EN358: Studies in Asian American Literature – Crossing Borders

Instructor:       Jennifer Ho

Seminar:          Wednesdays 1-3:50pm, Library 618

Office:             Shattuck 210

Phone:             358-2103

E-mail:             jho@mtholyoke.edu  (this is my preferred method of communication)

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 2:30-4:00pm—meet in Shattuck 210 Wednesdays; 4-5pm—meet in the Stimson Room, 6th floor of the library, and by appointment

Required Texts:

Immigrant Acts—Lisa Lowe

America is in the Heart—Carlos Bulosan

Thousand Pieces of Gold (film)

China Boy—Gus Lee

Picture Bride (film)

Comfort WomanNora Okja Keller

 Regret to Inform (documentary film)

 My Year Of Meats—Ruth Ozeki

The English Patient—Michael Ondaatje

Mississippi Masala (film)

 The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee—Paisley Rekdal

 Easy Writer: A Pocket Guide—Lunsford and Connors

All texts (excluding films) are available for purchase through Odyssey Books.


Course Requirements

Final grades will be determined as follows:

Attendance and Participation (including Web CT) 15%
Response Papers (4), quizzes, and other assignments 20%
Oral Presentation/Literature Review w/handout 15%
Final Research Paper   50%


Week 1

W—Jan 30      Introduction

Week 2

W—Feb 6       Immigrant Acts  (Chapters 1 & 2, pages 1-59) and Web CT Workshop

Week 3

W—Feb 13     America is in the Heart

Week 4

W—Feb 20     Thousand Pieces of Gold  (film) and Immigrant Acts (Chapter 3, pages 60-83)

                        APA Quiz Due

Week 5

W—Feb 27     China Boy

Week 6

Week 7

W—Mar 13    Picture Bride (film) and Immigrant Acts (Chapter 7, pages 154-173)

SPRING BREAK—March 16-24

Week 8

W—Mar 27    Comfort Woman

Week 9

W—Apr 3       Regret to Inform (film) and Immigrant Acts (Chapter 5, pages 97-127)

                        Due: Thesis and list of sources

Week 10

W—Apr 10     My Year of Meats  

Week 11

Week 12

                        Due: Abstracts

Week 13

Week 14         

W—May 8     Last Day Wrap Up

                        Exchange Abstracts

Final Research Paper Due:  Wednesday, May 15 by 12:00 p.m.