Fall 2021  |  AAS 3351 Section 001: Asian Americans and Popular Culture (23071)

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:
COMM 3351 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Wed 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 110
Enrollment Status:
Closed (10 of 5 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Over the past few decades, Asian Americans have become increasingly visible both as the subjects and producers of popular culture in the United States. This course will explore how this new recognition of Asian Americans in popular literature, cinema, television, and entertainment is related both to longer histories of Asian immigration and racial exclusion and to post-1960s efforts to forward racial awareness, community activism, and social justice. Our first unit will look at how particular stereotypes such as the yellow peril or the wartime enemy encouraged anti-Asian feeling and violence and legal restrictions on immigration and naturalization. We will then examine how throughout history, Asian immigrants and their descendants used song, dance, theater, writing, and other forms of popular culture to express personal desires and foster collective ties. Our final unit concentrates on contemporary popular culture and its relationship to the changing identities of Asian Americans. How do Asian Americans influence the current essays, films, and videos that are consumed by millions today? How are increasingly pan-ethnic, interracial, multiracial, transnational, and global experiences reflected in popular culture?
Class Description:
AAS 3351 NOW APPROVED for the Arts & Humanities (AH) core and the Diversity & Social Justice (DSJ) theme.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 December 2017

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