Your success in this course will be measured by your ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Asian American representation and history in general, and Asian Americans popular culture and media in particular.
  • Critically engage with Asian American media through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.
  • Contextualize a diverse body of Asian American media texts within significant historical periods, demonstrating particular familiarity with Asian American history and U.S. race relations.
  • Critically read texts through appropriate, media-specific close readings and cultural analysis into original persuasive and appropriately supported arguments.



Essays and critical readings available through course website. See instructor for password.

Yankee Dawg You Die, Philip Kan Gotanda

American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang

Chew, Vol. 1, Taster’s Choice, John Layman and Rob Guillory 

Bollywood Confidential, Sonia Singh              



**Students must complete ALL assignments in order to pass this course.**

Participation (daily attendance, discussion) – 20%

Course Blog and Presentation (Introduction, assigned posts, and responses) -10%

Midterm – 20%

Final Project (Extended critical blog post, research paper, or critical creative piece) – 20% final + 5% abstract and individual meeting

Final Exam (Cumulative exam) – 25%

Social Media
You are expected to contribute to a class blog for the class. Every week, students will either contribute an original post or a substantive response or respectful rebuttal. You will have an individual profile on the course blog (pseudonyms are fine so long as we can identify you) through which you will participate in our collective scholarly environment. You will be encouraged to share news, information, creative projects (fanfic, videos, media remixes, etc.) with a wider audience.

Starting with Week 2, blog entries (as assigned) shall be due at 12 p.m. Noon, the Sunday before that week’s class meetings. The non-blogging students must respond by 12 p.m. noon on Monday. Each week’s bloggers should then be prepared to lead class discussion for the majority of Monday’s class, following a brief introduction by the instructor. 


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