Sherwin Mendoza Asian American Literature Information

Sherwin Mendoza Asian American Literature

Review Sheet Exam 1

Exam Day is Wednesday, November 3

For this exam you will have one hour to write a narrative of Asian American History.  Use the terms and the dates that I have provided below.  I will evaluate your essay based on the number of terms and dates you use from the lists below, the factual accuracy in the use of your terms, and in the precision with which you draw connections and divisions between terms, groups of people, places and dates.  For instance, the concept of "exclusion" was applied first in US legislation to women and men from China, but in later years it extended to people from Korea, Japan, and the "Asiatic Barred Zone."  The Chinese Exclusion Act was not repealed until 1943, when Chinese nationalists and communists were important allies of the US.  In 1965 the tiny quotas that restricted immigration from specific countries to the US were lifted, resulting in a huge increase in immigration from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea, India, and to a lesser extent Japan.

Before the exam you should prepare an outline of your essay to help you organize your writing with headings from the same category.  For example, you might organize your essay in terms of dates, in terms of struggles that immigrants have faced, and/or in terms of nationalities and cultures.  It would be particularly challenging to organize your essay in terms of gender.

The exam will be open-book, open-reader, open-classroom, open-blog and open-Google.  Prepare by reviewing the "Notes and References" page for this course, looking up terms with Google, and by linking the literary readings for this course to your outline.  Do not lift blocks of text from any sources--instead, use your own words and provide citations so I can check your sources.

Use the following terms in a narrative of Asian American History:


Wages, Benefits, Working Conditions, and Workers' Rights

Respect and Dignity

Immigration Enforcement, Prison, Deportation

Asiatic Barred Zone

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese

Third World Students Strike

US Military


Your narrative should also mention the significance of the following dates:






1965 (at least two reasons)



Extra Credit

Where were your ancestors in 1924?  In 1965?

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Last Updated: 11/1/10