Fall 2017

  • Please Note a Change to AASI 3998-Section 1 to AASI 3221-Section 1 Sociological Perspectives on Asian American Women

AASI 3212 – Section 1 / ENGL 3212 Asian American Literature / Class #6187

MWF 10:10am – 11:00am Austin (CLAS) Building Room 163

This course reviews novels, short stories, drama and poetry by and about Asian Americans. It will discuss significant cultural and historical moments for Asian Americans in different regions of the United States. It will also discuss pre and post 1965 “waves” of Asian immigration and exclusion, and how literature explores the difficulties of dislocation and relocation.

Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Professor of English and Core Faculty, AAAS Institute

AASI 3221 – Section 1 Sociological Perspectives on Asian American Women [this course was formerly offered as Variable Topics: Contemporary Indian Society] / Class # 12161

TTH 12:30pm – 1:45pm Storrs Hall Room 002

This course focuses on the social structures affecting the lives of different groups of Asian American women in the United States and relates current experiences of this group to larger socio-historical processes. This course also examines the different social hierarchies – gender, race and class – within which these women, originally from East, South and Southeast Asia, live their lives. The course will look at different institutions, investigate Asian American women’s experiences and explore some organized movements for social change.

Manisha Desai, Professor of Sociology and Core Faculty, AAAS Institute

AASI 3375 – Section 1 / ART 3375 Indian Art & Popular Culture / Class #9956

TUESDAYS 6:30pm – 9:15pm Art Building Room 106

This course will introduce modern and contemporary art from India and the South Asian Diaspora from independence to the present, which will include painting, sculpture, installation and photography, as well as folk and popular art. Lectures on Indian religions and philosophy, and ancient and ritual forms of art will help to contextualize modern and contemporary topics.

Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art & Painting and AAAS Institute Affiliated Faculty

AASI 3578 – Section 1 / HIST 3530 Asian American Experience Since 1850 / Class #7899

TTH 11:00am – 12:15pm Laurel Hall Room 106

The goal of the course is for students to appreciate Asian American history as a social process by learning about the emergence of the social movement, the development of historical inquiry about Asian Americans and the on-going struggle to learn about the past in order to better understand the present. Introducing students to Asian American History as a political social movement, an academic field, and as a cultural practice, this course teaches fundamental historical narratives of Asian Americans in U.S. history, covering the experiences of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian immigrants as well as those of other Pacific Islanders. Instead of learning a strict chronology of events, this course first explores the history of political and academic activism in the formation of Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies. The majority of the course will be devoted to the diverse histories of migration, integration, and struggle within Asian American communities from the 19th century to the present. We will also learn about the culture and politics of the late 20th century through discussions of the “model minority” stereotype, Asian refugees, Asian Americans in popular culture, and their relationship to other racial and ethnic groups.

Jason O. Chang, Assistant Professor of History and Core Faculty, AAAS Institute

AASI 3808 – Section 1 / HIST 3808 East Asia to the Mid-19th Century/ Class #6276

TTH 9:30am – 10:45am ITE (Information Technology Engineering) Building Room 119

This course examines the major problems and issues of traditional Chinese and Japanese history and historiography. Special emphasis will be placed on the “Great Tradition” in ideas of both civilizations.

Victor Zatsepine, Assistant Professor of History and Core Faculty, AAAS Institute

AASI 3812 – Section 1 / HIST 3812 Modern India / Class #6558

TTH 2:00pm – 3:15pm Austin (CLAS Building) Room 103

This course examines the development of India from the Mughal and European invasions of the Sixteenth Century to the present. India’s remarkable synthesis of East and West, traditional and new, is the focus. The course comprises a series of lectures drawn from six main sections: India Today; Traditional India; India in the Muslim Period; The Music and Art of India; India in the European Period; and National and Independent India.

Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury, Lecturer in History

AASI 3998 – Section 2 Variable Topics: Asian American Experience / Class #6604

TUESDAYS 6:00pm – 9:00pm Student Union Building Room 428
Enrollment is Restricted by Permission of the Instructor Only

Drawing on history, memory and cultural identity, this course begins with cultural critic Lisa Lowe’s assertion that Asian America is marked by heterogeneity, multiplicity and hybridity. Interdisciplinary and pan-ethnic in its approach, the course requires the consent of the Instructor in order to enroll in it.

Angela Rola, Adjunct Instructor and Director, Asian American Cultural Center

AASI 3998 – Section 3 / HIST 3098 Variable Topics: US Asian Relations in the 20th Century / Class #9330 Course Description Forthcoming

Bradley Simpson, Associate Professor of History and Core Faculty, AAAS Institute

AASI 3998 – Section 4 / HIST 3810 China and the West to 1949 / Class #9555

TTH 2:00pm – 3:15pm Laurel Hall Room 106

This course analyses China’s political, economic, and cultural encounters with the Western Powers from the seventeenth century to 1949. Students will consider the changing structure of Chinese society in order to understand how Imperial China perceived the West. Additionally, this course addresses different strategies employed by the Western Powers to gain influence in China, ranging from missionary work and the opium trade to military invasion. In the twentieth century, Chinese people borrowed such foreign concepts as republican government, revolution, and nationalism to overthrow the Qing dynasty and to launch political, economic, and social reforms that were unprecedented in scale and human cost. This course aims to help students reflect on the perceived and real impact of Chinese and Western civilizations on each other.

Victor Zatsepine, Assistant Professor of History and Core Faculty, AAAS Institute

AASI 4999 Independent Study / Requires Independent Study Authorization Form

Section (001) / Class #6789 – Class Time and Location TBA / Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies

Section (002) / Class #7893 – Class Time and Location TBA / Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies