Overview: South Asian Americans

Often times South Asian Americans are left out of the “Asian-American” discussion. Many students are unfamiliar with the existence of South Asian Americans and this course aims to bring visibility to this particular sub-section of Asian-American.

This course aims to:

  • Describe the geography and diversity of South Asia and to introduce students to which countries are included: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Discover the rich history of immigration regarding South Asians to the United States.
  • Discuss and analyze identity. Who represents Asian-American? Who represents South Asian? Which identities are hidden or ignored?
  • Learn about South Asians in politics and their involvement in direct action.
  • Analyze stereotypes of South Asians in the media.

Through taking this class, student will have a more nuanced understanding of Asian-American and become exposed to an often excluded group in the discussion.



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