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Asian American Studies

  • ASAMST 110G  Global Diasporas: Roots and Routes

    Description:
    This course takes a cross-cultural and global approach to examining diaspora- the phenomenon of being rooted to an ancestral homeland which is other than the nation in which one currently resides. Focusing on the U.S. and other majority-white countries, we analyze diaspora as an identity formation; its relationship to ideas like "transnational" and "nation" and how notions of race, minority status, and indigenous status (e.g. American Indian) affect whether and how a group is considered a diaspora.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 200  Introduction to Asian American Studies

    Description:
    This collaboratively taught course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to issues and methods relevant within the field of Asian American Studies. Possible areas of exploration may include: particular ethnic and geographic communities (e.g. South Asians and Cambodian Americans or Dorchester and Chinatown neighborhoods), women and gender, history, civil rights, media portrayals, literature, art and performance, and health or mental health issues.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 220  Special Topics

    Description:
    Various courses in Asian American Studies are offered experimentally under this heading. Topics and faculty sponsors are announced before the beginning of each semester.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 221L  Introduction to Asian-American Writing

    Description:
    A study of prose works by American writers of East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian descent. In discussing texts and current issues in the field of Asian American literary studies, students consider the ways in which discourse determines identity and the responsibilities of writers-to themselves as artists and to their communities, whether defined by race or gender. ASAMST 221L and ENGL 221L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 223L  Asians in the United States

    Description:
    This multidisciplinary course examines the social, historical, and structural contexts defining the Asian American experience from 1850 to the present. Topics include immigration, labor, community settlement, ethnicity, stereotypes, and race relations. AMST 223L and ASAMST 223L and SOCIOL 223L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 225L  Southeast Asians in the United States

    Description:
    This course examines issues arising from the resettlement of one million Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian refugees in the US since 1975. Topics include resettlement policies, adjustment and acculturation, changing roles of women and family, and the continuing impact of international politics. Media presentations and lectures by local Southeast Asian community leaders highlight the course. AMST 225L and ASAMST 225L and SOCIOL 225L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 226  Becoming South Asians

    Description:
    This course examines the history and contemporary issues of people in the US with ancestry from countries such as Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Through course readings, films, guest lectures, and student projects, the course explores global migrations and immigrant patterns, The formation of diverse South Asian communities, and cross-cutting issues of race, ethnicity, class, and gender.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 227GL  Multicultural Expression and Celebration: U.S. Ethnic Festivals and Transnational Belonging

    Description:
    The course uses the lens of celebrating different communities ethnicities to explore ideas of transnational belonging as they relate to diaspora, ethnicity, and race in the contemporary United States. Class discussions focus on art and display, critical race theory, and anthropological studies of culture history and cultural migration to examine the politics of ethnicity, racialized identity, and national belonging. In so doing, students assess current goals for U.S. multiculturalism and its practical connections to multi-vocality. ANTH 227GL and ASAMST 227GL are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 228L  Asian Women in the United States

    Description:
    Drawing on women's voices in literature, sociocultural research, and historical analysis, this course examines the experience of Asian women in the United States from 1850 to the present. Topics include the transformation of Asian women's traditional roles as part of the acculturation process; exclusion; changing roles within the Asian American family; resistance to oppression as defined by race, gender, class; and the continuing impact of international politics. AMST 228L and ASAMST 228L and SOCIOL 228L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 230  Asian and African Diasporas of the Americas

    Description:
    This course examines the similarities and differences between Asian and African Diasporas in four Western hemisphere contexts: Hawaii, Cuba, Brazil and the mainland United States. We will explore the differing ways in wich race, citizenship, and belonging are used by and on members of two different groups who in some cases, occupy similar roles within a nation-state and in other cases are cas on opposite "sides." We will utilize approaches drawn from anthropology, sociology, political science, international studies, and cultural studies to give students a sense of how local contexts shape a more general diaspora experience. The ultimate goal of this course is to ask the questions: Is solidarity and constructive engagement possible between such radically different groups? If so, how? If not, why not?   More Info

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  • ASAMST 238L  Asian American Psychology

    Description:
    This course is an introduction to the psychological experience of Asian Americans, including the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural influences that shape personality and mental health in community, family, and individual contexts. The course also explores prevention and intervention possibilities through specific examples, such as trauma and intergenerational conflict, that are relevant for Asian American populations. ASAMST 238L and PSYCH 238L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 250G  Rise Up! Asian American Leadership and Social Change

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    This course will discuss the legacy of Asian American youth since the 1960's and the present activities, directions, and perspectives of Asian American leaders and organizations. Students will learn basic theories and models of leadership and organizations within the context of social movements and Asian American history. Students will engage with essays from activists, critically analyze organizations, and develop their own plan to address a community issue to present to their peers. In addition to multi-disciplinary readings, there will be guest speakers, videos, and peer teaching.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 265L  World War II Internment of Japanese Americans (A)

    Description:
    The US Government in 1942 commenced the internment of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry. This course considers political, economic, legal, sociological and historical matters in the examination of this chapter in American life. The course encompasses experiences beyond the internment, including early Japanese immigration, the battle for redress and reparations, and the current status of Japanese and Asian Americans. ASAMST 265L and POLSCI 265L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 270  Cambodian American Culture and Community

    Description:
    This course explores significant themes from the cultural and historical past of Khmer/Cambodian Americans, and examines issues concerning their cross-generational realities as refugees, immigrants, and racial minorities, including their development of communities in the U.S. and their continuing diasporic relationships to Cambodia. Local student/community examples from Lynn, Revere, and Lowell will be highlighted.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 294  Resources for Vietnamese American Studies

    Description:
    This course introduces students to the field of Vietnamese American Studies - what theories, methods, resources, and voices are helpful to examine the migrations and reconstructions of identity, culture, and community for Vietnamese in the U.S. and their diasporic relationships to Viet Nam and around the world. The course will feature presentations by local Vietnamese American researchers, writers, and community leaders.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 326L  Multiracial Experiences

    Description:
    This course explores the experiences of multiracial individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We will explore historical and current meanings of race and racialization, including the personal, community, and political implications of racial categorizations, racial purity, and newer ideas of multiraciality and changing boundaries. We will consider racial identities and the negotiation of multiple, complex and contradicting meanings of race and racialization. We will also explore the diverse meanings and experiences of multiracial individuals in specific relation to various racial groups, including White European Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos. Finally, we will consider issues related to community organizing for, by and in relation to multiracial peoples.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 333  Asian American Politics and Social Movements

    Description:
    Students examine the historical development and contemporary dimensions of political and social movements in Asian American communities. Through directed readings, lectures, and critical case studies, students analyze ways in which Asian Americans have organized politically through electoral participation, ethnic/ cultural forms, neighborhood-based organizing, labor unions, multi-racial coalitions and virtual forms to affect issues in their communities, their homelands, and in US society.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 345  Asian American Cultures and Health Practices

    Description:
    Students examine critical health issues among diverse Asian cultures and communities, including cultural influences on health behaviors and practices of Asian Americans, and the relationships between health of Asian Americans and social, political, and economic contexts. A field work component enables students to develop culturally sensitive health intervention strategies or policies for individuals, families, and communities.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 350L  Asian-American Literary Voices

    Description:
    An advanced study of poetry, fiction, drama, and autobiography by Asian American writers to explore the complex interplay between constructions of ethnic identity and literary expression. Students engage with the highly diverse face of contemporary Asian America, probing its literature for emerging themes like diaspora, transnationalism, and sexuality and analyzing their impact on the U.S. literary landscape. ASAMST 350L and ENGL 350L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 355L  Asian Americans and the Law

    Description:
    How has the US legal system affected Asian Americans? How have Asian Americans individually and collectively had impact on the US legal system? This course critically examines historical and contemporary issues of immigration policy, affirmative action, bilingual education, civil rights, and community control of development from local and national perspectives. ASAMST 355L and PHILLAW 355 and PHILLAW 355L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 370  Asian American Media Literacy

    Description:
    This course will analyze media in three ways: media content (the message); the political and economic structure of mass media; and the impact of the media on culture, identity, and group relationships, particularly in relation to dynamics of race and gender for Asian Americans. The course will enable students to develop a critical eye toward images and representations in media, to examine thoughtfully how their media use has affected their own identities, and to explore the possibilities of creating alternative media which can express their voices more fully or effectively.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 375L  Indian Cinema

    Description:
    This course will provide an introduction to Indian cinema and to Indian culture and society through the study of films. The Indian film industry is the largest producer of feature films in the world. In this class we will examine the films as entertainment as well as cultural narratives and commentaries on society, exploring themes such as social change, the family and gender. The course will combine content analysis of film texts with study of the public culture of film reception. ASAMST 375L and COMM 375L and SOCIOL 375L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 390  Asian American Community Internships I

    Description:
    This seminar course supports students involved with internships and projects working with Asian American populations and issues. Students carry out specific activities that support the development and enhance the capacity of organizations, agencies, and projects focusing on critical issues and needs in Asian American communities in the Boston area. Students also are expected to reflect critically on what they learn in the process both about themselves and about the organizational and community contexts in which they work.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 397  Applied Research in Asian American Studies I

    Description:
    This course enables qualified undergraduates to participate in applied research projects directed by a faculty member affiliated with the Asian American Studies Program. Students engage in the research process through clarifying questions and reviewing relevant literature, designing appropriate methods for data collection and analysis, and sharing findings and recommendations. Project topics and faculty sponsors are announced before the beginning of each semester.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 398  Applied Research in Asian American Studies II

    Description:
    This course enables qualified undergraduates to participate in applied research projects directed by a faculty member affiliated with the Asian American Studies Program. Students engage in the research process through clarifying questions and reviewing relevant literature, designing appropriate methods for data collection and analysis, and sharing findings and recommendations. Project topics and faculty sponsors are announced before the beginning of each semester.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 420  Advanced Topics

    Description:
    This advanced course offers intensive study of selected topics in the field of Asian American studies. Course content and credits vary according to topic.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 423L  Boston's Asian American Communities

    Description:
    This advanced research seminar examines the dynamics of ethnicity and community change in Asian American communities. Using theories of community development and methods of community research, students analyze Boston's Asian American communities as case studies of complex social systems. The course also looks at current research on immigrant acculturation, ethnic enclave economies, and the community control movement. ASAMST 423L and SOCIOL 423L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 478  Independent Study I

    Description:
    This course offers individuals and groups of students the opportunity to work with a specific faculty member on an approved project or plan of study in the field of Asian American Studies.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 479  Independent Study II

    Description:
    This course offers individuals and groups of students the opportunity to work with a specific faculty member on an approved project or plan of study in the field of Asian American Studies.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 497  Teaching and Learning in Asian American Studies I

    Description:
    This seminar course enables advanced undergraduates, by invitation of the program, to develop conceptual approaches and directed practice relevant to pedagogy and curriculum design in the field of Asian American Studies. Students design and implement semester-long projects that address critical issues of teaching and learning with Asian American Studies content and/or Asian American student populations.   More Info

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  • ASAMST 498  Teaching and Learning in Asian American Studies II

    Description:
    This seminar course enables advanced undergraduates, by invitation of the program, to develop conceptual approaches and directed practice relevant to pedagogy and curriculum design in the field of Asian American Studies. Students design and implement semester-long projects that address critical issues of teaching and learning with Asian American Studies content and/or Asian American student populations.   More Info

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