Asian Women and Popular Culture

Fall 2019
WGST
2250
Credit Hours
3
Dr. Lynn Itagaki
Core/Cross-listed
Core Course
Course Description

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

From the global phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians and Bollywood to the first woman of color lead Rose Tico in the Star Wars franchise, Asian/American characters are now cultural icons all over global media. On sitcoms, romcoms, blockbuster action films, and social media, Asian/Americans in entertainment spark regular national and international conversations and controversies. This course explores how media representations of Asian/Americans track US domestic and foreign policy from the anti-Chinese xenophobia of the 19th century to the “model minority” or wealthy globetrotter of the present and how these images impact the economic, social and political lives of Asian/Americans and our broader understanding of race, class, gender, and sexuality.