As John mentioned above, we're working on doing something that will be of use to students in the American Studies field, providing both some theoretical material and things like book reviews, survey of current projects by grad students, etc. I'm currently working on our inaugural episode, and we're hoping to get it up very soon. Our show was conceived as a way of essentially keeping grad students and interested parties up to date with what's happening in the field, and won't be as much of a "deep exploration" show as some others might be.
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I'm host of a new podcast, Past Present, that offers a historical take on current issues in American politics and culture. Three historians tackle three topics each week, ranging from the presidential race to changes in urban demographics to the end of realty TV. It's available at pastpresentpodcast.com and iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/past-present/id1043954557
I'm president of the Penn State American Studies Student Association and we are currently working on producing a podcast series that will cover a range of topics, from our own speaker sessions and interviews with both emerging and established scholars to current issues within the field.
I contribute to New Books in American Studies and New Books in Gender Studies podcast network. I am a historian so I tend to favor history over theory. I do it because I enjoy talking to authors about books that are often neglected. I think most of us do not have time to read everything we would like to read so listening to a podcast is a way to get a sense of a book and where it fits in scholarship. This along with reviews can be very helpful. I listen to podcast myself, but only author/book/ or issue oriented. I would not listen to a podcast about writing or general professional advice.
That is a pretty wide request, for which there are resources abounding. Can you be more specific? Are there certain areas of influence? What parts of Asia are you looking for? In short, what is the larger lesson plan? Once that's clear it will be easier to choose from amongst the great number of works treating this theme.
Gavin James Campbell
Does anyone have any teaching resources on Americanization in Asia that they are willing to share? Ideally, I am looking for a short video suitable for UG students, but I am open to any resources really.
Dr. Shaffer - First off, HUGE fan of "See America First" - my dissertation was on representations of U.S. nationalism in tourist attractions in the 20th c. and it was an invaluable resource. RE: Food & American Studies - for the past eight years I've been working on the Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History Collection at Rutgers-Newark and wrote an article for Vandal on how food figures in these narratives of migration from the South to Newark, New Jersey.
There are great books on sugar and slavery: Sydney Mintz Sweetness and Power and Andrea Stuart's Sugar in the Blood. For Nation/Thanksgiving, I recommend Cynthia Ott's Pumpkin. It's fascinating, and you can choose some specific chapters. For Ethnicity/Chinese food, I actually recommend two cookbooks from Top Chef contestants: Ed Lee's Smoke and Pickles and Dale Talde's brand new Asian-American. Both deal with authenticity and "fusion" cusines (a word Lee hates).