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The Asian American Female Subject
AMST 223
Spring 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: EAST 226

This course explores the experiences, consciousness and representations of Asian American women from the mid-19th century through the present. Asian American women have popularly been figured in the US cultural imagination as evil temptresses and dragon ladies and conversely, as "exotic" China dolls, geisha girls, and erotic objects. The readings and discussions will examine the intersections of gender, race, class, and nationality in the lives of Asian American women. Topics to be covered may include racial and gender discourse, the stereotyping of Asian American women in the media, Asian American feminism and ethnic nationalism, gay and lesbian identity, class and labor issues, domestic violence, and the "cultural defense argument." In so doing, it pays particular attention to how women are both subjects and objects of desire within a racialized framework. What are some of the prevalent stereotypes that Asian American women must contend with? How does the conflation of race, gender and sexuality figure differently for East Asian, South Asian, and South East Asian women?

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

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