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Program in Asian American Studies

A Growing Program

Faculty interested in Asian American Studies: Suresh Canagarajah (Applied Linguistics), Tina Chen (English), Eric Hayot (Comparative Literature), Kimberly Powell (Art Education), Tatiana Seijas (History),  Reiko Tachibana (Comparative Literature), and Xiaoye You (English).

Towards Transnationalism

In 2007-08 a series of committee meetings and events revolving around Asian American Studies helped create an outline for the future of AAS at Penn State. The final committee report, which appeared in April 2008, proposed moving towards a major that conceived Asian American Studies within an explicitly transnational frame, orienting itself towards an understanding of the experience of Asian Americans as part of a larger set of diasporic questions involving the movement of people and ideas into, around, and out of Asia.

The proposed minor in Asian American Studies is likely to hew to that spirit, encouraging students to match their study in the history and culture of Asians in the United States context with an attention to the histories and cultures of Asia, and of Asian immigrants around the world.

Courses on Asian America or the Asian Diaspora

In recent years we have offered the following courses in Asian American Studies. Note that in Spring 2010 we will be offering our first course under the AAS rubric, AAS 100: Introduction to Asian American Studies.

Spring 2009

CMLIT 141: Religion and Literature (Chalotte Eubanks)

ENG 403: Literature and Culture (Tina Chen)
ENG/CMLIT 404: Japonisme (Christopher Reed)
ENG 573W: Asian American Literature (Tina Chen)
ENG 506: Postcoloniality, Writing, and Rhetoric (Suresh Canagarajah)

Fall 2009

HIST302W: Asian and Latino/a Immigration (Grace Delgado)

Spring 2010

AAS 100: Introduction to Asian American Studies (x-listed with ENGL 404 and CMLIT 101; co-taught by Eric Hayot and Tina Chen).

Fall 2010

"Being Asian American: Challenges of Identity and Adjustment," being taught via CIC CourseShare by Joel Wong at Indiana University.