Asian Americans and Racism

Course Description

This ethnic studies course focuses on the status and experiences of Asian Americans in U.S. history and in contemporary times to analyze the concept of race, processes of racialization, theories of racism, forms of racial subordination, and the practices of anti-racism. Using a framework of racial relationality, the course explores the dynamics of anti-blackness and white dominance in the imaginative and institutional formations of Asian America. Key themes include labor and global capitalism, Orientalism and imperialism, immigration and exclusion, gender and sexuality, citizenship and nation, "good"/"bad" minorities, and assimilationist thinking.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
48591 ASAM 11 01Y ···R··· 12:30 PM-02:00 PM Mae Lee MLC109

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2024-04-08 to 2024-06-28.
ASAM D011.01Y: HYBRID, meets on-campus and online. This class meets each week on campus and online as noted in the class listing. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

4 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 0
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading

General Course Statement

General Statement
See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.

Requisite and Advisory

EWRT D001A or EWRT D01AH or ESL D005.
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