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Topics: Asian American, Independent film, Cinema of the United States Pages: 5 (1401 words) Published: July 24, 2014
ASAM 30: Asian American Issues Through Film
City College of San Francisco
Instructor: Roger Chung
Summer 2014
Location: MUB 150, TWR 6:00-9:15pm
Email: rogervietchung@gmail.com
Office Hours: 5-6pm, Thursday, MUB 150

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
This course will explore both historical and contemporary themes in Asian American film. Beginning chronologically with early representations of race, gender and sexuality, the course will move towards new representations in films made by and about Asian Americans. This course will survey a broad range of films, including narrative, documentary, and diasporic cinema.

This course is UC and CSU transferable, satisfying area 4C for UC, and C2 and D3 for CSU.

DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will explore both historical and contemporary themes in Asian American film. Beginning chronologically with early representations of race, gender and sexuality, the course will move towards new representations in films made by and about Asian Americans. We will survey a broad range of films, from narrative, to documentary, to diasporic cinema. The course is designed to get you to critically think about how images and characters within these genres may produce or reproduce stereotypes, but also how these stereotypes are resisted, contested and possibly redefined. You will be expected to use your analytically skills to then critique how the themes of race, class, gender and sexuality are negotiated in an “Asian American” film of your choice that is outside of the course syllabus. You will be evaluated based on in-class discussion and group work, four reflection journals, a midterm and a final film analysis.

Success in this course is predicated on your ability to engage the films from the perspective of analysis of representation, as opposed to summarizing plots, or reviewing the quality of acting. We’re interested in why an image is created the way it is, and what impact that may have on the creation of other images and stories about Asian Americans. All assignments, from journals to your final analysis should address the representations the audience views, not necessarily the intent of director or background of actors. Be critical in this class!

MAJOR LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:
A. Analyze the intertextual relationships between Asian American historical archetypes in American cinema B. Compare differences in gender representations for Asian American men and women C. Assess the impacts of independent productions in Asian American media on American mainstream representations of Asian Americans D. Analyze the ways diasporic or transnational cinema from Asia influence representations of Asian Americans in American media E. Analyze a film independent of the course syllabus by applying course theories and concepts, and support from course textbook and course materials.

Course Policies
All assignments for this course are “take-home”; this is deliberate to give students an opportunity to seriously engage course concepts, textbook readings and historical experiences of Asian Americans. It is critical that students write on their own, and refrain from copying internet websites. Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated or graded! Students are expected to “cite” their work in some format; APA or MLA are both fine--just make sure you’re “quoting” references and not simply copying text without citations. Lecture is a critical component to success in this course; CELL PHONE USE IS NOT PERMITTED Late work will be accepted, penalty will be applied depending on submission date; make sure you do ALL the work in this class! Please make sure you to check your ccsf email often!

Required Text
K. Ono, and V. Pham. Asian Americans in the Media, Polity, 2008. all required articles will be sent via email--please make sure you have access to your email on your web4 account!

Grade Breakdown:
10% Participation and Attendance
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