Fall 2021 Courses


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

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Amilcar Shabazz


ASIAN STUDIES 312: Bridging Asia & Asian America (Required Certificate Course / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWe 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This is one of the two required courses that all Certificate students must eventually take and it examines the historical, political, economic, and cultural connections and intersections between Asian and the United States, particularly as they relate to Asian Americans. Drawing on interdisciplinary methodological and analytical approaches, this course will help students to develop and apply an analytical toolset that combines theory, concepts, methods, and empirical data to better understand real-world and complex issues such as early examples of globalization, trade, and immigration between Asia countries and the U.S.; cultural dispersion and the development of the first Asian American communities; dynamics of gender/race/ethnicity; and current issues centered on environmental sustainability, civil society and human rights, emerging transnational media, economic and political tensions, and anti-globalization movements, to name just a few. (Gen. Ed. I, DG).


ASIAN STUDIES 380: Self and Ethics in the Great Books of Asia (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: David Schneider

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: Yu Liu


CHINESE 126: Intensive Elementary Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 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 138: Religion in Chinese Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Scott Brackenridge


CHINESE 197T: Traditional Thought and Culture in Modern China (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Scott Brackenridge


CHINESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (Asian Studies)

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


CHINESE 426: Advanced Modern Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 450: Elementary Classical Chinese (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Scot Brackenridge


COMMUNCATION 325H: Race, Media, and Politics (Asian American Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Seth Goldman


COMMUNCATION 494XI: Media and Prejudice (Asian American Studies)

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


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

  • Time: Several days and times available
  • Instructor: TBA


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 337: International History of Animation (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Instructor: N. Couch


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 391M: The Unexceptional US: Global Readings in U.S. Culture (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: James Hicks


ECONOMICS 321: International Monetary Theory (Asian Studies)

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


EDUCATION 229: International Education (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Sangeeta Kamat


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Maria Ishikawa


ENGLISH 204: Introduction to Asian American Literature (Asian American Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Caroline Yang
  • Description: This course will introduce students to literature and film by, for, and about Asian Americans. Students will learn a reading and viewing practice that consists of contextualizing the texts in their historical production as well as close analysis and critical thinking. Through reading, writing, discussions, and a final group video project, students will explore how Asian American literature shapes the construction of heterogeneous, diasporic, and transnational subjectivities that challenge the very notion of "Asian American" as a uniform identity and object of knowledge.


FIVE COLLEGE CENTER WORLD LANGUAGES (Asian Studies)


HISTORY 117: Science and Society in Modern China (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWe 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Sigrid Schmalzer


HISTORY 130: Middle East History I (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Richard Chu


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

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • 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 / Gen Ed)

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


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

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


HISTORY 394EI: Human Rights and Energy in Eurasia (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Audrey Alstady


HISTORY 415: Islamic Thought in History (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 491J: History of Modern China (Asian Studies)

  • Time: We 2:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Sigrid Schmalzer


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 / Gen Ed)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 197TK: Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 235: Performing Arts of Japan (Asian Studies)

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


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

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: 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 391T: Tokyo Through Literature & Film (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Amanda Seaman


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

  • Time: Mo 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 436: Contemporary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


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

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


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

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


KOREAN 115: Beginning Korean I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 9:05AM - 9:55AM, 11:15AM - 12:05PM, or 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


KOREAN 235: Intermediate Korean I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


LABOR STUDIES 204: Labor and the Global Economy (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Liana Foxvog


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 220: The Middle East and the World: 1400-1800 (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Malissa Taylor


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 361: Sufism: Islamic Mystical Traditions and Legacies (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Malissa Taylor


NURSING 202: Issues of Aging in a Global Society (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Hyeyoung Park


POLITICAL SCIENCE 210: Race and American Politics (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Tatishe Nteta


PSYCHOLOGY 391SS: Prejudice and Intergroup Relations (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Nilanjana Dasgupta


SOCIOLOGY 204: Labor and The Global Economy (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Liana Foxvog


SOCIOLOGY 271: The Global City (Asian Studies / Gen Ed)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM/li>
  • Instructor: Sancha Medwinter


SOCIOLOGY 388: Gender and Globalization (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


SOCIOLOGY 461: Seminar on Race and Racism (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung


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

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


WOMENS STUDIES 201: Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Description: An introduction to the vibrant field of women, gender, and sexuality studies, this course familiarizes students with the basic concepts in the field and draws connections to the world in which we live. An interdisciplinary field grounded in commitment to both intellectual rigor and individual and social transformation, WGSS asks fundamental questions about the conceptual and material conditions of our lives. What are 'gender,' 'sexuality,' 'race,' and 'class?' How are gender categories, in particular, constructed differently across social groups, nations, and historical periods? What are the connections between gender and socio-political categories such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, (dis)ability and others? How do power structures such as sexism, racism, heterosexism, and classism and others intersect? How can an understanding of gender and power enable us to act as agents of individual and social change? Emphasizing inquiry in transnational feminisms, critical race feminisms, and sexuality studies, this course examines gender within a broad nexus of identity categories, social positions, and power structures. Areas of focus may include queer and trans studies; feminist literatures and cultures; feminist science studies; reproductive politics; gender, labor and feminist economics, environmental and climate justice; the politics of desire, and others. Readings include a range of queer, feminist and women thinkers from around the world, reflecting diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives in the field.


WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES 392AA: Asian American Feminisms (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Description: How have figures such as the tiger mother, the Asian nerd, the rice queen/king, the trafficked woman, the orphan, the Chinese bachelor, the geisha, the war bride, and the hermaphrodite shaped understandings of Asian Americans, and how have these representations been critiqued by Asian American feminist scholars and writers? Is there a body of work that constitutes "Asian American feminism(s)" and what are its distinctive contributions? How does this body of work illuminate historical and contemporary configurations of gender, sexuality, race, class, nation, citizenship, migration, empire, war, neoliberalism and globalization? How are transnational Asian and Asian American feminist scholars destabilizing and complicating fixed, U.S.-centric notions of identity, difference, history and politics? In exploring these questions, this course examines Asian American histories, bodies, identities, diasporic communities, representations, and politics through multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, including sociology, literature, popular representations, film, poetry and art. 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. We will give particular attention to sexual and reproductive politics and gender, work and family issues.


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.


Archive of Previous Semesters

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