Past Grantees

Takami Nieda and Tracy Lai

Awardee: Takami Nieda and Tracy Lai

Institution: Seattle Central College

Department/Discipline: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Course Title: Global Asia: Diasporas and Interconnections


This learning community explores globalization, Asian diasporas, impacts of the COVID pandemic, and the rise of anti-Asian hate. In the last 20 years, Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S, and their diasporic ties and identities are strong. We will examine identities, cultural fusion, and other intercultural dynamics. We will investigate how these issues are addressed and impact our communities. Students will also have opportunities to research and write about a relevant global issue of their choice.

Here are some of the topics we will be covering this quarter:

  1. immigration, migration, diaspora, transnational identities
  2. economies and trade
  3. post-colonialism: Asian representation, Orientalism, commodification,
  4. anti-Asian sentiment, the pandemic, inter-Asian conflict, colorism
  5. Asia Pacific history
  6. political movements, activism, multiracial coalitions
  7. global emergence: K-pop, cool Japan, globalization of Asian cuisine