Race & Ethnic Studies Program

Contact Information

Pilar Melero
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-3173
Location: Laurentide 4229

Mary Alkons
Academic Department Associate  
Phone: (262) 472-1042
Location: Laurentide 4233

Asian American Studies Courses

  • HMONG AMERICANS: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (DV)(GE)
    Asian American Studies 308, Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the history, culture, and contemporary life of Hmong Americans. In addition to exploring their origins and history in China and Southeast Asia, this course investigates the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality have shaped the social, cultural, economic, and political transformations in the Hmong communities since their immigration to America after the Vietnam War.

  • ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (DV)(GE)
    Asian American Studies 335, Credits: 3

    This course examines the rich and varied literatures produced by U.S. writers of Asian descent. It considers the complex ways in which 1) history, 2) socioeconomic structures, 3) group and individual experiences, 4) cultural values and traditions, and 5) collisions and collaborations with other cultural groups in the U.S. come together to (re)shape Asian American identity and literary contributions.

  • TOPICS IN ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES (DV)
    Asian American Studies 408, Credits: 3

    This variable topics course will cover issues critical to the Asian American experience. The topic and disciplinary approach will vary. A substantial semester project will be developed by students and presented formally. Students may repeat the course up to 6 credits but may not repeat the specific course topic.

INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN RELIGIONS

Asian Studies 111, Credits 3

An introduction to the major religious traditions in the cultural areas of South, Southeast, and East Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

EAST ASIAN TRADITION

Asian Studies 130, Credits 3

An introduction to the intellectual, social, and political traditions of China and Japan up to about 1800. The course will analyze the Confucian tradition, Chinese administrative systems, and the dynastic cycle. Japanese cultural and political development will also be discussed.

EAST ASIA SINCE 1800(GH)

Asian Studies 131, Credits 3

A survey of China and Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries centering on the process of modernization in both of these countries.

INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN STUDIES

Asian Studies 210, Credits 3

The course introduces students to the multi-disciplinary field of Asian Studies and provides a foundation for the further study of Asia. It surveys social, economic, and political issues and religious-philosophical influences and literary-artistic traditions of the world region. the issues discussed and range of countries examined may vary by semester.

BUDDHISM: THE MIDDLE WAY(GH)

Asian Studies 232, Credits 3

This course introduces the wide range of Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed in Asia. It considers the social context in which Buddhism developed, the philosophical bases of all Buddhist schools, the development of the Mahayana, Buddhist Tantra, and Buddhist practices in South, Southeast and East Asia.

ASIAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT(GH)

Asian Studies 303, Credits 3

A study of selected texts and religious thought from India, China, and Japan in relation to their impact on personal spiritual development and cultural integration.

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE SOCIETY

Asian Studies 350, Credits 3

This course examines contemporary Japanese society. It includes a study of social institutions, processes, and culture of Japan. the course examines following areas, (a) culture (beliefs, customs, social identity); (b) social institutions (family, religion, education, work, media); (c) societal processes (socialization, deviance, urbanization); (d) inequalities (gender, income, race-ethnic, region), and (e) the politics, economy, and international position of Japan.

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE SOCIETY

Asian Studies 358, Credits 3

This course is an overview of post-Mao Chinese society. It focuses on the institutional, demographic, cultural, economic, and political transformation in China since 1978. Included are changes in rural and urban social life, mass migration, changing family and gender relations, social and economic inequalities, ethnic and regional diversity, and rising social tensions.

GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA(GS)

Asian Studies 361, Credits 3

A study of contemporary and historical interrelationships between the natural environment and the economic, political and cultural activities in South and Southeast Asia. Countries studied include: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA(GS)

Asian Studies 364, Credits 3

A study of contemporary and historical interrelationships between the natural envirnoment and economic, political and cultural activities in East Asia. Countries studied include: China, Taiwan, Mongolia, Japan, and North and South Korea.

MODERN CHINA

Asian Studies 385, Credits 3

An examination of violent socio-political upheavals in China beginning with the White Lotus Rebellion and culminating with the Communist Revolution.

MODERN JAPAN

Asian Studies 386, Credits 3

A discussion of Japan's emergence into the modern world centering on the Japanese transformation from a secluded feudal nation to a powerful industrialized state.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF ASIA

Asian Studies 460, Credits 3

A comparative study of the political structures, institutions, and processes of the nations of Asia.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN CHINA

Asian Studies 472, Credits 3

This course exposes students to the breadth of Chinese government and politics. It briefly overviews the traditional Chinese system, its breakdown, and the rise of communism. It also overviews a more detailed treatment of the characteristics and major events of the communist era.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN JAPAN

Asian Studies 480, Credits 3

This course will present a historic and thematic overview of political development in contemporary Japan. It consists of analysis of japanese postwar politics, government decision-making stuctures and processes, foreign affairs and political economy.

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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