Spring 2016: UMass Amherst Courses


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

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Peter Blackmer or Robert Williams


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

  • Time & Location: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM, Integ. Learning Center S131
  • Instructor: TBA


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


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 497C: Korean Language: Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: We 4:00PM - 6:45PM
  • 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 150: Peoples & Languages of China (Asian Studies)

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


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

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


CHINESE 197S: China in World Affairs (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: David Schneider


CHINESE 241: Contemporary Chinese Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Enhua Zhang


CHINESE 246: Intensive Elem Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


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

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


CHINESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ping Geng


CHINESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 391G: 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: Enhua Zhang


CHINESE 427: Advanced Modern Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 433: Business in Chinese (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Zhijun Wang


COMMUNICATION 345: Contemporary World Cinema (Asian Studies)

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


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

  • Time and Location: 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


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

  • Time: Th 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Sangeeta Kamat


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 1:50PM
  • Instructor: TBA


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

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Molly Keehn and Ximena Zuniga


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Eli Bromberg or Tommy Poehnelt


ENGLISH 132: Gender, Sexuality, Literature, and Culture (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 1:25PM - 2:15PM and Discussion Section
  • Instructor: Caroline Yang
  • Description: This course examines issues of gender and sexuality in twentieth- and twenty-first-century short stories and films from Asia and its diasporas, including the Asian American diaspora. Using a historical approach, we will explore how literature both reflects and challenges the dominant understandings of gender and sexuality. How have ideas about gender and sexuality changed overtime, and how are those changes linked to the larger global movements, migrations, and exchanges between cultures and peoples from Asia? Ultimately, the goal of this class is for the students to think, read, and write critically about categories such as race, gender, and sexuality in literature, moving away from the notion that they are natural and fixed and toward the idea that they are historically specific and shifting social constructions that require our close analysis and study. This course consists of a lecture and a discussion section. You must attend the discussion section for which you are registered; there are no exceptions to this rule.


ENGLISH 205: Introduction to Post-Colonial Studies (Asian American 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 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: TBAJohan Mathew/li>


HISTORY 297E: Immigration & Migration in U.S. History, 1877-Present (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Jennifer Fronc


HISTORY 346: Twentieth-Century China (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 347: Traditional Japan (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 392P: Globalization in Indian Ocean History (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Johan Mathew


HISTORY 397MJ: The Woman in Modern Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington


HISTORY 397MW: The Middle East and World War 1 (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Mary Wilson


HISTORY 397REH: 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: TBA


JAPANESE 143: Literature Classical & Medieval (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 197L: Manga/Anime (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 197T: Japanese Literature Before 1600 (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Miller


JAPANESE 246: Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time & Location: TBA, Thatcher House 101
  • Instructor: Yuko Takahashi


JAPANESE 327: Intensive Intermediate Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Mako Koyama


JAPANESE 375: Intro to Japanese Linguistics (Asian Studies)

  • Time: We 2:30PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


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

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


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: Mako Koyama


LEGAL STUDIES 391S: Islamophobia, Multiculturalism, and Law (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Online
  • Instructor: Christopher Sweetapple


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

  • Time: Mo 8:00AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: TBA


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Regine Spector


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

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: David Mednicoff


SOCIOLOGY 240: The Asian American Experience (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This course -- required for students completing the AAAS Certificate with a concentration in Asian American Studies -- explores both the similarities and differences in the histories, experiences, and cultures within the Asian American population, using a mix of lecture, readings, class discussions, films & videos, and student-designed projects. We will also examine specific issues including immigration to the U.S., assimilation and ethnic identity, media images and popular culture, demographic trends, ethnic enclaves, anti-Asian discrimination, socioeconomic mobility, gender dynamics, and emerging connections between Asia and Asian Americans.


SOCIOLOGY 245: Race and Society (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: TBA


SOCIOLOGY 397N: Asian Americans and Inequalities (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung
  • Description: At least since the 1960s, sociology and the other social sciences have largely sidestepped questions of inequality in relation to Asian Americans, simplistically and indiscriminately positing them as a "model minority." This course examines various forms of social inequality between Asian Americans and other groups as well as among Asian Americans, including those based on race, gender, class, citizenship, and sexuality.


SOCIOLOGY 491R: Race and Racism in the U.S. and Beyond (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung
  • Description: Though biologically untenable, race continues to structure virtually every aspect of social life, from life expectancies at birth to death penalty executions. Topics to be covered in this course include the historical origins and evolution of race and racism, gender and class dynamics of race, antiracist movements, poverty, higher education, migration, incarceration, and nationalism. Considering and critiquing various theoretical approaches, this course reaches beyond the Black-White binary and, though focusing on the United States, also examines race and racism in other contexts.


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

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Priscilla Page


WOMEN STUDIES 392AA: Asian American Feminisms (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Description: How have the figures of the tiger mother, the Asian nerd, the rice king /queen, the trafficked woman, the geisha, the war bride, the Chinese bachelor, the hermaphrodite, and the orphan emerged to represent Asian Americans, and how have Asian American feminists responded to these problematic tropes? Is there a body of work that constitutes "Asian American feminism(s)" and what are its distinctive contributions to the fields of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and Ethnic Studies? How does this scholarship illuminate historical and contemporary configurations of gender, sexuality, race, class, nation, citizenship, migration, empire, war, neoliberalism and globalization? In exploring these questions, this course examines Asian American histories, bodies, identities, diasporic communities, representations, and politics through multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, including social science research, literature, popular representations, film, poetry and art.



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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