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Asian-American Experience: East Asia Focus

Asian Americans have been an integral part of ensuring that the United States lives up to its stated values since they first arrived in this country in the 1850s. This course serves as an introduction to several aspects of the Asian American experience including laws, Supreme Court cases, war, and the “model minority” myth. Our topics will include the Chinese Exclusion Act, the American occupation of Hawaii and the Philippines, Japanese Internment, the impact of wars on Asian Americans, and the legal construction of whiteness designed to explicitly exclude Asians. While Asian Americans are a group comprising myriad nationalities and cultures, this one mod course will focus on Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, and Vietnamese Americans.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0