AAS 512 : Asian American Children’s/Adolescent Literature

Literary works with Asian American themes that are written for the young (preschool to middle school). How Asian Americans are depicted from the 19th century to the present in this literature. (Formerly AAS 502.)

AAS 512 was first taught as AAS 502 in AY 1996-97 by Professor Lorraine Dong, and is the first and only ongoing AAS course dedicated to the study of Asian American children’s literature, specifically picture books. Students enrolled in the course have the option of producing their own fictional storybook for AAS 512 (see samples of their book covers). AAS 512 is designated as a Community Service Learning (CSL) course. In 1994, students “worked” for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s Vial of Life program and recently in 2012, students “worked” with The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT) to create one-page Asian American biographies and curricular activities for elementary school students. Go to Course Highlights, “Special Course Projects” to see sample works from the latter project.