Race & Disease in the Americas

This course name is Race & Disease in the Americas

The theme is

This seminar considers race from a transnational perspective, with a focus on the Americas. We examine broader historical developments, including the emergence of global empire and colonialism, that gave rise both to concepts of race, racial difference, and hierarchy and to concepts of nation and nationality. As slavery, labor migrations, and the establishment of settler colonies brought peoples from different regions of the world together, racial difference justified unequal exceptions to otherwise equal rights of national citizens. This semester we will explore, in particular, how disease – both its medical and social understanding – shaped racial ideas and affected racialized groups.


The course objectives are to:

  1. a) introduce students to Asian American history as part of transnational histories of race;
  2. b) consider historical concepts of race, ethnicity, and nationality as they relate to the United States,the Americas, and the world;
  3. c) consider other dynamics of social difference including region, religion, class, gender, and sexualorientation as they relate to race;
  4. d) explore the relationship between social conceptions/understanding of race, biology, and disease;
  5. e) learn to consider critically the course subjects and themes and communicate them effectively through writing, oral presentation, and in other media.

You are to prepare an abstract and annotated bibliography exploring a paper topic related to the course themes.

Notes: Needs abstract, bibliography, and outline in one day! this should be 2pages

.doc file | Essay | 17 pages, Double spaced


I just attached the syllabus so that you can see the theme and find the topic more clearly. Needs abstract, bibliography, and outline asap. The last thing is notice the similarity rate.

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Despite the general health improvement among Americans in the 21st century due to improved healthcare technology, different racial and ethnic groups receive poorer care. They are less healthy—Asian-Americans experience unique physical and mental health challenges than other groups. An important perspective for the description of race is a social construction to maintain hierarchy and white supremacy (Machery, & Faucher, 2005).  The construction of race is not a dormant variable but has changed over time and places causing major social problems such as discrimination and racial inequality. It is hard to accept that race has any impact on health outcomes beyond the analogy of genetics. Understanding race as a natural phenomenon defined by skin color is inadequate to define health from a transnational perspective. The health experiences of transnational groups like Asian-Americans depend on the social experiences of members. According to the American Sociological Association (2005, July) the biology and genetic only account for some aspects of the health disparity of races and ethnic groups. The most critical factors which influence the health disparity include the racist’s practices, economic inequalities, health policy, risk-taking and preventive behavior, and the community neighborhoods and environment (American Sociological Association, 2005, July). Social science perspectives thus have a critical influence on the definition of race and the associated disease problems.