Over the course of this class we have examined a variety of media and their relations to Transnational Asian America. For this final paper, you are asked to produce a sustained analysis of one instantiation of Transnational Asian American media in one of the forms below. Your project must be local and specific in scope and your evidence must come from critical close readings of purposefully chosen texts. You may also supplement your readings with a limited amount of contextual or theoretical research. Any of the theoretical texts from class can also be used to contextualize your paper.
There are 2 parts to this project:
- Abstract (5%)- Provide a 250 word proposal for your project. It should layout your working argument, the text(s) you intend to examine, the specific elements or passages of the text you will analyze, and the form your project will take. The texts you examine can be from the course, your group lesson, or can be original sources not discussed in class. Your larger project must relate to course questions and themes. You will meet with me in my office hours for feedback and suggestions.
- Paper/Blog/Creative Piece (20%) – Please refer to the guidelines below for specific expectations.
Option 1: Research Papers
Minimum requirements for this paper: 6 full pages (no more than 8 pages). MLA formatting, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, 1-inch margins, and include a works cited page. Don’t forget an original title! Please note, that many of the questions are suggestive and you do not need to answer them all or be exhaustive. The goal is to write a cohesive argument that is logically carried through the paper, and supported by substantive and concise close readings.
- Perform a critical literary analysis on one of the primary texts from the class. What arguments are being made in this text? How is this done? How does this text challenge or reinforce cultural norms or conceptions of Asian or Asian Americans. How does this text define “Asian” differently? How does reading it through this particular lens change the meaning communicated in the narrative?
- Examine an “Asian American” from a course text as an ideological construct. How does the character or figure respond to, counter, or reconstruct the notion of “Asian.” Make an argument about the figure as a construct. What function does he/she/it play in the narrative and how? Does he/she/it embody a theme or make a contention?
- Relate a text from this course with one outside text (literary, graphic, digital, etc.). Make an original argument about an element, image, symbol, trope, etc. and its significance to the two texts. Make sure your analysis is sustained through close reading and additional research, address the formal elements, the genre, the narratives, depictions, and discuss their importance to a particular discourse within Asian American literary studies.
Option 2: Extended Blog Posts
In roughly 2500 words, produce a critical blog addressing a specific phenomena, genre, history of images or tropes, etc. significant to women in literature and women and technology. The blog should be less formal and academic in tone, but equally critical and analytical in content. Bloggers are expected to take advantage of the multimedia affordances of digital media by including images, film clips, sound, etc. to establish contexts and intertextual connections.
These posts should form a cohesive sequence on a single topic. You can choose from one of the above topics, suggested for the research paper, OR you can write about a topic of your own choosing as it relates to Transnational Asian America.
How your format and structure these posts is up to you, but you should start your own blog from which to complete this assignment. This blog will eventually be linked off the main course page.
- Everything is Impermanent, on cyborgs, memory, and gender for Women and Literature
- Castrasian, on Asian American masculinity, for Asian Am Pop Culture
- Adventure-Revenge Dramas, by Alejandro Miranda, for Literature and Film
Option 3: Creative Pieces
In 6-10 pages (12 pt. Times New Roman, 1-inch margins), write a creative piece informed by your own critical work in this class, and a 4 page analysis of the piece. This piece should critique, remix, or reimagine themes, events, trends, etc. significant to Transnational Asian America. The accompanying analysis of your text must include a works cited page that cites theoretical and primary sources that influence your work. The creative piece itself can take a variety of forms: poetry, short stories, comics, short video, theater, etc. In writing your piece, keep in mind the way the authors of the course material utilized rhetoric, genre, and form to present original creative work that is socially, culturally, and politically informed.
Sample Creative Projecst:
- Oppression as a Cyclical Cyborg Skill, by Amy Mostafa
- Lotuses in Space, Firefly fanfic, by Victoria Wu