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[AAS W3922] Asian American Cinema

January 23, 2013

Gamalinda, Eric
[AAS W3922] Asian American Cinema

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professor Gamalinda is a very nice man who can not teach. He started off the class going through slides rapid-fire, and when one student asked if these slides would be uploaded on Courseworks, Gamalinda said no because he's trying to get them published? Seriously? Then don't go through them so quickly.

He's also very vague in teaching us critical ideas such as racialization versus racial formation. Although he tried many times to see if we understood the difference, he is never effective.

Gamalinda really also could have given us more grades during the semester so that we have some sort of idea as to how we're doing during the semester. The final paper feels like it's our entire grade, but he is unwilling to look at drafts before the submission date.

Perhaps it's because he's an adjunct professor, and so he's disconnected to Columbia (he didn't even know what the tree lighting ceremony was), but this is a four credit class that won't help your gpa. Don't take it.

Workload:

Readings every week, get shorter as the semester goes on
1-3 movies every week
a few short assignments
a presentation
weekly response to each group's presentation
final paper

January 02, 2012

Gamalinda, Eric
[AAS W3922] Asian American Cinema

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Pros: Overall I would recommend this class because the movies we watched in Asian American Cinema were very interesting and gave a good idea of the evolution of Asian American film. The movies were very diverse in subject; the material itself was really enjoyable and I thought the movies and readings were definitely worth the time. The class didn't really cover intense film theory (although that could be seen as a pro or a con depending on what you're looking for). It really focused more on ethnic studies and the beginning of the class was really centered around the history of Asians in America in general. The discussions were pretty interesting for the most part and I felt that the class taught you how to think critically about film in general. You should make an effort to say something every time because a lot of the grade is participation. The workload isn't bad because it's all just watching movies and reading articles for a 2 hour class that only meets once a week.

Cons: In my humble opinion, Professor Gamalinda wasn't very good at giving the students feedback. He's very knowledgable about Asian American cinema and film in general, and clearly has a lot of interesting things to say, but he was pretty vague in explaining concepts (racialization vs. racial formation??). Taking a class for the love of learning is all nice and good but realistically it would be nice to know how you're doing in the class or get actual grades for that matter. He assigns a couple short papers throughout the semester (2-3 pages) which he supposedly graded but were actually just given a simple check without a single comment besides "good."
We don't get to watch that many movies in class. All of the movies are supposed to be watched beforehand, but a lot of them were very obscure movies that couldn't be found online (i.e. Nowhere by Gregg Araki, Freckled Rice or Charlotte Sometimes). Also it was frustrating that there was only ONE copy at Butler for a class of 20-something students.

Workload:

weekly movies/articles (1-2 movies weekly and the articles get shorter later in the semester)
a couple short response papers which he doesn't usually assign regularly or grade (usually only 2-3 pages max)
we had one pop quiz but he didn't even really grade it (just a check)
presentations (not really presentations-you just get assigned to a group of 4 and you just have to lead the discussion for the day)
a final paper (7-10 pages)

November 24, 2009

Gamalinda, Eric
[AAS W3922] Asian American Cinema

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This class used to be mainly watching movies but Prof. Gamalinda recently found out that he is only allowed to show 20 minutes of a movie each class. In the beginning of the semester, we would watch a movie for 1.5 hrs & then he would spend the rest of the class explaining Asian American concepts like the model minority & how it was integrated in the movie with just saw. Now, we must watch the movies by ourselves before class and we discuss the movies for 2 hours. If you're looking for a class where you just sit and watch movies, this isn't the class for you anymore. It's annoying to go to Butler and hunt down these random movies.

Overall, Gamalinda is a nice guy but he surely isn't used to lecturing or leading a discussion for 2 hrs. The class is however interesting and is certainly unique. It gave me the opportunity to watch movies I never would have watched and also to critique in respect to Asian American history. It was also interesting to trace the historical evolution of ASAM cinematic representation through the semester.

Workload:

randomly assigned 1-2 pg responses to movies, pop quizzes (I've only had one), 1-2 essays to read before class, 1 movie to watch before each class, & a 10-12 pg final paper

January 17, 2009

Gamalinda, Eric
[AAS W3922] Asian American Cinema

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professor Gamalinda charges his students to think. It's a wonderful course with manageable readings. The classroom could be relocated to a bigger space with a better (flat-screen) TV. The films are enjoyable; however, there are better films for Indian-American films and that should be reviewed. He makes everything topical and relevant. Personally, this is one of the best courses I've had in my three and half years at Columbia. Did I mention that it's a 4-point open enrollment seminar? He takes roll since you have to be there once a week.

Workload:

2-3 Mini-responses (1-2 pages) on films watched in class that are not really graded. 1 final paper (10-15 pages). Mandatory participation--say something every class.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ASAM / ASAM ASAM ASAM W3922: Asian American Cinema Eric Gamalinda 2010 Fall R / 8:10-10:00 PM 1
ASAM / ASAM ASAM ASAM W3922: Asian American Cinema Eric Gamalinda 2009 Fall M / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
ASAM / ASAM ASAM ASAM W3922: Asian American Cinema Eric Gamalinda 2008 Fall W / 8:10-10:00 PM 1
ASAM / ASAM ASAM ASAM W3922: Asian American Cinema Selena Wahng 2006 Fall T / 2:10- 4:00 PM 1