Asian American Studies 24, Section 1

Asian American History in American Musicals (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Catherine Ceniza Choy
Tuesday 1:00-2:00, 210 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 46824

This seminar will introduce students to Asian American history through the lens of American movie, theater, and television musicals including but not limited to South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, Miss Saigon, Allegiance, and Glee. Students will learn about the histories of Asian migrations to the United States, international and interracial romance and family formations, and Asian and Asian American representations in popular culture.

Instructor Bio

Catherine Ceniza Choy is a professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies. She is a core faculty member of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Race & Gender and the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative. Her major research interests focus on the U.S. global presence in Asian countries, Asian migrations to the United States, and the impact of trans-Pacific migration on American and Asian societies. She is the author of the award-winning book, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History, which explored how and why the Philippines became the leading exporter of professional nurses to the United States. Her second book, Global Families: A History of Asian International Adoption in America, unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States beginning with the post-World War II presence of the U.S. military in Asia.

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