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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
Asian Am Religions
This course examines the changing religious landscape of the United States through a focus on the religious life of Asian Americans. Through interdisciplinary texts and ethnographic field assignments, students will consider how religion and race intersect to inform notions of cultural and political citizenship, community, and culture. Topics to be explored include the impact of 9/11, religious political activism, and the appropriation and commodification of “Asian” religious practices.
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 appreciate the role of religion/faith/spirituality and race in contemporary society
To understand the concept of power and how it intersects with identity concepts (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, etc.)
To develop, conduct, analyze, and assess ethnographic research
To improve research, writing, and presentation skills

Methods of Assessment

1 Reflexive Essay (2-3 pages)
Participant Observation Report (3-5 pages)
Book Review (2-4 pages)
Research Proposal (1-2 pages)
Research Paper (10-14 pages)
Participant observation activity
Facilitating Discussion

Cross Cultural Analysis


Cultural Diversity in the US

race/ethnicity & religious affiliation
Students will consider the difference between monoracial/ethnic congregations and multiracial congregations to examine how diversity impacts the formation of religious communities and what role religion plays in such communities.
This course examines the relationship between religion and race in the context of the United States through a focus on Asian American communities. Students explore the relationship between religion and minority status, how religion and race have been conflated for non-Christian religions, and the role of religion in immigration (i.e. religion and refugee resettlement).
Students will explore how religious affiliation exposes individuals and communities to inequality in the United States over time. Topics such as Islamophobia in our post 9/11 present allow students to consider how rights, privileges, and protections are stratified by religion and the power of Christianity as the defined norm in the United States.
analysis of social scientific data

Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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