English R1B

Reading and Composition: Afro-Asian: Solidarities and Stereotypes

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
9 Fall 2021 Hu, Jane
MWF 1-2 254 Dwinelle

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What did “Yellow Peril Supports Black Power” once mean and how has it come to shift over time? This course explores the cultural and political representations of Afro-Asian connections: from the radical Third Worldist movements of the 1960s that led to the founding of U.S. ethnic studies up to our present moment. We will study key flashpoints in Afro-Asianism, from Cold War Afro-Asian solidarity to the “Black-Korean” conflict and the L.A. riots to current discourse around anti-AAPI hate crimes and policing. In addition, students will further examine how this history has been represented in popular media (TV, newspapers, social media) and popular culture (novels, songs, films). How are these histories of political action and affiliation reimagined, altered, or even erased through cultural representation?

Critical texts may include writing by Vijay Prashad, Bill Mullen, Robin Kelly, Susan Koshy, Claire Kim, Gary Okihiro, Daryl Maeda, Daniel Kim, Anne Cheng, Mark Chiang, Colleen Lye, Lauren Michele Jackson, and Jay Kang. 

Cultural texts may include fiction by Frank Chin, Paul Beatty, Charles Yu, and Bryan Washington; as well as films such as Enter the Dragon (1973), Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987), Do the Right Thing (1989), and Rush Hour (1989).


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