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Asian Latino Encounters: Imagining Asia in Hispanic America

SPAN 285
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: LAST 241
Certificates: International Relations

This course will explore the distinctive, and overlooked, Asian connection in Hispanic-American cultures: the fascinating literatures, songs, paintings, and films about "Asian Latinos" in Spanish America, the U.S., as well as the Philippines, a Spanish colony for over three centuries that developed its own Spanish-language literature after 1898--in part as a response to the subsequent Americanization of the Philippines. We will begin examining "Orientalist" or exoticizing views of Asian culture and Asian women of early 20th-century Spanish American and Filipino writers (such as Darío, Tablada, and Jesús Balmori). Then, we will assess travel writings produced across the Pacific--from Mexico to India (Paz), from Chile to Southeast Asia (Neruda), and from the Philippines to Chile (Elizabeth Medina). Finally, we will examine diverse works by writers/artists of Asian descent in Hispanic America. Some of the questions we will address are, How has the view of Asia or Asians changed throughout the past century in Hispanic America? How does Philippine literature in Spanish change our conception of "Latinidad"? By looking at the trans-Pacific reach of the Hispanic, we will be in a better position to appreciate the complexity of the cultural, social, and political legacies of both Spanish and U.S. colonialism.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(HISP)(LAST)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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