This course will focus on the development of American public policy related to Asian Pacific Americans (also known as “APAs” or “Asian Americans”) over the past 160 years. From 1849 through 1969, Asian Americans were more often the victims of public policy than its creators. Over the past 45 years, however, affirmative
action and the rise of an APA consciousness and political movement have changed the American public policy landscape. Not content to simply protest unfair labor practices or discriminatory housing laws, more APAs have become lawyers, journalists, and politicians. They have learned how policies are made, implemented, challenged, and changed.
Using Asian Pacific Americans as a case study, this course will analyze the development of public policy in America. Each week, topics such as community development, voting rights, and the movement to redress the wartime internment of Japanese Americans will serve as backdrops for discussion. We will explore the policy-making roles of legislators, judges, local and national political leaders, journalists, writers, unions, social movements, and community organizations.
By semester’s end, students will have a better appreciation of how public policy has been shaped inthe past, and how they can help to shape it in the future. As an added benefit, students will see how cultural competency skills such as active listening, team building, and conflict resolution were instrumental in past public policy initiatives, and will develop these skills for use in their own future policy endeavors.
Also offered as AAST498M. Credit only granted for AAST498M or AMST418N.
Gen Ed: DVCC