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Asian and Asian American Studies 1117: Section 1 Take Home Final – Fall 2016

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This is the take-home final exam for Asian and Asian American Studies 1117: Section 1 in Fall 2016. The exam includes instructions and four essay questions covering topics such as American “people-ness & equality”, the role of women in APIA history, contemporary Asian American dilemmas, and challenges faced by Asian Pacific Americans. The exam also includes guidelines for formatting and referencing course materials.
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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 you must use the assigned course readings in developing your analytic midterm essays. Each essay should be roughly 850 - 1000 words (3-4) type/word process double spaced pages in length 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 own words while giving parenthetical reference to the source using the author’s last name and the page where you found the information. For example, if you use information from page 57 in Zia, reference (Zia, 57) placed at the end of the appropriate phrase in a larger sentence or just before the period at the end of the appropriate sentence(s). Direct quotes when appropriate (e.g. newspaper article title or dialogue/passage from a novel) should be cited in the same manner. Reference or use of all course materials (books, articles, emails, handouts & notes) covered in the syllabus is expected.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 the top 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 to Asian immigrants and Asian Americans. Discuss the ways in which the various discursive narratives (e.g. Sojourner vs. Settler; yellow peril; forever foreign; invisibility; & model minority myth/image) about Asian Americans in the national/regional discourse over time have impacted the lives and the livelihoods of Asian migrants to the U.S. and their inclusion or exclusion as the “people.”[Hint: For this question you might want to define discourse and illustrate using textual references the narratives & additional course concepts (e.g. structural racism) upon which you will focus in making 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 ethnic communities among Asian immigrants to the U.S. In describing the development of both Asian American identity and community (these two terms as defined by concepts used in this course) Helen Zia also alludes to the centrality of women in APIA history and community. Building on Zia and using the course lectures and readings (e.g. Suchen Chan’s Immigration and Livelihood; Takaki’s Strangers From a Different Shore: “Raising Cane” Chapter 4 & 6; Kikumura’s Through 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 a declarative statement(s) that answers the question as your thesis and then use the course resources to support your answer.]3.You were asked to identify a particularly meaningful passage in the novels Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen and Southland by 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 personal connection 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 by contemporary 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 textual references from the course to demonstrate the various connections you wish to make in support of your discussion.]

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