Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Asian American Literature
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hour workshop seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 x 2,500 word essays  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should typically be able to:

1. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of Asian American writing in its historical and cultural contexts;

2. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of theories of Asian American cultural production;

3. demonstrate an ability to express themselves cleraly in writing and speech.

Brief description

This course is a study of the ways in which Asian American literary traditions have developed and how they are related to other traditions of American literature within historical, social, political and cultural contexts. It includes fictional and autobiographical texts from the mid-1940's to recent publications in the 1990's. The term 'Asian American' gathers together a variety of different ethnic groups, including Chinese American, Japanese American, Filipino American, South Asian American and Korean American, and this course attempts to display the range of writing which has been produced in these areas. The course also examines some of the themes and experiences that have preoccupied these authors. These themes include: the mother/daughter relationship, identity and the processes of (Anglo-) Americanisation, and the search for 'home'. The experiences of immigration, Japanese American experiences during the Second World War, and Asian diaspora responses to political upheaval in the ancestral country, will provide an additinal focus for discussion.


_Seminar Programme

_1: Introduction to Asian American Literature
Beginning Ethnic American Literatures, (MUP, 2001) chapters 1&4

_2: Telling the Gold Mountain Story
Maxine Hong Kingston, China Men (any edition, 1976)

_3: Chinese American Mother/Daughter Writing 1:
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club. (any edition, 1989)

_4: Chinese American Mother/Daughter Writing 2:
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (any edition, 1976)

_5: South Asian American Writing: Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine (any edition, 1989)

_6: Korean American Writing
Chang Rae Lee, Native Speaker (any edition, 1995)

_7: Vietnamese American Writing:
Le-Ly Hayslip, when Heaven and Earth Changed Places (any edition, 1989)

_8: Japanese American Writing:
John Okada, No-No Boy (University of Washington Press, 1979)

_9: Adolescent Literatures:
Ji-Li Jiang, Red Scarf Girl (1997)

_10: Summary Session


This module is at CQFW Level 6