The Making of Asian America

HOUSECS 59.03

Fall 2019

Monday, 7-8:30pm, Location TBA

This course introduces students to Asian American history, specifically through United States policies starting in the late 1700’s. The majority of the course will focus on immigration policy, due to its significant impact on the formation of Asian American communities, while also tying in topics such as labor and migration, Yellow Peril, relocation, refugees, the model minority myth and Islamophobia, and current immigration issues. As a majority of the United States’ initial immigration policies were based on country of origin, this course will likewise be divided by the narratives of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian immigrants as well as those of other Pacific Islanders. The role that this history plays on the current landscape of Asian America will be discussed in the second half of the course.

Instructor(s): 
  • Tyler Lian, tyler.lian@duke.edu
  • Emily Liu, emily.f.liu@duke.edu
Sponsor/Department: 
  • N. Aimee Kwon, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Class Limit: 
18