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Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
American history often focuses on the Atlantic migration and its consequences. Not all Americans have European origins. Many immigrants came from Asia. This course with an emphasis on the Pacific migration examines the experience of these Asian immigrants and their descendants in the United States from the 1840s to the present. The discussions give preference to six major ethnic groups: Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and Asian Indian. Their collective history will be studies within the broad context of American history, involving various historical themes such as westward expansion, modern industrialization, urban development, international conflict, immigration policy, labor unrest, reform movement, and cultural exchanges. The purpose of this course is to deepen our understanding of American history as well as our multicultural society.