Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.043J: Introduction to Asian American Studies: Historical and Contemporary Issues

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Provides an overview of Asian American history and its relevance for contemporary issues. Covers the first wave of Asian immigration in the 19th century, the rise of anti-Asian movements, the experiences of Asian Americans during WWII, the emergence of the Asian American movement in the 1960s, and the new wave of post-1965 Asian immigration. Examines the role these experiences played in the formation of Asian American ethnicity, and explores how they inform Asian American literature and culture. Addresses key societal issues such as racial stereotyping, media racism, affirmative action, the glass ceiling, the "model minority" syndrome, and anti-Asian harassment or violence. Taught in English.

Units: 3-0-9(U)


Same As  21H.107J


Fall 2014

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 E. Teng TR 1-2:30 14N-225



Fall 2013

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 E. Teng TR 1-2:30 14N-217


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