CamAmExp_AAS393F2010--syllabus

CamAmExp_AAS393F2010--syllabus - Cambodian American...

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Cambodian American Experience Asian American Studies 393 San Francisco State University Fall 2010 Jonathan Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Time: MW 2:10-3:25 Location: EP 101 Office: EP 124 Office hours: Tues 2-3 p.m. & Thurs 2-3 p.m.; or by appointment; or whenever door is open Email: [email protected] Office phone: 415-338-2279 Course Description and Objectives Since the Cold War era, over 1.8 million Southeast Asian refugees have entered the United States and re-established their lives despite war and displacement. Roughly 150,000 of them were from Cambodia. This course first examines the conditions that led thousands of people to flee their homes in Cambodia. Second, we will critically and comparatively examine the ways Cambodian refugees have forged new lives, communities, and identities in the United States. We will focus on constraints and strategies (institutional, artistic, community, and cultural) deployed by Cambodian refugees and Cambodian Americans to negotiate their marginal status in the United States, paying particular attention to the creative ways they maintain traditions, lifeways, institutions, and relationships, both locally and transnationally. Student Learning Outcomes (1) By the end of the semester, students will be able to accomplish the following: demonstrate, through class discussions and writing assignments, an understanding of historical, social, and political circumstances of Cambodia’s history and its involvement in the “Hot Wars” in Southeast Asia, which establishes the foundation for understanding developments and events in the Cambodian American experience; (2) Apply the theories and methods in the study of Cambodian American experiences to key historical events that profoundly impact the Cambodian American subjectivity and communities; (3) Analyze, in classroom discussion and writing, key issues in the transplantation and resettlement of Cambodian ways of life in America through the analytical lenses of class, race and gender discourses; (4) Analyze economic, political, social, or cultural issues as well as ethical dilemmas and choices that Cambodian Americans encounter (i.e., deportation, gender role reversals, human rights, justice, and ethics of identity); (5) Demonstrate an understanding of the interplay among history, memory, family narratives, and the ethics of selfhood in the lives of Cambodian Americans;
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