This course aims to explore Asian American Culture and the implications of this hybrid ‘Asian American’ for the meanings of ‘Asian,’ ‘American,’ and ‘Culture.’ Inevitably, these related explorations will cross into areas like
1. Chinese language, literature, and culture,
2. American (English) language, literature, and culture, and
3. American domestic and foreign relations, especially in the postwar era.
To make these issues live for the general student, he or she will be placed into the position of the contemporary Asian American. The student learns of historical marginalization and exclusion, but also about the transformation of Asian America in the dynamic domestic and global present. Within this complexity, the student is encouraged to define his or her own interests and (within constraints) his or her own approaches. Early meetings will encourage general learning and discussion of key issues through a variety of modes of communication and research.
With regard to class conduct, ‘flipping’ is the appropriate mode, so that most classes would be committed to group activities, including peer tutorials, and to presentations relating to work-in-progress or to IT and web-based information and techniques. Assessment will be keyed to the amount of research, intellectual work, and creativity the student invests in projects. Assessment must be construed appropriately for the open-endedness of the larger assignment (to define one’s own interests and even approaches). Lesser assignments early on would be designed to focus students on both issues and techniques; later they would involve presentation of work-in-progress.