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Fall 2018-2019
* ASA 347 / AMS 347 / ENG 426 / GSS 358 (SA)   No Audit

The Asian American Family

Paul Nadal

This seminar examines the emergence and transformation of the Asian American family as a social form. We will investigate how US labor demands and legal restrictions on immigration and citizenship militated against the formation of Asian American families, and how paper sons, military wives, refugees, adoptees, and LGBT family experiences eluded norms of kinship. We will also study the significance of the intergenerational trope in Asian American literature, and how writers responded to neoliberalism's remaking of the "Asian" family according to the model minority myth.

Sample reading list:
Maxine Hong Kingston, China Men
Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds
Aihwa Ong, Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America
Melinda Cooper, Family Values: Betwen Neoliberalism& New Social Conservatism
Ellen D. Wu, Asian Americans & the Origins of the Model Minority

Reading/Writing assignments:
Seminar participants will complete assignments that work toward a final research paper (approximately 12-15 pages), including an in-class presentation, reading précis, community research project, and an annotated bibliography. Approximately 100-200 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Enrollment is limited to 15, with preference given to members of the American Studies and Asian American Studies certificate programs. Course will be taught by Paul Nadal. PLEASE CONTACT jferszt@princeton.edu TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23299 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:14 Limit:12 Closed