This innovative volume offers the first sustained examination of the myriad ways Asian American Studies is taught at the university level. Through this lens, this volume illuminates key debates in U.S. society about pedagogy, multiculturalism, diversity, racial and ethnic identities, and communities formed on these bases. Asian American Studies shares critical concerns with other innovative fields that query representation, positionality, voice, and authority in the classroom as well as in the larger society. Acknowledging these issues, the contributors illustrate how disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to Asian American Studies can be utilized to make teaching and learning about diversity more effective.
Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is professor in the ethnic studies program at the University of California, Riverside.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Embracing Diversities Chapter 3 Queer/Asian American/Canons Chapter 4 Teaching Asian American History Chapter 5 "Just What Do I Think I'm Doing?" Enactments of Identity and Authority in the Asian American Literature Classroom Chapter 6 The Case for Class: Introduction to the Political Economy of Asian American Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 7 Critical Pedagogy in Asian American Studies: Reflections on an Experiment in Teaching Chapter 8 Unity of Theory and Practice: Integrating Feminist Pedagogy into Asian American Studies Chapter 9 Contemporary Asian American Men's Issues Chapter 10 Teaching Against the Grain: Thoughts on Asian American Studies and "Nontraditional" Students Chapter 11 Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion: South Asians and Asian American Studies Part 12 Reconsidering Communities Chapter 13 A Contending Pedagogy: Asian American Studies as Extracurricular Praxis Chapter 14 Reflections on Teaching about Asian American Communities Chapter 15 Psychology and the Teaching of Asian American Studies Chapter 16 Beyond the Missionary Position: Reflections on Teaching Student Activism from the Bottom Up Chapter 17 Vietnamese American Studies: Notes toward a New Paradigm Chapter 18 Empowering the Bayanihan Spirit: Teaching Filipina/o American Studies Chapter 19 Building Community Spirit: A Writing Course on the Indian American Experience Chapter 20 Teaching the Asian American Experience through Film Chapter 21 Teaching Asian American Studies in the Community Colleges Chapter 22 The Politics of Teaching Asian American Literature Amidst Middle-Class/ Caucasian Students "East of California"