**subject to change**

Week 1: Introductions – Popular Culture and Asian America

April 3

“What is Popular Culture?”

April 5

Asian Americans in US culture

Spectatorship: Sample media from the 19th and 20th centuries: early U.S. cartoons advertisements, documents, etc.; Reading: Excerpts from Sucheng Chan, Asian Americans: An Interpretive History; Excerpts from Atlas of Asian American History; “Popular Culture: This Ain’t No Sideshow” from Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture by George Lipsitz

Week 2: History and Visual Culture

April 10

Early Asian Americans and Self-Fashionings

Spectatorship: “Driving Steel” and “ 9066” from Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology; Citizen 13660

April 12

Self-Fashionings cont.

Spectatorship: American Born Chinese; Reading Excerpts from East main Street

Week 3: Anti-Model Minorities

April 17

American Born Chinese (cont.)

April 19

Spectatorship: Better Luck Tomorrow, Justin Lin

Reading: “Introduction” to Screening Asian Americans, by Peter Feng CR (49-58); “Visual Perversions: Race, Sex, and Cinematic Pleasure” by Oishi, CR (121-156)

Week 4:

April 24

Spectatorship: Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine

Reading: “Problematic Representations of Asian American Gender and Sexuality,” by Ono and Pham CR (71-80)

April  26

Spectatorship: Yankee Dawg You Die

Reading: Espiritu, “Ideological Racism and Cultural Resistance: Constructing Our Own Images” from Asian American Women and Men CR (59-70)

Week 5: Gender, Sex and Asian American Bodies

May 1

Short Paper Due at beginning of class

Spectatorship: Yankee Dawg You Die
Midterm Review

May 3


Week 6:

May 8

Spectatorship: M. Butterfly; Reading: “Racial Castration”, Eng CR (157-164)

May 10

Spectatorship: M. Butterfly cont., in class viewing and discussion of theatrical performance

Week 7:

May 15

Spectatorship: Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl, discussions of “chick-lit”

May 17

Abstracts & Bibliographies Due

Spectatorship: Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl, in-class viewing and discussion of related media

Week 8: Afro-Asian Futures

May 21

Screening: Ping Pong Playa

May 22

Spectatorship: Ping Pong Playa

Reading: Thien-bao Thuc Phi. “Yellow Lines: Asian Americans and Hip Hop” from AfroAsia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans, eds. CR (177-186); Frank Ho and Bill V. Mullen, Introduction to Afro Asia CR (177-186); Frank Ho, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Roots to the Black-Asian Conflict” CR (187-192)

May 24

Spectatorship: Ping Pong Playa, Jeremy Lin media (in Readings)

Week 9: Technotopias and Asian American digital performance

May 29

Spectatorship:; Angry Asian Man, Wong Fu Productions (Links to specific materials on course website. Each student also asked to share and discuss individual readings); Reading: Nakamura, “Introduction of Cybertypes” and “Digital Racial Formation and Networked Images of the Body” CR (193-216)

May 31


Week 10: Presentations

June 5


June 7

Final Papers Due at beginning of class



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