Asian Am. in Lit & Law

Subject Name: 
American Studies
Course Number: 
Amherst College

This course examines the construction of Asian American identity from the late 1800s to the present day by examining literary texts and legal texts and how they have shaped definitions of distinct Asian ethnicities and panethnic identities. We will explore how Asians in America have been defined in the law and literary arts and how work in these distinct spheres of American life—law and literature—have been in conversation.  We will focus on such issues as immigration, citizenship, and civil rights and their relation to Asian American identity. Readings will include fiction, drama, poetry, literary criticism, legal cases, legal codes and statutes, legal studies and history, and ethnic studies.  Coursework will include essays, oral presentations, and a research project.

Limited to 18 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Hayashi.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Asian Am. in Lit & Law
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Robert Hayashi TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM MORG 110