ASAN 491Z: Topics of Asian Studies – East Asian and Asian American Youth Digital Media Culture: Comics, Videos, Music, and Games

Asian and Asian American issues through the lens of transpacific pop-cultural media…

About the Instructors

Avree Ito-Fujita (MA, English) is a PhD student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She teaches first-year composition courses and specializes in digital humanities and digital storytelling, presenting on the topic of animation, autobiography, and YouTube at national conferences.

Jade Lum (MA, English) is currently a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the English Department of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She currently is teaching first-year composition courses, and also has taught a 270 fairy-tale class previously. Jade has assisted in multiple college courses, including two semesters of ENG 385 (Fairy Tales and their Adaptations) and ASAN 465 (Anime). Her research interests include fairy tale studies, adaptation studies, gender studies, and new media studies; however, throughout graduate school, she also found a love for studying and writing about Japanese anime culture and the K-pop and J-pop industry. Jade has presented at multiple conferences and recently published work about these research interests.

For inquiries: Avree Ito-Fujita, email avree@hawaii.edu; Jade Lum, email jlum24@hawaii.edu

Varied Dates (online – 7/6 – 7/30, 2021)

This interdisciplinary writing-intensive (tentative) course will examine the tie between East Asian and Asian American digital media, such as comics, movies and TV shows, music, and video games to examine the dreams, fears, and aspirations of young Asians and Asian Americans. Students will also be introduced to foundational historical context and literary and cultural studies theories in order to build the vocabulary needed to discuss and digest the texts for this course. Through the lens of comics, videos, music, and games, we hope students will gain a better critical awareness of how these transpacific pop-cultural media represent the issues that are most relevant to young adults locally, nationally, and transnationally.

East Asian media has boomed in global popularity because of the rise of digital platforms like YouTube and Netflix, thereby providing young Asian Americans a chance to see themselves being represented in ways traditionally denied by Western media. This rise of digital media has also allowed young Asians and Asian Americans to become consumers and creators of a transnational “Pop Pacific” culture involving both East Asia and America. Using a series of blog posts, cultural analysis papers, in-class discussions, and presentations, students will apply what they know and will learn about East Asian and Asian American pop culture to create entertaining and engaging academic content that will allow them to express their ideas about the texts and issues that resonate with them the most.

Fulfills the general education requirement: WI (tentative)

Updated 01/22/2021