Grace Hong

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GENDER 10
Introduction to Gender Studies See Full Profile

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Professor Hong is the sweetest person and her passion for teaching courses related to Gender Studies is evident, but she is the worst lecturer of all the professors I've had in 3 full years at UCLA. Her lectures are unorganized, tangential, and unrehearsed, ultimately making them pointless to attend, as all the material for her Gen 10 class this quarter was explained better in the assigned texts. She also says "um" and "right" and "ya know" about 10 times per sentence which makes it very difficult to pay attention. She is great at answering questions and explaining tricky topics in easily understandable ways, and she gives very fair exams. But, I wish I had taken Gen 10 with any other professor.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
ASIA AM 30W
Asian American Literature and Culture See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.7

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Overall: I actually took this class with Professor Alves but she isn't listed lol. But anyways, as an 8 AM class it was kind of brutal because the lectures seemed kind of pointless. A lot of the times the lectures were historical backgrounds or contexts for the readings and when we did talk about the actual readings, she talked very generally about the main ideas of them. But overall, if you do the readings (for the most part they weren't extremely boring), you'll do well. It's a pretty easy GE so I'd recommend it only if you have any interest at all in Asian American experiences.

Tests/Quizzes: There are no tests in this class. There are 4 "pop quizzes" that are 5 questions each (the first one was a pop quiz and the other three she gave us a heads up about it) . If you have any idea of what is happening in the slightest and you generally skimmed the readings for that week, you will get at least a 3/5. There are three essays that are 2-3 pages: a podcast reflection, a literary reflection, and a film reflection. These were pretty easy to write, as they were so short.

Attendance: Participation is a part of your grade so go to your discussion and you're fine. She's really annoying about being late to lecture and also will call you out if your phone isn't on silent. But for almost all of the lectures I would listen to music and not really pay attention. She uses slides so just copy the notes and then you can zone out because her actual lectures aren't very helpful.

Homework: The homework is just all reading so if you hate reading DO NOT take this class. I enjoy reading and most of the time I enjoyed the stories. Some of the articles she has us read are boring but if you really can't bear it, you can skim. There are a few articles that are important for the midterm/final but she goes over them in lecture so you can skim the readings and be fine. Read the stories and short stories though, as they are the main focus of the final and papers you write. In discussion, there is one group presentation about one of the short stories you read. It is really easy and slides aren't required but everyone ended up making a presentation anyways but it had minimal text on it and everyone just talks for 1-2 minutes each.

Midterm/Final: She cancelled the midterm for us because she said the stress was "taking away from learning" which was nice. The final consisted of choosing 2 out of 4 questions to answer, one paragraph each. Then you have to choose 2 essays to write out of 4. If you review the authors, stories, and the main themes of the class, you will do fine.

TAs: The two TAs available for this class were Rishi and Micaella. TAKE IT WITH MICAELLA. Honestly, she is so sweet and nice and will grade your presentation/essays easily. I didn't have Rishi but from what I have gathered, he has a stick up his ass. He'll glare at you if you come into lecture late and he randomly calls on people if you don't participate. Plus, he's a harsh grader. Take it with Micaella and the class will be 10x easier.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
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ASIA AM 50
Asian American Women See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.2

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I don't know what everyone's complaining about. I took her this quarter, and to be honest-- yes she has a tendency of saying um's and what not, but after a while, you get used to it.

She is EXTREMELY friendly during office hours- and very very approachable. She smiles and even though not the funniest jokes, the effort is noticeable.

The reading load is really not that bad--and unlike other classes it's quite interesting actually.

The TAs can be difficult depending on who it is, but I had Angela and she was really friendly--just do your homework and do all of the readings, they can really be interesting.

Go see Dr. Hong when you have a chance and just honestly, realize that this class is really interesting everything you learn is something quite new.

(Dec. 12, 2013)
ASIA AM 97
Variable Topics in Asian American Studies: Living on Margins: API Communities in #MeToo Movement See Full Profile

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ASIA AM 101
Academic Writing in Asian American Studies See Full Profile

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GENDER 103
Knowledge See Full Profile

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GENDER 105
Topics in Women and Medicine See Full Profile

Overall 1.9 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 2.4

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*For Gender Studies 103*
I have never had a negative experience in Gender Studies major until I took this class. Not only does Professor Hong lack the ability to consistently facilitate productive classes, but she is also extremely unprofessional and rude. She contradicts the theories and values furthered by the major through her actions. For example, rather than transforming silence into language and action as Audre Lorde would further, she fostered silences--creating an unsafe space for discussion in that she makes students feel stupid. She often encouraged students to come to office hours, but I and many other students found she is not genuinely unapproachable. While I did well in the class, I would not choose to take another class with her.

(March 31, 2013)
AF AMER M124
Comparative Racialization and Indigeneity See Full Profile

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ASIA AM M124
Comparative Racialization and Indigeneity See Full Profile

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GENDER M141
Women, Health, and Aging: Policy Issues See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 1.4 Helpfulness 2.1

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I would warn students away from her. She is extremely biased when it comes to grading. She plays favoritism, and if you get on her bad side, usually for some bizarre reason that has nothing to do with your work. I would say she is racist against whites, African Americans, you name it. Period, I don't trust this professor, nor do I think she has the student's best interests at heart.

(Dec. 3, 2012)
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