Afro-Asian Intersections in the Americas|
Fall 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Asian American Studies|
This course explores a range of historical, cultural, and political intersections between African and Asian diasporic people in the Americas from the late 19th century to the present. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine key moments in the history of Afro-Asian encounters in the Americas, including the importation of slave and coolie labor in the 19th century, the formation of anticolonial and antiracist "Third World" movements in the United States and abroad, and the 1992 Los Angeles uprising. We will also study forms of cultural interracialism, from African Americans' mania for kung fu in the 1970s, to interracial buddy films like Rush Hour (1998), to the contemporary fiction of writers such as Patricia Powell and Charles Johnson.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Key readings will include:
Nancy Abelmann and John Lie, BLUE DREAMS: KOREAN AMERICANS AND THE LOS ANGELES RIOTS; Moon-Ho Jung, COOLIES AND CANE: RACE, LABOR, AND SUGAR IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION; Leslie Bow, PARTLY COLORED: ASIAN AMERICANS AND RACIAL ANOMALY IN THE SEGREGATED SOUTH; Vijay Prashad, THE KARMA OF BROWN FOLK and EVERYBODY WAS KUNG-FU FIGHTING; Eric Tang, UNSETTLED: CAMBODIAN REFUGEES IN THE NEW YORK HYPERGHETTO; fiction by Charles Johnson, Hisaye Yamamoto, Patricia Powell; and additional readings by Bill Brown, Susan Koshy, Helen Jun, Colleen Lye, Gary Okihiro, and others.
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