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Course Description

Ethnic Studies 144
Asian Diasporic and Asian Pacific American Literature

How can we consider the vastly disparate body of recent work produced by Asian/Pacific American and Asian diasporic authors? In our approach, we will examine issues of ethnic identity, community, and culture; gender roles; sexuality; history and memory; language; immigrant experiences; cultural nationalism, and sovereignty as these real life matters appear in fictionalized worlds. We will also consider major concepts significant to the critical evaluation of Asian/Pacific American and Diasporic literature, such as Orientalism, authenticity, audience, and the representation of distinctly Asian Diasporic and APA experiences and sensibilities. Engagement with critical theory is an important aspect of this course.

Required Texts
Paul Yoon, Snowhunters
Catherine Chung, Forgotten Country
Patricia Grace, Small Holes in Silence
Jonathan Culler, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
GB Tran, Vietnamerica (a comic)
Course reader: titles marked (e) available via mills library course reserves. Password: eths144-s14

Course Requirements
Two 8-10 page analytical essays (50%)
Presentations, participation (10%)
Written assignments (20%)
Final examination (20%)

Please note that more than three absences will lower your grade.
Your complete physical and intellectual presence is required during class times.
This means:
• be prepared: do the reading and the assignments on time.
• participate in discussions: ask questions! speak! stay focused on the texts we are discussing!
It is your responsibility to demonstrate that you are intellectually present during each class session.

Please note: Late assignments will not be accepted. In exceptional circumstances, you may receive partial credit for work that is submitted late, provided that you have consulted with the instructor prior to the due date.

The Department of Ethnic Studies takes plagiarism very seriously. Any paper that includes plagiarized material will receive an F grade. Additional consequences include receiving a failing grade for the entire course and being reported to college authorities. If you have any questions about how to cite secondary material, including internet resources, please ask your professor. What can we do to prevent plagiarism?

If you think you may have a disability or health issue that affects your learning abilities, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 430-2264.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17