San Francisco: Immigrant and Sexual Cultures (SOAN/WMST/LGBT) Professor Meika Loe
- Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
Christina Khan -- Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Services
This interdisciplinary course focuses on community, culture, identity, and place. Our focus in San Francisco, a modern city composed of diverse immigrant and sexual subcultures. We will ask how identity-based communities are created and mainatined in the face of oppression and contestation. We will focus on the stories that members of these communities hold and pass on through generations. We will consider the unique and ongoing struggles of immigrant and sexual communities in terms of health, poverty, history, and rights. Readings will range from socio-historical analysis, to U.S. Census data, to memoir, to poetry, to fiction.
The theme of community runs through this course, and it is taught with community-centered pedagogy. We will utilize a mix of inter-group dialogue (IGD) and community based research exercises that engage students on where they stand, and push them to complicate, critique, and voice their positions in myriad ways while modeling interdependecy and integration.