SOC 197A Final Paper

SOC 197A Final Paper - SOC 197A Sec.001 Why is Asian...

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SOC. 197A Sec.001 Why is Asian American Studies necessary in Collegiate Curricula? “There’s an Asian American Studies class at Penn State?” This was the response from a few of my friends after asking what classes I was taking this spring semester. Every time I heard that I began to think that not many people at University Park were aware that this class existed except for those who advocated for it and the students who took it. College is supposed to be an experience to be exposed to different backgrounds and a change in environment. But most people usually do not become apart of having these experiences unless someone tells them. I was not aware of this class until a few friends of mine told me, and suggested that I should take it since they enjoy the class. Having an Asian American Studies class is necessary because people taking this class had positive experiences. It helped them become educated about Asian Americans, and help make the college curricula more diverse. If Asian American Studies is necessary then why wasn’t it added on the college curricula years ago? Prior to the 1960s Civil Rights movement, the majority of students was Caucasian thus pushing the reason why the heads of these colleges did not bother with adding any type of ethnic studies classes since it would probably not interest their students or be in their best interests. When the Civil Rights movement came, it not opened the doors for only African Americans but for other ethnic groups, including Asian Americans, as well to have the right to be treated equally and have their culture studied at the colleges they attended. Another reason was the discrimination against Asian Americans continued during that time as well as going into the present. During the eighteenth to twentieth century,
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there were laws and acts that prevented Asian Americans from being treated as equal human beings. Laws such as the Naturalization Law of 1790 (stating only “free whites” were eligible for naturalization and citizenship) and acts such as the Immigration Act of 1924 (suppose to have limited the immigration flow of eastern and southern Europeans but was extended to Asian immigrants a bit more) prevented Asian Americans from becoming citizens of America. Though these discriminatory practices are now claimed as wrong, this does not mean that racism and prejudice against Asians Americans has stopped. These acts of hate toward Asian Americans includes but are not limited to riots,
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course SOC 197A taught by Professor Li during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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