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.