Readings

Texts

Required Texts

 Houston, Jeanne. Farewell to Manzanar. Ember, 2012. ISBN: 9780307976079. [Preview with Google Books]

Liu, Eric. The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker. Vintage, 1999. ISBN: 9780375704864.

SES # TOPICS / SESSION TYPE KEY DATES
Week 1: Intro
1 Introduction to the Class

Chua, Amy. “ Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2011.

Yang, Wesley. “ Paper Tigers,” New York Magazine, May 8, 2011.

Mervis, Jeffrey. “ A Glass Ceiling for Asian Scientists?Science 310, no. 5748 (2005): 606–7 and responses.

Week 2: Early Immigrants–The First Wave
2 Writing Exercise No readings.
3 Discussion

Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Little Brown and Company, 1998, pp. 21–75. ISBN: 9780316831307. [Preview with Google Books]

Lee, Yan Phou. When I Was a Boy in China. University of California Libraries, 1887. [Preview with Google Books [Excerpt]

Kang, Younghill. East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental Yankee. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1937. [Excerpt]

Chew, Lee. “ The Biography of a Chinaman.” The Independent 55, no. 2829 (1903): 417–23.

Kum, Sing. “Letter by a Chinese Girl.” In Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present. Edited by Judy Yung, Gordon H. Chang, and I. Mark Lai. University of California Press, 2006. ISBN-13: 9780520243101 (Originally published in 1876.) [Preview with Google Books]

Wing, Yung. My Life in China and America. H. Holt and Company, 1909.

Shioya, Sakae. When I Was a Boy in Japan. Book on Demand, 1906.

Week 3: Chinese Exclusion
4 Lecture No readings.
5 Discussion

Harte, Bret. “ Ah Sin: The Heathen Chinee.” 1870.

Letter of the Chinamen to Governor Bigler, April 1852.

Rev. Gibson, Otis. “Chinaman or White Man, Which?” Reply to Father Buchard. Adegi Graphics LLC, 2011. ISBN: 9780543730299.

Greene, George W. The Labor Agitators or, the Battle for Bread: The Party of the Future, the Workingmen’s Party of California: It’s Bird and Organization. It’s Leaders and Its Purposes: Corruption in Our Local and State Governments. Venality of the Press. George W. Greene, 1879.

Lee, Yan Phou. “ The Chinese Must Stay.” The North American Review 148, no. 389 (1889): 476-483. 

Chinese Equal Rights League. Appeal of the Chinese Equal Rights League to the People of the United States for Equality of Manhood. The League, 1892.

American Federation of Labor. “ Some Reasons for Chinese Exclusion: Meat Vs. Rice.” 1901.

Francisco, San. “Proceedings of the Asiatic Exclusion League.” (PDF - 2.0MB) 1908.

Gjerde, Jon. Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998. ISBN: 9780395815328.

-–. Samuel Gompers Racializes Chinese American Labor, pp. 275-277.

-–. The Asiatic Exclusion League. The Asiatic Exclusion League Asians Cannot Be Assimilated, pp. 278-279.

-–. Hao, Fu Chi. Chinese American Reprimands Americans for Anti-Chinese Attitudes and Law, pp. 280-281.

Browse Chinese immigration files from the National Archives.  

Week 4: Chinatown
6 Library Workshop No readings.
7 Chinatown Field Trip

Read ahead for Week 9

Tang, Joyce. “ The Model Minority Thesis Revisited: (Counter) Evidence from the Science and Engineering Fields.” Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 33, no. 3 (1997): 291–315.

Woo, Deborah. “The State of Research on The Glass Ceiling.” In Glass Ceilings and Asian Americans: The New Face of Workplace Barriers. AltaMira Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780742503359. [Preview with Google Books]

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Asian American and Pacific Islander Work Group (AAPI Work Group) Report, 2008.

Jennifer, Berdahl L., and Min Ji-A. “ Prescriptive stereotypes and workplace consequences for East Asians in North America.” Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 18, no. 2 (2012): 141–52.

Week 5: Imperialism in the Philippines and the Migration of Colonials
8 Lecture Mini-workshop with Writing Advisor: Tips on Comparative Analysis Film Clip: Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance. Directed by Geoffrey Dunn and Mark Schwartz. Color, 29 min. 1984.
9 Presentations Group I

Survey of Race Relations Archives

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South Asian American Digital Archive

Week 6: World War II and the Japanese-American Internment
10 Lecture In-class Film Clip: Unfinished Business. Directed by Steven Okazaki. Black and White / Color, 58 min. 1986.
11 Discussion

Houston, Jeanne. Farewell to Manzanar. Ember, 2012. ISBN: 9780307976079. [Preview with Google Books]

Excerpt from Okubo. Citizen 13660. University of Washington Press, 1983. ISBN: 9780295959894. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 7: Asian Americans in the Civil Rights Era
12 Lecture

Uyematsu, Amy. “The Emergence of Yellow Power in America.” Gidra, 1969.

Tachiki, Amy. Roots: An Asian American Reader. University of California La Asian Amer, 1971, pp. 9–13. ISBN: 9780934052061.

Week 8: The Second Wave: Post-1965 Immigration, Southeast Asian Refugees and Changing Community
13 Lecture Film Clip: A. K. A. Don Bonus. Directed by Spencer Nakasako and Sokly Ny. Color. 65 min. 1995.
14 Presentations Group II

Selections from:

Freeman, James M. Hearts of Sorrow: Vietnamese-American Lives. Stanford University Press, 1991. ISBN: 9780804718905.

Welaratna, Usha. Beyond the Killing Fields: Voices of Nine Cambodian Survivors in America. Stanford University Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780804721394.

Chan, Sucheng, ed. Hmong Means Free: Life in Laos and America. Temple University Press, 1994. ISBN: 9781566391634.

Week 9: Model Minority or Invisible Minority?
15 Review lecture No readings. 
16 Discussion: I. The Pew Report and Responses

Pew Research Center Report: “The Rise of Asian Americans.” (PDF - 2.7MB) 2012.

Statement From National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) on Pew Research Center study on Asian Americans, June 19, 2012.

Letter to Pew Research Center–Asian American / Pacific Islander Policy Research Consortium, June 22, 2012.

Association for Asian American Studies Response to the Pew Center Report: “Rise of Asian Americans.” 2012

Peterson, W. “Success Story: Japanese-American Style.” New York Times, January 9, 1966.

“Success Story of One Minority Group in U.S.” U.S. News & World Report, December 1966.

Okihiro, Gary Y. Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture. University of Washington Press 1994, pp. 140–47. ISBN: 9780295973395. [Preview with Google Books]

Suzuki, Bob H. “Revisiting the Model Minority Stereotype: Implications for Student Affairs Practice and Higher Education.”  New Directions for Student Services 2002, no. 97. (2002): 21-32.

Tang, Joyce. “ The Model Minority Thesis Revisited: (Counter) Evidence From the Science and Engineering Fields.” Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 33, no. 3 (1997): 291–315.

National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight, (PDF) 2008 III. The Glass Ceiling / Bamboo Ceiling.

Woo, Deborah. “The State of Research on The Glass Ceiling.” In Glass Ceilings and Asian Americans: The New Face of Workplace Barriers. AltaMira Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780742503359. [Preview with Google Books]

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Asian American and Pacific Islander Work Group (AAPI Work Group) Report, 2008.

Berdahl, Jennifer L., and Min Ji-A. “ Prescriptive Stereotypes and Workplace Consequences for East Asians in North America.” Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 18, no. 2 (2012): 141–52.

Room for Debate: “ Fears of an Asian Quota in the Ivy League,” New York Times, December 19, 2012.

Hsu, Andrea. Asian-Americans Face Dilemma in Debate Over Affirmitive Action. NPR. November, 21, 2012.

Advancing Justice materials on Fisher v. UT Austin.

Woo, Deborah. United States Glass Ceiling Commission. “ The Glass Ceiling and Asian Americans.” (PDF) 1994.

Week 10: Asian Americans in Asia
17 Special Lecture: Asian Americans Working in Asia, Professor Edward J. W. Park Park, Edward J. W. “ Racial Ideology and Hiring Decisions in Silicon Valley.” Qualitative Sociology 22, no. 3 (1999): 223–33.
18 Writing Workshop No readings.
Week 11: Second Wave Immigrants–Korean Americans, Small Business, and Inter-Ethnic Relations
19 Guest Lecture: Prof. Min Song No readings.
20 Discussion

Park, Edward J. W. “ Friends or Enemies?: Generational Politics in the Korean American Community in Los Angeles.” Qualitative Sociology 22, no. 2 (1999): 161–75.

Park, Kyeyoung. “The Gravitation to Small Business.” Chapter 3 in The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City. Cornell University Press, 1997, pp. 36–70.  ISBN: 9780801483912. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “ The Re-Invention of Affirmative Action: Korean Immigrants’ Changing Conceptions of African Americans And Latin Americans.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 24, no. 1–2 (1995): 59–92.

———. Forum: “ Use and Abuse of Race and Culture: Black- Korean Tension in America.” American Anthropologist 98, no. 30 (1996).

Film: Kim-Gibson, Dai Sil, Christine Choy, and Elaine Kim.  Sa-I-Gu. 1993. 

Week 12: Second Wave Immigrants–South Asian Americans, Ethnic Identity and the Second-Generation
21 Guest Lecture: Prof. Pawan Dhingra No readings.
22 Discussion

Maira, Sunaina." Youth Culture, Citizenship and Globalization: South Asian Muslim Youth in the United States after September 11th." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 24, no. 1 (2004): 219–31.

———. “ Identity Dub: The Paradoxes of an Indian American Youth Subculture (New York Mix).” Cultural Anthropology 14, no. 1 (1999): 29–60.

Dhingra, Pawan. “ Committed to Ethnicity, Committed to America: How Second-Generation Indian Americans’ Ethnic Boundaries Further their Americanisation.” Journal of Intercultural Studies 29, no. 1 (2008): 41–63.

———. “ Hospitable to Others: Indian American Motel Owners Create Boundaries and Belonging in the Heartland.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 33, no. 6 (2010): 1088–107. (Recommended)

Prashad, Vijay. “Of the Origin of Desis” and “Of Antiblack Racism.” In The Karma of Brown Folk. University of Minnesota Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780816634392. [Preview with Google Books]

Week 13: New Immigrants, New Identities
23 Discussion and Thesis Presentation Liu, Eric. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 in The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker. Vintage, 1999. ISBN: 9780375704864.
Week 14: New Immigrants, New Identities
24 Thesis Presentations Toyota, Tritia. Envisioning America: New Chinese Americans and the Politics of Belonging. Stanford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780804762427. [Excerpts]
25 Writing Workshop No readings.
Week 15: Final Week
26 Final Revised Paper Due No readings.

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