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HILD 7B: Race and Ethnicity in the US – Asian American History Tues/Thurs 2-320 ------ ROOM PETERSON 108
Fall 2012

|Prof. Nancy H. Kwak |Teaching Assistants: | |Office: HSS 6086A |Kate Flach | |nhkwak@ucsd.edu |Mary Klann | |Office Hours: W 2:00-3:00 by appointment |Alina Mendez | | |Mychal Odom | | |Rich Smith | | |Camielyn Williams |

Course Description in Catalog:
A lecture-discussion course on the comparative ethnic history of the United States. Of central concern will be Asian-American groups, race, oppression, mass migrations, ethnicity, city life in industrial America, and power and protest in modern America.

Readings: (All books are sold at the UCSD bookstore)
1. Lon Kurashige and Alice Yang Murray, Major Problems in Asian American History (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003). ISBN 0618077340. 2. John Luther Long, Madame Butterfly (General Books, 2009). Available free online at http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/long/contents.html 3. David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly (Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1998). 4. Lac Suh, I Love Yous Are for White People: A Memoir (P.S.) (Harper Perennial, 2009). ISBN 978-0061543661.

Grades – All grades are determined by your TA
20% Section participation
20% Paper 1
20% Paper 2
20% Midterm
20% Non-cumulative final exam

What you should expect:

Papers:
You will be writing two papers. The first should include all relevant readings and lectures up to David Henry Hwang on the syllabus; the second should include all relevant materials up to and including Lac Suh. All papers should have a unique central argument and be between 4-6 pages in length. Please include an original title that reflects your argument, use 12 pt Times New Roman or Times only, and print double-spaced, double-sided. All papers must be submitted in hard copy AND to turnitin.com. Students taking this course agree to this requirement. Your essay will be marked 1/3 step down for every day it is late. (Saturday + Sunday = 2 days. After class on the day due = 1 day. A 1/3 step is from an A to an A-, A- to B+, etc.) Any requests for extensions will be decided by the TA except in extenuating circumstances.

Essay 1: Which orientalist views does David Henry Hwang attack, and how effectively does he do it, in your opinion? Reference all relevant readings up to week 5 for this essay. Essay 2: What makes the concept of a “model minority” problematic and/or compelling in the twentieth century? Reference all relevant readings from weeks 5-10 for this essay. OPTION: You are welcome to turn in a traditional essay for this assignment. If you earned at least a B on your first essay, you may choose to make a short video between 5-7 minutes in length answering this same question and including at least 3 substantive, specific references to historical content from your readings. You may work with a partner if you choose to make a video. Both members of the group must have earned at least a B on the first essay. Prof. Kwak reserves the right to show your video in class if you choose this option.

What is the purpose of these essays? What I am really looking for in these papers is first and foremost, your ability to articulate an original argument....
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