Spring 2018 Courses


AFRO AMERICAN STUDIES 236: History of the Civil Rights Movement (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Robert Williams


ANTHROPOLOGY 397MC: Islam and Muslims in China (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Ge Jian


ART HISTORY 190B: Art and Visual Culture of East Asia (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Christine Ho


ART HISTORY 388: Special Topics in Asian Art (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 5:30PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Christine Ho


ART HISTORY 397B: Orientalism in Western Art: 1000 Years of East-West Exchange (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Walter Denny


ASIAN STUDIES 197C: Beginning Korean II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM or 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 297C: Intermediate Korean II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Sangchil Lee


ASIAN STUDIES 397B: Bridging Asia & Asian America Colloquium (Required Certificate Course)

  • Time & Location: Wed. 6pm-8pm, Lewis Hall 124
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This is one of the two required courses that all Certificate students must eventually take. Meeting in Lewis Hall (the location of the Asian & Asian American defined residential community), this two-credit, once-a-week seminar combines class discussions, guest speakers, film screenings, and small-group activities to focus on the political, economic, and cultural connections between Asia and Asian America. There are NO textbooks and NO exams -- instead, course requirements include class participation and discussion, biweekly journal entries, a group project, and a final project.


ASIAN STUDIES 491A: Senior Seminar (Required Certificate Course)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This is one of the two required courses that all Certificate students must eventually take. In this course, students will consult with the Program Director to design and conduct a semester-long "capstone" project that integrates the material and knowledge from all Certificate courses they've taken, along with their own academic interests and personal lived experiences. Meeting times will be arranged individually with the Program Director. Usually students take this course after they've completed most or all of their other Certificate courses.


ASIAN STUDIES 497F: Advanced Korean Thorugh History (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


CHINESE 110: Non-Intensive Elementrary Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MWF 10:10AM - 11:00AM, MWF 1:25PM - 2:15PM, or MWF 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 197Q: Late Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Elena Chiu


CHINESE 241: Contemporary Chinese Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Staff


CHINESE 246: Intensive Elementary Chinese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 247: Intensive Elementary Chinese II: Reading & Writing (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 6:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Instructor: Staff


CHINESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM or TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Yu Liu


CHINESE 381: Junior Year Writing Seminar (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


CHINESE 394PI: Chinese Popular Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Staff


CHINESE 427: Advanced Modern Chinese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Yu Liu


CHINESE 432: Media Chinese (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Staff


COMMUNICATION 345: Contemporary World Cinema (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Anne Ciecko


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 141: Good & Evil, East & West (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM, TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM, MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM, TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM, or MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: TBA


ECONOMICS 144H: Political Economy of Racism (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Lisa Saunders


ECONOMICS 397EM: Economics of Immigration (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Hendrik Van Den Berg


ECONOMICS 397MI: City, Industry, and Labor in Modern India, 1750-1950 (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor:Priyanka Srivastava


EDUCATION 229: International Education (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Rebecca Mazur


EDUCATION 377: Introduction to Multicultural Education (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Mo 12:20PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Nina Kositsky


EDUCATION 392B: Racism Global Context (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: SaSu 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Oscar Collins and Ximena Zuniga


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM or 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: TBA


ENGLISH 298C: World Cinema (Asian Studies)

  • Time: We 6:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Instructor: Kirby Farrell


ENGLISH 491AS: The Arabian Nights in World Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Mazen Naous


HISTORY 115: China, 1600 to Present (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Platt


HISTORY 131: Middle East History II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Joshua Georgy


HISTORY 253: Asian-Pacific American History, 1850-Present (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Richard Chu
  • Description: This is an introductory survey course on the history of Asian Pacific Americans (A/P/A) within the broader historical context of imperialism in the Asia-Pacific region. We will compare and contrast the historical experiences of specific groups of the A/P/A community; namely, those of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Hmong), Asian Indian, and Pacific Islander descent.


HISTORY 342: Civilization of Islam II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Joshua Georgy


HISTORY 347: Traditional Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington


HISTORY 394TI: Mongol and Turkish Empires (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


HISTORY 397RE: Race, Sex, and Empire: Britain and India (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Tu 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Priyanka Srivastava



JAPANESE 110: Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MWF 10:10AM - 11:00AM, MWF 11:15AM - 12:05PM, or MWF 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 197L: Manga/Anime (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 246: Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Mako Koyama


JAPANESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Takuhiro Yamashita


JAPANESE 297K: Beginning Kanji (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 5:30PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 297TK: Extensive Reading in Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Yasuko Shiomi


JAPANESE 391M: Queer Japan in Literature and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Miller


JAPANESE 397E: Japan Through Its Afflictions (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Amanda Seaman


JAPANESE 397K: Intermediate Kanji (Asian Studies)

  • Time: We 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 397TK: Extensive Reading in Japanese III (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 492C: Edo Pictorial Fiction (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 5:30PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 494RI: Communicating in Japanese (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono


JAPANESE 497C: Readings in Modern Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 497D: Contemporary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Yasuko Shiomi


JAPANESE 497TK: Extensive Reading in Japanese IV (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


LEGAL STUDIES 393LG: Law & Global Migration (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Rebecca Hamlin


NURSING 312: Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Mo 8:00AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Kalpana Poudel Tandukar


POLITICAL SCIENCE 393R: Islamic Political Thought (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Yasmeen Daifallah


POLITICAL SCIENCE 394CI: Central Asian Politics (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Regine Spector


PUBLIC POLICY 190A: Water, Oil, and Blood: The Middle East in Global Policy (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: David Mednicoff


SOCIOLOGY 244: Sociology of Immigration (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Ide O'Carroll


SOCIOLOGY 245: Race and Society (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: TBA


SOCIOLOGY 326: Asian Americans in Media and Popular Culture (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This course examines and analyzes the sociological history, content, and implications of how Asian Americans have been portrayed and represented in mainstream U.S. media and popular culture. Specific topics will include the model minority image, Orientalism and its different effects on men and women, cross-racial and civil rights issues, anime/manga/K-Pop, self-portrayals and YouTube, activism against Whitewashing, and the new yellow peril image.


THEATER 130: Contemporary Playwrights of Color (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Wanda Bayeza or Gaven Trinidad


THEATER 130: Contemporary Playwrights of Color (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Christopher Baker


THEATER 393J: Asian American Theater History (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Priscilla Page
  • Description: In this course, we will examine theatrical works and the social and political contexts of Asian American theater-makers in the US. Weaving in mediums such as film, poetry, fiction, visual art, and scholarship, we will look at issues of race and gender as social constructs that Asian Americans are not only subject to, but also continuously challenge through cultural production. Grounded in post-colonial and transnational feminist theories, we define "theater" in this course as a vital cultural weapon with which historically disenfranchised communities in the U.S. have inserted themselves into the cultural narrative that often silences and erases them. We will closely examine the gendering of Asian bodies as a form of colonization. Though the focus of the course is the Asian American experience, we must acknowledge that Asian Americans have always been "alien bodies" or threats to the United States despite legal recognition or other legal indicators of nationality and citizenship. Asian Americans must negotiate their subjectivity, identity, and belonging within the separate yet intertwining frameworks of the United States and Asia.



Courses at other Five College Campuses

Please search the Five College Course Catalog for possible courses taught at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, and/or Smith College related to Asia or Asian Americans and then contact Prof. C.N. Le at to confirm that it counts toward the UMass Amherst Asian/Asian American Studies Certificate.


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