ETHS 262

Asian Americans in Minnesota

2 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 29, 2007 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course provides the historical and contemporary perspectives of Asian Americans in Minnesota from the late 1800s to the present. The historical overview includes immigration and refugee experiences. The contemporary component includes demographics, struggles, conflicts and opportunities of Asian Americans in the state. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.

Learning outcomes


  • Ability to evaluate similarities and differences among the diverse Asian American ethnic groups and how they shape the groups' experiences.
  • Understand issues of struggles and challenges facing Asian American Minnesotan community and its contributing factors.
  • Ability to assess contribution that Asian Americans bring to the state of Minnesota.
  • Ability to critically examine Asian American's immigration experience both as refugees and as second and third generations.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Asian Americans in Minnesota Vang, Sa Books Course details