Catherine H. Nguyen (Committee on Degrees in History & Literature)
Freshman Seminar 64E 4 credits (fall term) Enrollment: Limited to 12
What is Asian American literature? Recently, Asian American literature has been increasingly visible with the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer and with the many New York Times best sellers by Asian American writers. Asian American literature is born out of Asian immigration to the United States; it articulates the hardships of resettlement and assimilation and also critiques racism and the model minority. Asian American literature troubles literary genres, identity categories, borders, and the notion of Asian America itself. We will read a wide selection of literature that speaks to the range of Asian American experiences and the unique possibilities of Asian American writing. Moreover, we will engage in art workshops on zines, painting, and protest postcards as a creative way to approach Asian American literature as well as activism and anti-racist work with the support of the Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund to Support Integration of the Arts into the Curriculum.