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Teaching Asian America

Diversity and the Problem of Community

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi - Contributions by Jachinson W. Chan; Chung Hoang Chuong; Malcolm Collier; David L. Eng; Timothy P. Fong; Diane C. Fujino; Lane Ryo Hirabayashi; Laura Hyun Yi Kang; Madhulika S. Khandelwal; Ben Kobashigawa; Robert Ji-Song Ku; Emily Porcincula Lawsin; Ramsay Liem; Susie Ling; Sheng-mei Ma; Gary Y. Okihiro; Keith Osajima; Rosane Rocher; Patricia A. Sakurai; Eric C. Wat and and Jun Xing

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, twenty-one distinguished contributors illustrate how disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to Asian American Studies can be utilized to make teaching and learning about diversity more effective. Teaching Asian America thus offers new and exciting insights about the state of ethnic studies and about the challenges of pluralism that face us as we move into the twenty-first century. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 256Size: 6 x 9 1/2
978-0-8476-8734-3 • Hardback • December 1997 • $138.00 • (£90.00)
978-0-8476-8735-0 • Paperback • December 1997 • $51.00 • (£34.95)
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"
This thought-provoking, informative, and pioneering book will become the standard text on the subject for many years to come. Readers will enjoy the inclusive approach the editor took in selecting the writers and the topics for the volume, while maintaining rigorous standards.
Don T. Nakanishi, UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Sparkling. . . . [the book] brings to the table a feast of ideas both practical and theoretical. . . . A fine collection of essays that will prove useful to Asian American studies instructors at colleges and universities across the country and the disciplines.

Provides a rare opportunity to observe the inner workings of a field of study . . . those seeking to better understand how to incorporate ethnic studies into their own courses will find in this book a resource rich in ideas and a practicality based upon actual experience.
David Yoo, Claremount McKenna College; Ethnic Studies

A thoughtful and thought-provoking collection of essays in which veterans and newcomers to Asian American studies reflect on their practice. . . . The authors are remarkably candid in their consideration of how their identities (ethnicity, gender, sexuality, generation, class, politics) have influenced their ideas about Asian American studies as well as their teaching strategies.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly

This is a magnificent collection of essays in which the authors wrestle with the multiple issues—pedagogical, philosophical, ethical, political, and sociopsychological—related to the design and teaching of Asian American Studies courses. Written with stunning honesty by experienced as well as novice teachers, these thoughtful meditations remind us that, as envisioned by the field's founders thirty years ago, the twin goals of Asian American Studies must remain the transformation of the academy and the promotion of social justice.
Sucheng Chan, University of California, Santa Barbara

This book raises the primary and provoking question of why (not just how) do we teach what we teach.
Teaching Theology & Religion