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Spring 2024 Courses

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

  • *GLAS 100: Introduction to Global Asian Studies

    (World Cultures)

    Michael Jin

    MW 1:00PM – 1:50PM, CRN 46223 LEC | BSB 140

    F 10:00AM – 10:50AM, CRN 46228 D1 | LH 307
    F 11:00AM – 11:50AM, CRN 46229 D2 | LH 101
    F 12:00PM – 12:50PM, CRN 46230 D3 | LH 101
    F 1:00PM – 1:50PM, CRN 46231 D4 | LH 101

    On Campus

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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, global capitalism, and migration have shaped the experiences and representations of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and peoples in Asian diasporas.

  • GLAS/SOC 120: Introduction to Asian American Studies

    (Individual and Society and Understanding U.S. Society)

    Corinne Kodama

    MWF 2:00PM – 2:50PM

    CRN 39128 (GLAS) / 39131 (SOC) LEC

    CRN 39129 (GLAS)/ 39130 (SOC) DIS

    On Campus | TH 215

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    This course provides students with a survey of major concepts, methods, and debates in the study of Asian American studies. Students will also gain an introduction to the histories, community institutions, and contemporary issues of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Individual and Society, and US Society course.


  • GLAS/HIST 210: Asian American Histories

    Fredy Gonzalez

    MW 9:30AM – 10:45AM
    CRN 39124 (GLAS) / 41221 (HIST)

    On Campus | TH 208

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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/ENGL/MOVI 229: Introduction to Asian Film

    Justin Phan

    TR 2:00PM – 3:15PM

    CRN 47084 (GLAS)
    CRN 47085 (ENGL)
    CRN 47086 (MOVI)

    On Campus | TH 204

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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.


  • GLAS/ANTH/GWS 255: Introduction to Middle East and Muslim Feminisms

    Nadine Naber

    MW 8:00AM – 9:15AM

    CRN 47039 (GLAS)
    CRN 47038 (ANTH)
    CRN 47037 (GWS)

    On Campus | BSB 315

    An introduction to Middle East and Muslim feminisms that draws on the social sciences. Emphasizes intersections of family, religion, nation, colonialism, militarism, gender, and sexuality.

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

    (Individual and Society, and US Society)

    Themal Ellawala

    TR 9:30AM – 10:45AM

    CRN 41748 (GLAS) / 33402 (GWS)

    On Campus | TH 207

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    Introductory, cross-disciplinary examination of issues related to gender and sexuality among Asian Americans, with critical attention paid to diverse experiences across various social and political contexts.


  • GLAS/HIST 264: The Pacific Rim in Modern History

    Michael Jin

    MW 3:00PM – 4:15PM

    CRN 41190 (GLAS) / 41189 (HIST)

    On Campus | TH 207

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    Critical examination of the connected histories of various societies in the modern Pacific Rim world, including the American West, Asia, and Latin America, since the nineteenth century.

  • GLAS/HIST 275: History of South Asia to 1857

    Sohini Majumdar


    CRN 46254 /46257 (GLAS)
    CRN 46250 /46255 (HIST)

    Online with Deadlines

    South Asian history from the earliest times to 1857, in regional and global contexts.

  • GLAS 290/ HIST 281 / GWS 294: Contesting Refuge: Decolonial Visions in Vietnamese Diaspora

    Justin Phan

    TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM

    CRN 39133 (GLAS)
    CRN 36969 (HIST)
    CRN 37069 (GWS)

    On Campus | LC A2

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    What does it mean to be invested in decolonization from a Vietnamese refugee perspective?

    This interdisciplinary course draws from the social sciences and humanities to contextualize Vietnamese refugee histories through a relational, diasporic, and decolonial lens. As such, we will examine how artists, community organizers, and scholars in the Vietnamese diaspora create new visions that contend with the overlapping legacies of war, colonialism, militarism, and global capitalism in their own contexts and in relation to other struggles for social justice.


  • GLAS 290 / GWS 294: Asian American Life Stories

    Karen Su

    TR 12:30PM – 1:45PM

    CRN 39134 (GLAS)
    CRN 47593 (GWS)

    On Campus | LH 202

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    This special topics course focuses on Asian American life stories presented through a variety of genres: oral histories, biography, autobiography, memoir, podcasts, graphic novels, children’s picture books, films, photography, visual art, etc. We will examine the artistic and political strategies of cultural production used in order to represent Asian American lives. Students will pursue analytical, research, and creative assignments in which they study and apply different artistic and political strategies themselves.




  • GLAS 300: Global Asia in Chicago

    Anna Guevarra

    T 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    CRN 39136

    On Campus | LH 202

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    Interdisciplinary exploration of Asian diasporic histories and community formations in Chicago through academic coursework that examines dynamics of globalization in the local context.

  • GLAS/LALS/HIST 465: Asian Diasporas in Latin America

    Fredy González
    MW 3:00pm – 4:15pm

    GLAS CRN 44402 (U)CRN 44403 (G)
    HIST CRN 44404 (U)CRN 44405 (G)
    LALS CRN 44407 (U)CRN 44408 (G)

    On Campus | BSB 215

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    This course examines the arrival and settlement of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Syrian-Lebanese migrants in Latin America between the mid-nineteenth century and the present. The last few weeks would focus on the onward migration of Asian migrants from Latin America to the United States and the construction of an “Asian Latino” identity in this country.

  • GLAS 490/LAS 495/CLJ 493: Border Regimes

    A. Naomi Paik

    W 6:00PM – 8:30PM

    GLAS CRN 42777 (UG), 43366 (G)
    CLJ CRN 45221 (UG), 45222 (G)
    LALS CRN 46736 (UG), 46737 (G)

    Hybrid (on campus & online) | BSB 215

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    This interdisciplinary course examines border regimes in a transnational and comparative context. We will examine the histories of this border build up by reading legal, cultural, and historical texts grappling with issues like global capitalism and neoliberal governance. How and under what shared historical conditions did fortifying borders come to be seen as the solution to global migration? We will also examine narratives of survivors of these regimes, like Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend But the Mountains.





  • GLAS 490/ENGL 435: Images of Asia in American Culture

    Mark Chiang

    R 3:30PM – 06:00PM

    GLAS CRN 42776 (UG), 43365 (G)
    ENGL CRN 46866 (UG), 46867 (G)

    On Campus | SH 220

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    This course will trace discourses and representations of Asia in American culture from the colonial period to the 20th century, including art, material objects, cultural practices, literature, film, and music. We will examine the purposes, functions, contradictions, and consequences of Asia and Asians in the American racial imaginary, beginning with the commercial trade with Asia in the early history of the Americas, the arrival of Chinese in the US and the development of the anti-Chinese movement in the 19th century, the period of Asian exclusion, World War II, the postwar occupation of Japan and the Cold War, and ending with the rise of Japan and the “Asian economic miracle” of the 1970s and 1980s.

    The course willexplore questions of race, gender, sexuality, labor, immigration, capitalism, imperialism, eugenics, and the
    family, among others. Texts for the class will include anti-Chinese plays, the various permutations of Madame Butterfly, writers such as Jack London, Lothrop Stoddard, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sui Sin Far, and Don Delillo, and such films as Piccadilly, Sayonara, Flower Drum Song, Lawrence of Arabia, and Rising Sun.

  • GLAS 495: Independent Study

    (Instructor Consent and Department Approval Required)

    Mark Chiang (39137)
    Fredy Gonzalez (40200)
    Anna Guevarra (39138)
    Julian Rey Ignacio (47087)
    Michael Jin (39139)
    Clare Kim (44967)
    Mark Martel (39142)
    Nadine Naber (39140)
    A. Naomi Paik (44965)
    Justin Phan (39141)
    Karen Su (40201)