Exam Type: None. Students will be required to write either (a) one paper (approximately 15 pages) due at the end of the semester, or (b) three reaction papers (no more than 5 pages each) to be submitted at least 72 hours before each of the last three classes.
Asian Americans have played a prominent role in America's legal history. Despite their small numbers, Asian Americans have been at the center of many legal controversies that continue to reverberate today. This course will examine the legal history of people of Asian descent in the United States. We begin by considering the arrival of Asians in America, the passage of the exclusion laws and other immigration statutes, and the question of citizenship. We then examine historical discrimination against Asian Americans, including anti-Asian violence and efforts by state and local governments to regulate Asians in the United States. We then turn to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the efforts to obtain redress and reparations. We conclude by considering contemporary issues, including the concept of the model minority, employment discrimination and the Bamboo Ceiling, profiling and the question of "spies," education and the thorny question of reverse discrimination, and contemporary violence.
Note: There will be four three-hour classes, to be held February 1 and 15 and March 8 and 22, 2018.