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This course will cover the context of immigration and resettlement of Chinese Americans from the first wave until present day. From the lure of the gold mountain to the formation of ethnic enclaves, the Chinese American community has evolved with each immigration period and has faced various ranges of inclusion and exclusion. This course will cover early immigration (1800’s-1924), community (re)formation, war relations, and the communities that formed post 1965. To understand Chinese in America we must also examine gender, class, and racial formation in the context of both the immediate and greater communities.
ASAM 40, The Chinese American Community (Fully Online, on CANVAS)
After examining early Chinese settlement we will work our way into today's Chinese American Communities. As a class, we will attempt to answer the following questions: Who is Chinese America? What are the issues/conflicts that this community faces? How has the community evolved?
*Please note, this course is being offered online only we will not meet face to face at any point in the semester.
The course material is released on a weekly basis.
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Choy, Philip. San Francisco Chinatown. California: City Lights Books, 2012. Print.
Kwong, Peter The New Chinatown. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1996. Print.
Takaki, Ronald. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1998. Print.
Chang, Gordon, Him Mark Lai, and Judy Yung eds. Chinese American Voices: From the gold rush to the present. California: University of California Press, 2006. Print
Hsu, Madeline Y. Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and migration between the United States and South China, 1882-1943. Stanford University Press, 2000. Print
Lee, Erika. At America’s Gates: Chinese immigration during the exclusion era, 1882-1943. University of North Carolina Press, 2003. Print
Louie, Miriam C.Y. Sweatshop Warriors. South End Press, 2001. Print
Pfaelzer, Jean. Driven Out. University of California Press, 2008. Print
Zia, Helen. Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000. Print
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