New Spring 2017 Course
AAST 0094-11 (AMER 0094-15) Labor, War, Activism: A Critical History of Asian America ~ Evyn Lê Espiritu
Mondays | 1:30-4:00pm
This course explores Asian American history from the 19th century to the present with a special emphasis on labor, war, and activism. We explore how Asian laborers has been racialized in relation to other groups in the United States and its territories; how American wars in the Pacific influence both the demographic make-up and critical outlook of Asian America; and how different Asian American groups have organized in response to U.S. racism and imperialism. Rather than take "Asian America" as a given, we probe the contours of who is considered a part of Asian American history, challenging the field to acknowledge under-represented groups such as Pacific Islanders, the Hmong, and Arab Americans. We utilize an interdisciplinary approach, combining archival research with poetry, memoir, and film.
Evyn Lê Espiritu is a Rhetoric PhD candidate and filmmaker at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include Vietnamese refugee diaspora, theories of history and memory, and the politics of representation.