Introduction to selected Asian American literary texts and the cultural, historical, and political issues that inform them. For example: Prof. S. Moynihan, Diversity of Asian America This course provides a general introduction to Asian American literature. Asian America, as a pan-ethnic coalition born in response to racism and Orientalism, has been the site of tremendous literary production. The texts we will explore represent issues as diverse as the Japanese American internment during World War II; the traumatic legacy of colonialism for Korean Americans; the ironies marking the young lives of Vietnamese refugees from Operation Babylift and Cambodian refugees resettled in the United States; the historical effects of migrant labor and colonialism on Filipino Americans; and the tensions around assimilation for those of Chinese and South Asian descent. Contemporary anxieties of race, gender, and sexuality will come to the fore in the work of a graphic novel. We will ask how Asian American writers respond to the politics of race and American imaginings of Asia, and how the literary texts register this response in terms of genre, narrative structure, character construction, and style.