Teaching Asian America / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Don T. Nakanishi
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.
Sucheng Chan
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.
Teaching Theology & Religion
This book raises the primary and provoking question of why (not just how) do we teach what we teach.
Ethnic Studies - David Yoo
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.
Amerasia
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.
Ethnic Studies
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
Anthropology & Education Quarterly
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.
Teaching Theology and Religion
This book raises the primary and provoking question of why (not just how) do we teach what we teach.
Don T. Nakanishi
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.
Booknews
Comprises 20 contributions on Asian American studies (AAS). Representative paper topics include teaching Asian American history, the political economy of Asian American communities in the San Francisco Bay area, integrating feminist pedagogy into AAS courses, psychology and the teaching of AAS, a writing course on the Indian American experience, and teaching the Asian American experience through film. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847687350
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Pacific Formations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is professor in the ethnic studies program at the University of California, Riverside.

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Table of Contents

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"

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