Courses for Spring 2023

EAST

  • Beyond Orientalism: Understanding “East Asia”

    This course explores the cultural and ideological foundations of the region we call “East Asia,” from prehistoric times to the present day. After interrogating the colonial origins of the Euro-American concept of “East Asia,” we will examine the historical distinctions, interactions, and mutual influences that shaped the regions and peoples now associated with the countries of China, Japan, and Korea. In addition to systems of status and political power, the course will expose students to the rich religious, literary, and artistic traditions developed within and across the East Asian region.
    EAST 0010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bossler
  • Language, Culture, and Society: Korea

    This course aims to look into the interaction between language, culture and society. It will specifically examine the role of language in myriads of social contexts with special focus on Korean society. Topics to be covered in this course include language contact (e.g. with Japan and China), language variation (e.g. regional, generational, gender), language and identity, language and social class, language perceptions and attitudes, language education in a social context, and so on. Knowledge of the Korean language is preferred but not required.
    EAST 0150 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Words on Things: Literature and Material Culture in Early Modern China

    This course examines Chinese literary representation of artifacts written between 1000 to 1900 CE. Our discussion will highlight international trade and the transforming science and technology in early modern China. The course aims to guide students to conduct inter-artistic analysis as a means to decipher the political, religious, gendered, and technical significance embedded in literary representation of material objects. To emphasize a comparative perspective, we will also draw on scholarship outside of the field of Chinese literature. We will explore artifacts in the following categories: illustration, painting and calligraphy, seals, ceramics, furniture, and textile.
    EAST 0304 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Word for Word: Linguistic Principles in Chinese-English Translation

    English has tense, Chinese has aspect; English has inflection and conjugation, and Chinese uses word order and function words to sort out syntactic structures. This course will explore and bridge such great differences between the two languages through linguistic readings and translation exercises.
    Prerequisite: two years of Chinese study or the equivalent proficiency.
    EAST 1301 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Li
  • Buddhist Classics

    An opportunity to read and understand the canonical texts of East Asian Buddhism. Through close reading, written analysis, and discussion, participants will become conversant with the major Mahayana Buddhist teachings in their original scriptural or literary articulations. Selected later interpretations may also be considered. All readings are in English translation. Previous study of Buddhism is recommended, but not required. Enrollment limited to 10 students.
    EAST 1403 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sawada
  • The Korea “Brand”: Understanding KPop, Film, and Culture of the Two Koreas in the Global Context

    The global media has recently showcased two newsworthy events related to Korea: BTS at the 2018 BMAs, and the Inter-Korea Summit. This course examines the arrival of “Korea” globally, from the West’s fascination with the North Korean nuclear crises, to the hype around KPop, KFilm, cosmetics, food, and eSports. We will question the fascination with NK in US media outlets, versus its treatment in SK media. The ways in which the particular, local, and authentic, within Korean cultural production negotiates the global market is of particular interest.
    EAST 1502 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • Independent Study

    Sections numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1910 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bossler
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    EAST 1910 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
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    EAST 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    EAST 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Niedermaier
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    EAST 1910 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Sawada
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    EAST 1910 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    EAST 1910 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior Reading and Research: Selected Topics

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1920 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bossler
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    EAST 1920 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
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    EAST 1920 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Niedermaier
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sawada
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    EAST 1920 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1920 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Chinese Women, Gender and Feminism from Historical and Transnational Perspectives

    This seminar course is designed to critically re-evaluate (re)presentations of Chinese women, gender, and feminism in historical, literary, and academic discourses. It examines a diverse body of texts produced through different historical periods and in different geopolitical locations. It emphasizes gender as both a historical construct(s) among competing discourses and as a material process of individual embodiment and disembodiment. The goal of the course is to help advanced students understand Chinese history from a distinctly gendered perspective, to recognize women's roles in history and writing, and to develop a reflective, cross-cultural approach to gender, politics, and the self.
    EAST 1932 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Reading and Writing of the Honors Thesis

    Prior admission to honors candidacy required. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1981 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bossler
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Niedermaier
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sawada
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    I: Independent Study/Research

CHIN

  • Basic Chinese

    A year-long introduction to Standard Chinese (Mandarin). Speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Five classroom meetings weekly. This is the second half of a year-long course. Students must have taken CHIN 0100 to receive credit for this course. The final grade for this course will become the final grade for CHIN 0100. If CHIN 0100 was taken for credit then this course must be taken for credit; if taken as an audit, this course must also be taken as an audit. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by both the academic department and the Committee on Academic Standing.
    CHIN 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jiao
    CHIN 0200 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Jiao
    CHIN 0200 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Jiao
    CHIN 0200 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Jiao
  • Intermediate Chinese

    An intermediate course in Standard Chinese designed to further communicative competence and to develop reading and writing skills. Five classroom meetings weekly. Prerequisite: CHIN 0300 or permission of instructor.
    CHIN 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
    CHIN 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
    CHIN 0400 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Advanced Chinese for Heritage Learners

    This course is primarily designed for Chinese heritage students who have successfully completed CHIN 0350. If you have not taken CHIN0350, please contact the instructor for a proficiency evaluation. Upon completing this course, you can take CHIN 0700 or equivalent, i.e. courses that have a prerequisite of CHIN 0600. This is an advanced-level course offering comprehensive work on all four language skills, with a focus on developing your ability to use sophisticated grammatical structures, vocabulary, and improving your reading and speaking skills. Materials used in this course will include a textbook, supplementary articles, and video clips.
    CHIN 0450 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jiao
  • Advanced Modern Chinese I

    An advanced course designed to enable students to read authentic materials. Students enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; improve their narrative and descriptive abilities; and learn to express abstract ideas both orally and in writing. Five classroom meetings weekly. Prerequisite: CHIN 0500 or permission of instructor.
    CHIN 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Su
    CHIN 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Su
    CHIN 0600 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Su
  • Advanced Modern Chinese II

    See Advanced Modern Chinese II (CHIN 0700) for course description. Prerequisite: CHIN 0700 or permission of instructor.
    CHIN 0800 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    CHIN 0800 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Business Chinese

    Business Chinese focuses on practical language skills that are most useful in business interactions in Chinese-speaking communities. Classroom activities are largely based on authentic documents and correspondence as well as a textbook. Through intensive practice in the listening, speaking, reading and writing of the Chinese language for business purposes, this course aims at enhancing students' linguistic knowledge in a business context. Classes are conducted in Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 0800 or instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 18.
    CHIN 0911 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Stories from the Chinese Empire: Scholars, Demons and Swindlers

    This bilingual course introduces the culture and society of late imperial China by reading short stories, novels, prose essays between 1368 and 1911. To maintain students’ language skills, the lecture is primary in mandarin aided by English explanation. Students can choose to complete the assignments in either English or Chinese. The course explores the interwoven spectacular fantasy and societal reality of the imperial China. A chronological exposure to different cultural practice and social structures is organized under three rubrics, namely, scholar-official as social elite; merchants and courtesans as mobile agents; and criminals and demons as outcast.
    CHIN 1010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Modern Chinese Literature

    Introduces students to the most representative writers in 20th century China. Emphasizes textual and historical analyses. Major issues include Westernization, nationalism, revolution, class, gender, and literary innovations. Designated primarily as a literature course, rather than language class, and conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 0800. Instructor permission required.
    CHIN 1040 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang

JAPN

  • Basic Japanese

    Introduction to Japanese language. Emphasizes the attainment of good spoken control of Japanese and develops a foundation of literacy. This is the second half of a year-long course. Students must have taken JAPN 0100 to receive credit for this course. The final grade for this course will become the final grade for JAPN 0100. If JAPN 0100 was taken for credit then this course must be taken for credit; if taken as an audit, this course must also be taken as an audit. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by both the academic department and the Committee on Academic Standing. The East Asian Studies department wishes to provide language instruction to all interested students. If you are unable to register for this course due to enrollment limits but are dedicated to learning Japanese, please contact the instructor via email.
    JAPN 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Borgmann
    JAPN 0200 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Borgmann
    JAPN 0200 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Borgmann
    JAPN 0200 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Borgmann
  • Intermediate Japanese

    See Intermediate Japanese (JAPN 0300) for course description. Prerequisite: JAPN 0300 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 18.
    JAPN 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tatsumi
    JAPN 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Tatsumi
    JAPN 0400 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Tatsumi
  • Advanced Japanese I

    See Advanced Japanese I (JAPN 0500) for course description.
    JAPN 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Yamakawa
    JAPN 0600 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Yamakawa
  • Japanese Linguistics

    This course will provide a structural overview of the Japanese language. Students will learn how to develop skills for analyzing the language through looking at sounds, meaning, and grammar. Topics include linguistic analysis of various sentence structures that students often find difficult to use, learning to choose words and sentences in appropriate situations, looking at the relation between language and culture.
    JAPN 0711 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
  • Japanese Language and Society through Contemporary Film

    This course aims at further development of your linguistic proficiency and broadening your knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and society by studying contemporary Japanese film through the lens of social justice. Films are selected from a wide range of genres: mainstream blockbusters, documentaries, and anime. Our discussions will focus on the cinematic treatment of diversity and social justice in Japan, including issues related to racial/ethnic and sexual minorities in Japan (Ainu, burakumin, Okinawan, Zainichi, “Half”, LGBTQ), gender discrimination, economic inequality, and mental/physical disability. Prerequisites: JAPN 0700 or equivalent, Japanese heritage language speakers with instructor’s consent.
    JAPN 0812 S01
    Primary Instructor
    McPherson
  • Readings in Contemporary Japanese Fiction

    Introduces contemporary short stories and novellas by award winning writers published after 2000. Authors include Yoko Ogawa, Natsuo Kirino, Jiro Asada, Bin Konno. We will analyze why the great many readers are drawn into these literary works through socio cultural background of urban communities. Prerequisites: JAPN0700 or instructor permission.
    JAPN 1010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita

KREA

  • Korean

    Begins with an introduction to the Korean writing system (Hangul) and focuses on building communicative competence in modern Korean in the four language modalities (listening, speaking, reading, writing). Provides a foundation for later work in spoken and written Korean. Six classroom hours per week. Enrollment limited to 18. This is the second half of a year-long course. Students must have taken KREA 0100 to receive credit for this course. The final grade for this course will become the final grade for KREA 0100. If KREA 0100 was taken for credit then this course must be taken for credit; if taken as an audit, this course must also be taken as an audit. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by both the academic department and the Committee on Academic Standing.
    KREA 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Moon
    KREA 0200 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Moon
    KREA 0200 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Moon
  • Intermediate Korean

    See Intermediate Korean (KREA 0300) for course description. Prerequisite: KREA 0100-0200 or equivalent.
    KREA 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Jung
    KREA 0400 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Jung
  • Advanced Korean

    See Advanced Korean (KREA 0500) for course description. Prerequisite: KREA 0500 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
    KREA 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang