I’ve taught three courses on Asian American history: a first-year seminar (called Asian Immigrants in the U.S.), an upper-division course, and a graduate-level course for the American Studies master’s program. They were taught during Fall 2019, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020: the first times that this subject was taught at Pepperdine.
Asian Americans account for about 6% of U.S. population and are the fastest-growing racial minorities today. Taking a historical perspective, this course studies the experience of immigrants from East, South, and Southeast Asia since the nineteenth century: Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, Indians, Vietnamese, and other groups. Students will examine and analyze a host of experiences among the immigrants such as racism, the stereotype “model minority,” religion, and labor. In consultation with the instructor, each student will also choose a specific topic, research and write a paper on it, and present the research to the class.
One commonality among the three courses is the following book. Otherwise, they vary in readings and the level of assignments.
- Erika Lee, The Making of Asian America: A History (2015).