Ethnic & Cultural Studies: Introduction to Asian American Studies
(World War II – Present)
INSTRUCTOR: Sayumi Irey
OFFICE: D125 U
floor in the Library Instruction Room of the
* If you have any questions or concerns, come early and do not hesitate to ask.
OFFICE PHONE: (425) 564-2354
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ABOUT THE COURSE:
Based on racial identity models introduced by J. E. Helms
During the post-WWII era, numerous inspired minority cultures living on the American landscape moved from defeating fascism abroad to battling against discrimination and racism at home. This course examines several core issues that blossomed from minority groups eager to make a difference in a new multicultural democracy.
During the course, you will practice
and become fluent with the identity models through class discussion, hands-on
activities, and lectures. You are
expected gradually to apply and correctly use terms, such as model minority,
assimilation, prejudice, civil rights, and affirmative action during class
discussions. You will also identify and
critically analyze such terms in the context of contemporary Asian American
history based on the two required readings below. You will reflect on what you learn for each
lecture and are asked to submit a journal and worksheets as part of your grade.
Throughout the course, you will identify the need for inclusiveness in
You will also learn basic library research skills in order to translate your academic skills into other disciplines. You will learn to use various information sources, such as databases, reference books, audiovisuals, and microfilm, to validate your points of view in your papers. For the final project, you will write a research paper; you will choose a topic of your choice related to contemporary Asian American issues and present your ideas both verbally and in writing at the end of the class.
An inclusive thinker is a person who carefully listens to others and values differences as a welcome learning device. I would like you to be inclusive thinkers. An inclusive thinker understands that there is more than one way to solve social problems and consciously pays attention to other voices, both critically (methodologically) and empathetically. The inclusive thinker, thus, welcomes challenges and diversity as a positive life experience and puts effort towards applying what he/she learns into his/her daily activities. The inclusive thinker also understands that effective learning is a life long journey and requires continuous inter/intra personal communication.
the ever-changing American society of the twenty first century, I would hope
for you to become critical thinkers who see yourselves as active participants
in a learning community. I would like
you to grasp fundamental social and racial theories in
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People
by Helen Zia
Double Victory: A Multicultural History of American World War II
by Ronald T. Takaki
You will also be given handouts for this class. Some reading materials are kept as reserved
materials at the Circulation Desk in the
Class time will be divided into lecture, demonstration, hands-one exercises, discussions, in-class group presentations, and research activities.
& Response Paper** 30% (300pts)
Oral Presentation 10% (100 pts)
Total: 1000 pts
* Group activity worksheet (40 pts)
** Response Papers (50 pts x 2)
The overall course grade will be based on the following scale:
A 93% - 100%
C plus 77% - 78%
A minus 89% - 92%
C 73% - 76%
B plus 87% - 88%
C minus 69% - 72%
B 83 % - 86%
D plus 67% - 68%
B minus 79% - 82%
D 63% - 66%
F below 63%
Attendance is a very crucial part of your participation, as we will be learning together as a community. Since there are group activities and discussion throughout the course, your participation will be important for you and your peers. If you happen to miss a class one day, you also might miss a crucial moment in our discussion that might help you understand the materials. In other words, it will be hard for you to make up such moments. I also expect you to come to class on time, as being late for class shows disrespect to your classmates.
* If you have a special circumstance and are going to be absent, e-mail or call me. Do not ask me whether you have missed "something important" or not. It is your responsibility to get notes from your classmates and submit assignments on time.
* I understand that sometimes you have to be absent during the quarter. You will be given a coupon that you may use to be absent from a class only once, no questions asked. However, you can use it only once per person during the quarter, so use it wisely. If you do not use it, you will be given 40 extra participation points at the end of the quarter.
(More details in class lecture)
(4 Worksheets, 1 Group Activity Worksheet, 2 Response Papers, 1 Mid-term Written Essay Exam, and 1 Final Project)
(See Evaluation Criteria for details.)
Worksheet #1/Journal #1/Mid-Term Exam Essay
worksheets will help you summarize what you read from
Throughout class, you will conduct several sets of group activities, and you will be submitting an activity worksheet as a group. The worksheet will be part of your participation grade.
What the worksheet should include:
The Mid-Term exam will be a take home exam, allowing you to review your notes and textbooks. You are allowed to work on this assignment by yourself or as a group, but you must write the essay on your own. The format will be similar to worksheets. You will have a week to work on it, and I recommend you to start as soon as you receive your exam in class. You are expected to cite resources to avoid plagiarism.
You will choose a topic of your choice related to contemporary Asian American issues and present your ideas both verbally and in writing at the end of the class.
The paper should include the Works Cited. For more information to properly cite works, consult the MLA handbook or the MLA handout in the library.
More detailed information will be given during the class.
GRADING CRITERIA FOR ALL ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Completeness: Did you answer all the questions?
2. Organization: Are the contents of the paper easy to locate?
3. Preciseness: Did you follow the instructions?
4. Timely: Did you submit the paper on time?
5. Professionalism: Are you following the assigned format (e.g. MLA format)?
6. Mechanics: Use proper grammar. Use proper syntax. Check spelling.
* An “A” paper will satisfy all of the above.
If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS) in the Student Services Building immediately. If you would like to inquire about becoming a DSS student you may call 564-2498 or go in person to the DSS (Disability Support Services) program office in C210, the student union building.