Courses for Spring 2015

  • Pop, Political and Patrician: Culture in Japan and the Koreas

    This course introduces students to the modern cultures of Japan and Korea through an examination of events, artifacts, and cultural practices. The over-arching goal of the class is two-fold: to create an alternative narrative to the dominant Orientalized vision of East Asian culture and to deepen our knowledge of the overlapping cultural histories of Japan and Korea. With a broad understanding of culture as a general process of artistic and intellectual development, as a body of material artifacts, and as a social practice of ordinary life, we shall focus our attention on the implications of studying culture in relation to popular media and political activism in particular. Topics covered will include: colonial fiction, the re-creation of tradition, art and atrocity, the proletarian arts, postwar children's culture, the globalization of popular music, myth in the DPRK, shoji print culture, and East Asian activism.
    EAST 1200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
  • Returnees in China's Modernization

    This course examines the impact on contemporary China of returnees, people who having left China to study abroad have now returned home and become reintegrated into society.  Focusing on a series of in-depth studies of returnees who have carved out professional identities in the commercial world, the state, and civil society. The returnee experience will be examined from 2 angles:  the manner by which contemporary returnees negotiate Chinese tradition and Western learning, and the differences between this cohort's experience and that of previous generations of returnees in China’s now century and a half long period of modernization.
    EAST 1500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Li
  • Transnational Koreas: Gender, Family, and Sexuality

    From an economic basket case in 1963 to a successful producer of global cultural products such as Samsung phones and the “Korean Wave,” South Korea has become the envy of many developing nations. What are the gender and sexual politics that undergird this neoliberal success story? Utilizing the analytical lens of “gender,” “sexuality,” and “family,” this course will confront and interrogate the hypermasculine Korean state and its hetero-gendering of Korean citizenship by examining issues ranging from the cosmetic surgery boom for women and military conscription for men to the ongoing controversy around "comfort women" (military sex slaves for the Japanese imperial army).
    EAST 1701 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cho
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Rabson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S12
    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 1940 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Biersteker
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Putterman
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Li
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1940 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Yasuhara
    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 1950B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Market Economy, Popular Culture, and Mass Media in Contemporary China

    Course focuses on mainland Chinese cultural and media production since the mid 1980's, when China began transforming itself culturally and economically into a capitalist society with socialist characteristics. Traditional values, socialist legacy, commercial forces, and globalization have all played significant roles in the ongoing transformation. The goal of the course is to examine the complex interactions among diverse historical forces in a rapidly changing China. Course taught in Mandarin Chinese.
    EAST 1950G S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • 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
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Rabson
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    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
    Primary Instructor
    Rahman
    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 1410 Early Daoist Philosophy: Zhuangzi
    EAST XLIST 0