Week 5 Notes APP 201

Asian American Population: Represents almost 6% of the U.S. population. 46% increase from 2000 to 2010, fastest-growing group. Settlement and Impact: Settling in immigrant-welcoming places like NYC, SF, LA. Changing the face of America, but history not well-known. Historical Background: Millions sought new lives for work, opportunity, and freedom. Contributed to the U.S. as a "nation of immigrants." Diversity Within Asian America: 24 distinct groups (Chinese, Japanese, South Asians, etc.). Varied immigration, generational status, class, religion, gender. Connection to World History: Asia-Americas connection through colonization and global trade. Asian American journeys part of global history patterns. Asian American History and Immigration: Tied to U.S. presence in Asia. Economic lifeline for families on both sides of the Pacific. Racial Dynamics: History of racism and discrimination. Treated as foreigners tied to Asia, not loyal Americans. Gender and Class Dimensions: Discrimination against Asian immigrant women. Class and education impact treatment. Race Relations in the U.S.: Lump diverse Asians into one group, treated as foreigners. Navigating positions between black and white, foreign and American. Contemporary Issues: Persistence of seeing Asian Americans as outsiders. Labels like "model minorities," challenges to full equality.
Global Connections: Asian Americans living transnational lives. Engaging in homeland politics, contributing to global change. Transnational Identities: Simultaneous racial minorities, transnational immigrants. Challenging the dichotomy of becoming American or not. Overall Impact: Offers a new and timely history of the Asian American community. Provides a fresh perspective on America's history of race, immigration, and global position. "Asian American Studies" in Asian American History and Culture: Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 pivotal. Steady influx post-1965 led to demographic, economic, and cultural shifts. AAS Discipline: Interdisciplinary field for historical and contemporary Asian experiences. Commitment to social justice and community research. History of AAS: Originated in late 1960s and early 1970s social movements. Catalyst: 1968-1969 student strike at San Francisco State College. AAS seeks to diversify university curricula and challenge Eurocentrism. Expansion and Challenges: 1990s: Second wave of student movements, demand for more AAS courses. Challenges include administrative control and perceived shift to purely academic orientation. Recent Growth: Since mid-1990s, rapid growth in programs, courses, and students. Factors: Success of ethnic studies, increasing racial incidents, economic shifts. Ongoing Issues: Implicit discrimination against Asian American students. Gap between AAS theory and practice. Contributions of AAS: Impact beyond curriculum change: theories on racism, feminism, cultural criticism.
Significant role in diversifying higher education.
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