Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies major is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of historical and contemporary experiences of Asian-ancestry groups in local, national and global contexts. Although attention is focused on Asians in the US, the program situates the experiences, contributions, issues and concerns of Asian American communities within their larger transnational and diasporic contexts.

Connections among Asian communities in the US and around the world are explored in terms of the entangled histories and circuits of migration and the interconnected space through which people, capital, ideas, influences, and activism flow between Asia and the US and among Asian diasporic communities.

Honors Program

The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program provides a program leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with honors. A student must have senior standing; a 3.5 GPA overall; and 3.5 GPA in the major. To complete the degree with honors the student will be required to undertake a 6 unit research project (ASAMST H195A and ASAMST H195B) and will be graded according to standards determined by the faculty adviser as being of honors quality.

Minor Program

The Department offers a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies. For further information regarding how to declare the minor, please see the program's website.

Other Majors and Minors offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies

Chicano/Latino Studies (Major and Minor)
Ethnic Studies (Group Major and Group Minor)
Native American Studies (Major and Minor)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Major Requirements

ASAMST 20AIntroduction to the History of Asians in the United States4
ASAMST 20ACAsian American Communities and Race Relations4
or ASAMST 20C Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities
Select two courses from the following:8
A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, 1598-Present
Theories and Concepts in Comparative Ethnic Studies An Introduction
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S
A Comparative Survey of Protest Movements Since the 60's

Upper Division Major Requirements

ASAMST 131Asian Diaspora(s) from an Asian American Perspective4
ETH STD 101ASocial Science Methods in Ethnic Studies4
or ETH STD 101B Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies
ASAMST 197Field Study in Asian American Communities (4 units total required)1-3
Select one of the following history courses:
Chinese American History
Japanese American History
Filipino American History
Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation
South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues
Muslims in America
Select one of the following community studies courses:
Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S
Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
Law in the Asian American Community
ASAMST 143ACAsian American Health3
Religions of Asian America
Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities
Asian Americans and Education
Gender and Generation in Asian American Families
Asian American Women: Theory and Experience
Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities
Select one of the following cultural studies courses:
Topics in Asian Popular Culture
Asian Americans in Film and Video
Asian American Literature
Creative Writing
Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States
Genre in Asian American Literature
Asian American Art: Remapping Modernity: Art and Artists in the 20th Century
Chinese American Literature
Korean American Literature
Select two additional electives 1
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Electives can be satisfied with related courses from outside departments (i.e., Asian Studies, East Asian Languages & Cultures, History, South & Southeast Asian Studies), Asian language courses, EAP courses from an Asian university, additional courses from the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies curriculum, or related coursework from other UC campuses.

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Upper Division
Select five of the following:
Chinese American History
Japanese American History
Korean American History
Filipino American History
Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S
Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation
South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues
Muslims in America
Asian Diaspora(s) from an Asian American Perspective
Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness
Topics in Asian Popular Culture
Law in the Asian American Community
Asian American Health
Religions of Asian America
Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities
Asian Americans and Education
Gender and Generation in Asian American Families
Asian American Women: Theory and Experience
Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities
Asian Americans in Film and Video
Asian American Literature
Creative Writing
Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States
Genre in Asian American Literature
Asian American Art: Remapping Modernity: Art and Artists in the 20th Century
Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Culture
Chinese American Literature
Korean American Literature
Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies
Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals for the Major

Undergraduates are expected to obtain the following skills by the time they graduate. These skills belong to five different general areas: historical knowledge, empirical knowledge and quantitative methods, interpretation and qualitative analysis, theory and critique, and community service. They are:

  1. Historical Knowledge
    • Familiarity with the history of modern Western civilization, including European expansion, conquest, and enslavement.
    • Specific knowledge of the modern history of at least three different ethno-racial groups.
    • Acquaintance with debates in historiography, particularly as they relate to the use of history in relation to the understanding of people of color.
    • For students who specialize in history, proper use of primary and secondary historical sources, as well as the writing of scholarly historical work.
  2. Empirical Knowledge and Quantitative Methods
    • Familiarity with different methods of gathering empirical data about human communities (anthropological, sociological, etc.,).
    • Knowledge of critical debates about the use and implications of traditional methods of gathering empirical data to obtain knowledge about communities of color.
    • Identification of proper methods to conduct research, and awareness of the limits and possibilities of such methods.
    • Creative use, delimitation, and expansion of methods of empirical and quantitative study based on the nature of the problems and questions addressed in the research as well as the object of study.
  3. Interpretation and Qualitative Analysis
    • Acquaintance with major methods and debates in the humanities.
    • Familiarity with the art, film, literature, or music of at least three different ethno-racial groups.
    • Identification of proper methods to conduct research about the creative products of human communities, and ethno-racial communities in particular.
    • Creative use, delimitation, and expansion of methods of qualitative analysis based on the nature of the problems and questions addressed in the research as well as the object of study.
  4. Theory and Critique
    • Familiarity with major theories of race and ethnicity, and their intersections and constitutive relations with class, gender, and sexuality.
    • Acquaintance with theories of space and place, including indigeneity, Diaspora, migration, and nation, as well as their use in determining the unit of analysis.
    • Use of comparison and contrast for evaluating and producing theory as well as for critical analysis.
    • Creative use of philosophies and theories that are relevant to the understanding and critical analysis of the social contexts, interpersonal dynamics, and multiple creative productions of ethno-racial communities.
  5. Service Learning
    • Further refinement and enrichment of the above listed skills in settings where the students interact with communities of color and/or their productions.

Advising

Departmental Major Advising

We strive to deliver personalized advising services of the highest quality. We seek to continuously educate ourselves on developments in our field and to evaluate, improve, and streamline our services to support students in obtaining the best education and experience possible.

Advising Staff and Advising Hours

Dewey St. Germaine: Monday through Friday, 9:30 to11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., or by appointment
530 Barrows Hall
deweystg@berkeley.edu
510-643-6420

Laura Jimenez-Olvera: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:30 to11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., and Friday, 1:30 to 5 p.m., or by appointment
532 Barrows Hall
lauraj@berkeley.edu
510-642-0243

Mailing Address

Department of Ethnic Studies
506 Barrows Hall #2570
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2570

Academic Opportunities

Berkeley Connect in Ethnic Studies

Berkeley Connect in Ethnic Studies matches interested students with ethnic studies graduate student mentors in a one semester, 1 unit program that includes individual advising, small group discussions, special events and excursions. Through this program, you will become part of a community of like-minded faculty, mentors, and students that will provide a supportive environment in which to exchange and discuss ideas and goals. Berkeley Connect will help you to make the most of your time at the university as you learn more about the majors offered through the Department of Ethnic Studies. For further information, please see the Berkeley Connect website.

Study Abroad

The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies program encourages all undergraduate majors to consider study abroad opportunities. Whether you are interested in fulfilling major and/or general education requirements, taking courses related to a future career, improving or learning language skills, or simply living and studying in a country that is of interest to you, we will work with you to make it happen. For information about Study Abroad programs, please see the Berkeley Study Abroad website.

Prizes and Awards

The Department of Ethnic Studies offers the Dr. Carlos Munoz Jr. Scholar/Activist Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each semester and recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and activism in their community on and off campus.

Courses

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

ASAMST R2A Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Through the study of the literary, political, social and psychological dimensions of representative works of Asian American literature, this course introduces students to close textual analysis, fosters critical judgment, and reinforces academic writing skills. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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ASAMST R2B Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This course examines literary works by Asian American, African American, Chicano, and Native American writers in their political and social contexts, focusing on similarities and differences between the experiences of ethnic minorities in the U.S. Emphasis is on literary interpretation and sustained analytical writing. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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ASAMST 20A Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Introductory comparative analysis of the Asian American experience from 1848 to present. Topics include an analysis of the Asian American perspective; cultural roots; immigration and settlement patterns; labor, legal, political, and social history.

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ASAMST 20AC Asian American Communities and Race Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course will be a survey of contemporary issues affecting the Asian American community. We will look at the different theories that explain the current status of Asian Americans and the interrelationship between the Asian American community, nation, and world. The course will focus on the issue of race relations, the commonalities and differences between Asian Americans and other race and ethnic groups.

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ASAMST 20C Cultural Politics and Practices in Asian American Communities 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Analysis of social, intellectual, and artistic currents in Asian American communities. Focus will be on social practices, popular culture, the arts and expression (e.g. language and literature), and the historical and political contexts in which they are produced and consumed.

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ASAMST W20AC Asian American Communities and Race Relations 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This course will be a survey of contemporary issues affecting the Asian American community. We will look at the different theories that explain the current status of Asian Americans and the interrelationship between the Asian American community, nation, and world. The course will focus on the issue of race relations, the commonalities and differences between Asian Americans and other race and ethnic groups.

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ASAMST 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 freshmen.

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ASAMST 97 Field Studies in Asian American Communities 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
University organized and supervised field program involving experiences in schools, school-related activities, community and community-related activities.

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ASAMST 98 Supervised Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Group study of selected topics which will vary from semester to semester.

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ASAMST 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual research on a topic which leads to the writing of a major paper. Regular meetings with faculty sponsor.

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ASAMST 121 Chinese American History 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
Chinese American history, 1848 to present. Topics include influence of traditional values, Eastern and Western; patterns of immigration and settlement; labor history; the influence of public policy, foreign and domestic, on the Chinese individual and community.

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ASAMST 122 Japanese American History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
This course will be presented as a proseminar with selected topics in order to give students an opportunity to participate in the dynamics of the study of Japanese American history. Topics include immigration, anti-Japanese racism, labor, concentration camps, agriculture, art and literature, and personality and culture.

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ASAMST 123 Korean American History 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2005
Koreans in America from 1876 to the present. Topics include comparative immigration and settlement patterns; labor and socio-economic life; political activities; community organization; and issues related to the contemporary population influx.

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ASAMST 124 Filipino American History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Topics include consequences of the Spanish-American War on Filipino emigration; conditions in Hawaii and California and the need for Filipino labor; community development; changing relations between the U.S. and the Philippines; effects ofthe independence movement and World War II on Filipino Americans; and contemporary issues.

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ASAMST 125 Contemporary Issues of Southeast Asian Refugees in the U.S 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
This course will introduce students to the sociocultural, economic, educational, and political issues facing Southeast Asian refugees in the U.S. While the course focus is on the Asian American experience, references will be made to the pre-migration experiences and histories of the Southeast Asian refugee groups. The processes and problems in the formulation of refugee programs and services in the U.S. also will be addressed in their implications
for refugee resettlement and adaptation experience. Emphasis will be placed on comparative analyses of the Southeast Asian refugee communities.
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ASAMST 126 Southeast Asian Migration and Community Formation 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
This course will examine Southeast Asian migration and resettlement in the U.S. in the context of the United States involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. It will also address the post-war "legacies" and their impact on the societies and politics of the three countries as well as neighboring states in the region. Asylum politics and refugee camp experiences will be addressed in the discussion of the formation
of U.S. resettlement policies and of the adaptation of Southeast Asian refugees.
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ASAMST 127 South Asian American Historical and Contemporary Issues 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Examines immigration and social history of South Asian Americans from the early 20th century to present. Development of South Asian American communities within the social, political and economic contexts of South Asia and the U.S.

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ASAMST 128AC Muslims in America 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course traces Islam's journey in America. It will deal with the emergence of identifiable Muslim communities throughout the U.S. and focus on patterns of migration, the ethnic makeup of such communities, gender dynamics, political identity, and cases of conversion to Islam. The course will spend considerable time on the African American, Indo-Pakistani, and Arab American Muslim communities since they constitute the largest groupings. It also
examines in depth the emergence of national, regional, and local Muslim institutions, patterns of development pursued by a number of them, and levels of cooperation or antagonism. The course seeks an examination of gender relations and dynamics across the various Muslim groupings, and the internal and external factors that contribute to real and imagined crisis. The course seeks to conduct and document the growth and expansion of mosques, schools, and community centers in the greater Bay Area. Finally, no class on Islam in America would be complete without a critical examination of the impacts of 9/11 on Muslim communities, the erosion of civil rights, and the ongoing war on terrorism.
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ASAMST 131 Asian Diaspora(s) from an Asian American Perspective 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Analyzes the global presence of an Asian group with a significant U.S. population: migration/settlement history, transnational economic/political/cultural interactions between diasporic communities and with land of origin, impact on Asian American community/identity formation. Instructor selects group(s).

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ASAMST 132 Islamaphobia and Constructing Otherness 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010
This course will examine and attempt to understand Islamophobia, as the most recently articulated principle of otherness and its implications domestically and globally. The course will also closely examine the ideological and epistemological frameworks employed in discourses of otherness, and the complex social, political, economic, gender-based, and religious forces entangled in its historical and modern reproduction.

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ASAMST 132AC Islamophobia and Constructing Otherness 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course will examine and attempt to understand Islamophobia, as the most recently articulated principle of otherness and its implications domestically and globally. The course will also closely examine the ideological and epistemological frameworks employed in discourses of otherness, and the complex social, political, economic, gender-based, and religious forces entangled in its historical and modern reproduction.

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ASAMST 138 Topics in Asian Popular Culture 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Topics in Asian popular culture. Analysis of historical and contemporary issues addressed in popular media in Asia, such as 1990s Hong Kong cinema, fifth generation Chinese films, films of China and Taiwan, Japanese and Korean anime, South Asian and Bollywood cinema, and South Korean film and television drama. Course topics will vary with the expertise of the particular instructor.

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ASAMST 141 Law in the Asian American Community 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
Course will examine the nature, structure, and operation of selected legal institutions as they affect Asian American communities and will attempt to analyze the roles and effects of law, class, and race in American society. May be taken with 197.

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ASAMST 143AC Asian American Health 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This course examines the state of Asian American health, the historical, structural, and cultural contexts of diverse Asian American communities, and the role of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the production of unequal outcomes between Asian Americans and other racial/ethnic groups as well as across different Asian American subgroups.

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ASAMST 144 Religions of Asian America 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
This course will examine how Asian American communities engage religion and how, in turn, they are shaped by the different facets of religious life. Religion is examined in the form of major traditions-Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity-and readings will introduce students to key concepts, practices, and institutions which help to define these trajectories.

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ASAMST 145AC Politics, Public Policy, and Asian American Communities 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
An examination of the purpose, power, and function of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government and their relationship to the Asian American community. The course presents a range of contemporary issues to illustrate how government institutions and the Asian community define issues and respond to political challenges.

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ASAMST 146 Asian Americans and Education 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course examines the historical and contemporary issues which shape the educational experiences of Asian Americans. Critical issues such as bilingual education, university admissions, and the education of Asian immigrants as well as theoretical models of Asian American academic success will be explored and critically analyzed.

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ASAMST 150 Gender and Generation in Asian American Families 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
The influence of cultural legacy, ethnic background, immigration history, community structure, class and economic status, and racism on gender and generational relations in the Asian American family.

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ASAMST 151 Asian American Women: Theory and Experience 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian American women in relation to work, sexuality, intellectual and artistic activity, and family and community life as well as the development of Asian American feminist thought and its relation to cultural nationalism.

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ASAMST 151AC Asian American Women: Theory and Experience 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian American women in relation to work, sexuality, intellectual and artistic activity, and family and community life as well as the development of Asian American feminist thought and its relation to cultural nationalism.

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ASAMST 165 Research Methodologies in Asian American Communities 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Approaches to research in the Asian American community with emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area. Problems of research design, measurement, and data collection, processing ,and analysis will be considered.

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ASAMST 171 Asian Americans in Film and Video 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2016
Introduces students to films and videos by and about Asian Americans; presents an overview of the development of the Asian American media arts field in relation to current cultural theories and American film history and theory.

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ASAMST 172 Asian American Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Introduces students to representative works of Asian American literature by writers from the major ethnic subgroups; examines the works in their sociohistorical context; analyzes thematic and formal elements intertextually to form a coherent understanding of the Asian American literary tradition.

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ASAMST 173 Creative Writing 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Instruction and practice in forms and techniques of prose, verse, drama or other writing as an expression of Asian American experiences and a contribution to evolving Asian American culture; may focus on specific genres or tasks depending on instructor.

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ASAMST 175 Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
The course will examine the various strategies of (re-)narrating colonial/neocolonial history in three genres: literature (novels, short fiction, poetry), essays, and films from the Philippines and the United States. Notions such as imperialism, nation, narration, history, nationalism, memory, ethnicity, language, power, gender, and subject formation will be discussed.

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ASAMST 176 Genre in Asian American Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Investigates specific genres in Asian American literature (e.g., autobiography, biography, drama, etc.) in terms of formal characteristics, innovations, comparisons of works from various subgroups in relation to counterparts in dominant Anglo-American tradition.

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ASAMST 177 Asian American Art: Remapping Modernity: Art and Artists in the 20th Century 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
Seminar in contemporary Asian American visual art, with focus on the politics of production and reception. Works by such artists as Y. David Chung, Hung Liu, Yong Soon Min, Long Nguyen, and Manuel Ocampo will be studied.

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ASAMST 178 Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Culture 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2015, Summer 2005 10 Week Session
Explores gender/sexuality issues in Asian American literature and culture, such as simultaneous construction of gender/ethnicity/race/culture; heterosexual (masculinist/feminist) and gay/lesbian cultural projects; the body; family relations; matrilineal and patrilineal traditions. Instructor selects focus.

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ASAMST 181 Chinese American Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2011, Spring 2009
Analyzes literary representations of contemporary and/or historical experiences of Chinese Americans; genre, formal, and stylistic features; definition of cultural identity and development of literary tradition. Primarily English-language works, some translations from Chinese.

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ASAMST 183 Korean American Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2010
Critical readings of major Korean American literary work, including autobiography and personal memoir, autobiographical fiction, poetry, short stories and novel, with attention to conditions surrounding the production and consumption of these writings.

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ASAMST 190 Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Advanced seminar in Asian American Studies with topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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ASAMST 190AC Seminar on Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2010 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2007, Fall 2006
Advanced seminar in Asian American Studies with topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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ASAMST 194A Asian Pacific American Theme Program Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) seminar is designed to provide APATH community members and any other UC Berkeley students interested in finding an academic and rigorous space to learn about university culture and expectations and to explore their interests in Asian American Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) identities, communities, leadership and career aspirations. The fall semester focuses on transition to college through the lens
of AAPI issues and experiences of Asians in the U.S. The spring semester focuses on strategies of persistence and tenacity. This yearlong course is a required component for APATH residents however the course is open to any Berkeley students to enroll.
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ASAMST 194B Asian Pacific American Theme Program Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
The Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) seminar is designed to provide APATH community members and any other UC Berkeley students interested in finding an academic and rigorous space to learn about university culture and expectations and to explore their interests in Asian American Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) identities, communities, leadership and career aspirations. The fall semester focuses on transition to college through the
lens of AAPI issues and experiences of Asians in the U.S. The spring semester focuses on strategies of persistence and tenacity. This yearlong course is a required component for APATH residents however the course is open to any Berkeley students to enroll.
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ASAMST 195 Senior Thesis 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Writing of a thesis under the direction of member(s) of the faculty.

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ASAMST H195A Senior Honors Thesis for Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Majors 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Course for senior Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies maors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program.

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ASAMST H195B Senior Honors Thesis for Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Majors 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Course for senior Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies maors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program.

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ASAMST 197 Field Study in Asian American Communities 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
University organized and supervised field program involving experiences in schools, school-related activities, community, and community-related activities.

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ASAMST 198 Supervised Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Group study of selected topics which will vary from semester to semester.

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ASAMST 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual research on a topic which leads to the writing of a major paper. Regular meetings with faculty sponsor.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor. Religion, Race, Ethnicity, Immigration.

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor. Asian American history, Filipino American studies, immigration history, adoption studies, nursing history.
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+ Michael Omi, Associate Professor. Racial politics, racial theory, racial stratification, racial and ethnic categories and the US Census, racist and anti-racist social movements.
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Lok Siu, Associate Professor. Transnationalism; Migration; Cultural Citizenship; Un/Belonging; Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Formation; Asians in the Americas; Cultural Politics of Food; Ethnography.

Khatharya Um, Associate Professor. Education, memory, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American histories and communities, Southeast Asian diaspora, refugees, international migration, transnational and diaspora studies, genocide studies.
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Lecturers

Hatem A. Bazian, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies.
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Christopher Chua, Lecturer.

Harvey C. Dong, Lecturer.

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Lecturer.

Anna P. Leong, Lecturer.

Hannah B. Michell, Lecturer.

Fae M. Ng, Lecturer.

Young Shin, Lecturer.

Jane K. Singh, Lecturer.

Jere Takahashi, Lecturer Emeritus.

Winston Tseng, Lecturer.

Keiko Yamanaka, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor Emeritus. Labor, citizenship, undocumented students, caring work, settler colonialism, skin color bias.
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Elaine H. Kim, Professor Emeritus. Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies.
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L. Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus.

Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong, Professor Emeritus. Ethnicity, sexuality, telecommunications, Asian Americans, demographic transformation, fragmentation, globalization, transportation, internet technology, international conference, construction of gender.
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Contact Information

Department of Ethnic Studies

506 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-0796

Fax: 510-642-6456

ethnicst@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Shari Huhndorf, PhD

506 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-0796

huhndorf@berkeley.edu

Student Affairs Officer

Laura Jimenez-Olvera

532 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-0243

lauraj@berkeley.edu

Student Affairs Officer

Dewey St. Germaine

530 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-6420

deweystg@berkeley.edu

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