Spring 2017 - Professor Bascara brings a new perspective into Asian American studies. His lectures are very organized and the assignments he gives out are meant for students to critically think about the class material. He is there to help with all assignments as well. Take this class!
Winter 2023 - Bascara is very knowledgable about the material and is passionate about his students engaging in it. However, the readings he assigns are very heavy with about 4 20-30 page readings a week and his lectures don't have any structure. No powerpoints, just reading off of something the whole class without any true sense of the topic. The assigned readings for that day won't necessarily relate what will be discussed. Readings are 'required' but I know most people including myself did not read most of them in their entirety. You'll essentially only need to read some articles to write the 2 short papers, 2-3 in-class prompts (which kinda draw from personal experiences), and final paper. There is also a final group project which can be anything related to the Filipino American experience. Will note that for ALL his papers/project, the prompts are very vague so have fun with that. However, he grades pretty easily. But good luck trying to find out how you're doing in the class cuz he didn't post any grades until the end of the quarter. (but don't worry too much, just put in the work which isn't too much and you'll most likely get an A) He's overall really nice, but he can be hard to contact. Visit his office hours if you ever want an extension instead of emailing. Being Filipino, it was great to be in class where I learned a lot about my culture. Interesting class, but could be better structured