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Asa2winter2008 - Asian American Studies 02 Winter 2008 Professor Rhacel Salazar Parreas Contemporary Experiences of Asian Americans This course

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Asian American Studies 02 Winter 2008 Professor Rhacel Salazar Parreñas Contemporary Experiences of Asian Americans This course offers an introduction to Asian American Studies through an analysis of select contemporary experiences of Asian Americans. This course looks at how race shapes the experiences of Asian Americans in various institutions including education, the labor market/workplace, the family, law, and lastly local communities. Due to the short length of the course, we are unable to cover all significant contemporary issues that confront Asian Americans. However, this course introduces us to the concept of race as a category of analysis and as such provides us with the skills to analyze how race shapes the experiences of Asian Americans in various institutions, including those we do not cover in this course. While interrogating how race shapes the contemporary experiences of Asian Americans, this course does not look at race as a sole category of analysis but instead places race in the context of its intersections with gender, class, nation, and sexuality. Moreover, we move beyond binary constructions of race from an Asian-White paradigm and instead also examine the racial experience of Asians in relation to multiple groups including Latinos and Blacks. Finally, this course simultaneously builds and questions the social construction of ‘Asian American’ as a racial category. In other words, this course does not blindly accept the category of ‘Asian American’ but instead examines the politics of this racial grouping through an analysis of contemporary experiences. We ask: What contemporary experiences do those who fall within the category ‘Asian Americans’ share? What experiences do they not share? Are there representative ‘Asian American experiences’ that universally [not necessarily uniformly] apply to all Asian Americans? Are there ethnic specific experiences that do not universally apply to all Asian Americans? How do we address and become accountable to differences in Asian American experiences? Lastly, is being Asian American an identity or experience?
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2008 for the course ASA 002 taught by Professor Rhacelparrenas during the Winter '08 term at UC Davis.

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Asa2winter2008 - Asian American Studies 02 Winter 2008 Professor Rhacel Salazar Parreas Contemporary Experiences of Asian Americans This course

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