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Unformatted text preview: 1 Instructor: Eun Jung Park Smith Office: HSS 2346 #4 Section: Office Hours: Classroom, Class Days and Times: HSS #### email: firstname.lastname@example.org Muir 50: Asian Americans and Popular Culture This course introduces students to the rhetorical constructions of Asian and Asian American identities in popular culture, from narrative dramas, documentaries, commercials and news media. What can the contextualization process connecting the social, historical and cultural conditions reveal about these stereotypes? All of the countries in what is designated as Asia have a large diversity of different cultures and histories. Yet, Asians in film are often depicted as the villain, the nerd, the martial arts master, the liquor storeowner and so on. An analysis of the power imbalance between the viewers to reinterpret meanings and the discursive power of centralized media institutions yields a loss of critical energy in questioning the macro-structures of media and society. Therefore the broad aim of this course focuses on cultural consumption and relations of cultural production. Some of the topics that will be covered include: stereotypes of Asians in Hollywood; the re/creation of history and memory; the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality; and the interpenetration of U.S. foreign policy. Through a development of critical analysis, students will learn to unpack the rhetorical strategies and argumentative structures of racial construction. The purpose of the course is to develop these critical thinking skills that can be applied to all media and text. The class will read and analyze arguments that attempt to interpret representations of Asians in the media in order for students to read the possibility of several interpretations that can be made of one argument and to learn how to develop and construct their own arguments in a critically engaging manner. Text: Muir 50 Reader. Available for purchase from the University Bookstore in the Price Center. The Craft of Research, 3 rd Edition by Wayne C. Booth, G. Colomb, and J. M. Williams (2008). Groundwork Bookstore, 858-452-9625. Grades: Muir 50 is taken for a letter grade only. You need to complete all assigned work in order to receive a passing grade in the course. Course grade breakdown: Annotated and Evaluate Bibliography, including drafts (at least 12 entries) 25% Research Proposal, including drafts (3-5 page final draft) 10% Research based Paper, including drafts and workshops (10-12 page final draft) 55% Attendance/Quizzes/Participation 10% Assignments: Papers : An Annotated and Evaluate Bibliography of at least 12 entries; a Paper Proposal of 3-5 pages; and a Research-based paper of 10-12 pages are required. Prompts will be handed out in class prior to the assignment due date....
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2010 for the course MUIR 50 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '10 term at UCSD.
- Fall '10