HIST 039:Introduction to Asian American HistoryInstructor: Jeannie Shinozuka, PhDTime & Place: Tuesdays & Thursdays (9/26/19-12/6/19), 11:00 am – 12:20 pm , 103 Materials Sci and EngineeringOffice Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pmOffice: HMNSS 4400Email (best way to reach me): [email protected]Office: (951) 827-5401Course DescriptionIn the 21stcentury, Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic and racial population in the United States. Asian Americans include both post-first generation peoples of Asian ancestry, as well as Asian immigrants. The starting point for this course will begin in the early modern period. The “discovery” of the Americas, which cannot be separated from an imagined Orient, shaped early perceptions of Asians long before their mass migration in the 1830s and 1840s. We examine the experiences of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. from the Gold Rush (1850s) to World War II. The first part of this course will focus on immigration, labor, community formation, exclusion, and incarceration.The second portion of the course will then highlight the significant changes within Asian American communities since 1965. The focus will be on 1960s social movements, new immigrants from China, the Philippines, Korea, India, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Hmong Americans. Throughout this entire course we will compare groups across time, as well as analyze how sexism, classism, and heterosexism are inextricably linked to racism. Additionally, we will ask how historical patterns shape the present. In turn, we
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