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The Chinese Body and Spatial Consumption in Chinatown

ENGL 273.401
also offered as: FNAR 313, FNAR 618, ASAM 313
Tuesday 9-12:00pm


This course will tackle the topic of embodiment in Chinatown from the interdisciplinary perspectives of urban studies and city planning, public art, film, and literature. The course will examine representations of the Chinese (and Asian body) in dominant media discourse since the nineteenth century beginning with Limehouse in East London and later Chinatowns in the United States and Canada.

The course will entail class trips to Chinatowns in Philadelphia and New York City and a required, 1-week class trip to San Francisco during Spring Break. Through a number of projects and short essays, students will be asked to ponder the question: What is Chinatown historically and presently?

Enrollment by instructor permission only. Please write a 200-word email to Profs. Lum and Yang describing why you wish to take the course. 



fulfills requirements
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major