East Asian Studies Courses
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Spring, 2015 | East Asian Studies
Beginning with the birth of the Buddha and continuing through the present, this course introduces the most influential art and architecture from all across Asia. Each class covers both historic and modern works to emphasize the continuing dialogue between past and present in Asian art today.. Classroom lectures; smaller, bi-weekly discussion sections. NO PREREQUISITE.
This course covers the geopolitical history of twentieth-century East Asia, from its colonial constellation through its transformation into cold war nation-states. We then use an interdisciplinary approach to investigate contemporary problems accompanying the emergence of regional economies and institutions. We grapple with the question of when people in East Asia -- China, Taiwan, the Koreas, and Japan -- act as a members of a transnational region and when they act in ideological, national, or local terms. We evaluate different disciplinary approaches in order to understand the combination of knowledge and skills necessary for drawing meaningful research conclusions. In reading articles produced by a range of scholars and institutions, the course is also an introduction to the politics of the production of knowledge about East Asia. This course is restricted to freshmen in the Global Citizenship Program.
This multimedia course will explore a range of Japanese popular culture, including anime, manga, film, literature, and fashion. This course aims to deepen our knowledge and appreciation of Japan's cultural artifacts and how its popular culture has changed over time. Critical and theoretical readings will help us examine important facets of Japanese history, thought, and cultural identity and refine our understanding of its dynamic and expressive media. No prerequisites.
An introduction to Chinese culture through selected topics that link various periods in China's past with the present. Ongoing concerns will be social stratification, political organization, and the arts, gender relationships and the rationales for individual behavior, and the conceptions through which Chinese have identified their cultural heritage. Our readings will include literary, philosophical, and historical documents as well as cultural histories. Regular short writing assignments: take-hone final. NO PREREQUISITES.
This course offers an introduction to the history, practices, and worldviews that define the Daoist tradition. Through both secondary scholarship and primary texts, we will consider the history of Daoism in reference to the continuities and discontinuities of formative concepts, social norms, and religious practices. Our inquiry into this history will center on consideration of the social forces that have driven the development of Daoism from the 2nd century to the modern day. Special consideration will be given to specific Daoist groups and their textual and practical traditions: the Celestial Masters (Tianshi), Great Clarity (Taiqing), Upper Clarity (Shangqing), Numinous Treasure (Lingbao), and Complete Perfection (Quanzhen). Throughout the semester we will also reflect on certain topics and themes concerning the Daoist tradition. These include constructions of identity and community, material culture, the construction of sacred space, and cultivation techniques.
This course provides an overview of Asian American history from the time of early migrations in the mid-ninteenth century to the present. Exploring the histories of numerous groups, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Hmong Americans, the course will study the diverse experiences of Asian Americans in the United States. Topics include: anti-Asian movements and exclusion laws; the Spanish-American War; World War II and Japanese Internment; the Cold War; the Vietnam War; refugees; the Asian American Movement and 9/11. The course will touch on subjects such as: labor, nativism, race and ethnicity, gender, community formation, citizenship, imperialism and foreign relations. Modern, U.S. PREREQUISITE: SEE DEPARTMENT INFO.
This course examines the historical development of Buddhism from its origins in South Asia circa sixth to fifth century BCE, through the articulation of Buddhist teachings and practices in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Tibet. We will consider contemporary transformations of the tradition in the modern day and the challenges these pose to our understanding of traditional Buddhism in Asia. In the first section of the course, we will focus on early, elite Buddhist doctrine and practices as represented in the Pali canon. In the second section, we will examine the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Southeast Asia, from its historical origins to the modern day. In the third section of our course, we will consider Mahayana Buddhist doctrines, theories, and practices in both their scriptural representation and their lived expressions in East Asia. In the final section of our course, we will explore Tantric Buddhist doctrine and theory in relation to the Buddhist tradition of Tibet in particular. Throughout our semester we will consider modern developments and representations of Buddhism in both the West and in Asia.
For some, "Japan" evokes Hello Kitty, animated films, cartoons, and sushi. For others, the Nanjing Atrocity, "Comfort Women," the Bataan Death March, and problematic textbooks. For still others, woodblock prints, tea ceremony, and cherry blossoms, or Sony Walkmans and Toyotas. Still others may hold no image at all. Tracing the story of Japan's transformations, from a pre-industrial peasant society managed by samurai-bureaucrats into an expansionist nation-state and then to its current paradoxical guise of a peaceful nation of culture led by conservative nationalists, provides the means for deepening our understandings of historical change in one region and grappling with the methods and aims of the discipline of History. DISCUSSION SECTION REQUIRED. Modern, East Asia. PREREQUISITE: SEE DEPARTMENT INFO.
Environmental disasters in East Asia are more visible than ever before. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami serves as the setting of Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible (2012). Feng Xiaogang's Aftershock (2010), which explicitly deals with the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, is an oblique response to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake among other things. Countless documentaries including Lucy Walker's The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) and Chris Noland's 3.11: Surviving Japan (2013) were made in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. At the same time, environmental disasters are not merely events to be represented. In this course, some of the questions we will ask include: What ethical quandaries do humans face in environmental disasters? How do relief workers and medical personnel respond to these situations? What responsibilities do we have as viewers and readers? How do environmental disasters impact nonhumans and the ecosystem? In what ways do environmental disasters change the very conditions under which literature and media are produced? Focusing on the theme of environmental disasters, we will survey a variety of East Asian sources ranging from traditional philosophy to poetry, from fiction to film. All readings are available in English. All films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.
This survey explores the emerging modern voice in Japanese literature, with emphasis on prose fiction. After a brief introduction to earlier centuries, we will focus on the short stories and novels of the twentieth century. Among the authors considered will be Natsume Soseki, Nagai Kafu, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, and Nobel laureates Kawabata Yasunari and Oe Kenzaburo. Discussions will center on issues of modernity, gender, and literary self-representation. Required of all Japanese majors and recommended for all Chinese majors. No knowledge of Japanese language required.
Surveying the arts of Japan from prehistory to present, this course focuses especially on early modern, modern, and contemporary art. Emphasizing painting, sculpture, architecture, and print culture, the course will also explore the tea ceremony, fashion, calligraphy, garden design, and ceramics. Major course themes include collectors and collecting, relationships between artists and patrons, the role of political and military culture or art, contact with China, artistic responses to the West, and the effects of gender and social status on art. No prerequisites.
An introduction to the major writers and works of Chinese literature from the turn of the century to the present, including fiction, poetry and film. We will look at these works from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in their relevant literary, socio-political and cultural contexts (including Western influences). Required of all Chinese majors, and recommended for Japanese and East Asian Studies majors. All readings in English translation. NO PREREQUISITE.
This course aims to help students to obtain competent knowledge about contemporary East Asian cultures and societies. We will explore a broad set of topics in a transregional setting, from gender, filial piety, and kinship to the upsurge of new waves, including consumer and pop cultures, the "cuteness" culture, and individualization. Our interrogation examines cultural variables, transregional dynamism, local receptions of "Western" influences, and the global impact of cultural movement in East Asia.
In this course we will explore the role of women in the indigenous religious traditions of China, Japan and Korea (Confucianism, Daoism, Shamanism and Shinto), as well as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. We will begin by considering the images of women (whether mythical or historical) in traditional religious scriptures and historical or literary texts. We will then focus on what we know of the actual experience and practice of various types of religious women - nuns and abbesses, shamans and mediums, hermits and recluses, and ordinary laywomen - both historically and in more recent times. Class materials will include literary and religious texts, historical and ethnological studies, biographies and memoirs, and occasional videos and films. Prerequisites: This class will be conducted as a seminar, with minimal lectures, substantial reading and writing, and lots of class discussion. For this reason, students who are not either upper-level undergraduates or graduate students, or who have little or no background in East Asian religion or culture, will need to obtain the instructor's permission before enrolling.
In 1960, the major studio Shochiku promoted a new crop of directors as the "Japanese New Wave" in response to declining theater attendance, a booming youth culture, and the international success of the French Nouvelle Vague. This course provides an introduction to those iconoclastic filmmakers, who went on to break with major studios and revolutionize oppositional filmmaking in Japan. We will analyze the challenging politics and aesthetics of these confrontational films for what they tell us about Japan's modern history and cinema. The films provoke as well as entertain, providing trenchant (sometimes absurd) commentaries on postwar Japanese society and its transformations. Themes include: the legacy of WWII and Japanese imperialism; the student movement; juvenile delinquency; sexual liberation; and Tokyo subcultures. Directors include: Oshima Nagisa, Shinoda Masahiro, Terayama Shuji, Masumura Yasuzo, Suzuki Seijun, Matsumoto Toshio, and others. No knowledge of Japanese necessary. Credit 3 units. Mandatory weekly screening: Tuesdays @ 7 pm.
Continuation of Korean 437. Advanced to high advanced level Korean course in standard modern Korean. Emphasis will be placed on developing an advanced level of reading proficiency in Korean and writing ability in Korean for an academic or professional purpose. Prereq: grade of B- or higher in Korean 437 or placement by examination with instructor's permission.
Demonic goddesses, bird-women, sexy shamans, and snaky sorceresses have slipped and slithered their way through the pages of Japanese myth, history, and narrative from time immemorial. Their presence in modern Japanese fiction has largely been treated as either suggestive of an author's nostalgia for a mythic past or an aberrant fantasy. In this WRITING INTENSIVE course we will examine the way the trope of the demonic woman has been used as a discrete literary strategy to either bolster or defy the modern national subject. Among the authors considered will be Izumi Kyoka, Kawabata Yasunari, Enchi Fumiko, and Oba Minako. All readings will be in English translation. Knowledge of Japanese language or literature is not required, though some familiarity will naturally prove helpful. PREREQUISITES: JUNIOR STANDING OR ABOVE, AND SOME BACKGROUND IN LITERATURE.
This course looks in depth at issues regarding women and gender in Korean literature and film. While we explore literary and cinematic representations of gender, the main goal of the class is to examine literature and film as sites for the very construction of gender. Readings include contemporary literary and theoretical works, as well as historical texts from the Colonial period (1910-1945) and the Choson dynasty (1392-1910), in order to understand women's issues in the context of historical development. Through textual criticism and theoretical readings, some of the questions we will discuss are: What is "feminine" and "masculine" in Korean culture, and how do they change (if they do)? How do these formations and changes relate to literary and cinematic portraits of gender on one hand and to gendered conceptions of literature and cinema on the other? How do socio-historical circumstances affect representations of gender? All readings are in English. WEEKLY FILM SCREENING IS REQUIRED. Prerequisites: Prior course experience in literature, film, or gender studies required, or permission of the instructor before registering.
Survey of the performance and literary traditions of the Chinese theater from their pre-Tang origins to the present day. The course focuses on three forms: 14th-century zaju plays, 16th- and 17th-century chuanqi plays, and recent films from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Background in either China studies or theater in other cultures recommended.
PREREQUISITE, PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR AND THE DIRECTOR OF EAST ASIAN STUDIES.
May be repeated once. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
This course will normally be taken after successful completion of Chi 428. PREREQUISITE: SENIOR STANDING AND PERMISSION OF DEPARTMENT. May be repeated once.
PREREQUISITE, SENIOR STANDING AND PERMISSION OF DEPARTMENT. This course will normally be taken after the successful completion of Japan 463. May be repeated once.
PREREQUISITE: SENIOR STANDING AND INSTRUCTOR'S PERMISSION; MAY BE REPEATED.
Directed research in Asian Studies. Permission of the DGS required.
This course provides an introduction for graduate students to the methods and materials used in conducting research in Japanese studies. The course will present fundamental paradigms and problems specific to the study of Japanese language, literature, and culture as well as familiarizing students with the vast body of print and web-based research tools necessary to work with original texts in Japanese from all periods. Students will be encouraged to use the course to pursue individual research interests as they explore the broader contexts, approaches, and questions central to the study of Japanese and other East Asian cultures. Guest lectures by faculty and librarians in Japanese subjects.
How do Taiwanese writers and filmmakers imagine, depict, and construct various spaces in which they live that are changing rapidly? How do they record and narrate the transformation of landscapes, negotiate with political ideologies, and reject or reinforce certain identifications? To better understand Taiwan society and culture as a whole, we will examine films and fictions that reflect momentous historical moments of this island's recent past and its present cosmopolitan condition. We will focus on issues concerning ethnic relations, displacement, imagined nostalgia, sexuality, political transformations and so forth. All literary texts and films will be in Chinese language. Prerequisites: Near-native fluency in reading in Chinese, advanced training in literary critical theories. Designed for graduate students; seniors with instructor's special permission only.
Seminar on teaching college-level Chinese using a performance-based curriculum. In addition to lectures and discussion, the seminar will include a practicum experience consisting of weekly classroom observations and practice teaching. Open only to graduate students with advanced proficiency in Chinese in the Department or permission of instructor.
A supervised experience in the practical application of East Asian Studies designed to fit a student's individual needs and background. Prerequisite, by designation of the DGS.
Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program. Permission of the DGS.