This course examines how Vietnamese-American identities are constructed and performed. The course is divided into three sections. In the first section, diaspora and transnationalism, we will examine how the two theoretical concepts may be illuminated through fiction, memoir, and autobiography. The second section, Reconstructing Identities, provides students with a broad overview of Vietnamese nationalism in the 20th century and the subsequent dispersal of peoples after 1975. The third section, Public memory and Cultural Politics considers how collective identities are represented. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese-American experiences in New Orleans and ongoing projects related to social justice and civic engagement.