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Fariha Khan fariha Associate Director C School of Arts and Sciences Asian American Studies Program
Spring 2020 (Deactivations ONLY)
Fall 2019
Asian Am Community
Who is Asian American and how and where do we recognize Asian America? This interdisciplinary course explores the multiple factors that define Asian American identity and community. In order to provide a sketch of the multifacted experience of this growing minority group, we will discuss a wide variety of texts from scholarly, artistic, and popular (film, cinematic) sources that mark key moments in the cultural history of Asia America. The course will address major themes of community life including migration history, Asian American as model minority, race, class, and transnational scope of Asian America. In combination with the readings, this class will foster and promote independent research based on site visits to various Asian American communities in Philadelphia and will host community leaders as guest lecturers.
SAST 113 - Asian American Communities
URBS 207 - Asian American Communities
Every Other Term

Foundational Approach

One-term course offered either term
Cultural Diversity in the US
Fariha Khan
Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Through ethnographic methodologies, this class introduces the major themes and issues of contemporary Asian American life and promotes independent research in collaboration with community organizations.

Methods of Assessment

Paper 1: This assignment will introduce you to the study of Asian American communities. Using a variety of sources from the Van Pelt Library such as journals, dissertations, ethnographies, ethnic newspapers, etc. write a research paper on any topic related to Asian Americans. This research should explore a research question or focus on an Asian American community. Paper 1 should have a hypothesis, a discussion/analysis based on at least 5 secondary sources, and a conclusion all with appropriate citations. (5 pages of TEXT) 20%

Paper 2: Paper 2 combines research on your Asian American community work and specific challenges the organization and community experience. It requires that you observe and engage with a community organization. More specifically, within the frame of your service work, research an issue or theme and discuss in context of field site. Your goal is to learn the basics of ethnography with a scholarly approach. (5-8 pages of TEXT) 25%

Paper 3 and Presentation: Paper 3 is the culmination of primary ethnographic and secondary research. Complete a research project on a particular Asian American community and an issue pertaining to their life experience that combines observation and basic fieldwork skills as well as in in-depth exploration of scholarly literature. This assignment requires knowledge of the community’s migration history as well as current challenges and/or successes. You will need to do research on your topic in the library and incorporate fieldwork from your community. This assignment is a formal research paper that has a clearly defined thesis, introduction, development, and conclusion. Your goal is to become an adept researcher in the field, in the library and to critically think about subjects beyond the classroom. (12–15 pages of TEXT) 35%

Cross Cultural Analysis


Cultural Diversity in the US

immigrant status
Asians and Asian Americans
race and immigrant status
Ethic identity and immigration
minority status and class
In order to provide a sketch of the multifaceted experience of this growing minority group, we discuss a wide array of texts from scholarly, artistic, and popular (media, cinematic) sources that mark key moments in the lives of Asian America. The class hosts community leaders as guest lecturers and addresses major themes of community life including migration history, model minority myth/stereotype; race, class and the transnational scope of Asian America.
critical reading

Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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