Global Asia 101 Short Essay 2 (worth 25%) Due by April 1

Global Asia 101
Short Essay 2 (worth 25%)
Due by April 1 2022
Write a formal essay of approximately 1000 words (around 4 double-spaced pages with standard margins) that develops and offers detailed support for a complex, layered, analytical argument in response to one of the following prompts.
You may notice that Prompt 4 echoes one of the prompts for the optional micro-essay. This is by design: if you wish to build on the thinking and writing you did there (and our feedback on it), go for it! If not, that’s fine too.
As with the first short essay, we are primarily interested in seeing you develop a cogent, well-supported argument drawing on course texts. Therefore, you do not need to consult outside sources. However, you have the option to do so: if you choose to work with Prompt 5 you must do some outside research (see the prompt for more details).
The essay must be word-processed in a twelve-point font such as Times New Roman. It must be double-spaced, paginated, and correctly cited using one of the common style guides (MLA or Chicago for preference). Please ensure that the name of your TA is included in the fronting information.
Please consult the syllabus for more information about the penalty for violating university standards of academic integrity. And don’t forget to come talk with us during our office hours!
1. Several of our course texts, including Richard Fung’s film Dal Puri Diaspora, Shani Mootoo’s short story “Out on Main Street,” and the articles by Arjun Appadurai, Youna Kim, Crystal Anderson, and Michelle Cho, document the global circulation, transformation, and uptake of Asian cultural products like food and music. Drawing on at least one course text (to a maximum of three), develop an argument about what happens to cultural products like food or music as they circulate globally, and how this matters.
*There are many possible ways of responding to this prompt. In developing your argument, then, you will need to be selective and prioritize. Questions it will be productive to consider include: under what conditions do these particular cultural products circulate? Who circulates or engages with them, why, and how? How do they change as they circulate? Who/what is served by their circulation and transformation? That is, does their circulation shift or reproduce local, national, regional, and global relations of power? So what?
2. In her article, Nicole Constable documents the transnational activism of migrant domestic workers who have learned about “the ways in which their personal experiences and the difficulties they experience as migrant workers [in Hong Kong] are embedded in a wider global context” (158). Drawing on at least one course text (to a maximum of three), show how and why it is important to think about phenomena like poor working conditions, policing methods, or musical phenomena in both their local and global contexts.
*In responding to this prompt, you’ll want to go beyond just showing how the phenomenon you’re discussing is embedded in a wider global context, or has an important (or unique) local dimension. Ideally, you want to be able to say why it’s important to pay attention to the local and global contexts: what do we learn through doing so? What does this make possible? Good textual options include the essays by Constable, Tang, Lan, Byler, Salimjan, Kim, Anderson, and Cho, as well as Richard Fung’s film Dal Puri Diaspora.
3. In several of our course texts, encounters or relationships between people from different ethnic, racial, and/or national backgrounds (like the Filipinx domestic workers and their Cantonese Chinese employers in Sunday Beauty Queen or the Black and Vietnamese New Orleanians Tang discusses in “A Gulf Unites Us”) take center stage. Focusing on at least one of our course texts (to a maximum of three), discuss what they have to tell us about such encounters. Some questions you might consider in developing your argument include: under what conditions do different kinds of Asian subjects, or differently racialized subjects, come together? What kinds of relationships do they build and why? How do these encounters and relationships matter? In other words, what do they do?
4. Are overt acts of political protest the only way to create social change? Drawing on at least one course text (to a maximum of three), reflect on the relationship between overt acts of political protest (like marches or strikes) and other, more everyday practices like cooking or eating, making or listening to music, interacting with a customer or employee, or participating in beauty pageants. How do the latter give rise to, complement, contribute to, and/or distract from the former?
5. This prompt invites you to step out in a direction of your own choosing (and involves outside research). Craft a Global Asia-related research question that you would like to explore further and assemble an annotated bibliography comprising four peer-reviewed articles or book chapters. Each annotation should be around 200 words long and include a summary of the article/chapter’s main argument as well as how it helps answer your research question (with specificity and sophistication). In addition, you will compose a paragraph of around 200 words that introduces and lays out the argument you would pursue in an essay if you had to write one (which this particular prompt does not require you do).
*If you choose Prompt 5, you must make an appointment to consult with Dr. Attewell about your research question and sources. When we meet, please come prepared with your research question or topic, which you should strive to make as focused as possible: rather than a general topic like “Japanese urban history” or “the wartime incarceration of Japanese Canadians,” try to narrow things down, with our readings (and my essay prompts) as guides. What really interests you about the incarceration of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, for example? What do you want to know? During our meeting, I will help you to further refine your topic, and help you get started on your research.