Asian Studies Proposal
(Submitted by the Asian American Political
GENERAL PURPOSE AND PRINCIPLES
The Asian experience in
The effects of American and Western civilization on the non-Western world have been profound. From the earliest contacts of European explorers with the Chinese and
Southeast Asians to the present-day Western military, economic, and political activities and spheres in
From the study of these two related experiences- Asians in America and Westerners in Asia—we can perhaps arrive at some understanding about the ‘yellow-white' relationship at its social and psychological roots and manifestations:
Specific Course Proposals
the Asian in
A) Social Psychology: Dynamics of Racism
The natural alliance of peoples of color results from the exploitation according to and exclusively because of sheer visibility. In this sense, it is simplest put that we know when we are being lied to. Such a perspective as we are attempting to develop could not necessarily emerge from a view of American culture only. We take heart and example from the continued existence of our culture abroad, which proves to us the viability of our heritages the world over.
To explore the social psychological dynamics of being yellow in a white society.
Method: experiential, accounts, testing, group discussions, reference groups, interpersonal relations. Specifics for Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, ghetto, middle class, wealthy.
B) The Asian and His Community
Filipinos: Uniqueness, characteristics, etc.
Identification with community; alienation from the same.
Living in White society: Implications on community identity
Japanese Community: Where? Characteristics, etc.
C) Relationships Among Asian Communities
A study of the inter-community tensions and harmony: distances, effects of national origins, the rural-urban and middle class ghetto relations, and the historical effects
American society . . . - e . g . relocations, politics, economics.
Political Economy of
Anti-Asian laws: History and Meaning
The ‘White Man’: What it means????
Our Piece of the Pie: Its value… acculturation, accommodation, and affluence.
E) Community Workshop: Relevant Education
A major problem of the ghetto is the failure of its youth who are fortunate enough to learn a skill, to return the benefits of that skill to the community. This problem is neglected by the existing educational system, which prepares the individual for the assumption of an economically productive position within society. The skilled individual who can and does return to aid the community is the exception, not the rule. The Third World individual who does return is an even greater rarity because the University which already produces too few of these individuals has few
F) Language: Contemporary Linguistic Skills
The problem of language: dual life and language as presented by immigrant life and handicaps presents the need for Cantonese as well as the desirability of other Asian languages as spoken in the
G) Creative Workshops -
Using traditional and non-traditional media, drama, literature, mass communications, art, music, photography, etc.; in workshops that would develop an Asian American perspective through unique and various art-forms.
The Asian Experience:
The roots of the Asian-American lies in
most pertinent is history involving Western man. Our course offerings in this part of the department would thus center around the nature of the Asian person, and his relationship with Western man. We include the study of ‘Overseas Asians' in this focus, because most Overseas Asians remain in
A) The Roots of Asian Man: Social Conditions for Emigration
Social Structure--Family, Occupations, Politics, and Religion
Economic Condition-labor opportunities, poverty, mobility, class conflict
Western Effects--War, trade, etc.
B. Westernization of
The study of cities—Hong Kong, Shanghai,
C. Overseas Asian Communities
Asians in various contexts: Europe, Africa, Middle East, and
with Asians in
D. Asian Revolutionary Ideology: Communism
A core course on ideology, organization of communism in the Asian countries
E. Revolutions and Social Movements
Student Movements in
Conditions for Revolution in
Effects of the West in Revolution and Unrest in