Courses for Spring 2023

  • 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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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Niedermaier
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    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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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    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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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1920 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    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
    Schedule Code
    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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sawada
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1981 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research