Asian American Women

Purnima Mankekar

Asian American Women

Asian American Studies department

Purnima Mankekar

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Easiness of class 3.5
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Winter 2020
29.8%
24.9%
19.9%
14.9%
9.9%
5.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
43.8%
36.5%
29.2%
21.9%
14.6%
7.3%
0.0%
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B
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F

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

Winter 2016
30.7%
25.6%
20.5%
15.4%
10.2%
5.1%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
27.5%
22.9%
18.4%
13.8%
9.2%
4.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted April 5, 2021
Grade Received: A+

I loved this class. Professor Mankekar is so sweet. She was very clear about the fact that she wanted this class to be low-stress and was super accommodating. She made the final optional! My TA Jananie was also really sweet and a good grader. I took this class in the online format and really the only work to submit was three papers, each around 4-5 pages and spaced 2 weeks apart, responding to a prompt on the course content and synthesizing materials from lectures, readings, and films. They each took me quite a long time but they are not very difficult; I got an A on all of them. There's asynch lectures to watch, readings (often long but close reading isn't crucial), and a few films. You also have to show up to discussion and participate as a part of your grade.

One thing to be aware of before taking this class is that it's not simply about the history of Asian American women. It's more about "using gender as an analytic" and has a lot do with understanding and analyzing how things like race, gender, labor, and geopolitics shaped the lives of Asian immigrant women. That kind of sociological/analytical/whatever type stuff did not come naturally to me so it took a bit of BSing at first. Definitely something to keep in mind if that's not you. However, I still liked the class regardless; it really opened my eyes! If you are looking for an easy GE/diversity req, it's a great option.

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

She was very accommodating, the only thing that you had to attend was discussion sections. Even then, they were really chill especially with the TA Hannah. Overall the class can get pretty boring and the workload in the first half can be a lot, but it makes sense considering it fulfills two GE requirements. I would def suggest taking this class if u need the 2 GE requirements, especially because the final was optional for us.
The class was structured to look at other women in history as well, not only Asian American women. However, I found this much more interesting and engaging. Its a good class and a good accommodating professor, but not an easy A. You work for it with the 3 papers that take quite a bit to finish (like 3-5 days) and your group presentation (which was very easy) and possibly your final

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 27, 2021
Grade Received: I

She made our final OPTIONAL. Bless her soul.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 23, 2020 Grade Received: A-

This class opened my eyes to a lot of issues regarding the Asian American experience. For that, I would take this class again. The readings are pretty heavy some weeks, but it's doable if you don't have another reading-heavy class. The two essays took quite a while to write and it was hard to synthesize ideas from different modules into just 4-5 pages. If you do the readings, it's a lot easier to complete the essays. Participation is required in discussion and encouraged in lecture. Make sure you attend the discussion, but if you can't make lecture, the professor Bruincasts. Overall, I understand why this class fulfills the diversity requirement because it doesn't just tackle the Asian American woman's experience, but also the experience of other minorities, genders, and classes.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted July 1, 2019 Grade Received: B

I went into class expecting to learn specifically about Asian American women and looking to relate my experience to the class but I definitely didn't get what I was expecting to learn. I wanted to learn about specific Asian American women or solely about Asian American women but this course was a lot broader. I was pretty disappointed by how this course was structured. This class focuses a lot more on using "gender as an analytic". It ties the struggles that Asian American women face(d) onto a broader level by relating / comparing it to the struggles of other women of other ethnic communities.

I was pretty confused as to how everything in we learned related and connected together. The course material kind of went all over the place. The readings were pretty long and not too interesting. The professor was pretty unclear when teaching and tended to use a lot of big words that didn't need to be used. The way that she described certain topics often overcomplicate them. My TA was also pretty bad at communicating and breaking down lecture materials during discussion to better explain everything. I scheduled an appointment with her once and she was talking to another student so I waited for 30 minutes. And then when they finished, she was like "Oh no, I'm so sorry I completely forgot. I have ______ now and I have to go." So I didn't get to discuss my ideas for a paper with her. (And I ended up doing badly on the paper).

If you do the readings and go to lecture, you should be fine. Do well on your papers. Readings are what's mostly on the finals + details or main ideas from the films you need to watch.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 27, 2019 Grade Received: A

The subject material isn't exactly what I had hoped for, as you don't learn specifically about Asian American women or specific women. Instead, you examine the Asian American communities using "gender as an analytic." I was upset for a bit about this, but honestly it was still an interesting and engaging course. The professor is a bit intimidating but overall very nice. She bruincasts her lectures, and she is extremely thorough in her explanations. The tests were multiple choice, which made it extremely easy, and the essays were also easily done if you read and understood the readings.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 2, 2019 Grade Received: A-

If you're looking for your "easy" GE, then this is it. You don't even have to show up to class. Just listen to the podcasts. She's not an amazing lecturer so I would go to TA office hours for extra help. For the readings, I never found it necessary to do them. In discussion, they would be analyzed by groups so just go to discussion sections and take notes then, and you will be fine in regards to them. Mankekar also touches up on the important parts in class so don't worry about them. Overall, Mankekar wants you to do well, so the class is never made hard. Both midterm exam are all multiple choice, so just memorize the concepts with flashcards the night before and you will do well. Only time you actually have to understand some info is for the small papers you write, which even then are not a big deal. Podcasts + discussion is all you need.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 15, 2019 Grade Received: A-

this class made me woke ! the material was interesting and engaging, and i definitely took a lot away from this class for my own life. mankekar covered a lot in lecture so it was hard to follow because her powerpoint slides barely had any text on them. the assigned readings were a lot, so be prepared for a lot of reading (or a lot of BSing). there were two assigned papers which were both graded harsher than i expected (but this depends on your TA). would recommend if you're really interested in the content!!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 15, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

The professor was very engaging and enlightening during lecture. However, I wish she would have sent the power points before lecture so students could pay closer attention to the information she was saying that wasn't on the slides. She tended to have lots to cover over one lecture and went through the information too quickly at times. The course itself was interesting, but the amount and length of readings assigned was difficult to manage. The class also has a multiple choice midterm and final on top of the two papers assigned.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 4, 2019 Grade Received: I

I took this class because I was interested in engaging more in my cultural roots and saw the amazing reviews on BruinWalk. The reviews (when I checked) neglected to mention the heavy amount of reading required for this class. While I agree that Professor Mankekar is a great professor who is passionate about helping students learn and keeping them engaged, it is difficult to keep up with such long and often repetitive readings. We have yet to take the final, but the midterm was 30 MC questions. Although MC exams are usually easy, the specificity of the questions and the short length of the exam made it difficult to do well.

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  • Engaging Lectures
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