His mien notwithstanding, Bernie Sanders was happy for my first-year seminar (Fall 2019) on Asian Americans.

I’ve offered three courses on Asian American history: a first-year seminar (FYS) called Asian Immigrants in America (first taught in Fall 2019); an upper-division course for History and Ethnic Studies students (Fall 2020);  and a graduate-level course for the American Studies master’s program (Summer 2020). They were the first times that this subject was taught at Pepperdine.

The core reading on this subject is Erika Lee, The Making of Asian America: A History (2015), plus a number of journal articles, book chapters, and, in the case of the graduate course, monographs. 

The faculty at Seaver College have recently approved a change in the core curriculum, which will be consisted of two basic groups: Foundations and Connections. All students are required to take the Foundations courses, and they can choose Connections courses to fulfill different categories. I plan to offer the undergraduate upper-division course above as a Connections course. 

For Fall 2022, I have shifted the FYS from a lecture-based course focusing on history to a discussion-based course focusing on fiction. The contents may have changed, but the enthusiasm remains the same and I look forward to the experience in this course with incoming students from the Class of 2026.