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Rupa Pillai rupillai Lecturer School of Arts and Sciences Asian American Studies Program
Fall 2020 (Non-Substantive Changes ONLY)
Fall 2019
Intro Asian Am Studies
According to the U.S. Census, there are approximately 21 million Asian residents in the U.S. that comprise almost 6 percent of the total population. This relatively small number disguises the critical experiences Asian American communities face in both the local and transnational context. Yet, Asian Americans constitute one of the most heterogeneous racial groups within the U.S. Over the course of this semester we will read about and actively discuss the history of Asian immigration to the U.S., the social construction and experience of race in the U.S., and the political, economic, and cultural contributions of Asian Americans. We will also examine how Asian Americans negotiate/deploy their culture and ethnicity to achieve recognition in multicultural America and how the construction of Asian American identity intersects with class, gender, and sexuality.
Every Other Term

Foundational Approach

Course usually offered in Fall term
Cultural Diversity in the US
Full Time Lecturer
Full Time Lecturer

Methods of Assessment

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

Cross Cultural Analysis


Cultural Diversity in the US

By comparing Asian American experiences with African Americans, students will appreciate how race is not constructed on a black and white binary in the United States. Although the comparison with African Americans will be the primary focus of the class, students will also consider how Asian American experiences are defined in relation to Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
Utilizing an intersectional approach, this course offers students the opportunity to examine how race and gender are mutually constituted in the Asian American community. Further, with case studies about Chinese labor in the 19th century, Southeast Asian refugees, and Indian IT workers in the US, students will examine how race informs immigration policies and status.
By exploring the experiences of Asian American communities, students will consider how race stratifies US society and results in social, economic, and political inequalities. Students will also examine important events in the Asian American community to understand how race is constructed, what individuals/institutions have the power to define race, and how individuals organize to address inequalities.
Analysis of social scientific research

Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

College Curriculum Committee
Key: 893