APIA Courses: Spring 2017

APIA 201 - Introduction to Asian and  Pacific Islander American Studies 
Professor Bene Ferrao (3 credits, C200, CSI)
This is an interdisciplinary study of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including their histories, communities, cultures, socioeconomic development, political organizations, and their relationships with ancestral homelands, other Asian and Pacific Islander diasporas, and their unique roles as Americans on the world stage.

APIA 315 01- Asian Pacific American History 
Professor Chinua Akimaro Thelwell (3 credits, C200, CSI)
This course offers a broad survey of Asian Pacific American history. Given the immense diversity of Asian Pacific American communities, we cannot offer an exhaustive history in one semester. Instead, we cover a number of major events in Asian Pacific American history and focus on many key concepts in Asian Pacific American Studies. Furthermore, we are interested in Asian Pacific American identity as a social construct, and spend a large amount of time focusing on race discourse. Many of the readings address the ways in which Asian Pacific American racial identity was constructed in American popular culture and law. Other key topics include immigration, exclusion, citizenship, class, and gender.

APIA 332 01 [350 03] - Sex & Race in Plays & Films
Professors R. Benedito Ferrao & Francis Tanglao-Aguas (4 credits, ALV, C200, GER4C, GER6)
Study of sexuality, gender and race in plays and films dramatizing marginalized communities in the United States and selected countries like France, Iran, Martinique, Mexico, the Philippines, Senegal, and Turkey. Course work includes acting, creative projects, teaching methods, and analytical essays. (This course is anchored in the ALV domain, and also consideers aspects of the CSI domain. Cross-listed as AMES.GSWS.THEA 332.)

APIA 365 01 - Asian American Experience, Part 2: 1965-present
Professor Mary Lynn Weiss (ALV, GER5)

This course is an interdisciplinary survey of the cultural expressions of the Asian American experience in the United States from 1965 to the present. Through literature and film, this course explores the history of immigration in the contexts of the United States' intervention in Southeast Asia and the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s at home. Writers include: Richard Kim, Teresa Cha, Gish Jin and Jhumpa Lahiri. We will also view documentary and feature films.

APIA 444 01 - Filipino Diaspora Studies
Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas (ALV, C200, CSI)
Upper level seminar on history, culture, and arts of Filipino society and its global diaspora rooted in Southeast Asian maritime mercantile polities and matriarchal cultures. Students learn how Filipinos fight for agency through humor, performing arts, film & digital space, fashion, food, basketball, and boxing as they navigate and negotiate European, Japanese, Chinese and American imperialism and colonization.

APIA 499 01 - Senior Capstone Project
Supervised by Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas (IN)

This course provides graduating students the opportunity to create a culminating project demonstrating their application of knowledge they have learned in Asian Pacific Islander American Studies. In addition to scholarly research papers and creative work, students may also design practical projects or feasibility studies based on their interests.
 
APIA 499 02 - Senior Capstone Project
Supervised by Professor R. Benedito Ferrao (IN)

This course provides graduating students the opportunity to create a culminating project demonstrating their application of knowledge they have learned in Asian Pacific Islander American Studies. In addition to scholarly research papers and creative work, students may also design practical projects or feasibility studies based on their interests.

[Check out the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list, and check the Dynamic Schedule to see which courses are offered next semester.]