The Asian American Female Subject|
Spring 2008 not offered
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?
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
DRAGON LADIES: ASIAN AMERICAN FEMINISTS BREATHE FIRE Ed. Sonia Shah
ASIAN AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN Yen Le Espiritu
ROMANCE AND THE YELLOW PERIL Gina Marchetti
WOMAN WARRIOR Maxine Hong Kingston
COMFORT WOMAN Nora Okja Keller
DICTEE Theresa Cha
JASMINE Bharathi Mukherjee
I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT Margaret Cho
MONA IN THE PROMISED LAND Gish Jen
Articles by Gayatri Gopinath, Sunaina Maira, Laura Kang, Karen Shimakawa, Kandice Chuh, Wendy Ho.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Oral presentations, short response papers (bi-weekly), final exam and final project (6-8 pp).
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 0||1st Ranked: 0||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 0|