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Cornell University    
  Jan 18, 2018
Courses of Study 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AAS 1100 - Introduction to Asian American Studies

Spring. 3 credits.


What’s in a name? For starters, the contemporary term “Asian Pacific American” has been taxed to hold together in a classificatory embrace a complex, diverse, and rapidly changing population of people of Asian/Pacific descent in the Americas. In this course, we’ll track the ongoing adventures of this term “Asian Pacific American” and try to understand how the social and political twists and turns in meaning over the course of its historical journey come to shape individual and collective identities. This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to key ideas and issues in the study of Asian American histories, cultures, and racial formation including, for example, matters of migration, social/cultural/legal citizenship, social movements, and cultural politics. Materials will include films, literature, historical and sociological texts, and media and popular culture texts and productions.

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