Refugee Aesthetics is a survey course that examines histories of racialization, war, forced migration, nation-state formation, humanitarian aid, and resettlement alongside questions of the politics of aesthetics, ethics of representation, and social justice. Students will explore how refugee aesthetics is broadly defined, performed, and contested through maps, graphic novels, films, textiles, performance art, theatre, visual art, music videos, and religious iconography. The course will offer students theoretical and creative practice-based frameworks of analysis to address historical and contemporary issues on refugees.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Race, Mental Health, and Healing Justice

Description: Race, Mental Health, and Healing Justice explores how constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality are intimately connected to issues of mental health and chronic illness in a range of institutional and societal settings. Readings for the coursework include Frantz Fanon, Esme Weijun Wang, Aurora Levins Morales, Mariame Kaba, DSM-V, and Alternatives to Calling Police During Mental Health Crisis. Drawing from postcolonial, black feminist theory, women of color theory, critical refugee studies, and disability justice, this course focuses on how healing justice as a theoretical and methodological framework offers openings to address issues of state violence and cultural disease to imagine and manifest healthier sustainable futures.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
303San Diego
Filipina/o/x American Cultural Studies

Description: What happens when you juxtapose the constantly shifting marker of “Filipina/o/x American” with the highly contested concepts of “literature,” "history," “art,” and “culture?” Rather than viewing these terms as predetermined givens to be represented or maintained, this class takes these terms as the conditions of possibility for cultural productions and aesthetic expressions by self-identified Filipina/o/x Americans so we can begin to ask not “What does it mean to be Filipina/o/x American?” but rather, “What do Filipina/o/x Americans do? What do Filipina/o Americans make?” Filipina/o/x American Cultural Studies introduces students to a broad survey of stories, plays, performances, films, music, and visual art by rebels, queers, misfits, outlaws, punks, nonconformists, “deviants,” and other similar figures who find power and pleasure as outcasts.

Distribution Requirement: Soc/Behav
TTh2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Description: Techno-Orientalism names a variant of Orientalism that associates Asians with a technological future. This seminar will explore how Techno-Orientalist tropes are used by, played with, and rewritten by Asian American authors. We will study how twentieth-century and contemporary issues of technology, globalization, and financial speculation collide with a history of yellow peril and Asian Invasion discourse, as well as how these tensions manifest in figures and tropes such as robots, aliens, and cybernetics. Texts include poetry, novels, short stories, comics, and film.

Distribution Requirement: Lit & Fine Arts
MW12:30 PM - 1:50 PM