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Final Research Project


Research Papers must be 6-8 pages in MLA format, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, 1-inch margins, works cited, etc. In your analysis, relate a text from this course with one outside text (literary, graphic, digital, etc.). Make an original argument about an element, image, symbol, trope, etc. and its significance to the two texts. Make sure your analysis is sustained through close reading and additional research, address the formal elements, the genre, the narratives, depictions, and discuss their importance to Asian American cultural production.

Creative Pieces will be 6-10 pages (12 pt. Times New Roman, 1-inch margins) or the equivalent, and can come in a variety of forms: short stories, comics, short video, theater. Informed by your own critical work in this class, create a short piece that responds to, critiques, remixes, or reimagines images or themes significant to Asian American culture. The creative piece will be accompanied by a 2-page critical analysis of your text.

Blogs should be roughly 2500 words. Addressing a specific genre, history of images or tropes, etc. important to Asian Americans in popular culture. You are encouraged to be less formal in tone, but equally critical and analytical in content. Bloggers are encouraged to take advantage of the multimedia affordances of digital media, by including images, film clips, sound, etc. to establish contexts and intertextual connections.

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