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Teaching (on and/or as) Asian-Americans in Political Science

Fri, August 31, 10:00 to 11:30am, Marriott, Salon H

Session Submission Type: Roundtable

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As the racial and cultural landscape of the American democracy is being continuously broadened by the large and sustained wave of immigration from Asia in the last half century, and as the political science discipline celebrates the historic release by a mainstream journal of the first full volume covering the politics of Asian Americans, we believe it is due time for the Association to dedicate a roundtable panel on pedagogical issues involving Asian Americans either as instructors in college classrooms or as racial subjects of their teaching in the American context and beyond. Asian Americans as a whole, but especially Japanese Americans, have been both victims and survivors of democracy’s “mistakes” throughout U.S. history, but their stories have mostly remained hidden. Whereas not many colleagues get to have the opportunity to teach a course specifically on Asian Americans and politics, almost all of us who do college teaching and are trained in political science have encountered issues dealing with the frequent need to confront preexisting identity boundaries defined by prevailing group stereotypes and norms of racial denial or exclusion. The proposed forum is to help articulate such interests and concerns, from multiple and diverse perspectives, by panelists from a wide range of affiliations and backgrounds. It is also an occasion for the panelists to engage in a dialogue, among other topics, on coping and empowerment strategies, not only of themselves as instructors but of their students and colleagues as well, for a more tolerant and peaceful society and a more perfect union.

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