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Fall 2013-2014
AMS 354 (HA)   na, npdf

Asian Americans and Public History/Memory

Franklin S. Odo

This seminar focuses on two major events in American history, the WWII incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans and the impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, as well as Congressional apology or expression of regret for having enacted racially damaging legislation. We review the process of legislation, roles of executive and judicial branches, and immediate and long term impacts on targeted populations. We trace development of successful redress efforts and meanings for American history and memory, especially through public history venues.

Sample reading list:
Eric Yamamoto, et al., eds., Race, Rights and Reparation: Law & Japanese- Am. Internment
Martin Gold, Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress
Helen Zia, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People
Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History

Reading/Writing assignments:
Typical assignments for a seminar session might include reviewing a portion of a book, a documentary, and websites from appropriate organizations. One short written essay on a weekly topic. Final paper (approximately 20 pages) and presentation.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23372 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Friend Center   204   Enrolled:7 Limit:15