Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies
March 5, 2020
1-2:30 PM, Seaver 207
Prompt: Using World Systems Theory, write a well-organized essay in which you compare the
experiences of two of the six major Asian Pacific American groups (prior to 1965): Chinese Americans,
Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, South Asian Americans, Filipino Americans, and/or Native
Hawaiians. (NOTE: you may not compare Japanese Americans and Korean Americans.)
In the essay, you should (ONE) briefly define World Systems Theory and its significance; (TWO) briefly
compare the two groups in terms of their demographics (i.e., who were they predominantly in terms of
gender, class, occupational background, regional background, etc.); and (THREE) explain how
imperialism and capitalism provided the contexts for their migrations (or, per Native Hawaiians, contact
with Euro-American settlers) and affected their labor, reception, and exclusion from and within the U.S.
and Hawai’i. In the essay, you should integrate, explain, and relate at least ten of the following terms to
World Systems Theory
The “Yellow Peril”/ “Dusky Peril”
Treaty of Nanking (1842)
Opium Wars (1839-1842; 1856-1860)
Taiping Rebellion (ca. 1850-1864)
Punti-Hakka Clan Wars (ca. 1855-1867)
Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act)
Central Pacific Company
Working Men’s Party of California
The Page Act (1875)
The Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)
East India Trade Company Rule
The Scott Act (1888)
Government of India Act (1858)
The Geary Act (1892)
Seclusion Era (Japan)
Perry Expedition (1853)
Convention of Kanagawa (1854)
Bellingham Riots (1907)
“Continuous Journey” Order (Canada, 1908)
Japan-Korea Treaty (1876)
Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)
Asiatic Exclusion League
Executive Order 589 (1907)
Gentlemen’s Agreement (1907-8)
Alien Land Law(s) (California, 1913)
Immigration Act of 1924 (Johnson-Reed Act)
The Great Mahele (1848)
Filipino Repatriation Act (1935)
The Committee of Thirteen (1887)
Captain James Cook
White Man’s Burden
“Little brown brothers”
Watsonville Riots (1929)
Tydings-McDuffie Act (1934)
Plantation hierarchy (Hawai’i)
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