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Fall 2024 Courses

Courses with asterisks (*) are General Education courses.
  • Fall 2024 Course Offerings

  • *GLAS 100: Introduction to Global Asian Studies

    (World Cultures)

    Michael Jin

    MW 1:00-1:50 LEC | CRN 40132 | Lecture Center F4

    F 10:00am – 10:50am DIS | CRN 40118 | B10 Burnham Hall

    F 11:00am – 11:50am DIS | CRN 40119 | B10 Burnham Hall

    F 12:00pm – 12:50pm DIS | CRN 40120 | B10 Burnham Hall

    F 1:00pm – 1:50pm DIS | CRN 40121 | B10 Burnham Hall

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    This course examines various historical, cultural and political representations of Asia, Asian America, and Asians in the world. Students will explore how peoples and ideas from Asia and across transoceanic and transnational diasporas have influenced a globalized world and continue to inform our contemporary understanding of Asia and Asian America. The course also examines how historical issues such as colonialism, war, gobal capitalism, and migration have shaped the experiences and representations of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and peoples in Asian diasporas.

  • GLAS 105: Asian American Identities, Cultures, and Communities

    (Instructor Approval Required)
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    Julian Rey Ignacio

    R  12:30pm –1:20pm | CRN 40128 | ETMSW 2233

    F  10:00am – 10:50am | CRN 40130 | BSB 311

    F  11:00am – 11:50am | CRN 40127 | SH 207

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    This seminar is part of the Asian American Mentor Program, a unique program designed to support new first-year or transfer students in their first semester at UIC. The weekly seminar focuses on Asian American identities, cultures, and communities. We will critically examine historical events, the media, popular culture, and personal narratives to study how social, academic, personal, and community issues impact Asian Americans, while paying attention to distinctions between Asian American and Pacific Islander identities and issues. In addition, students will be introduced to college life and campus resources to ease the transition to UIC.

    GLAS 105 is an LAS First-Year Seminar offering (see booklet pdf), but is open to students from any College.

  • GLAS 105: Asian American and Pacific Islander Adulting

    Viraj Patel

    F  12:00pm – 12:50pm | CRN 40131 | 302 Addams Hall

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    Taught by staff at the Asian American
    Student Academic Program, the class will focus on life skills that can be useful now and
    after college with a foundation rooted in
    Asian American and Pacific Islander and
    intersecting PC experiences.

  • *GLAS/SOC 120: Introduction to Asian American Studies

    (Individual and Society and Understanding US Society)

    Karen Su

    MWF 2:00pm – 2:50pm | 207 Taft Hall

    GLAS CRN 40123 (LEC) & 40124 (DIS)
    SOC CRN 40269 (LEC) & 40270 (DIS)

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    This course is a legacy of the hard-fought struggles by students, staff and faculty for Asian American studies at UIC since 1991. It serves as a space for students of all backgrounds to gain an introduction to the histories, community institutions and contemporary issues of Asian Americans and Asian diasporics across the globe.

    This course makes use of critical thinking, critical creativity, and analytical writing as ways of knowing Asian America.

  • GLAS/ENG 123

    (Creative Arts, and US Society)

    Mark Chiang

    TR 9:30am – 10:45am | Taft Hall 208

    GLAS CRN 40025 (LEC), 40026 (DIS)
    ENGL CRN  19879 (LEC), 32405 (DIS)

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    The course will situate the literature in the chronology of Asian American history, from early immigration in the 19th century through the exclusion era to the watershed years of WWII and the civil rights movements, ending with the major shifts in Asian American demographics following immigration reform in the 1960s. We will also discuss such issues as assimilation, generational conflicts, family, gender, sexuality, and class.

  • GLAS/AH 125: Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Asia

    Catherine Becker

    TR 2:00 – 3:15pm | Burnham Hall 209

    GLAS CRN 41026
    AH CRN 41012

    This course introduces students to some of the major artistic methods, monuments, and themes associated with Asian art and architecture.

  • GLAS/CHIN 209: Advanced Chinese Language and Culture

    Duosi Meng and Xuehua Xiang

    MWF 1:00pm – 1:50pm | Burnham Hall 316

    GLAS CRN 40023
    CHIN CRN 37488

    Chinese culture as reflected in language, communication, daily life, and creative works. Intensive listening, speaking, reading and writing at the intermediate-advanced level.

  • *GLAS/HIST 210: Asian American Histories

    (Individual and Society, and US Society)

    Michael Jin

    MW 3:00pm – 4:15pm | Taft Hall 117

    GLAS CRN 40905
    HIST CRN 43799

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    Introduction to the main historical events that define the Asian experience in the United States, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

  • GLAS/HIST 215: Techno-Orientalism: Race, Media and Society

    (Individual and Society, and US Society)

    Clare Kim

    MW 9:30am – 10:45am | Taft Hall 208

    GLAS CRN 49095
    HIST CRN 49096

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    From aliens, coolies, and yellow peril to model minority, techies, and sub-human quants, representations of Asians and Asian Americans have become tethered to the scientific and technological. This course examines the entanglements of race, politics, science, and technology in the Pacific world from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through the lens of techno-Orientalism—an expansion and inversion of Edward Said’s formulation—we consider the historical conditions that have recast the
    East, from an imagined Orient suspended in an eternal state of stagnation, to a technoscientific Orient fetishized as the exotic future. Topics covered include colonialism and imperialism; cyborgs and computing;
    digital labor and embodiment; biosecurity and intellectual property; migration and the information economy.


  • *GLAS/ENGL/MOVI 229: Introduction to Asian Film

    (World Cultures)

    Justin Phan

    TR 12:30pm – 1:45pm | Taft Hall 207

    GLAS CRN 42048
    ENGL CRN 43803
    MOVI CRN 43802

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    This class will introduce students to some of the landmark films of Asian and Asian American cinematic history. While we will attend to the technical elements of film as an artform, the class will mostly explore the social and historical contexts of these films in order to develop a sense of the trajectory of Asia and the Asian diaspora over the course of the 20th century. Coursework will include essays and short writing assignments, as well as a final project. Students will be expected to view the films outside of class—access will be provided. Films for the class will include work by directors such as Wayne Wang, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai, Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Akira Kurosawa, Lino Brocka, John Woo, Satyajit Ray, Asghar Farhadi, and others.

  • GLAS/POLS 231: Introduction to Chinese Politics

    (World Cultures)

    Yue Zhang

    TR 11:00am – 12:15pm | BSB 311

    GLAS CRN 40034
    POLS CRN 39407

    Main issues of contemporary Chinese politics and social change; the decline of the last imperial dynasty; the republican era; the rise of communism and China under the rule of Mao Zedong; and the reform period (post-1978).

  • GLAS/ POLS 232: Politics in Korea

    (World Cultures)

    Seung Whan Choi

    TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm | Taft Hall 215

    GLAS CRN 43548
    POLS CRN 43547

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    This course is designed to introduce Korean politics to undergraduate students. Relying on a textbook on Korean politics, journal articles and Korean films.


  • GLAS/ANTH 242: Introduction to Arab American Studies

    (US Society and World Cultures)

    Zaina Zaatari

    MW 8:00am – 9:15am | Taft Hall 207

    GLAS CRN 48375
    ANTH CRN 48377

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    Addresses key themes in Arab American Studies: immigration and racism; family, gender, and sexuality; socio-economic class; religious affiliation; arts and cultures; and politics and political activism.

  • GLAS/ANTH/GWS 248: Afro-Asian Solidarities: A Radical Feminist History

    Gayatri Reddy

    MW 4:30pm – 5:45pm | LH 107

    GLAS CRN 46497
    GWS CRN 46498
    CRN 46499

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    Tracing the history of the “darker nations” through a feminist lens as a decolonial political, and utopian project this course explores the radical possibilities of transnational alliances and the long history of cross-racial solidarities between Asia and Africa.



  • GLAS/BLST 252: US Imperialism and Racism

    A. Naomi Paik

    MW 4:30pm – 5:45pm | Taft Hall 208

    GLAS CRN 48694
    BLST CRN 48695

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    This interdisciplinary course examines histories and narratives of U.S. imperialism and racism. Its investigation begins from the following concepts: the United States has long held and continues to maintain imperial powers across the globe, and U.S. imperial power is inextricably tied to the workings of racial hierarchy. Drawing on critical ethnic and feminist studies, this course focuses on imperial and racist power not only in more obvious sites of government action (like military bases or warfare), but also in an extensive range of everyday practices in which ordinary people participate, like consuming products produced abroad or migrating from colonized countries.

  • GLAS/GWS 263: Asian American Gender and Sexual Diversity

    (Individual and Society, and US Society)

    Instructor TBD
    *To enroll in this course, please contact Prof. Anna Guevarra at

    TR 3:30pm – 4:45pm |BSB 281

    GLAS CRN: 48378
    GWS CRN: 48379

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    Learn about diverse perspectives and experiences of gender and sexuality in Asian American and global Asian contexts and communities, including Chicago, and  consider how gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, culture, and other categories of analysis.  Also, students will engage with a range of theoretical frameworks, scholarly readings, community publications, as well as representations in pop culture, narratives, visual art, and have a unique opportunity to work with the oral histories of the Queer Asian American Archive housed in the Daley Library.

  • GLAS/HIST 272: China since 1911

    Fredy Gonzalez

    MW 9:30am – 10:45am | ARC 136

    GLAS CRN 49129 (LEC), 49130 (DIS)
    HIST CRN 35555 (LEC), 35610 (DIS)

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    Since 1911 China has seen dramatic changes in forms of government, family life, women’s roles, economic systems, and areas of intellectual inquiry. In many ways,  1911- or indeed the whole twentieth century, marks a divide between “traditional” China and “modern” China. New technologies and ways of thinking introduced during the nineteenth and early twentieth cen­turies resulted in changes that made age-old philosophies and patterns of behavior no longer viable. What kinds of narratives did Chinese people create in order to understand the changes that they experienced? How would people in China decide what to retain from their history and what to reject? How would they explain these choices? How would China come to define itself both in relation to other nations, and in relation to the past? What kinds of conflict emerged in this transition and how did people deal with it? How does the history of twentieth-century China continue to impact the course of Chinese history, politics, and culture today?


  • GLAS/HIST 276: Modern South Asia, 1857 to the Present

    Rama Mantena

    Online with deadlines

    GLAS CRN 48728 (LEC), 48729 (DIS)
    HIST CRN 48726 (LEC), 48727 (DIS)

    Examines anti-colonial resistance to British rule starting with the 1857 Revolt, Indian nationalism, and the formation of independent nation-states in South Asia.


  • GLAS 290/GWS 294/COMM 294: Introduction to Asian American Visual Cultures

    Michelle Lee

    TR 11:00am – 12:15pm | BSB 281

    GLAS CRN 46373
    GWS CRN 11911
    COMM CRN 49513

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    This class introduces students to the visual culture of, for, and by Asian Americans. We will use an interdisciplinary approach that combines visual theory and ethnic studies to examine visual culture as a medium through which Asian American histories, critique, and stories are told. This includes but is not limited to visual arts in museums, films, television, digital media, and fashion.


  • GLAS 300: Global Asia in Chicago

    (Instructor Approval Required)

    Fredy Gonzalez

    R 3:30pm – 6:00pm | LH 104

    CRN 49097

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    This course will focus on the past and present of Chicago’s Chinatown while exploring the neighborhood’s global and local connections. Students will get to know Chinatown community organizations and learn from local residents.

  • GLAS/HIST/GWS 438: Women in South Asian History

    Rama Mantena

    TR 3:30pm – 4:45pm | LH 107

    GLAS CRN: 47185 (U), 47185(G)
    HIST CRN: 35567 (U), 35568 (G)
    GWS CRN: 35624 (U), 35625 (G)

    A study of the diversity of women’s experiences in South Asia in a range of social, cultural, and religious contexts from the ancient period to the present.

  • GLAS/GWS 458: Asian America and Transnational Feminism

    Michelle Lee

    TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm | BSB 281

    GLAS CRN: 44941 (U), 44942 (G)
    GWS CRN: 34643 (U), 34644 (G)

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    In this course, students will examine the history, theories, and practices of feminism with a specific focus on Asian America. While this course contextualizes the formation of Asian America and transnational feminisms alongside decolonization Third World Liberation struggles, and the Cold War, this course will mostly explore key concepts, theories, and analytics of feminisms through the writings of women of color, Asian American, and transnational feminists.

  • GLAS/GWS 463: Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian America

    Justin Phan

    T 3:30pm – 6:00pm | BSB 219

    GLAS CRN: 43310 (U), 43311 (G)
    GWS CRN: 43308 (U), 43309 (G)

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    Advanced, cross-disciplinary, seminar-style exploration of issues related to gender and sexuality among Asian Americans with critical attention paid to feminist and queer perspectives on the politics of representation and identity construction.

  • GLAS 495: Independent Study

    Mark Chiang
    CRN 40141

    Fredy González
    CRN 45569

    Anna Guevarra
    CRN 40142

    Julian Rey Ignacio
    CRN 45570

    Michael Jin
    CRN 40143

    Clare Kim
    CRN 47152

    Nadine Naber
    CRN 40144

    Karen Su
    CRN 40146

    Mark Martell
    CRN 40907

    A. Naomi Paik
    CRN 47153

    Justin Phan
    CRN 40145

    Gayatri Reddy
    CRN 43730