Asian American Studies (AAST)

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AAST 110W  Introduction to Asian Studies (W)  3 Units  GE, W  
Typically Offered: Fall and spring  
This course offers students an interdisciplinary introduction to issues and methods relevant in the fields of Asian and Asian American Studies. This course uses films focusing on the life of an ordinary family as a starting point for examining lived experiences and social struggles of Asians and Asian Americans since the twentieth century. Also important in our analysis is how concepts such as race, ethnicity, and national identity were articulated in their relations to class and gender as these groups navigated their lives through political, social, and cultural changes and expectations. 3 hours lecture.  (021511)  
General Education: Ethnic Studies (F)  
Cross listing(s): ASST 110W  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division; Writing Course  
AAST 152  Introduction to the Asian American Experience  3 Units  GE  
Typically Offered: Spring only  
This course examines the Asian experience in the U.S. over the last 150 year by focusing on the experiences of different Asian ethnic groups. The focus is on early arrival and settlement, and contemporary issues in Asian American communities, including immigration, racism, and Asian American identity. 3 hours lecture.  (000003)  
General Education: Ethnic Studies (F)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Lower Division  
AAST 330  Hmong Cultural Roots & Contemporary Issues  3 Units  GE  
Typically Offered: Fall only  
Study Hmong American roots, including: geographic, demographic, sociocultural, economic, political, religious, and historical elements from the countries of origin. Main emphasis is on how Hmong roots influence contemporary lives of Hmong Americans, starting with their immigration/migration and settlement/resettlement patterns and continuing on the present day. Students explore the complex patterns of Hmong American acculturation and identity, especially with respect to elements of gender, socio-economic class, ethnicity, age and education. 3 hours lecture.  (021849)  
General Education: Ethnic Studies (F)  
Cross listing(s): BLMC 330  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course for a maximum of 3 units  
Course Attributes: Upper Division  
AAST 498  Special Topics in AAST  1-3 Units  
Prerequisite: Department permission.  
Typically Offered: Inquire at department  
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours supervision.  (000010)  
Grade Basis: Graded  
Repeatability: You may take this course more than once  
Course Attributes: Upper Division