Asian American Studies 50:
Asian American Women
TR 3:30 to 4:45 pm
Grace Hong, Ren-Yo Hwang, Chun Mei Lam
Grace Hong’s Contact Information:
Asian American Studies Department, 3336 Rolfe Hall
3329 Rolfe Hall
Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm, Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm, and by appointment
The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act is a watershed moment in the history of Asian migration
to the United States, serving to mark a number of important shifts, in particular organized around
gender and sexuality.
While Asian immigrants and Asian Americans in the pre-1965 era were
racialized as deviantly gendered and sexually non-normative, the post-1965 era has been witness to
another incarnation of power, which attempts to incorporate Asian Americans as upwardly mobile,
middle-class, professional and technological workers.
A crucial part of this incorporative strategy is
the extension of heteropatriarchal family structures, based on normative gender and sexual
formations, to Asian Americans.
Yet the incorporation of Asian Americans into these
heteropatriarchal structures must not only sanitize the past histories of Asian American racialization
in the pre-1965 moment, but it must also erase the contemporary conditions of U.S. imperialism,
militarism, and war in Asia, economic and labor exploitation, and displacement and dispossession
that impel Asian migration to the United States.
These histories don’t
erased, but re-emerge
through Asian American culture, which we will define as both everyday practices of living, defining,
and remembering, and also as works of cultural production.
This course contains materials of a sensitive nature, including sexual situations,
violence, adult language and other content, and is intended for a mature audience only.
Required Books (available at ASUCLA bookstore):
•Heinz Insu Fenkl,
Memories of My Ghost Brother
•Le Thi Diem Thuy,
The Gangster We Are All Looking For
•Spencer Nakasako and Don Bonus, “AKA Don Bonus” (screened in class; also available for
viewing in the Instructional Media Lab, 270 Powell Library)
•Mira Nair, “The Namesake” (screen on your own; available for viewing in the Instructional Media
Lab, 270 Powell Library or available for rent at any major video store or Netflix)
•Janice Tanaka, “Who’s Going to Pay for these Donuts Anyways?” (screened in class; also available
for viewing in the Instructional Media Lab, 270 Powell Library)
available as downloadable PDF from the course website:
; access through your MyUCLA page
Section Attendance and Participation
Reading Response (2 pages, 600 words)
Paper (4-5 pages; 1200-1500 words)