Courses for Fall 2018

  • Introduction to Korea

    Korea is known for its musicians, serene palaces, and North Korea. Under these ubiquitous stereotypes, however, it has an even more fascinating culture and history, punctuated by numerous invasions, colonialism, and division. In this inter-disciplinary survey course, we explore various facets of Korea North and South, from foundation myths to contemporary life and address Korean history broadly, examining key debates around origins, colonialism, and division. We move chronologically through major cultural, political, economic moments that inform Korean identity, arriving at the particulars of North and South Korea today, from daily life, gender, the diaspora, to KPop, and consider peninsular futurity.
    EAST 0531 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • Off the Beaten Path: A Survey of Modern Japanese Literature

    An introduction to major and minor works of Japanese literature produced during the Japanese Empire as well as in post-WWII Japan. Covered writers include canonical novelists such as Tanizaki Junichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, and Oe Kenzaburo, as well as writers lesser known outside of Japan today, including women, queers, revolutionaries and colonial/resident Koreans.
    EAST 0800 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • China Modern: An Introduction to the Literature of Twentieth-Century China

    A general introduction to modern and contemporary Chinese literature from the May Fourth Movement to contemporary Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Emphasizes reading of literary works in relation to topics such as cultural tradition, modernity, nationalism, revolution, class, gender, region, cultural commodification, and literary innovations. Readings in English. No previous knowledge of Chinese required.
    EAST 1070 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • 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 1290 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • 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 1490 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Li
  • 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
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    EAST 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    EAST 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    EAST 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    EAST 1910 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    EAST 1910 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    EAST 1910 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    EAST 1910 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1910 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1910 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1910 S12
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  • 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 1930 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    EAST 1930 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cayley
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    EAST 1930 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    EAST 1930 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    EAST 1930 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    EAST 1930 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    EAST 1930 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    EAST 1930 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Putterman
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    EAST 1930 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
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    EAST 1930 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    EAST 1930 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    EAST 1930 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    EAST 1930 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    EAST 1930 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1930 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    EAST 1930 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    EAST 1930 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Steinfeld
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Crafting Early Modern China: Handicraft, Witchcraft and Statecraft

    This course examines how Chinese cultural industry was shaped by socio-political institutions and religious practice between 1400 and 1900 CE. The course highlights the concept of craft, broadly understood as the ways of making artifacts and building social community by using environmental resources and through micro-political negotiations in everyday life. The course aims to equip students in ways to decipher the political, religious and gendered significance embedded in cultural products, including literature and decorative arts. We will explore artifacts from the following categories: literary illustration, painting and calligraphy, seals, ceramics, furniture, and textiles. Prerequisites: None.
    EAST 1940A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Queer Japan: Culture, History and Sexuality

    This seminar investigates cultural practices enacted by Japanese gays and lesbians, or otherwise related to same-sex attraction. How have sexual identities traditionally been constructed in Japan, and how has the modern period transformed them? How has same-sex sexuality become figured in the Japanese art, literature and popular culture of the 20th century; and how have the forces of a global LGBT culture interacted with the specific experiences of a same-sex community in Japan? This class explores questions about queer history, writing and cultural practice by looking at particular moments in the Japanese past and present.
    EAST 1950X S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • 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 1990 S01
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    EAST 1990 S02
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    EAST 1990 S04
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    EAST 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    EAST 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S09
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    EAST 1990 S10
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    EAST 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    EAST 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Courses of Interest to Concentrators

    East Asian Studies is a highly interdisciplinary concentration. The following courses in other departments can be taken for concentration credit. Please check the listing of the appropriate department for the time and location of each course.

    History
    HIST 1156 Postwar Japan
    HIST 1962D Japan in the World, from the Age of Empires to 3.11
    Religious Studies
    RELS 0082 Japan's Floating World
    RELS 1440 Themes in Japanese Buddhism
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