Asian American studies (Area studies)

Required Reading:
-Nayan Shah (2001), “Plague and Managing the Commercial City,” Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown, University of California Press, pp. 1 – 16, 120 – 157.
-Gwen D’Arcangelis, (2020, June 24), “The Revival of the Yellow Peril: Culture and Scapegoating During Covid-19,” Medium,

-Viet Thanh Nguyen (2020, June 25, 2020), “Asian Americans are still caught in the trap of the ‘Model Minority’ stereotype. And it creates inequality for all,” Time,

“Coronavirus: French Asians hit back at racism with ‘I’m not a virus.” BBC,

Define and analyze how “yellow peril” emerges in public health responses both historically (Shah) and in the contemporary context (D’Arcangelis and Nguyen). Choose from this list a concept: epidemic, quarantine, plague, public health, and disease. Find and share a news article or meme that links with the concept and Asian Americans – analyze it in relation to the readings. Examine how the news article or meme you selected connects with Viet Thanh Nguyen’s discussion of “model minority.” Draw upon the readings to substantiate your analysis. Minimum of 250 words.

Engage with the text and your critical reaction to/evaluation of its contents, and help stimulate discussion.
Tips for strong responses: Response should explicitly respond to the prompt. Make links between multiple readings. Offer an analysis. Cite readings and have a reference.

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