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ETHN 250: Introduction to Asian American Studies

Publication Date

Fall 2020


Asian American Studies | Ethnic Studies

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Asian Americans have faced a long heritage of exclusion and injustice in relation to race, class, gender, sexuality, colonialism, immigration, labor, and a myriad of other problems throughout their history, particularly during times of shifting demographics, economic crisis, or war. In today's society, these inequities go largely unnoticed and are not addressed as often as they should be. This zine is meant to bring those inequities to light and discuss the history of Asians in America. We cover a wide range of topics, from the Vietnam war, to Japanese concentration camps, to the “model minority” myth. Understanding the history of Asian Americans is crucial to understanding the history of the United States as a whole. The United States is a land of immigrants and people of diverse backgrounds and identities. The United States is also a land with deep roots in inequality, prejudice, and violence towards minorities, including Asians. Many of the inequities that Asian Americans had to face years ago are still not solved. For example, in our zine we included some brief discussion about COVID-19 and how its existence has, unfortunately, perpetuated stereotypes about Asians that have existed since the 1850s. As students, we read and analyzed the material we wrote about in our zine, all while drawing parallels from history to modern day life. It opened our eyes to the history of Asian Americans and why their stories are critical to understanding not just the history of the United States, but as well as the present-day United States. We encourage you, as the reader, to do the same and draw parallels from Asian American history to the present day as you read our zine. Thank you.

Asian American Studies