Course Bibliography

This page will feature a collaborative bibliography inspired by the course’s primary (literary) texts (listed below). For Units II-V, students will upload one secondary source to this section of the blog, with an accompanying annotation. Students must include a link to the secondary source (article, interview, audio/visual clip, news coverage, literary scholarship, etc.) relevant to one of the primary texts in each unit. Each annotation should include a brief (paragraph-length) reflection introducing the resource, explaining its relevance to the selected primary text, and developing productive connections between them.

Unit I: Flashpoints in Asian American Studies

Madeline Hsu, Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction (2017)

Lisa Lowe, “Immigration, Citizenship, Racialization,” Immigrant Acts (1996)

David Palumbo-Liu, “Introduction,” Asian/American (1999)

Cathy Schlund-Vials, “Crisis, Conundrum, & Critique,” Flashpoints for Asian American Studies (2017)

Chin et al, “Preface” Aiiieeeee! (1975)

Song, “Asian American Literature Within & Beyond the Immigrant Narrative,” The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature (2015)


Unit II: Literary Origins, Literary Futures 

John Okada, No-No Boy (1976)

Carlos Bulosan, “I Want the Wide American Earth” (Carlos Bulosan & His Poetry, 1952)

Mia Alvar, “Kontrabida” (In the Country, 2015)


Unit III: Writing War, Writing Self 

Ocean Vuong, “Aubade with Burning City” (Poetry Foundation, 2014)

lê thi diem thúy, The Gangster We Are All Looking For (2003)

Nam Le, “Love & Honor & Pity & Pride & Compassion & Sacrifice” (The Boat, 2008)


Unit IV: Family Ties, Family Travels 

Kazim Ali, “Hymn” (The Far Mosque, 2005), “Ramadan” (The Fortieth Day, 2008)

“Home” (Bright Felon, 2009), “Poetry is Dangerous” (Orange Alert, 2010)

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake (2003)


Unit V: Culture Wars, Civil Rights

Calvin Trillin, “Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?” The New Yorker (2016)

Adrienne Su, “The Chow-Mein Years in Atlanta” (The Margins, 2016)

Michael Luo, “An Open Letter to the Woman Who Told My Family to Go Back to China,” The New York Times (Oct 2016)

“#ThisIs2016: Asian-Americans Respond,” The New York Times (Oct 2016)

“Asian Americans Talk About Racism, And We Listen,” The New York Times (June 2018)

“Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter to Us, Too,” Letters for Black Lives (July 2016)