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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

This zine is an accumulation of all of the zines that our group has made throughout the semester based upon reading assignments covering a wide variety issues that affect Asian Americans in the United States. The following are some of the zine topics within this final accumulation of our zines throughout the semester, to give you an idea of what follows this introduction page. The first zine is based off a text from Erika Lee, titled “The Chinese Must Go!” which touches upon the anti-Chinese movement in the United States and the issues associated with movements against Chinese immigrant labor in the states around the turn of the 20th century. Next, is a zine about a text from Nerissa Balce titled, “Filipino Bodies, Lynching, and the Language of Empire which focuses on American colonialism in the Philippine Islands and the framing of Filipinos as degenerate and savage by US imperialists which led to racialized atrocities such as lynching’s and beatings of Filipinos. It also addresses the irony of sending black soldiers to fight in the Philippines for the United States while the United States failed to protect black Americans back at home. A few pages after is a zine that is created based on a text written by Diane Fujino, called “Concentration Camps and a Growing Awareness of Race.” This text is about life in internment camps for Japanese Americans during the Second World War following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Next is a zine created from the text “Militarized Migrations” by Crystal Mun-hye Baik which is about the Korean War and the subsequent masses of migrations that followed, specifically addressing Korean brides migrating to the States in order to marry American soldiers they met while on deployment in Korea and Korean children being brought to the U.S. for adoption purposes. Another zine included is based off the text “Militarized refugees” by Yen Le Espiritu which focuses on three major military installations during the Vietnam War and the role they played in both creating refuges and transporting refugees to a new life in America. These are just a few topics of the many zines that you will find in this accumulation of our group’s zines from this past semester. We want our readers to be able to read through these zines and be able to understand what the reading was about, specifically any key points and how the topic of each specific text is significant in its own social or political respect. However, what we want our readers to understand is not limited to this, but also includes how each specific text significance relates to contemporary America and the issues that stem from these topics.

Introduction to Asian American Studies: Final Zine Project (1)