Contemporary Asian American Communities

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Victor Bascara See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.6

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Professor Bascara seems to be a very nice man but I had a difficult time relating his lectures to the materials that were covered. There are abundant readings (which was expected since the class was a 5 units course) and the professor expected us to understand the main points for each readings(many of them were pretty lengthy readings that took a lot of time). We had one additional book to read for the final.
Overall, the class was not extremely hard though was not worth of all time consumed reading the course articles. The lecture was unclear and unrelated that I almost felt like I was self-studying the matter. The words professor used were unnecessarily difficult and sophisticated, which made the lecture even more confusing and unclear.

June 17, 2011
John Delloro See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.2 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.8

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I finally logged into bruinwalk to make this evaluation. He is absolutely one of the best professors, period. He will be missed in all of endeavors. I have never seen somebody so passionate.

June 8, 2010
Lane Hirabayashi See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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This class is really interesting!
Professor Hirabayashi is a great lecturer, I really enjoyed listening to the way many concepts of this class have applied to his own life. The class lacks of PP so if you are the kind of person that needs to have a PP to take notes, I suggest not to take this class. You don't have a specific book but rather weekly articles to read (THEIR CONTENT IS IMPORTANT FOR BOTH THE MIDTERM AND FINAL!)

You also have to write 2 papers in topics related to the course (don't worry, they are not research papers and are fairly easy to write after doing some minor research)
You also have to do a group presentation during discussion section. (EASY AS WELL)

Though this class doesn't offer extra credit, you ready don't need it. If you pay attention during class, go to section, read the articles and revise the study guide you should be fine!

As an Asian American myself this class is really interesting, it brings awareness of certain topics that are overlooked in the As American community.

My final grade: A

I think this class will be offered again during Spring 2016! Highly recommended!!

Dec. 30, 2015
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March 1, 2013
Tritia Toyota See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.9

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Although Professor Toyota can be repetitive since she would summarize the assigned readings, she is still a great professor since she would share her stories as a former journalist and emphasize how social science skills are necessary and are still used out there in the vast variety of jobs. The readings she assigned were excellent choices because they were interesting to read. And the book she told to us to buy isn't necessary, but I would buy it since it has some interesting articles to read if you're highly interested in Asian American communities. To supplement the readings, she would show us videos or invite guest speakers.

The grade of the class is usually composed of an in-class essay midterm based on the assigned readings and two assignments that contribute to your final essay. The workload isn't heavy unless you plan to keep up with the readings. Furthermore, if you think this would be an easy solid A, you have to understand the grading requirements of your TA. I should had received a B+ in the class, but I got an A- instead since Professor Toyota promised a grade bump if your TA recognized you for participating in or showing up for discussions.

Jan. 8, 2012
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Lily Welty Tamai See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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I am so glad I had Professor Tamai for my first quarter. She was extremely nice and accommodating. Throughout lecture you could see how engrossed with the material she was displaying empathy and energy while she lectured. Every week we would learn about a new community. Because of COVID Professor dropped the midterm so we only had a paper and a final to do. A paper was the main assignment for the class, where you were graded on having an outline, a draft, and the final product. Discussion sections were structured differently where you had to sign up to be the week's leader. The leader would have to read all the readings and summarize/teach them to the group for the week. You'd be put in groups and your written summary would be graded. Along with that you'd have film questions to answer for a film assigned every now and then. The readings assigned weren't terrible but I do recommend getting familiar with a few of them since the final is a timed essay. Overall a great environment Professor has created and would recommend to others.

Fall Quarter 2020
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