What legal and political issues do newer Asian Americans face in the post-1965 era?
How do Asian American communities — both new and old — respond to these developments?
Kim, Nadia. “Asian Americans’ Experiences of Race and Racism.”
Baldillo, Aimee, et al. “Save a Hunter, Shoot a Hmong.”
Louie, Miriam Ching Yoon. “Doing Durepae Duty: Korean American Radical Movement After Kwangju.”
Narasaki, Karen. “A Citizen Fights for His Civil Rights after 9/11: Amric Singh Rathour.”
Nguyen, Viet Thanh. “I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth About It”
Zia, Helen. “Lily Chin: The Courage to Speak Out.”
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This week we actually start the process for the final paper, because no new instructional material will be posted for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Considering that much of our class was often looking at earlier struggles of Asian Americans with politics and laws, now our focus turns to the newer communities that have been formed in the wake of new immigration law in the 1960s. This sets the stage for the emergence of new Asian American communities that most of you are probably familiar with today.
A note on the readings: first, you must read all the articles, as they will form the foundation for your final research paper. Nadia Kim’s “Asian Americans’ Experiences of ‘Race’ and Racism” will serve as the starting point for your own argument and analysis of contemporary Asian American struggles in politics and law. She provides a significant historical review of past issues that we have explored in depth, while also providing insight into how to understand the issues that Asian Americans continue to face in the post-civil rights era. This will be a useful framework for your own research and argument.
The other readings provide insight into some of the newer communities that have emerged in the last few decades. The Baldillo and Nguyen articles examine certain aspects of the experiences of Asian American refugee communities in the wake of the Vietnam War. Louie writes about the political experiences of the Korean American diaspora, especially as some of these communities have been informed by both homeland politics as well as new developing issues in their adopted countries. Narasaki looks at the experiences of South Asian Americans, who have been particularly impacted by public policy and increasing xenophobia in the post-9/11 era of heightened national security.
Finally, I’ve also included a reading on that touches on the Vincent Chin case. The legal drama around Vincent Chin’s case is often cited as being one of the primary catalysts of an “Asian American movement.” While there was an earlier Asian American movement — hopefully that was clear in the prior module — this one is particularly significant because it brought together a coalition of Asian Americans in the post-1965 era. Remember, the earlier movement of Asian American activists was tied to 2nd and 3rd generation Chinese and Japanese Americans. Newer immigrants arriving after 1965 did not necessarily adhere to the same ideals and objectives of those college students.
In fact, some of these new immigrants were people who fled Communist regimes and would be much more wary of the rhetoric of leftist radicalism espoused by Asian American college activists. However, the Vincent Chin case was notable because even these emerging immigrant communities realized that there were significant issues at stake here in America. While they might not identify with other Asian ethnic groups from the beginning, others could just lump you together with no regard for difference. Sometimes with devastating consequences.
The paper is related to perceptions of Asian Americans heading into the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century. The directions are as follows:
Utilizing the assigned articles as a starting point, you should conduct some research into legal and political issues faced by Asian American communities since 2000. Based off your understanding of the readings and your own research, discuss what you think are some of the ongoing issues that Asian American communities face today. How do different Asian American communities face similar or dissimilar issues? Moreover, how do theses issues compare and contrast from the past, before the new wave of immigration? How does our understanding of those past events shed light into addressing the issues of the present — particularly in relation with newer Asian American communities?
IMPORTANT: While you are being asked to incorporate historical context into your paper, the focus of the paper should be on more recent developments since 2000. Your paper should also demonstrate awareness of the diversity of Asian American communities, and not always generalize them as “Asian Americans” unless there is specific justification to do so (e.g., discussing panethnic political alliances).
Checklist of requirements (failure to meet each of will impact your grade):
Paper must have a clear ARGUMENT. Take a position. You are not simply giving an overview.
Relate to the prompt. The prompt is asking very specific questions. Address those questions.
Do not summarize articles. The articles should be quoted selectively. Do not dedicate a paragraph to repeating what someone else already wrote.
Conduct outside research. Start with the resources listed, but you need to integrate at least 2-3 additional outside credible research sources that you find yourself. These must be included in your works cited page.
Adhere to consistent MLA/APA formatting guidelines.
The final paper will be 1,500-2,100 words in length
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