California State University, Fullerton

Asian American Studies

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Thomas Y. Fujita-Rony

PROGRAM OFFICE
Humanities 314

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://hss.fullerton.edu/asian-american

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Minor in Asian American Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies Option in Asian American Studies

INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY
Jeffrey Brody (Communications), Thomas Fujita-Rony (Asian American Studies), Art Hansen (History), Richard Jong (Asian American Studies), Mikyong Kim-Goh (Human Services), Tu-Uyen Nguyen (Asian American Studies), Eliza Noh (Asian American Studies), Michael Perez (Sociology), Eric Reyes (Asian American Studies), Yichin Shen (English and Comparative Literature), Jennifer Yee (Asian American Studies)

ADVISER
Eliza Noh, Humanities 312E
Eric Reyes, Humanities 312H

PROGRAM COUNCIL
The program council consists of faculty and non-faculty from on and off-campus groups who provide direction and support for the Asian American Studies Program: Leah Brew (Counseling), Jeffrey Brody (Communications), Juana Chen (Asian American Studies), Thomas Fujita-Rony (Asian American Studies), Art Hansen (History), Craig K. Ihara (Philosophy), Richard Jong (Asian American Studies), Mikyong Kim-Goh (Human Services), Trent Nguyen (Human Services), Tu-Uyen Nguyen (Asian American Studies), Eliza Noh (Asian American Studies), Michael Perez (Sociology), Eric Reyes (Asian American Studies), Sherri Sawicki (English), Yichen Shen (English), Susan Shoho (Gerontology), Sora Tanjasiri (Kinesiology), Jie Tian (Library), Howard Wang (Student Affairs), Jennifer Yee (Asian American Studies)

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INTRODUCTION
The minor and the option in Asian American Studies are designed for students who have an interest in learning about the experiences, expression and social conditions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry, including those whose origins trace back to central, south and southeast, as well as east Asia and the Pacific Islands. Cross-disciplinary in nature, Asian American Studies draws on a wide variety of courses offered throughout the university that relate to Asian American history, art, literature, politics, socio-economics, psychology and relations to other ethnic and sociopolitical groups. In addition, the Asian American Studies Program currently offers 21 of its own courses.
The goals of both the option and minor are to encourage more students to do work in the area and to prepare students in selected career paths where sensitivity to and knowledge of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues, history and artistic expression are important. These include careers in counseling, human services, nursing, public administration, law and the health professions; teaching careers in history, English, political science, psychology, sociology, as well as elementary and secondary school education.

Two features of the Asian American Studies program are of special note. First, there is a conscious effort to inform and sensitize students to other ethnic groups and to their interrelationships and commonalities. Second, there is a definitive emphasis on contributing to Asian American communities and, thereby, the larger society. The requirement in experiential and community-based learning is one example of our effort to combine learning with service.
The option in Asian American Studies may be effectively combined with subject matter studies necessary for either the multiple subject teaching credential (K-8) or single subject credential (7-12) in Social Studies. Undergraduates are encouraged to work with the Center for Careers in Teaching (657-278-7130) as early as possible in their academic careers to plan efficient course selections for general education, the major and electives. With careful planning, it may be possible to enter the credential program in the senior year of the bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate students should contact the Admission to Teacher Education office (657-278-3352) to obtain information on attending an overview presentation.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ETHNIC STUDIES OPTION IN ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
The B.A. in Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies) requires a minimum of 120 units, which include courses for the option, General Education, all university requirements, and free electives.

The Option in Asian American Studies requires 36 units of coursework in Asian American Studies. If a student chooses the B.A. in Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies) as a second major, up to nine units can double-count in general education.

Other Asian American Studies requirements can be double-counted in a student’s primary major.

Core Courses (12 units)
Asian American 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Asian American 201 History of Asian Pacific Americans
Asian American 300 Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies
Asian American 307 Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies

Topical Requirements (12 units)
In consultation with an adviser, students may focus their studies on Asian American Ethnic Groups; topics in Asian American Studies such as literature, art, communication, families, psychology, or law, etc.; or Non-Asian Ethnic Groups and Inter-ethnic Relations in the U.S.

Specific Asian American Ethnic Groups (6 units)
Asian American 220 Vietnamese Communities in the U.S. (3)
Asian American 360 Mixed Heritage Asian Americans (3)
Asian American 362A The Filipina/o American Experience (3)
Asian American 364 The South Asian American Experience (3)
Asian American 366 The Korean American Experience (3)
Asian American 370 The Chinese American Experience (3)
History/Asian American 382 World War II
Japanese American Evacuation (3)

An additional six units must be selected from the two categories listed below.

  1. Topics in Asian American Studies
    Asian American 308 Asian American Women (3)
    Asian American 320 Asian American Creative Expression (3)
    Asian American 322 Asian Pacific Americans and Religion (3)
    Asian American 325 Asian American Film and Video (3)
    Asian American 327 Asian American Literature (3)
    Asian American 340 Asian American Communication (3)
    Asian American 342 Asian Pacific American Families (3)
    Asian American 344 Asian Pacific American Identities (3)
    Asian American 346 Asian American Psychology (3)
    Human Services 318 Human Services for Immigrants and Refugees (3)
    Communication 438T Specialized Reporting
    (Reporting in Minority Affairs) (3)
  2. Non-Asian Ethnic Groups and Inter-ethnic Relations in the U.S.
    Afro-Ethnic 310 Black Women in America (3)
    Afro-Ethnic 311 Intracultural Socialization (3)
    Afro-Ethnic 320 Black Political Thought (3)
    Afro-Ethnic 322 Psychology of African Americans (3)
    Afro-Ethnic 335 History of Racism (3)
    American Studies 301 The American Character (3)
    American Studies 377 Prejudice and American Culture (3)
    Chicana/o 220 Mexican Heritage (3)
    Chicana/o 303 Cultural Differences in Mexico and the Southwest (3)
    Chicana/o 337 Contemporary Chicano Literature (3)
    Chicana/o 340 Mexican/Chicano Intellectual Thought (3)
    Chicana/o 345 History of the Chicano (3)
    History 190 Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities (3)
    Sociology 357 Minority Group Relations (3)
    Women’s Studies 302 Intro to Intercultural Women’s Studies (3)

Asian Language or Asian Cultures and Social Institutions (6 units)
Asian Languages
Language courses include, but are not limited to the following:
Chinese 100 Introduction to Chinese Conversation (3)
Chinese 101 Fundamental Chinese A (5)
Chinese 102 Fundamental Chinese B (5)
Japanese 101 Fundamental Japanese A (5)
Japanese 102 Fundamental Japanese B (5)
Vietnamese 201 Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers (3)
Vietnamese 202 Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers (3)
Any 200 or higher level course in Chinese or Japanese

Asian Cultures and Institutions
Topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Anthropology 347 Peoples of the Pacific (3)
Comparative Literature 380 Introduction to Asian Literature (3)
Comparative Literature 382T Topics in Asian Literature (3)
Geography 340 Asia (3)
History 463C Themes in Korean History (3)
History 464B History of Southeast Asia, 1800-present (3)
History 465A,B History of India (3)
Philosophy 350 Asian Philosophy (3)
Philosophy 352 Philosophy of Asian Martial Arts (3)
Political Science 434 China and Japan: Friends or Foes? (3)
Comparative Religion 270T Introduction to Asian Religions (3)
Comparative Religion 354T Topics in Buddhism (3)
Human Comm 492T Proseminar in Human Communication (3)
(when topic covers intercultural communication)

Community Research Requirement (6 units)
All ASAM majors must complete ASAM 495, Internship in Asian American Studies. An additional course must be completed; students may choose either another internship course or one of the two courses below.

  1. Asian American 495 Internship in Asian American Studies. This course combines work in a community organization with regular class meetings and written assignments. This can include the analysis of community-based organizations along ethnic, class, and/or gender lines; or interns of Asian American literature or art; or in terms of power politics, historical developments, or in minority group psychology.
  2. Asian American 499 Independent Study. This course involves completing a senior project requiring community research. Students are required to display knowledge, understanding, and application of research, methods and culturally-relevant skills to solve real world problems in an Asian Pacific American community setting.
  3. Oral history fieldwork. This course provides students with experience in an Asian Pacific American community agency or organization.

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MINOR IN ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
The minor consists of 21-23 required units distributed among categories listed below, with at least six upper-division units.

Core Courses (6 units)
Asian American 201 History of Asian Pacific Americans (3)
Asian American 300 Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies (3)

Comparative Cultures Breadth Requirement (3 units)
A course on a different minority group in America should be selected from an approved listing in consultation with the program coordinator or a faculty adviser. Courses include, but are not limited to the following: Afro 304, 310, 311, 317, 320, 322, 335; American Studies 301, 377; Chicano 220, 303, 305, 331, 332, 337, 340, 450; Comparative Religion 305; History 190; Sociology 133, 357; Women’s Studies 302.

Topical Requirements (6 units)
Select two three-unit courses in Asian Pacific American Studies, chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. Topics include, but are not limited to the following courses: Asian American 220, 308, 320, 327, 340, 342, 344, 346, 360 362A, 364, 366, 370; History 382; Human Services 318; Communications 438T.

Asian Language or Asian Cultures and Social Institutions Requirement (3-5 units)
One course in an Asian language (3-5 units), or one three-unit course on Asian cultures or Asian social institutions, chosen in consultation with the undergraduate adviser.
Approved courses include, but are not limited to the following:

Asian Languages
Chinese 100 Introduction to Chinese Conversation (3)
Chinese 101 Fundamental Chinese A (5)
Chinese 102 Fundamental Chinese B (5)
Japanese 101 Fundamental Japanese A (5)
Japanese 102 Fundamental Japanese B (5)
Korean 101 Fundamental Korean-A (5)
Korean 102 Fundamental Korean-B (5)
Korean 203 Intermediate Korean-A (3)
Vietnamese 201 Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers (3)
Vietnamese 202 Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers (3)
Any 200 or higher level course in Chinese or Japanese

Asian Cultures and Social Institutions
Anthro 347; Comp Lit 382T; Comparative Religion 280, 354T; Geography 340; History 460, 463C, 464B, 465A; Philosophy 350, 352, 354T; Poli Sci 434; Human Comm 492C.

Community Research Requirement (3 units)
Students choose one of the following:

  1. Asian American 499 Independent Study. This course involves completing a senior project requiring community research. Students are required to display knowledge, understanding and application of research, methods and culturally-relevant skills to solve real world problems in an Asian Pacific American community setting.
  2. Oral history fieldwork. This course provides students with a service learning experience in an Asian Pacific American community agency or organization. Please check the department for information on the course number, title and scheduled offerings.
  3. Asian American 495 Internship in Asian American Studies. This course combines work in a community organization with regular class meetings and written assignments. This can include the analysis of community based organizations along ethnic, class, and/or gender lines; or interns of Asian American literature or art; or in terms of power politics, historical developments, or in minority group psychology. Please consult the department for information on the course number, title, and scheduled offerings.

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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES COURSES
Courses are designated as ASAM in the class schedule.

ASAM 101    Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Description: (Same as Afro-Ethnic Studies/Chicana(o) Studies/Women’s Studies 101)
Units: (3)

ASAM 190    Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities

Description: (Same as History/Afro-Ethnic Studies/Chicana(o) Studies 190)
Units: (3)

ASAM 201    History of Asian Americans

Description: (Same as History 201)
Units: (3)

ASAM 220    Vietnamese Communities in the U.S.

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education (G. E.) Category III.C.1. Historical and cultural overview of Vietnamese communities in the U.S., especially Orange County. The vital role of voluntary agencies, mutual assistance associations and religious centers. Examines Vietnamese business, entertainment, family, education and hobbies.
Units: (3)

ASAM 300    Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Category III.C.1. Interdisciplinary exploration of the experiences of several Asian American groups. Addresses questions of cultural assimilation and cultural persistence, family and gender roles, and literary and popular culture representations.
Units: (3)

ASAM 307    Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies (formerly 400)

Description: Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent. Introduction to research and writing in ethnic studies. Issues of research in ethnic studies (e.g., quantitative v. qualitative analysis, reliability/validity) and specific methods of research (e.g., archives, interviews, oral history). Extensive writing. A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required to satisfy the upper-division writing requirement. (Same as Afro-Ethnic 307 and Chicana/o 307).
Units: (3)

ASAM 308    Asian American Women

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Interdisciplinary examination of Asian and Pacific Islander American women’s experience. Compares and contrasts the experience of women from various parts of Asia and explores the social, cultural and political issues they face in the U.S. and abroad. One or more sections offered online. (Same as Women’s Studies 308)
Units: (3)

ASAM 320    Asian American Creative Expression

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Categories III.B.1 and 2. Asian American life as portrayed through novels, short stories, plays, poetry, film, music, painting, dance and other expressive forms. Examines historical and contemporary works by a variety of Asian and Pacific Americans. One or more sections offered online.
Units: (3)

ASAM 322    Asian Pacific Americans and Religion

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Category III.B.2. Historically, religion plays a significant role for immigrants. Explores religion as a cultural dynamic in the incorporation and persistence of Asian Pacific Americans into American society, especially in Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area. (Same as Comp Religion 322)
Units: (3)

ASAM 325    Asian American Film and Video

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Categories III.B.1 and III.B.2. Introduction to major themes in Asian American film and video history and criticism. Asian American aesthetics, history and politics in areas of film and video direction, production, writing and acting. One or more sections offered online.
Units: (3)

ASAM 327    Asian American Literature

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Category III.B.2. Introduces early literary expressions of the Asian American experience. Readings include poetry, short stories, novels and autobiographies. Fundamental understanding of Asian American literary history and awareness of the cultural diversity in America. (Same as English 327)
Units: (3)

ASAM 340    Asian American Communication

Description: Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and completion of G. E. Category III.C.1. Introduction to Asian American communication. Influences of Asian American cultural heritage, ethnic identity, generation and language fluency on communication. Similarities and differences in communication among the various Asian American ethnic groups. (Same as Human Comm 340)
Units: (3)

ASAM 342    Asian Pacific American Families

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Category III.C.1. Asian Pacific American families have ranged from the seemingly solitary “bachelor” to the extended “clan.” Explores these, and many other ways of being a “family,” as it has been a basic part of Asian Pacific American history and culture.
Units: (3)

ASAM 344    Asian Pacific American Identities

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Category III.C.1. Interdisciplinary explorations of the ways in which those of Pacific Islander, Southeast, South and East Asian descent have met the challenge of being American at the personal level. Social construction of racial/ethnic identities, cultural conflict, self-determination and personal growth.
Units: (3)

ASAM 346    Asian American Psychology

Description: In-depth analysis of major issues in the Asian American community from a psychosocial perspective, including ethnic identity development, generational conflicts, the “model minority” myth, interracial relationships, attitudes toward mental health services and alternative healing/therapeutic approaches. (Same as Psychology 346)
Units: (3)

ASAM 360    Mixed Heritage Asian Americans

Description: Prerequisite: completion of the G. E. Category III.C.1. Overview of the mixed heritage Asian American population in the USA. Surveys the historical avenues that led to the United States and to inter-ethnic alliances. The many challenges this multi-ethnic population faces.
Units: (3)

ASAM 362A    Filipina/o American Experience

Description: Prerequisite: completion of G. E. Category III.C.1. Introduction to Filipina/o American Studies, covering point of origin, immigration, legal barriers, economic struggles, civil rights and other current issues up to 1965.
Units: (3)

ASAM 364    The South Asian American Experience

Description: Interdisciplinary course that explores the experience of South Asian Americans originally from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. Focuses on questions regarding influence of American culture on South Asian American identity, intergenerational concerns and cultural continuity among others.
Units: (3)

ASAM 366    The Korean American Experience

Description: Prerequisite: completion of the G. E. Category III.C.1. Historical events and contemporary issues such as Korean American immigration, Korean identity, inter-ethnic relations, gender issues and Korean American Entrepreneurship within the context of social, political and economic conditions of Korea and the United States.
Units: (3)

ASAM 370    The Chinese American Experience

Description: Prerequisite: completion of the G. E. Category III.C.1. Introduction to the experiences of Chinese in the United States. Historical events and contemporary issues, including Chinese immigration, exclusion, Chinese American identity, racial violence and gender.
Units: (3)

ASAM 382    World War II Japanese American Evacuation

Description: (Same as History 382)
Units: (3)

ASAM 389    Literature About the War in Vietnam

Description: (Same as English/Comp Lit 389)
Units: (3)

ASAM 495    Internship in Asian American Studies

Description: One hundred twenty (120) hours practical experience in some organization serving the Asian Pacific American community. Regular meetings with faculty advisor. May be repeated once for credit.
Units: (3)

ASAM 496    Student-to-Student Tutorials

Description: Consult “Student-to-Student Tutorials” in this catalog for a more complete course description.
Units: (1-3)

ASAM 499    Independent Study

Description: Supervised research and/or service learning projects in Asian American Studies to be taken with consent of instructor and program coordinator. May be repeated for credit.
Units: (1-3)

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