Asian American Literature and Culture

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Anna Alves See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 4.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.7

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The professor is very kind, but otherwise bland. Lectures were not engaging and I often felt myself dozing off. Some of the materials were pretty interesting, but there were too many to reasonably read within the time assigned. Extra credit was a huge help, but I am still confused by how I managed an A+ when my papers were graded very harshly and I didn’t do well on the pop quizzes. The poor communication between the professor and my TA (not sure whose fault it was) led to a lot of confusion within my discussion regarding exams and assignments. Overall, this class was super disorganized and very stressful. I would not recommend.

Fall Quarter 2019
Victor Bascara See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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I have a lot of respect for Professor Bascara because I can tell his thoughts are very complex and interesting. However, his lectures are incredibly dry and boring and you'll probably end up falling asleep on a couple occasions. The good thing about this class is that there is no midterm. My TA was also another plus, since he made the discussions very interesting.

I think its very important that you have to be interested in the course to succeed.

For the final, you should be pretty familiar with your readings and be able to think on the spot for the essay.

Overall, I really enjoyed this class because of its discussion when my TA elaborated further on Professor Bascara's complex ideas.

Dec. 20, 2011
Lucy Burns See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.5

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What a sorry excuse for a professor.

She has an English degree but doesn't even speak and write proper English. She is very disorganized, and her lectures consisted mainly of her trying to get around technical difficulties to play some slideshows that looked like they were put together by a 4th grader.

There is quite a bit of assigned reading, and the readings aren't even interesting like the readings in AA20. It's mostly pretentious, overly wordy, ramblings of people who get off on denouncing the U.S. as a White capitalist regime hell-bent on enslaving Asian Americans. One of these readings was written by the professor herself.

That being said, if you manage to slog through the readings, some of them do have substance underneath all the pretentious crap cluttering every sentence. There was even one short story that was actually entertaining.

If possible, take Professor Bascara. He is well spoken, well organized, and intelligent, and can make a bs class like this somewhat bearable. Professor Burns, on the other hand, does not speak proper English, is disorganized, and is, well.. you know. I guess that's the difference between an education from Columbia and one from UMass.

Overall, the class is pretty easy as long as you do the readings because there are pop quizzes. There are two papers and one big project which are all just bs-fests.

2/10 would not take again.

April 15, 2014
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