Contemporary Asian American Communities

Lily Anne Welty Tamai

Contemporary Asian American Communities

Asian American Studies department

Lily Anne Welty Tamai

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Overall 4.7
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Easiness of class 4.0
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Workload 3.0
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Clarity of professor 4.6
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Helpfulness of professor 4.9
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters

Grades

Fall 2018
62.0%
51.7%
41.4%
31.0%
20.7%
10.3%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2017
55.4%
46.2%
36.9%
27.7%
18.5%
9.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
72.4%
60.3%
48.3%
36.2%
24.1%
12.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
36.9%
30.7%
24.6%
18.4%
12.3%
6.1%
0.0%
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A
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B
B-
C+
C
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted June 10, 2021 Grade Received: B+

I loved this class, and Professor Tamai is amazing! She's really funny, and she shows us videos that are actually helpful and very interesting. You will feel welcome, especially if you are Asian haha because you will learn about your culture. We seriously covered every single Asian culture and it was great.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 30, 2021
Grade Received: A

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Jan. 4, 2021
Grade Received: A-

Professor Tamai is an AMAZING person. Her lectures are fun, and she truly cares about her students. She is very willing to help if you reach out. The readings can sometimes be quite lengthy (but informative!), but it is not necessary to read every single word. Just skim the majority of the text. The movies we were required to watch were all super interesting. There was also extra credit. Overall, I learned a lot about Asian America. Take this class if you're interested in learning about American history through an Asian lens.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 29, 2020
Grade Received: A

Honestly I wasn't a big fan of Asian American studies, but Dr. Tamai is really sweet and does a good job lecturing overall! She really cares for her students and is extremely mindful of the COVID situation. I took this class as a GE, and the workload was relatively light. The grade was based on a final exam, term paper, discussion participation, and film responses (no midterm during COVID). There was a lot of reading assigned for this class, but to be honest I was able to get by without doing most of it (however, if you're interested in asian am studies/have the time, definitely take the time to read!). The grading for the final and term paper were fairly lenient, so I wouldn't worry too much about those. Overall, if you're looking for a fairly chill GE and have an interest in asian american studies, take this class!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 29, 2020
Grade Received: A

To start off, I was already interested in AAS 20, but Professor Tamai really made me even more intrigued in the subject and now I'm considering an AAS 20 Minor. Overall, this class is very manageable, but there is a lot of reading. You don't necessarily have to read all of it, she even says to read the into and conclusion and then the topic sentences of each paragraph in between because she even knows the stuff she gives is long (but also this is a way more efficient way of reading anyways) but make sure to write a sentence or two about the reading when you read it for later on because you will need the readings for the final!! I'm a STEM major, so I'm not too fond of reading, so that I would say was the only part I didn't really like.

Otherwise, I would definitely say take this class, especially if you are Asian American or just want to learn more about this subject because Professor Tamai will really make you appreciate and admire the Asian American community. The lectures were so diverse and engaging and I always made an effort to make it to class live, also because she's hilarious and sometimes her kid comes in and he's so funny and adorable. She gives lots of cool anecdotes about her past studies which I always found super interesting and it really brings the content to life. Each week you basically focus on a different Asian American subgroup so it's a really holistic class on the whole community.

Also, go to her office hours!! She's so helpful and always willing to be there for her students to talk about the lectures, life, anything! She does take the lecture down after one week and doesn't upload slides, but that just made me more on top of my work in the class.

For discussion, attendance is part of your grade (try to get Sharon, she's hilarious and so much fun), but for my discussion section, it was basically a discussion in breakout rooms every week. We also have to write a term paper, but it's not bad at all, you can basically write on anything related to Asian American communities and she has a do an outline, RD, and a peer review to really keep us on track which I really liked.

So, this class isn't the easiest because of how much reading there is, but I would still recommend taking this class, it's so rewarding and so engaging and I hope I can take a class with Professor Tamai again!! She cares so much about her students and them learning and has a heart of gold, I'm so happy I had her!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 28, 2020
Grade Received: A

Prof Tamai was an awesome lecturer. I felt sort of badly for her because only two people out of like 150 kids had their videos on for lecture. Still, prof Tamai always had very engaging lectures that were interesting and eye-opening. I'm a first year who was looking for a good GE to take. I'm glad I took this course because I learned a lot about my own family's heritage. Overall, the class was not super difficult. It consisted of one final, one 6-8 page term paper, section participation, and film responses. (Tamai dropped the midterm because of Covid) The amount of reading for this class is actually INSANE. It wasn't uncommon to have 100+ pages of reading material as homework. However, Tamai advises that you only need to read the intro and conclusion and just skim the rest. This will save a bunch of time and you get a good grasp of course concepts through this method. The paper was pretty chill also. You get to write about any topic that relates to Asian America. Section participation is 30%. Just show up and work with a group one week to discuss the material for the week and you will get full participation credit. (Get Sharon if possible for your TA) Also, Tamai offers Extra Credit opportunities where you journal your life during Covid. Overall, I strongly recommend taking this class. Tamai is such an awesome prof. Hands down my fav prof of the quarter.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 23, 2020
Grade Received: A

Professor Tamai was fantastic in helping students transition from high school to college. There was a significant amount of reading, but her lectures made it totally manageable. She offered a "diary" extra credit, and actually read them. She definitely cares about her students and their well-being, and has a super structured class that makes it easy to follow the material.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 10, 2020
Grade Received: A

Professor Tamai is literally the best professor I have ever taken at UCLA. She is so sweet, nice, and very accomodating to all her students. Her lectures are not boring at all, she is really funny and very passionate about the material. There are lots of readings to do, but they are very easy to read. There is one big essay that is spread out throughout the whole quarter and was actually really fun to write because she gives you the freedom to pick your topic. The TAs are amazing!! I would recommend getting Sharon if you can, she was SOOO helpful and very funny! Overall, I love this class, the material was amazing, and it made me want to minor in AAS! TAKE THIS CLASS IF YOU CAN!!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Feb. 24, 2020 Grade Received: A

I took this class my first quarter and it made the transition from high school to college so smooth. The class was so engaging and Professor Welty Tamai is amazing (and funny). The lectures were interesting and this class is the reason I'm pursuing a minor in Asian American studies. If you get the chance, take this class! It is not too heavy with the workload, but there's a good amount of reading, but if I'm being honest, you could probably get away with not doing the reading and you'll be fine for the midterm and final. There's one research essay due by the end of the quarter that isn't graded too harshly and you get the entire quarter to do it. Take this class!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 24, 2019 Grade Received: A

This was my favorite class this quarter! The lectures were pretty engaging and you could tell that Prof. Tamai has a lot of passion and interest for the material taught. The subject matter was relevant and well taught with clarity.

The exams were all pretty straightforward, and as long as you know the key concepts, terms, and legislation and can explain them, you're pretty much set. For the essay, you can choose any topic you want related to contemporary Asian America, so there's a lot of freedom there to research something you're genuinely interested in. The grading on the midterm, essay, and final was also pretty fair and most of your grade is based on these components.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
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