Reading and Composition on Topics in East Asian Humanities: “'Building Worlds:' Place-Making in Diasporic AAPI Speculative Fiction" R1B.2

Speculative fiction is a broad literary genre which includes science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.   Although this genre speaks of other worlds and realities, we will be contextualizing the speculative fiction we read in this class through the real world histories and experiences of AAPI diasporas.  From the creation of paranormal entities to dystopian futures,  AAPI authors reflect the hopes, fears and complex struggles of navigating a globalized world through their unique imaginings of new (and old) worlds. This class will explore how AAPI authors interrogate themes of race, power, community and diasporic identity to creatively engage in a place-making project through speculative fiction.