Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course because it gives students another perspective of immigrants and the hardships that they go through. Through my own experience with the class, I have found a new sense of respect for immigrants through the books that we have read and discussed in class. The books are fairly easy to read despite occasionally being very long. However, in the end, reading the books are worth it, because of the knowledge you gain.
For me, the highlight of the course was reading The Joy Luck Club. I learned that it is not only hard for immigrants to assimilate into a new community, but once the children have assimilated into the new community, they often lose connection with their parents. The relationship between immigrant parents and their children is often something that is at stake when a family decides to immigrate to a new country. Due to cultural and language boundaries, children are unable to understand their parents, making the relationship between the parents and children difficult.
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Advice for students:
If you plan on taking this course, be prepared to read! This course is fast paced and requires a lot of reading before class to be prepared for the discussions. The books and discussions are interesting so it is definitely worth it to be prepared! Professor Rafieisakhaei is very caring and understanding if you are a little behind, so just try your best. The class does require a lot of books but most of the books can be found on PDF or at your local library so you won't have to spend extra on books.