Courses for Fall 2021

  • Beginning Vietnamese

    This course is the first half of a year-long introduction to Vietnamese designed for absolute beginners or students with very little prior of Vietnamese. It aims to build up a solid foundation of pronunciation and grammar for your Vietnamese language studies and allow you to feel confident in communicating about everyday situations. This course will get you speaking, listening, writing, reading, and understanding aspects of Vietnamese culture through authentic conversations, language presentation, and extensive practice and review.
    EAST 0100V S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tran
  • Intermediate Vietnamese

    This course is designed for students who have completed the second semester of Vietnamese EAST 0200V or have an equivalent level of proficiency. This course will expand your structures and knowledge of the Vietnamese language and multifaceted culture through idioms, proverbs, dialogues, and stories. Classroom activities and practices will help you communicate effectively and absorb meaning through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
    EAST 0300V S01
    Primary Instructor
    Tran
  • Foreign Bodies in Japan, 600–1600

    Foreign bodies move through premodern Japanese literature. Fictional tales are set into motion by a Parhaean physiognomist, a Persian lumberjack, and a princess from the moon. Khitan eschatologists persuaded aristocrats to commission countless sculptures of Indian physiques and contributed to Murasaki Shikibu’s existential gloom. Noble anatomies were covered by imported robes and exotic perfumes; dramaturgs danced like Turkic “khans.” This survey traces foreign bodies’ impact on literary culture from the arrival of literate Korean émigrés in the 600s until the arrival of Portuguese missionaries in the 1500s. We will also theorize our own role as foreign bodies vis-à-vis the corpus. Readings in translation. No previous knowledge of Japanese language or culture required.
    EAST 0406 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Niedermaier
  • Korean Youth, Identity, and Nation

    Youth contribute greatly to Korea’s brand and GNP (BTS, Black Pink), yet suffer from the OECD countries’ highest youth unemployment rate. Abroad, Korean youth are a silenced “model minority,” mediating assimilation and parental pressures. Introducing modern history, from Confucianism, education, politics, militarism, immigration, to adoption, this interdisciplinary course will analyze recent media (Kdramas, Minari, Minor Feelings) mirroring identity production today, but through the eyes of Korea’s youth and their complicated relationship to Korean society. We will study compressed modernity, cram schools, gender, the cult of masculinity, the church, the LGBTQ community, eSports, youth mental health, and post-graduation futurities.
    EAST 0501 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • Patriots, Communists, and Traitors in Modern Korea

    Korean history and politics is polarized by labels of "patriot," "traitor," "right wing," and "communist." Considering global capitalism and its complicity with colonialism, this course will examine Korea following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and 1919 post-Wilsonian moments, and understand how these international events changed domestic politics. Through close readings of key historical documents, we will uncover the colonial origins of Korean Communism and radicalism, which both still hold great influence on the popular imagination and effect contemporary society in the two Koreas in complicated ways.
    EAST 0534 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Choi
  • China Through the Lens: History, Cinema, and Critical Discourse

    This is a critical introduction to the history of mainland Chinese film. It focuses on three dimensions of cinematic practice: the historical context of film productions, the specific context/form of each film, and the critical reception of Chinese films in film studies. Important themes such as nation, visual modernity, cinematic narrative, and commercialism will be studied across the three dimensions.
    EAST 1270 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Status, Power, and Identity in Mid-Imperial China

    This course explores the intersections of social status, political power, and ethnic identities in China from 220-1368. We examine what we mean by “China” when that region was ruled by multiple, often “non-Chinese” regimes; how foreign influences such as Buddhism changed indigenous Chinese thought and institutions; how economic prosperity undercut aristocratic power structures and created new social and moral ideals; and how foreign invasion affected the economy, institutions, and cultural identity of the region. Throughout the course, we consider how social and political change, as well as class and gender position, conditioned individuals’ views of themselves and their world.
    EAST 1305 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bossler
  • 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
    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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • 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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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cayley
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Putterman
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Li
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Steinfeld
    Schedule Code
    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 1990 S01
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S02
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S04
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S09
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S10
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    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.

    Religious Studies
    RELS 0080 Japan: Nature, Ritual, and the Arts
    EAST XLIST 0