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					Instructor:        Asao B. Inoue
Course:            CES 413-01 (3 credits)
Meeting Time:      MWF 2:10-3:00 PM (Wilson 8)

Office:            Avery 496
Office Hours:      MWF 1:00-1:50 PM or by appointment
Office Phone:      335-2627

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                  Asian Pacific Americans and Popular Culture

Required Texts
                         Lee, Robert. Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture. Philadelphia:
                          Temple UP, 1999.
                         Feng, Peter, ed. Screening Asian Americans. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers
                          UP, 2002.
                         Various readings supplied in class or by course packet.

Welcome to the Course
                   Welcome! This course focuses on exploring the representations of Asian
                   Pacific Americans in U.S. popular culture, including movies, TV,
                   advertisement, print culture, news, and music. We‘ll begin by looking at
                   Edward Said‘s notion of ―orientalism‖ and some discussions of nineteenth
                   century representations and histories centering around immigration, labor
                   issues, and the figures of the ―coolie,‖ ―fu Manchu,‖ ―dragon lady,‖ and
                   ―yellow hoard,‖ among others. To help us understand these discussions, and
                   more contemporary representations of Asian Pacific Americans, we‘ll also
                   discuss and attempt to define ―whiteness.‖ In the second half the semester,
                   we‘ll look at the ―model minority‖ myth as well as Asians in representations of
                   war, particularly in films. Finally, we‘ll conclude our course with an
                   exploration of how some contemporary movies and cultural products
                   associated with Asian Pacific American communities and issues have tried to
                   challenge and refute traditional, racist representations.

Course Policies
                   In order to do well in this class, you should:

                         Give courtesy and respect to everyone.
                         Participate daily in all in-class activities.
                         Come to class each day and stay abreast of all assignments‘ criteria
                          and follow them (see ―Attendance‖ section below).
                         Turn in all assignments in as directed

                   A few other important polices you should know (all are strictly enforced).

                         In-class work, quizzes, and exercises CAN NOT be made up.
                         I DO NOT accept late work EVER – please don‘t ask.
                         If you think you will have trouble complying with an assignment‘s
                          criteria, please email or call me (leave a voice mail) at least 24 hours
                          before the due date. This does not guarantee an extension, but I will be
                          more understanding if you have given me advance notice.
                          Five absences will constitute a failure of the course (see also the ―Course
                          Grade‖ section below) – no exceptions. In order for any appearance in class
                          to count each day, you MUST do the following:

                             be fully prepared for class (bring homework, read the selections for
                              each day, etc.),
                             participate in all activities and discussions, and
                             arrive on-time to class.

                          This is a serious issue that I must – and will – act upon. Remember to always
                          quote and cite your sources, even if they are unpublished or from friends or
                          classmates. An unacknowledged paraphrase, a patchwork from several
                          sources, as well as the submission of someone else‘s work (published or not),
                          all constitute plagiarism. Ask questions if you‘re ever unsure BEFORE you turn
                          in work. Ignorance IS NOT an acceptable excuse.

                          The sanctions for plagiarism are severe: you‘ll fail this course and notice will
                          be forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs, which will take their own action
                          in accordance with the university policies on academic dishonesty (WAC 504-
                          25-010 to 015).

Course Grade
                          Your course grade will consist of the following:

                             In-Class Activities, Quizzes, and Exercises         40%
                             Course Portfolio (see ―Overview‖ section)           60%

                                1 Letter of reflection
                                1 Essay (6 pp.)
                                1 Position Paper (1-2 pp.)
                                2-3 revised weekly responses (1-3 pp.)

                          IMPORTANT: You MUST turn in a complete Course Portfolio in order to pass
                          this course. All it‘s contents must be revised in order to be complete. If you
                          turn in a substandard portfolio, you‘ll earn an ―F‖ in the course (see
                          ―Overview of Assignments‖ section).

                          You MUST attend and participate in at least 86% of the class sessions in order
                          for your grade to count – that means, you can be absent 4 times without it
                          affecting your final course grade.

Overview of Assignments
                          I‘ll give you more detailed information on each assignment below. This is just
                          to give you a clear idea of how much work is expected of you.

                    1. In-Class Activities, Quizzes, and Exercises: Most in-class work will be
                       unannounced and deal with that day‘s material. We‘ll do individual freewrites,
                       more structured writing, out-of-class assignments, group activities, and class
                       discussion. If you come in late to class, you will not be allowed to make up any
                       work missed. Please be on time to class.

                          I grade all in-class work the same. You may earn a √ (full credit—you‘ve done
                          the assignment/quiz according to its expectations), √- (no credit—you haven‘t
                          met the expectations of the assignment/quiz). Often our in-class work leads up
                          to or prepares us for the other more formal work. Save everything.
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                    2. Essays: You‘ll write 2 essays (if printed 6 pp. each, double-spaced; or about
                       1800-2000 words) for this course, one around week 5 or 6 and one around
                       week 13. You‘ll post them on our Internet discussion board (WebCT). Each
                       will be read by two or three selected class members (chosen at random by
                       me) and myself. All readers will provide you with typed assessments (about 1
                       pg.) of your essay according to a rubric we‘ll determine in class together. You
                       will only be able to include one of these essays (with your typed assessments)
                       in your course portfolio. The penalty for not turning in an essay on time for
                       colleague assessments, or for turning in a substandard or incomplete draft, is
                       a -15% off your course grade.
                    3. Position Papers: You‘ll post two of these on WebCT. Each are a one-page
                       (300-350 words) position paper, addressed to the class. We‘ll use a number of
                       these for class discussions. You‘ll also receive, just like your essays (from two
                       or three class members and myself), typed assessments to help you revise
                       and rethink things. The penalty for not turning in a position paper, or for
                       turning in a substandard or incomplete draft, is a -5% off your course grade.
                    4. Weekly Responses: Each week, you‘ll post a reflection or response,
                       addressed to the class, concerning that week‘s material. It should be about
                       200-250 words in length (if printed, around 1/2 - 1 page). These will further
                       explore the ideas, issues, and questions you found in the readings, class
                       discussions, movies, and peer papers our class looks at each week.
                       Sometimes I‘ll ask you to reflect on some questions or a quote, while other
                       weeks, you will be free to reflect on what seems most significant to you.
                       Additionally, you‘ll post a ―reply‖ to at least one colleague each week (to the
                       previous week‘s reflections) that engages in a dialogue about his/her initial
                          Your weekly reflections are a significant part of your ―in-class activities,
                          quizzes, and exercises‖ grade (see ―Course Grade‖ section above). If you do
                          them as directed and they are posted and complete on time, you‘ll get full
                          credit (just like our in-class work). If you do not addressed the prompt
                          adequately, haven‘t shown in your reflection that you‘ve read the material,
                          post a noticeably shorter response than required, or post your reflections late,
                          then you will get no credit for that week‘s reflections.
                    5. Course Portfolio: This will be the culmination of all your intellectual work and
                       growth concerning the representations of Asian Pacific Americans in U.S.
                       popular culture, as explored in our course. The majority of your course grade
                       will rest on your course portfolio, a collection of your work produced for class
                       discussion during the semester, assessed and responded to by your peers,
                       and revised by you. Only complete and revised portfolios will be graded.
                       In other words, if your portfolio doesn‘t meet the above criteria, you will get
                       an automatic F (0%), and thus fail the course. A complete portfolio includes
                       the following items:
                             1 Essay, 1 position paper, and 2-3 revised weekly responses;
                             original peer-reviewed drafts of your essay and position paper (with
                              peer names and comments);
                             cover letter to me reflecting on the contents and decisions of your
                              portfolio, explaining how it represents your personal exploration of
                              some defined set of our courses‘ issues and materials.

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Tentative Schedule
                          Below is a first draft of our schedule of readings and assignments. We may
                          from time to time revise elements of this schedule in class, which you‘ll be
                          responsible for knowing.

                          Week 1           Introductions. Asian image types.

                                           Movie clips from The Thief of Baghdad, Mad TV, and war
                                           news coverage; ―Cinematic Asian Representation,‖ Jun Xing

                          Week 2           Orientialism.

                                           Selections from Orientalism, Edward Said (packet); ―The
                                           White Man‘s Burden,‖ Rudyard Kipling (Internet); ―Story Of
                                           King Shahryar And His Brother‖ from The Arabian Nights

                          Week 3           Movie: Sinbad the Sailor (1947).

                                           Watch movie. Discuss movie.

                          Week 4           Asians in Nineteenth Century U.S.

                                           Introduction; Chapter 1; Chapter 2, Robert Lee.

                          Week 5           Asians in Nineteenth Century U.S. (cont’)

                                           ―Heathen Chinee,‖ Brett Hart.

                                           Position Paper 1 due by Monday‘s class session (on

                          Week 6           The Iron Cage of Technology.

                                           Preface to Iron Cages ; ―Chapter 10 : The ‗Heathen Chinee‘
                                           and American Technology,‖ Ronald Takaki (packet).

                                           Essay one due on Firday (on WebCT by class session).

                          Week 7           Whiteness.

                                           ―The Unexamined,‖ Ross Chambers; ―Racial Politics and
                                           Pedagogy of Whiteness,‖ Henry A. Giroux; movie clips: Snow
                                           Falling on Cedars.

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                          Week 8    Asians in the Early Twentieth Century U.S.

                                    Chapter 3: The Third Sex; Chapter 4: Inner Dikes and Barred
                                    Zones, Robert Lee.

                          Week 9    The Mysterious East and Disney

                                    ―Of the Mysterious East‖; ―Of the Oriental Menagerie,‖ Vijah
                                    Prashad (packet); movie clips: Mulan, The Jungle Book, Lilo
                                    and Stitch.

                          Week 10   Cold War and the Model Minority.

                                    Chapter 5: The Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth,
                                    Robert Lee; ―Perils of the Mind and Body,‖ Gary Okihiro

                                    Position Paper 2 due by Monday‘s class session (on

                          Week 11   Asians and War.

                                    ―Whiteness and War,‖ George Lipsitz; Clips from Apocalypse
                                    Now (1979), Go For Broke! (1951), Full Metal Jacket (1987),
                                    September 11 (2003).

                          Week 12   Movie: Monsoon Wedding (2002).

                                    Watch movie. Discuss movie.

                                    Essay two due on Friday (on WebCT by class session).

                          Week 13   Movie: Double Happiness (1995).

                                    Watch movie. Discuss movie.

                          Week 14   Portfolio Sharing and Responses.

                                    Portfolio Activities.

                          Week 15   Open.


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