Professor

Anna Alves

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Easiness 4.7 / 5
Clarity 2.3 / 5
Workload 2.7 / 5
Helpfulness 2.7 / 5
Most Helpful Review
Fall 2019 - Your grade consists of: -Three 2-3 paged reflection papers on assigned reading (each 15pts) -Group presentation in discussion (10pts) -Attendance/participation in discussion (I don't think my TA or the students took the participation part too seriously tho) (5pts) -4 pop quizzes on reading (each worth 5pts) -Extra credit paper Pros: -She originally wanted us to do a midterm, but people were stressing about their first paper scores so she dropped the midterm. So the only in-class exam we had was the final. Instead, she increased two of our paper scores from 10 to 15 points -We had one day with a guest speaker, and 2-3 in-class movie days so lecture was breezy -Material is okay. Many of the readings/novels were readable, and I definitely enjoyed the 2 novels. A couple of the readings by Lisa Lowe and Williams are absolutely....horrendous, and tripped people up. I didn't understand anything at all reading those two texts, but I just focused on her slides and how she summarized them in lecture. There's certain key points she wants you to know from each text, so for your papers, just add those key concepts into your writing and see how it relates or shows up in your text, and that's pretty much it. -Extra credit helped make up for my poor quiz scores Cons: -No bruin cast and she doesn't post slides online -The amount of assigned reading is a lot. For example, on her syllabus, in just one week it would say "have chp 1-6 + preface of this novel read by Oct 22" then "have chp 7-11 read by Oct 24" so basically you have to be reading the novel like a couple weeks in advance. but there's other weekly reading assigned that you have to do. I ended up skimming like 25% of each novel, and I skipped two short stories, and also didn't come to lecture to watch one of the movies, which didn't hurt me at all. But definitely don't skip the 'theoretical' texts b/c those will show up in the final and will be required to use for your papers -The quizzes were tricky and for a couple of the questions, even if you did the reading it wouldn't really help you No one really knew what they learned in the course. It was more of a nice intro to different historical events of Asian Americans, and reading different accounts of the Asian American experience. It's supposedly an interdisciplinary course so it's a mix of learning history, as well as defining culture and how the definition differs according to different writers/thinkers.
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