Course Reading Material

Highlights from field trips to Asian American neighborhoods and food histories in New York City, Summer 2017:

Syllabus: Syllabus

Updated Syllabus with Grade Breakdown (Summer 2017): Grading Breakdown

Asian American History Timeline:

[Read for 7/19] Gary Okihiro “Cane Fires” from The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii 1845-1945 (1991): Cane Fires

[optional] Folksongs by Japanese immigrant workers in Hawaii: Voices from Cane Fields

[Read for 7/20] “Incarceration, Cafeteria Style: The Politics of the Mess Hall in the Japanese American Incarceration” Heidi Kathleen Kim: Heidi Kim EAA

[Read for 7/24] “A Life Cooking for Others: The Work and Migration Experiences of a Chinese Restaurant Worker in New York City, 1920–1946” Heather R. Lee Heather Lee EAA

[Reading for 7/24] Keywords for Asian American Studies Editors Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Linda Trinh Võ, and K. Scott Wong (NYU Press, 2015) here are some keywords

  1. Citizenship AASP
  2. Class AASP
  3. Coolie AASP
  4. Brown AASP
  5. Diaspora AASP
  6. Discrimination AASP
  7. Enclave AASP
  8. ethnicity AASP
  9. Exclusion AASP
  10. Film AASP
  11. Food AASP
  12. Gender AASP
  13. IncarcerationAASP
  14. Labor AASP
  15. Assimilation AASP
  16. Orientalism AASP
  17. Yellow AASP

[Read for 7/25] “Performing Whiteness: Naturalization Litigation and the Construction of Racial Identity in America” John Tehranian: performingwhiteness

[Read for 7/25] “Not Quite White: Race Classification and the Arab-American Experience” Helen Hatab Samhan Not Quite White

[Read for 7/26] “Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America” Vivek Bald: Bengali Harlem

Bengali Harlem Illustrations

[Read for 7/26]

History of Indian Food in the U.S. 1909-1921:


“From Exclusionary Covenant to Ethnic Hyperdiversity in Jackson Heights, Queens” Ines M. Miyares: JH Ethnic Hyperdiversity

[Optional for Presentations on Food theme] “Gannenshoyu or First-Year Soy Sauce?: Kikkoman Soy Sauce and the Corporate Forgetting of the Early Japanese American Consumer” Robert Ji-Song Ku: Robert Ku Soy Sauce EAA

“As American as Jackrabbit Adobo: Cooking, Eating, and Becoming Filipina/o American before World War II” Dawn Bohulano Mabalon: Mabalon EAA

[Optional Reading for Food Themed Presentations] “Samsa in Sheepshead Bay: Central Asian Foodprints in South Brooklyn” Zohra Saed: Zohra Saed EAA