Asian American Visual Culture

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This course will begin with a critical evaluation of visual representations of Asian Americans in U.S. culture as they have been shaped by histories of migration, war, labor, anti-Asian violence, and popular stereotypes. These histories will then serve as a point of departure for the consideration of a broad range of visual culture produced by, for, and about Americans of Asian heritage. We will use the framework of visual studies to examine a wide range of works from the worlds of art, design, architecture, media, and popular culture in relation to a variety of issues relevant to Asian Americans and the contemporary Asian American experience. Throughout the course we will be asking questions about the politics of representation, identity and aesthetics, and art and activism in our efforts to comprehend the history, present state, and future directions of Asian American visual culture.