American Studies 197B
Spring Quarter 2002
Tour of Communities
assignment is due by April 29. Each student is required to participate
and/or lead a political tour of a community where Asian Pacific
immigrants either live or work in Southern California, such
as Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Pilipinotown, Little
Saigon, or the Garment District. Political tours are different
from tourist tours and community tours (read the essay in the
Class Reader by Rena Wong on her political tours and also see
the notes about political tours by Aimee Pham posted on our
student is required to write an essay (four pages minimum) around
the following questions:
did you choose the particular community for your political
have you learned in your previous Asian American Studies,
Ethnic Studies, and related classes about this community?
did you prepare for your political tour? For example, what
did you find out about the history of this community, size
of population, other demographic characteristics, etc.? Where
did you find this information for your preparation?
on discussions from our class, what specific things will you
be focusing on during your political tour? Are these issues
omitted or under-studied in current Asian American Studies
and Ethnic Studies classes?
did you learn from your political tour? How will you share
this new knowledge with others, especially other UCLA students?
are ways that you will continue to increase your understanding
of this particular community? Be specific.
you feel that in the future you can lead a future political
tour for other students? Why or why not?
to envision an expanded role for students in our communities.
Based on your political tour, what can this expanded role
be? Be specific.