teaching, UCSB

New Winter Course: Literature & Media of Transnational Asian America

A belated announcement for my new Winter course at UCSB, English 134: The Literature and Media of Transnational Asian America. Primarily a literature course, this course will also look at film and digital production, in addition to novels and stories, as they pertain to Asian Americans. Because the course fulfills several General Education requirements, I’m anticipating a large number of my students will not have a background in ethnic or Asian American studies (as happened in my Spring Asian American Popular Culture Class), so the syllabus is designed to give students an understanding of Asian American literary studies (history, aims, subjects, etc.) with an emphasis toward the transnational turn in the field.

I’m attempting to take a collaborative bent on the class, and ask my student to help lay the foundational questions that will guide us as the course progresses. Students will also be asked to contribute to and maintain a class blog, and to teach lessons (in groups) toward the end of the quarter.

Here is a brief course description:

The initial subjects of Asian American studies in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s were defined as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and Filipino communities in the U.S. (Elaine Kim, Reading the Literatures of Asian America), but the label “Asian American,” as we shall study in this class, is no longer limited to such identities. We will interrogate the shifting definitions of “Asian” and “American” in recent decades. Starting with early Asian American immigrant texts and moving toward the transnational contemporary, this course examines a number of cultural texts (literary, cinematic, digital) to discuss questions of race, ethnicity, community, diaspora, and (dis)location in a global networked context.

More information on the class can be found on the course site. (Still under construction.)


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