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Asian American Sexualities
AMST 312
Fall 2006 not offered

Is Yao Ming a new role model for Asian American boys? How come Amy Tan has become the best-selling author among the recent Asian American novelists? Why doesn't anybody seem to know that the Philippines has had two female presidents in the last decade, including the current President Arroyo, while Aun San Suu Kyi of Burma (Myanmar) has received enormous publicity? Why do we see more white-Asian interracial couples than Asian couples on college campuses? How come pictures of Asian American men are everywhere on gay 'date phone' ads? Why is it that female Asian American celebrities are American-born (Connie Chung, Lucy Liu, Michelle Kwan), while male celebrities are foreign-born (Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Ichiro)?

The course will explore questions on masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and race that Asian Americans know and feel in their everyday lives, but rarely discuss. The course will first examine several key theoretical discussions on race, gender, and (post)colonialism in cultural studies and sociological literature. Then we will explore Asian men's and women's experiences within particular political, economic, and cultural contexts throughout the modern US history, such as Hawaiian plantation society in the late-19th century, pre-WW II 'bachelor society' in the West, Japanese American wartime internment, post-WW II 'war brides' during the 1940s and 1950s, gendered labor market after the 1965 Immigration Act. In the second half of the course, it will focus on significant issues in contemporary Asian America and their implications for Asian American sexualities, such as intermarriage, anti-Asian racism, media representation, and Asian American gay and lesbianism. Course materials represent a variety of disciplines (literature, media studies, sociology, psychoanalysis) and sources (films, novels, oral histories) that contribute to our understanding of Asian American sexualities. You are encouraged to share your insights with others through discussions, presentations, and essays throughout the course, because one of the course's purposes is to offer an opportunity for the students to discuss a sensitive but important topic with frankness, sincerity, and mutual respect.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on MAY-23-2024
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