Asian Pacific American Labor Studies
Asian American Studies 197B; class ticket number: 121-856-200
Mondays, 4:00 – 6:50 p.m.
Bunche 2168

Asian American Studies 197B
Spring Quarter 2002

Political Tour of Communities

This 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 class website).

Each student is required to write an essay (four pages minimum) around the following questions:

  1. Why did you choose the particular community for your political tours?
  2. What have you learned in your previous Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and related classes about this community?
  3. How 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?
  4. Based 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?
  5. What did you learn from your political tour? How will you share this new knowledge with others, especially other UCLA students?
  6. What are ways that you will continue to increase your understanding of this particular community? Be specific.
  7. Do you feel that in the future you can lead a future political tour for other students? Why or why not?
  8. Begin to envision an expanded role for students in our communities. Based on your political tour, what can this expanded role be? Be specific.







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