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AMST 304
Fall 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 304

This class analyzes the ways Asians and Asian Americans have been tied to science and technology, an association that may seem obvious but is understudied. Throughout the course, the overarching theme of techno-Orientalism will help frame discussions of cyborgs, globalization, digital industry, labor, high-tech education, and economics. Students will understand how and why Orientalism--or the Western sense of people from the East as dangerous enemies/exotic foreigners--gets warped in the technological age. Key issues include the preponderance of Asians in scientific fields and technological industries and the popular representation of Asians as robots or cyborgs. Our seminar will explore how U.S.-Asian transnational relations shaped the rise of Asian high-tech superpowers like Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, and China, as well as emergent powerhouses like Vietnam. The class focuses on the contemporary postmodern period, centering on the late 20th century to early 21st century. As an interdisciplinary seminar, we will cover the gamut of fields from sociology to literature to philosophy to technoculture studies.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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