Awardee: James Estrella
Institution: Olympic College
Department/Discipline: American Culture and Equity Studies
Course Title: Asian Pacific American Literature – Reimagining Modernity
Description: This course offers an introduction to key themes in Asian Pacific American literature. An emphasis is placed on how Asian Pacific American writers are (re)imagining “modernity” through literary plots about the exchanges between Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the United States. Historically, “modernity” as an era characterized by industrialization, technological development, and a rejection of tradition has been defined against and through the “Oriental other,” “the Yellow Peril,” and the “model minority.” But the works herein challenge such narratives of “the modern” and set the stage to examine an age marked by migration, war, imperialism, (neo)colonialism, and globalization.