Fall 2021  |  AAS 3601W Section 001: War and Empire: Asian American Perspectives (35058)

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
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (19 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course examines the reach of war and empire in Asian America since the turn of the twentieth century. Starting with US wars in the Philippines (1898-1910) and the formation of the colonial state, the course will track the ascendancy of US empire in Asia and paths toward wars against imperialist Japan (1941-1945), in Korea (1950-53), and in Vietnam (1955-1975). The course will address the relevance of the unending Global War on Terrorism (2001-) in contemporary Asian America. Together, the course explores how these wars have shaped and continue to inform the lives and memories of Asian immigrants and refugees, their children, and other Asian Americans.
Class Description:

In contemporary Asian America, the memories of U.S. wars and aggressiv e militarism in Asia are still palpable. This course will unpack the reach of war and empire within the Asian American experience. We will discuss th e following histories of U.S. wars and imperial aggressions: the Philippine-American War (1898-1910), which was followed by U.S. colonial rule;the Pacific War (1941-1945); the Korean War (1950-53); the Vietnam War(1955-1975), and the unending "global war on terror" (2001-). We will also look into the relationship between Asian America and what Chalmers Johnson called"America's empire of bases" spread across the Pacific and Asia.

This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education (LE) Theme requirement. Ambitiously, this course reaches beyond the United States by tracking its imperialist adventures and colonial projects across the Pacific and throughout Asia in the twentieth century. Specifically, the course will explore the role of U.S. colonialism toward Hawai'i and the Philippines and a series of U.S. wars in Asia in making Asian America. Throughout the semester, you will be challenged to shuttle back and forth between world-historic events and developments and the realm of everyday and identity and community formations. The seemingly localized and personal experiences are tightly bound up with the movement of world history. Such an analytical orientation helps you to become cognizant of our own everyday lives in relation to the wider international dynamics.
20% Participation
20% 4 Peer Reviews at 5% each
20% Three Short Assignments
40% Two Formal Writing Assignments
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 May 2018

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