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English 181/381 examines the voices and the politics of identity location of Asian Americans through a representative selection of novels, poems, and drama. The course asks who and what constitute the "Asian" in "Asian American" and explores how Asian American writers have negotiated an identity along issues of race, gender, language, nationalities, and crucially, geography.

In San Francisco, the students will visit the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Angel Island, Chinatown, Japantown, and Alcatraz to learn the richness of Asian American footprints and the cultural flavor and history of San Francisco. The major texts for the course usually include Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, and Mitsuye Yamada's Camp Notes poems.

Associate Professor Chih-Ping Chen

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