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First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Rupa Pillai rupillai LECTURER A School of Arts and Sciences Asian-American Studies Program
Fall 2019 (Deactivations ONLY)
Spring 2019
Intro Asian Am Studies
Every Other Term

Foundational Approach

Course usually offered in Fall term
Cultural Diversity in the US
Rupa Pillai
Full Time Lecturer
Full Time Lecturer
ASAM requirement
To list key events and immigration laws that impact Asians and Asian Americans in the United States
To compare and contrast immigration debates over time
To understand the concept of power and how it intersects with identity concepts (i.e. race, gender, class, & sexuality)
To analyze various forms of media
★ To summarize academic writings

Methods of Assessment

4 reaction paper (1-2 pages)
1 interview analysis & reflection (4-6 pages)
2 take-home exams (short essay questions; 5-7 pages)
design and conduct interview

Cross Cultural Analysis


Cultural Diversity in the US

The course primarily examines the history and racialization of Asian American communities. Some comparisons with African Americans to highlight the constructed nature of race and whiteness in the United States. Such comparisons are minimal (5% of the syllabus).
Race and citizenship is a major topic in the course. Students will learn how Asian American communities negotiated race to gain & regain access to citizenship. Further, students will also learn how gender and sexuality impact the experience of being Asian American.
By focusing on the experiences of Asian Americans, students will consider how institutions are structured in a manner that privileges certain races at the expense of others. For instance, by examining court cases and immigration policies in the 19th century, students will learn how Asian communities were excluded from citizenship and the rights associated with it. Such examples provide an opportunity to consider opportunities are stratified and who has the power to dictate such stratifications.
analysis of social scientific data

Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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