This course provides an opportunity for graduate students in Contemporary Asian and Asian American Studies to pursue readings in an area of their interest as part of their graduate program studies. Independent readings in graduate topics in Contemporary Asian and Asian American studies. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Approval by Director of Graduate Studies

English has long been the dominant language used in the United States, while the languages of numerous indigenous and immigrant communities have declined and many have died. At the same time, the United States¿ extensive global role, the rising geopolitical rise of Asian powers, such as China, India, Japan, South Korean, and others has highlighted the need to foster greater Asian language and cultural skills among Americans. In that context, maintaining the existing diversity of languages spoken among American immigrant populations becomes as important and effective as teaching the languages to new populations. There is an increasing recognition that the advantages of such multilingualism are not only cultural, but also cognitive, diplomatic, security, commercial, social, and political as well. Retaining knowledge of the home language is found to promote the minority individuals¿ psychological well-being, facilitate communication and bonding across generations, and ease the process of adjusting to life away from the home country, while promoting a pluralistic outlook and providing globally valuable job skills. Still, the brunt of the actual effort to foster multilingualism has been left to individual families despite the known fact t

Asian American literary scholars have focused on the tropes of immigration and settlement as major paradigms for mapping the landscape of Asian American writing. The late 1990s, however, witnessed the emergence of novels , memoirs, narrative and experimental films the departed from current notions of Asian American literature and films. A distinct cohort of writers and filmmakers, who are first-generation immigrants, created cultural forms that focus on the heimat or the homeland, narrating history, the legacies of war, violence, personal and national memory. The seminar considers how these fictional and non-fictional narratives engage with new aesthetic and political questions regarding Asian American writing, filmmaking and the limits and the possibilities of memory in the digital age.

¿An authentic taste of Asia¿ is a marketing phrase haunted by the violent histories of Orientalism, Western expansion and wars in Asia. In truth, the success and popularity of some Asian food is more than the celebration of the immigrant work ethic. Behind the popularity are geopolitical and labor issues. The consumption of beef and poultry in the U.S., for example, is intimately connected to the exploitation of immigrants from the global south. Undocumented immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia, East Africa and the Americas perform the dirty task of slaughtering millions of animals: chickens, turkeys, pigs, ducks, sheep, lamb, calves. In 2009 alone, 33,300,000 cattle were killed for their meat in the United States. Immigrant laborers of American industrial slaughterhouses carry out dirty and dangerous work, killing and dismembering animals even as the laborers themselves live in crowded, unsanitary quarters. Similarly, the cooks of America¿s kitchens are immigrants from Asia and other parts of the world. This new MA course focuses on the emerging field known as ¿food studies,¿ in particular the politics and histories of Asian food and its popularity in the United States. If the old adage is ¿we are what we eat,¿ what does it mea

Islam is commonly considered a Middle-Eastern religion, but most of the Middle East lies within the Asian continent, and the vast majority of Muslims over the centuries have been non-Arabic speakers, living across south and central Asia into India, China, and Indonesia. We will survey the importance of Island as the todays¿ largest Asian religion (numerically speaking) and look at some of the distinctive features of its local variants. We will pay special attention to the manner in which teachings were presented in the languages besides Arabic that became Islam¿s vehicles, in particular Chines, which witnessed a remarkable synthesis of the Islamic and Confucian worldviews.

This course presents in-depth student of specific topic in an Asian philosophical tradition. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge through mastery of native terms and concepts from that tradition. May be repeated as the topics changes.

Edward Said¿s Orientalism, written in 1978, was a polemical attack on the discipline of Orientalism and the representations of the ¿orient¿ in western thought. Almost thirty years later, the debate still rages: are all western scholars writings¿ about Asia complicit in imperialism? Is there such a thing as objective scholarship, or are power and knowledge so deeply intertwined that all intellectual activity is inherently political? Taking our start from Said¿s ideas, we will look at authors who extended Said¿s critique to the fields of South Asian and East Asian Studies, and also examine some of Said¿s most outspoken critics. In investigating these issues, students will learn about some of the major figures in the history of Asian students. We will conclude the semester by exploring the possibilities for ¿post-orientalist¿ approaches to the study of Asian cultures and religions, and by examining the pervasiveness of orientalist themes in popular culture.

Survey of multilingualism as a cognitive phenomenon and communication strategy with special reference to traditionally multilingual societies. Structural, sociolinguistic, cultural, and cognitive models are evaluated for their adequacy in representing multilingualism in Western and especially non-Western (Asian and African cultures. Topics include concepts of multilingualism, typology of multilingualism; functional distribution of languages in education, media, social media, and business; diglossia, code-switching and code-mixing, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic models of multiple language representation and processing in the brain; synchronic and diachronic dimensions of language contact and interaction in the individual and society: accents, interference, transfer on various linguistic levels; borrowing, linguistic convergence, emergence of pidgins, creoles, mixed languages, styles, and non-native varieties; multilingualism as a pragmatic and stylistic literary device speech acts and multilingual creativity; socio-political dimensions of multilingualism: multilingualism and identity; accommodation and assimilation; language maintenance and shift; language rivalry and conflict; spread of languages of wider communication and min

The fundamentals of grammar through investigating methods of interpreting various forms of literature with emphasis on the process of writing and rewriting. Does not count toward graduation. The Pass/No credit option may not be used. Open to EOP/AIM students only. Prerequisite: Placement by writing placement examination Corequisite: WRT 101 or ESL course

Introduces and explores fundamental income taxation concepts for individuals. Basic concepts in federal income taxation are explored, including gross income, exclusions, adjusted gross income, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Introductory tax concepts including cash and accrual methods, like-kind exchanges, and passive loss rules are covered. Additionally, students will familiarize themselves with the preparation of various individual income tax forms and schedules.



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