Fall 2023 - GA 388 D100

Topics in Queer Global Asias (4)

Class Number: 7628

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Wed, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



Focuses on the experiences, histories, knowledges, and activism of marginalized gender and sexual subjects across Asia and its diasporas from the perspectives of feminist, queer, and trans studies. May be further organized by region or historical period. The topic will vary by instructor. Students may repeat for credit up to three times under a different topic. Students with credit for GSWS 388 under the same topic may not take this course for further credit.


Under pandemic conditions and in a time of intensified anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-queer, and anti-trans violence, diasporic Asians have been doing lots of hard thinking about issues of gender, sexuality, family, caregiving, and solidarity. What do intimacy, kinship, and community look and feel like for Asian North Americans today?

To investigate this question, we’ll read recent scholarship in queer and feminist Asian diasporic studies; and discuss films, television shows, graphic novels, memoirs, poems, and zines by feminist, queer, and trans Asian diasporic artists like Andrew Ahn, Bilal Baig, Joella Cabalu, Richard Fung, Hiromi Goto, Kama La Mackerel, and Helen Lee. Together, we’ll hone our skills of cultural analysis and critical thought, with the option of producing creative work as well. (Visit https://www.sfu.ca/gsws/community/student-blog/studentblogarchieves/asian-heritage-month-erwin-inocalla.html for examples of student work from fall 2021.)

Note: cross-listed this fall with GSWS 388. Students who took GSWS 321 with Dr. Attewell in Fall 2021 or Fall 2022 cannot take either GA 388 or GSWS 388 for further credit.


  • Participation 15%
  • Creative reflections 10%
  • Micro essay (300 words) 15%
  • Short essay (1000 words) 25%
  • Final project (2500-word essay or creative project) 35%



Hiromi Goto’s graphic novel Shadow Life will be available for purchase through the SFU bookstore. All other course texts will be either available through Canvas or shown in class.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.