Asian and Asian American Studies 1117: Section 1.
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Asian and Asian American Studies 1117: Section 1Introduction to Asian Pacific American StudiesTake Home Final – Fall 2016Instructions:No OUTSIDE research is required however youmustuse the assigned course readings in developing your analyticmidterm essays. Each essay should be roughly850 - 1000words (3-4) type/word processdouble spacedpages inlength with 1-inch margins, 12 point font (Times Roman or equivalent) and page numbering. The pages should be stapledtogether in the upper left hand corner (no folder covers, etc). Each essay is worth 30 points.References & citations: Avoid using direct quotations from the texts, rather paraphrase and summarize using your ownwords while giving parenthetical reference to the source using the author’s last name and the page where you found theinformation. For example, if you use information from page 57 in Zia, reference (Zia, 57) placed at the end of theappropriate phrase in a larger sentence or just before the period at the end of the appropriate sentence(s). Direct quoteswhen appropriate (e.g. newspaper article title or dialogue/passage from a novel) should be cited in the same manner.Reference or use ofallcourse materials (books, articles, emails, handouts & notes) covered in the syllabus isexpected.Separate Title Page for the Final(Not inclusive of the page requirement):This page should include a) your name; b) the course number, section, day & time it meets;Subsequent Page Formatting: Start each essay on a new page with a title: Essay #. Do not copy the question at thetop of the page.Answer each of the following: Each question is worth 30 points.1.Throughout course we have addressed the overarching questions of American “people-ness & equality” in relation toAsian immigrants and Asian Americans. Discuss the ways in which the various discursive narratives (e.g. Sojournervs. Settler; yellow peril; forever foreign; invisibility; & model minority myth/image) about Asian Americans in thenational/regional discourse over time have impacted the lives and the livelihoods of Asian migrants to the U.S. andtheir inclusion or exclusion as the “people.”[Hint: For this question you might want to define discourse and illustrateusing textual references the narratives & additional course concepts (e.g. structural racism) upon which you will focus inmaking your argument. In addition to Zia you might look at Chan, Park, Roger Daniels, Pyong Gap Min, Stacey Lee,Claire Kim, Jun Xu and JZ Park, et. al]2.Earlier in the semester we explored the vital role played by immigrant women in the development of ethniccommunities among Asian immigrants to the U.S. In describing the development of both Asian American identity andcommunity (these two terms as defined by concepts used in this course) Helen Zia also alludes to thecentralityofwomen in APIA history and community. Building on Zia and using the course lectures and readings (e.g. SuchenChan’sImmigration and Livelihood;Takaki’sStrangers From a Different Shore: “Raising Cane” Chapter 4 & 6;Kikumura’sThrough Harsh Winters; Suchen Chan’s“Quiet Odyssey”)write a historical essay describing the role ofwomen in the shaping of Asian American communities.[Hint: This is not an opinion editorial. You must make adeclarative statement(s) that answers the question as your thesis and then use the course resources to support youranswer.]3.You were asked to identify a particularly meaningful passage in the novelsShort Girlsby Bich Minh Nguyen andSouthlandby Nina Revoyr. In most cases the passages chosen by you and your classmates represented a personalconnection from your life story and that of the novel’s characters. For this essay, I want you to move beyond personalconnection to a discussion of how the passage you chose illustrates the dilemmas (e.g. cultural conflict & identity,model minority, gender relations, sparse and one dimensional representations in media/film/TV, etc.) faced bycontemporary Asian Americans using additional course materials (readings, lectures, presentations, and discussion)to support you argument.[Hint: Be sure to make a strong thesis statement and use specific illustrations and textualreferences from the course to demonstrate the various connections you wish to make in support of your discussion.]