San José State University
College of Social Sciences/Social Science Department/Asian American Studies
AAS 33B: Asian Americans in the U.S. Historical and Political Process, Section
4, Spring 2010
Joel Franks and Alex Yamato
Franks: DMH 238B
Yamato: DMH 239A
Franks: M, W, 8:15-10:15, T, Th, 8:15-8:45
Yamato: M 3:00-4:00, T 10:30-12:00, 1:00-3:00, W 9:55-10:25 and by
D2 and D3 and American Institutions F 1-2-3 (Completion of AAS 33A/B)
Faculty Web Page
Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on our
faculty web pages accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page.
You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU (or other
communication system as indicated by the instructor). Franks can be accessed
He also has a yahoo group site for this particular class. That can be
accessed by way of
Yamato’s website is:
The purpose of the course is to examine the historical and political development of the United States from a
The course will examine the principle events, developments, and problems of the
United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, emphasizing the role of class, race, ethnicity,
gender, and sexuality in American history and politics.
The course will examine the diversity of the Asian
American experience within the context of the development of the United States as a developing nation-
state and world power and within the context of its race relations with other minorities such as Native
Americans, African Americans, and Mexican Americans.
The social history of Asian America forms an important part of the broad understanding of the social,
economic, and political contours of America.
In turn, the contours of American history and political
institutions help us to better understand the particular social experiences of Asians and Asian Americans as
immigrants, workers, and small business entrepreneurs and the impact of social institutions upon the
formation of families, and communities.
In addition, the course will examine the history and politics of California government, contrasting the
similarities and differences between California and U.S. Constitutions, the relation between the federal and
state and local governments, and contemporary issues of California government and politics.