Fall 2016 Courses


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

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Traci Parker


ART HISTORY 348: Islamic Art & Architecutre II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Walter Denny


ASIAN STUDIES 197B: Beginning Korean I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM or 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 297B: Intermediate Korean (Asian Studies)

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


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.


CHINESE 120: Non-Intensive Elementary Chinese II (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 126: Intensive Elementary Chinese I (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 127: Intensive Elementrary Chinese I: Reading and Writing (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 136: Introduction to Chinese Cinema (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 140: Chinese Script I (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ping Geng


CHINESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 375: Intro to Chinese Linguistics (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Zhongwei Shen


CHINESE 394WI: Women in Chinese Cultures (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Suet-Ying Chiu


CHINESE 426: Advanced Modern Chinese I (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 450: Elementary Classical Chinese (Asian Studies)

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


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM, TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM, or TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Annette Lienau or Maryam Fatima


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 261H: Modern Arabic Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Annette Lienau


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

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


EDUCATION 115: Embracing Diversity (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 11:30AM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Benita Barnes


EDUCATION 229: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Cristine Smith


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

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Jason Irizarry


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

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ximena Zuniga


EDUCATION 396E: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: TBA


EDUCATION 616S: Language & Literacy: Policy & Planning (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Tu 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Instructor: Theresa Austin
  • Eligiblity: Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of instructor.
  • Description: Why do multilingual families continue to use their first languages? What beliefs do teachers have about being multilingual? How do language & literacy policies in public education support/hinder multilingual learners progress from K-16? As greater transnational movement of populations bring language communities into ever-increasing contact, language planning and policy case studies have become critically important from many perspectives. This course begins with a broad introduction by bringing to light the main underlying theoretical premises that drive research agenda and choice of research methodologies in this field. This type of research impacts instructional practices, hence we will also examine instruction as planning and implementation efforts.


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Mary Griffis


FIVE COLLEGE CENTER WORLD LANGUAGES (Asian Studies)


HISTORY 116: History of Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington


HISTORY 130: Middle East History I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


HISTORY 247: Empire, Race, and the Philippines (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Richard Chu


HISTORY 250: Introduction to South Asian History and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 1:50PM
  • Instructor: Priyanka Srivastava
  • Description: This lecture and discussion-based course is designed to introduce students to the history of South Asia from the earliest periods of recorded history to the present. In addition to tracing major political events, this course will explore special topics such as the institution of caste, the emergence of various religious traditions, the development of early-centralized empires, and the expansion of Mughal power in the subcontinent. We will then investigate the expansion and working of the British colonial state and the transformations affected in administrative, political, economic, and cultural spheres due to colonialism. Simultaneously, we will examine themes and issues that informed the anti-colonial Indian nationalist movement and the communal, caste, and gender dimensions of politics. We will then discuss the attainment of freedom from colonial rule in 1947, the partition of the subcontinent and the development of the independent nation states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.


HISTORY 269: The American War in Vietnam (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Christian Appy


HISTORY 297BB: Bollywood and British Empire (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Tu Th 4:00-5:15
  • Instructor: Priyanka Srivastava
  • Description: Focusing on popular Bollywood (Hindi films) as well as Indian art-house and world cinema, this course examines the rise and fall of the British Empire in India between the late eighteenth and early twentieth century. We will analyze key social, economic and political issues created by the British Empire and how these issues are depicted in filmic narratives. The films will be arranged chronologically and thematically, covering a range of topics such as the watershed event of the Rebellion of 1857, emergence of Gandhi as a nationalist leader, colonial racial and gender relations, and Anglo-Indian life in colonial and post-colonial India. No background in Indian history is required.


HISTORY 345: China in the 19th Century (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 120: Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 126: Intensive Elementary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 135: Japanese Art and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Doris Bargen


JAPANESE 142: Survey of Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation to 1600 (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 144: Japanese Modern Literature (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 197C: Intro to Japanese Religions (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 197M: Study Abroad in Japan (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Yuro Takahashi


JAPANESE 297B: Japanese Popular Culture (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 297G: Extensive Japanese Reading I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 497A: Readings in Modern Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 497B: Contemporary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono


JAPANESE 497G: Extensive Japanese Reading II (Asian Studies)

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


LEGAL STUDIES 375: Human Rights & Wrongs (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Jamie Rowen


POLITICAL SCIENCE 391PC: Immigration: Politics and Policy (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Scott Blinder


POLITICAL SCIENCE 392MA: Modern Arab Political Thought (Asian Studies)

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


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

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Regine Spector


PSYCHOLOGY 391CL: Cultural Psychology (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Jiyoung Park


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This course -- required for the AAAS Certificate, Asian American Studies Concentration -- 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, cross-racial relationships, and emerging connections between Asia and Asian Americans.


SOCIOLOGY 245: Race & Society (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: TBA


SOCIOLOGY 343: Hate Crime in Society (Asian American Studies)

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


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

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


WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES 293AA: Gender and Asian America (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Wed 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Description: What are the particular ways that Asian Americans look back, accept (or refuse to accept), interpret, and comprehend, their lives, individually and collectively, and how are these ways of remembering and comprehending refracted through gender? Analyzing the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, nation and sexuality, we will examine Asian American immigration experiences, families, work and sexual and reproductive politics. Topics will include: constructions of Asian American identities; immigration and settlement; labor history and contemporary employment patterns; dating and marriage; family and career choices; inter-generational relations; representations of Asian American femininities and masculinities; violence against women; and movements for social change. The course will incorporate social science research, literature, essays, film, poetry and art.


WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES 693A: Transnational Asian and Asian American Feminisms (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Th 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Eligibility: Advanced undergraduates allowed to enroll with instructor's permission
  • Description: How are transnational Asian and Asian American feminist scholars destabilizing and complicating fixed, U.S.-centric notions of identity, difference, history and politics? What does the history of U.S. imperialism and wars in Asia shape particularly gendered and sexualized transnational migration flows, neoliberal policies, global capitalist development, cultural practices and representation? This course explores the possibilities and constraints for developing transnational critiques, solidarity, and movements that recognize common concerns, frameworks and struggles while recognizing the heterogeneity, specificity and multiple sites which comprise current Asian and Asian American feminist scholarship and movements. Readings will include: Lisa Lowe, Aihwa Ong, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, Candace Chuh, Edward Said, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Rhacel Parrenas, Svati Shah, Hae-yeon Choo, and others. Topics will address: transnational feminist theorizing; gendered migration; citizenship; and sexual and reproductive politics and labor.


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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