Category I: Courses focusing primarily on East Asia

BUS/ECON 345. The Economic Growth of Modern Japan (MacLeod/Rahman)
(Not offered 2016-2017)
A comparative study of economic policies and business management practices. This course will trace the economic development of Japan, especially since World War II, and attempt to explain it. Among the variety of causes of economic growth covered, emphasis will be put on the macroeconomic and microeconomic policies of the government, the general institutional structure of the Japanese economy, the structure and behavior of Japanese firms, and Japanese management practices. Throughout the course, comparisons will be made with other countries, particularly the United States and the European Union countries. May be taken for either ECON or BUS credit, but not both. Prerequisite C- or better in ECON 110. (Group I, Diversity)

CMLT 131. Love and Sexuality in the Literary Arts of East Asia (Sokolsky)
This course will examine the words love and sexuality as depicted in East Asian (Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean) literature and film. By exploring the way love and sexuality get treated in the literature and films of cultures on the other side of the globe, we will consider whether there is a universal component to the ideas of love and sexuality, or do these ideas vary from culture and historical setting? Stereotypes of Asian culture in the media of the United States can vary. Images of the Asian man include effete asexual men, kung fu artists, or philandering perverts. Images of the Asian woman vary from the demure geisha to school-girl porn and evil dragon ladies. The goal of this course is to challenge these stereotypes of Asian sexual culture and to seriously examine the assumptions of what love and sexuality mean in East Asian culture as well as in our own. Topics will include: attitudes toward marriage, family, homosexuality, sexual violence, and recent trends in China and Japan’s underground youth culture regarding sex and drugs. (Group III, Diversity)

CMLT 320. Great Books of East Asia (Sokolsky)
In this course we will probe both the term “great books” and “Asia” or more specifically “East Asia.” During the first week of class, we will discuss the politics of canonization. Questions we will consider are: What makes a work of literature great? And who gets to decide? Then we will specifically look at famous literary texts from China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The term “Asia” is a complicated one. Sixty percent of the earth’s population lives on the Asian continent and some of the oldest civilizations of the world are part of Asia. Yet, people unfamiliar with the vastly different cultures of the numerous countries that fall under the heading of “Asia” often view it as a single cultural entity. We will consider issues of race, gender, nationalism, militarism, and recent postmodern trends in East Asia. Texts we will read may include: The Analects of Confucius, The Tao Te Ching, The Tale of the Heike, Shi Nai’an’s The Water Margin, Lu Xun’s Diary of a Madman, Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Kawabata Yasunari’s Snow Country, Yi Kwang-su’s Mujong, Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain, and Wu Zhouliu’s Orphan of Asia. (Group III, Diversity, Writing Option)

CMLT 321. East Asian Film (Sokolsky)
Some scholars argue that film is the new literary form of the late 20th and early 21st century. This course will focus on films that are products of one of the most populous and economically powerful parts of the world—East Asia. We will look at East Asian films (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) to see in what ways they are unique expressions of Asian culture and thinking and in what ways they are part of a more global world of filmmaking. We will study film theory and learn how to critically watch a film. We will also read theoretical works that specifically address the art of Asian films. While reading these theoretical works, we will look at famous Asian films that have made an historic impact in the film world. Finally, we will look at current trends in Asian films, with particular emphasis on the way Asian films have influenced Hollywood. Genres we will study include: Japanese anime, J-Horror, and Chinese martial arts films. We will also look at classics such as: The Seven Samurai, Farewell My Concubine, and Raise the Red Lantern. (Group III, Diversity, Writing Option)

CMLT 499A. The Myths of the “Oriental” Woman (Sokolsky)
During the era of Western imperialism, Europeans viewed Asia, Africa, and the Middle-East in a variety of ways: dark, erotic, exotic, savage, and uncivilized. The people of these supposedly untamed lands were observed, explored, and exploited by Western imperialists. Rarely were these people given a voice of their own, and rarely were they viewed as autonomous humans on par with the “civilized” Western world. For women in these countries, their oppression was twofold. They were often second-class citizens in the patriarchal societies in which they lived and they were also exoticized and orientalized by Western white men traveling in these lands. Such stereotypes of these women have included: the scary but seductive dragon ladies of China, the demure geisha of Japan, and the sexy belly dancers and mysteriously veiled women from the Arab world. The goal of this course is to explore these stereotypes. Why were they created? Why do they still persist? What are women from the “Orient” truly like? And why is it dangerous to allow such stereotypes to exist? Readings include: Memoirs of a Geisha, The Good Earth, 1001 Arabian Nights, Raja Alem’s Fatma, Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book, Kyung -Sook Shin’s Please Look After Mom, The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong, Natsuo Kirino’s Out, and Rana Husseini’s Murder in the Name of Honor. This course is cross-listed with WGS and counts for the WGS major/minor. (Group III, Diversity, Writing Option)

HIST 322. Asian Civilizations to the 17th Century (Chen)
The rise, development, and expansion of the peoples of India, China, and Japan in their formative years. Consideration of economic, social, cultural, and political aspects with a lecture emphasis. (Group I, Diversity)

HIST 323. Modern China (Chen)
This course covers China’s history from 1644 to present. It focuses on such issues as the development and decline of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), the coming of the West, and China’s various reforms and revolutions in the 19th and 20th centuries. (Group I, Diversity)

HIST 324. Topics in Asian History (Chen)
This upper-division seminar is open to all students.

HIST 324A. China and the West
This seminar examines the relations between China and the West. While certain attention is given to Sino-Western contact before modern times, the course focuses on China’s response to the West since the Opium War (1839-1842). Issues covered include the coming of the West, Western imperialism, Western impact, China’s nationalism, and the various roles that the West has played in China’s modernization. (Group I, Diversity)

HIST 324B. China’s Communist Revolution
This seminar examines the Communist revolution in modern China. It discusses the origin and development of China’s Communist movement in the historical context of the country’s interaction with the West and Japan in the modern era. (Group I, Diversity)

HIST 324C. Intellectual History of Modern China
This seminar examines various intellectual trends in modern China, with a focus on the intellectual changes from the Reform Movement to the May Fourth era (1895-1925). The theme of this class is the interaction between Chinese tradition and modern Western ideas. (Group I, Diversity)

HIST 325. Modern Japan (Chen)
A brief introduction to the traditional Samurai culture of Tokugawa Japan, followed by examination of the nation’s rapid initial modernization and the positive and negative consequences of that modernization, the latter including social dislocation, fascism, and war. The study of post-war Japan includes an introduction to the workings of modern Japanese party politics and foreign policy, and an examination of various aspects of contemporary Japanese society through Japanese eyes, including farm life, urban factory life, and the political and social controversies that have arisen over nuclear weapons and pollution control. (Group I, Diversity)

PG 349. East Asian Politics (Choi)
This course is designed to introduce East Asia to students. The first part of this course covers the history, politics, economy, and society of China, Japan, and Korea, the three most important countries in East Asia. The second part examines the history and politics of East Asian regionalism with a specific focus on ASEAN + 3 and various foreign policy issues including the role of the U.S. in the region. This course is open to any students who are interested in East Asia and there are no prerequisites for taking it. S. (Group I, Diversity)

REL 104. Religions of the East (Michael)
A survey of the major religious traditions of the world — Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, and others — and an examination of the role of their religious beliefs and practices in the development of cultural patterns and social institutions. No prerequisite. (Group III, Diversity)

REL 346. Chinese and Japanese Religion (Michael)
(Alternate years.)
The religious beliefs of the Chinese and Japanese peoples as these reflect their historical origins in the Confucian, Taoist, Shinto, and Buddhist traditions. (Group III, Diversity)

THEA 331. Asian Drama and Theatre (Kahn)
(Not offered 2016-2018)
Theatre and representative plays of Asia, illustrating the form, function, and theories of performance from classical times to the present. Emphasis is on India, China, and Japan, with individual projects branching out into other Asian nations. Prerequisite: ENG 105. F. (Group III, Diversity)

Category II: Courses not focusing specifically on East Asia, but including substantial East Asian content.

ART 348. Asian Art (Staff)
A survey of the art of India, China, and Japan with emphasis on major traditions and their religious/philosophical context. Prerequisite: ART 110, ART 111, or consent of instructor. F. (Group IV, Diversity)

CMLT 113. Myth, Legend, and Folklore of Asia (Sokolsky)
Why do we read myths, legends, and folklore? When do we usually read such tales? And how are these tales imparted to us? Do you remember the tales you were told as a young child? Can you recall the lessons about life that you were supposed to cull from these stories? Now as an adult, with a more mature eye, you can probably see that these myths, legends, and folklore that often seem to be for entertainment purposes can also have a social agenda. What about the tales that come from Asia? Are the underlying premises of tales from Asian cultures the same as those from Anglo-European traditions? In this class, through assigned literary readings, we will travel to Japan, China, Korea, India, and ancient Mesopotamia to see how people of these areas have been shaped by the myths, legends, and folklore of their respective cultures. The goal of the class will be to see if there is a universal theme to all of these texts. Thus are we as human beings ultimately the same as Carl Jung posits with his idea of archetypes? Or are there cultural differences in the way people from different countries perceive the world? How do ideas of gender roles, social order, national identity, and morality get subtly transmitted in these tales? Moreover, we will look at the various ways in which such tales get transmitted. By studying the myths, legends, and folklore of other cultures, we will have a better understanding of how the worldviews of people who live in distant lands, as well as our own worldview, are shaped by supposed entertainment tales. Some of the readings and assignments will include one of the earliest extant epics Gilgamesh; tales from China, Japan, and Korea; and India’s The Ramayana. (Group III, Diversity)

MUS 348. Music in World Cultures (Roden)
(Alternate years. Offered 2015-2016)
Major music cultures of the non-western world are studied. Emphasis is placed upon the traditional music of Africa, the Arab World, India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. The student approaches the course through lectures, a listening program, films, and performance groups. Observations are made of the relationships of music with drama, dance, and society in general. Open to all students. S. (Group IV, Diversity)

PG 360. International Politics (Choi, Kay)
International politics from the point of view of the international system and the nation-state. Topics include introduction to the major theoretical concepts of international relations, security studies, international political economy, and contemporary global politics. Consideration is given to both the history of international politics and using theoretical concepts to assess current and future global trends. R-option. F, S. (Group I)

Students using courses from Category II for credit in the major or minor must complete a research paper or project dealing with East Asia. Approval of the paper must be granted by the instructor and by the Director of East Asian Studies.

Additional courses dealing with East Asia are offered on an occasional or temporary basis. Contact
the EAS Program Director about whether such courses count for major credit in either Category I
or Category II.