HIST 126

Asian American History

This course will examine histories and experiences of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and mixed-race Asian Americans in the United States beginning in the colonial period through the 21st century. We will discuss the ways in which Asian American history is a narrative of continual struggle for access and rights. Broader course themes include: settlement, integration and exclusion, community building, imperialism, identity politics, cultural representation and appropriation, political representation, globalization, transnationalism, and social justice. Tracing past and recent experiences of Asians in the U.S. highlights the inconsistencies, paradoxes, and contradictions of defining American culture and values.

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