What were the major laws, policies, or wars that affected this persons life?

The term paper must be 6-8 double-spaced pages, a minimum of 1800 words, exclusive of endnotes and the bibliography. You may write on any topic within the purview of this course on Asian Americans popular culture. Papers must be double- spaced, with normal margins, typed and uploaded to the course website and a paper copy must also be submitted (double-sided printing is encouraged). Include your name and discussion section at the top of the page in a single-spaced block. Add a title and insert page numbers. Non-sexist language will be used.
The paper must be original writing with research using primary source material, like historical documents or oral histories, supported by secondary source material. The papers must include course concepts and if applicable, connect course material (readings, film, lecture) to your research paper. Primary sources are original documents created at the time of the event, such as diaries, speeches, letters, newspapers, photographs (or participants memories created at a later time, as in memoirs and oral histories), poetry, art, music, online blogs, and even tweets and other forms of social media. Note that the assignment asks for a written document, not a photograph or painting, though these certainly could also be included in addition to the written document(s).
If possible, try to get archival documentation. For example, the UCSB Library has special collections which can be used for research, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles has access to internee records. You may also consider looking at archives of AAPI community newspapers and blogs. Otherwise, try to locate the records by searching in our library, the internet, or other relevant archival collections, like the UC Berkeleys Bancroft Library; the Vietnamese Oral History Archive, the American Research Project Collection at UCLA; and Online Archives of California, http://www.oac.cdlib.org, among others. Primary sources serve as raw data to interpret the past. Please integrate your primary source(s) into your paper in a relevant and coherent way and analyze what makes Asian American popular culture important. Tell the reader the significance.
Your paper must argue a thesis, be grounded in analysis, and supported by evidence. This is not a summary about a person, film or event, but rather an argument-driven paper with your analysis and interpretation of the topic given the evidence provided. You may use a person, film, or an event (or anything within the purview of the course) as the central topic of your paper, but the paper must have an argument. It could analyze how the making of art or music fit into a particular historical period, how those events shaped the artists worldview and how they responded to or changed those events. Some questions to consider are: What were the major laws, policies, or wars that affected this persons life? Does the persons story (e.g., dates of immigration) make sense in light of contemporary Asian American popular culture? Do aspects of the persons gender, culture, economic background, religion, geographic location (e.g., racial composition of the neighborhood) influence his or her responses? Did they perceive any discrimination? How did they respond? If applicable, what makes the cultural product significant in the context of Asian American popular culture?

A maximum of two non-scholarly internet sources may be used, exclusive of legitimate online scholarly sources such as the South Asian Oral History Project, Densho, or UC Asian and Pacific Americans Collections websites (see the course website for other examples). In the introduction of your essay, do include a brief methodology section, indicating the primary source material used in your paper. In the paper, you are to refer to information from at least one book, and four different scholarly articles or scholarly book chapters, plus at least one primary-source document. You are welcome to use course materials, but your paper should include sources in addition to the course readings. Include all of these sources in a properly formatted bibliography.
Please consult the instructor and your TA early if you are unsure of your topic. This is a chance for you to delve into anything relating to Asian American popular culture that interests you. You are not limited to the following topics, but here are a few to consider:
Potential topics
Imprisonment art
Songs and poetry (Angel Island, Asian American Movement, SEA refugee)
The role of Orientalism in shaping early Asian American popular culture
Asian American media (television, film, YouTube, podcasts)
Film and yellowface
Cultural production
Cultural revitalization (particularly for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders) Asian American artists/musicians/dancers
Asian American art and exhibitions
Mixed race AAPI in popular culture
Asian American cultural nights
AAPI documentaries and filmmakers
Adoption stories
AAPI childrens literature
Exhibiting AAPI culture