What does it mean to be “Asian American?” What challenges have Asian Americans encountered in their journey for self-definition and visibility in America’s Black-white binary -- a racial paradigm that has existed for centuries? This course examines the complex diversity and lived experiences of the Asian American community. Using historical text, literature, and media, students examine the evolution of Asian American identity with particular attention to how it has been influenced by concepts of war and empire, race, assimilation, citizenship, appropriation, and the US Civil Rights Movement. A key focus of this course is the agency that Asian Americans have exhibited in constructing who they are and want to be across ethno-nationality, class, gender, religion, language and age. Students explore topics of their choosing that focus on specific Asian and Pacific Islander communities (e.g.Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Samoan and Vietnamese, etc.) and/or issues of personhood; model minority stereotype; multiracial Asian Americans; intergenerational dynamics in the Asian immigrant family; immigrant youth, identity, and organizing; Asian feminism; and #StopAsianHate. This course offers students an interdisciplinary understanding of Asian American identity as a dynamic process redefining historical notions of race.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
Asian American Identity in the United States is a new course for 21/22 school year at One Schoolhouse. To read what students have said about other One Schoolhouse courses, visit our What Students Say webpage!
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SECOND SEMESTER?
Students wishing to pursue an Asian American Identity project may enroll in the course for the full year. For students continuing into Semester II, the course shifts into personalized, project-based work, where students engage in deep, sustained inquiry; authentic and iterative research; critical analysis; and rigorous reflection, revision, and assessment as they journey through a self-designed, long-term activism, design, or research project on the topic of their choosing. Guided by a One Schoolhouse teacher, students pursue individual study/self-assessment or collaborative seminar/peer-review. Pathway options from which students choose include:
This course is approved by the NCAA.
One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025; we are an approved online publisher for the University of California.
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