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APA Studies Courses

Spring 2019 Courses

Below are flyers and descriptions of some of our spring 2019 courses. For other courses focused on APA Studies content or that satisfy the APA Studies minor requirements, see here or contact us.

 SSC 293 Spring 2019

SSC 293: Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies

  • This dynamic and interactive course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies. Through lectures, video, group exercises, and discussions, students will learn about the main issues that define the study of Asian Pacific American communities. Topics include Asian Pacific American history, immigration, refugee communities, literature, spoken word, and legacies of collective resistance and activism. We also explore questions about the Asian Pacific American experience, including: What does if mean to claim an “Asian American” identity? How have APA communities changed over time? What are the issues that continue to impact our communities and our relationships with other groups in the United States? The common themes of race, power, immigration, gender, and law will frame our analysis of APA issues. This course is led/coordinated by Dr. Terese Guinsatao Monberg and Jeffrey Tsang and draws from faculty and other APA experts from various disciplines and backgrounds.
  • 3 credits
  • Wednesdays, 9:10 am – 12:00 pm
  • Contact Dr. Terese Guinsatao Monberg (tmonberg@msu.edu) for more information!

 MC 319 Spring 2019

MC 319: Asian Pacific American History

  • As a history course, MC319 covers the early eras of settlement and exclusion to the more recent times of the “model minority” myth, both of which remain urgently relevant today. This course is great for students interested in law, medicine, and culture. For instance, Dr. Wake uses sources created by public health officials to show the connection between immigration regulation and medical authority. Such a connection has been crucial to how Asian immigrants are thought to have certain mental and physical abilities and disabilities, a perception that has importantly shaped Asian Americans’ place in US society. MC319 also uses fictional writing by Asian American authors in addition to scholarly articles, encouraging students to learn how Asian American history has unfolded in a variety of places. Finally, the course requires that students conduct their own research on a topic of their choice, which is perfect for those who want both flexibility and creativity.
  • 3 credits
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:20 am – 11:40 am
  • Contact Dr. Naoko Wake (wake@msu.edu) for more information!

 ANP437-Spring2018

ANP 437: Asian Communities: A Global Perspective

  • This course focuses on the experiences of people of Asian descent (from China, Japan, India, the Philippines, etc.) living in different parts of the world outside their homelands: for example, Chinese communities in Panama, South Asian Americans in the U.S. Examining these societies will provide insight into how social structures, cultures, and identities change over time and across space. Focusing comparatively on these immigrant groups both within and outside of the more familiar U.S. context will give us new perspectives on processes of racialization across time and space. This course is beneficial to students interested in issues of social inequality, migration, diaspora anthropology, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, and race and ethnicity. It will be run as an informal discussion-based seminar, involving the discussion of readings and documentary films on adoption, homeland visits, and other issues relating to Asian diaspora experiences.
  • 3 credits
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:20 pm
  • Contact Professor Andrea Louie (louie@msu.edu) for more information!