Fall 2021  |  AAS 3301 Section 001: Asian America Through Arts and Culture (34450)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
ENGL 3301 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, East Bank
Pillsbury Hall 214
Enrollment Status:
Closed (16 of 16 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The course focuses on the close analysis and interpretation of individual works by a range of modern and contemporary artists. Students will analyze, critique, and interpret these works in light of the historical and social contexts in which they were produced, their creation and uses of aesthetic form, and their impact on individuals and communities. Discussion, writing assignments, and oral presentations will focus on different ways of encountering and evaluating artistic work; for instance, students will write critical analyses and production reviews as well as dialogue more informally through weekly journal entries and online discussion forums. We will examine what it means to define artists and their work as being "Asian American" and explore how other categories of identity such as gender, sexuality, or class intersect with race. We will study how art works not only as individual creativity but also as communal and social practice; for instance, we look at the history of theaters, such as East-West Players or Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, that have sustained Asian Americans as actors, playwrights, and designers.
Class Description:
Taught by visiting instructor artist, Ed Bok Lee. Students who have taken this course, may take it again during SPR07. See AAS director. This course will introduce students to the richness of contemporary Asian American culture and arts, such as literature, music, photography, film, dance, and theater. It will further knowledge of how artists working in these forms and other media express their individual and communal experiences and concerns in a variety of ways. In order to encourage students to critique and interpret historical and contemporary artistic expression in light of the historical and sociocultural contexts in which it was produced, its aesthetic form, and its impact on individuals and communities, a one credit service-learning component will be required to complete the course. This research project will focus on Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the "Forgotten War,"a nationally-touring visual art exhibit created in modern response to the Korean War (1950 - 1953), and will allow students to work with local community resources to gain hands-on insights into the notions of home, identity, the interplay of personal and public history, the role of art in society, and community formation. Students will be expected to explore their own cultural contradictions through both critical and creative writing and expression, catalyzed by in-class exercises and assignments, as well as attendance at and participation in local arts events.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 October 2013

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