Kim Tran

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VIETMSE 6
Intermediate Vietnamese Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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VIETMSE 6
Intermediate Vietnamese See Full Profile

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ASIA AM 40
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This class, with this professor, is absolute trash. Let me give you a rundown of how each day went: the professor would spend about 5-10 minutes reading off of slides about some event that happened in Asian American history, and then we would watch a movie for the rest of the 2 hour lecture. Sounds good, right? WRONG.
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There are two exams (midterm and final) of about 40 questions that you have two hours to do, but there's a caveat: about 15 - 20 questions are extremely specific about the reading or the movies. Here's the thing: I did the reading. I went to lecture and watched the movies. I even did all the extra credit! But when you have questions asking about the *precise wording* of the motto of some group that was mentioned once in one of the readings, or when a question reads: "which of the following characters was not in the movie you watched in the first day of class: a) victor wong b) victor li", there's really nothing you can do to prepare.
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The grading for the papers seems pretty standard for a GE (probably B+ average), but it's the tests that kill you. I'm talking C averages in an UNCURVED class - that's unheard of for a GE.
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Now, it would be one thing if the test was hard because it tested us on important concepts/facts from Asian American history, but it didn't. Why? Because if it were to ask questions about Asian American history, that would imply that we learned about Asian American history! Which, of course, we didn't. I did learn about some bloke named "Victor" though!
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It's really a shame because the tiny slivers of actually useful information I could glean from that class were quite interesting. Really, all Americans ought to study how the country blatantly legalized oppression against minorities up into the 20th (and arguably 21st) century. It's eye-opening. Unfortunately, this class does not provide that kind of opportunity. You'd probably learn more while watching Netflix. At least then the movies you watch might actually be well made, unlike this class's crappy indie films.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
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ASIA AM 171E
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ASIA AM 187B
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