Fall 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 101-01 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Baimin Cao, Nan Ma
Course Description:
A study of the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, including grammar, reading, and writing using both traditional and simplified characters, pinyin romanization, pronunciation, and conversational skills.
0930:MTWRF   BOSLER 308
CHIN 101-02 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Baimin Cao, Nan Ma
Course Description:
A study of the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, including grammar, reading, and writing using both traditional and simplified characters, pinyin romanization, pronunciation, and conversational skills.
1030:MTWRF   BOSLER 308
CHIN 201-01 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Lingyue Kong
Course Description:
An enhancement of the oral and written skills of elementary language study. In addition, students will learn to use dictionaries to translate original literary works. Extra conversational work will be included, geared to understanding and participating in Chinese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.
0930:MTWRF   STERN 12
CHIN 201-02 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Lingyue Kong
Course Description:
An enhancement of the oral and written skills of elementary language study. In addition, students will learn to use dictionaries to translate original literary works. Extra conversational work will be included, geared to understanding and participating in Chinese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.
1030:MTWRF   STERN 12
CHIN 231-01 Advanced Chinese
Instructor: Yunling Cai
Course Description:
Advanced reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of the Chinese language for students who have completed Chinese 212. This course aims to enhance the students' understanding of Chinese culture and introduce them to issues in contemporary China through reading and discussion. Prerequisite: 212 or the equivalent
1130:MWF   BOSLER 211
CHIN 361-01 Advanced Chinese II
Instructor: Yunling Cai
Course Description:
Reading of selected literary works by modern Chinese writers and articles from Chinese newspapers and magazines. These courses involve more sophisticated conversation and composition on important social, political, and economics issues in China. Prerequisite: 232 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   BOSLER 211
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 205-01 Tales of Two Cities: Beijing and Shanghai in Literature and Film
Instructor: Nan Ma
Course Description:
This course focuses on the urban history and culture of China two major cities: Beijingthe capital of late imperial and post-1949 Chinaand Shanghaione of the earliest treaty ports open to the West and the economic and commercial center of todays China. Through comparative studies of urban planning, literature, film history, and performance arts production of the two cities, we will examine the significance of two distinct yet profoundly connected cultural centers in modern China. Chinas rapidly changing urban spaces today also make it necessary for this course to examine the two cities from the perspective of timethe constantly shifting urban layouts, memories, and historical records of the cities. The students are encouraged to develop a research project comparing the two cities, using Chinese or/and English-language sources. The required course readings and all discussions will be in English.
1330:MR   STERN 12
EASN 205-02 Soap, Sparkle, and Pop: Contemporary Korea
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
This course investigates and evaluates contemporary Korean popular culture, and more specifically the 21st century South Korean cultural phenomenon called hallyu (Korean Wave)its promises and limitations as well as its popularity and backlash against it. We will study television, manhwa (comic books), and music and ask how they participate in the transnational production and circulation of culture, identity, modernity, tradition, ideology, and politics both regionally and globally. The course also aims to equip students with analytical tools to critically think about and understand popular culture.
1330:TF   STERN 103
EASN 205-03 War and Peace: Korean War in Transnational Context
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
The importance of the Korean War continues in shaping both East Asia and American foreign policy and culture today in the 21st century. Yet, the Korean War continues to be referred to as the forgotten war. This course will attempt to move beyond nationalist historiography and international relations paradigms that have dominated existing studies and turn to representations of the war in transnational texts and contexts. We will examine fiction, poetry, memoirs, photographs, art, and films produced by Koreans (North and South), Japanese, resident Koreans in Japan, African and Asian Americans, as well as veterans of the war in China and the U.S. Through these diverse texts, the course will explore the complex and far-reaching impact of the war not only on the two Koreas, but around the globe from China to Turkey. In addition to the literary texts, readings will include archival materials such as government documents, secondary articles on the history of the war, and analyses of cultural artifacts produced by the Cold War. The aim of the course is to trace historical and aesthetic connections that situate the Korean War that extend far beyond the boundaries of the nation and the immediate war years.
1330:R   DENNY 204
EASN 205-04 Visual Cultures in Modern China
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-01.
1330:MR   BOSLER 208
EASN 205-05 The Japanese Woodblock Print
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 209-01. This course provides a thorough introduction to the woodblock print -- Japan's most celebrated artistic medium -- from its emergence in the mid-17th century to the modern era. Technical developments, major genres, and master designers are explored within the context of the print's relationship to the urban culture of early modern and modern Japan. Topics including censorship, theatricality, the representation of war, nationalism, and Japonisme. Special emphasis is placed on an examination of habits of pictorial representation and protocols of viewing unique to the Japanese print medium.
1030:TR   WEISS 221
EASN 205-06 Arts of East Asia
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 108-01.This course introduces students to a selection of objects and sites that elicit new modes of cultural perception and insight into the artistic cultures of China, Korea, and Japan. Loosely arranged in a chronological order, each week is devoted to in-depth examination of a different type of object, medium, and format. The diverse mediums (sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, prints, painting, calligraphy, photography, performance, and architecture) and the long historical span covered in class will chart how culture traveled within East Asia, and later, globally, as well as each cultures distinctive methods of adaptation over time. Major themes include the relationship between artistic production and sociopolitical and socioeconomic development, cultural exchange, aesthetics, impact of religion, power and authority, gender, and issues of modernity. Lectures are supplemented by viewing sessions in the Trout Gallery.
1030:MWF   WEISS 235
EASN 206-01 History of Modern Japan 1800 to the Present
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01. This course explores two centuries of successive transformations that have restructured Japanese society. Key topics include Japans transition from a feudal to a capitalist regime, the expansion of the Japanese empire, the Second World War, the post-war economic miracle, and recent political and economic anxieties as well as hope for the future. We will examine a range of engrossing primary sources and thought-provoking secondary scholarship to understand how geopolitical strategies and economic booms and busts have affected the daily lives of people in Japan, East Asia, and the rest of the modern world.
1500:MR   DENNY 303
EASN 206-02 Babies and Boomers: Asian Societies in Transition
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-02. The rapid economic growth of Asia in the past several decades has led to equally rapid social transformation. This course takes the family as a lens through which to understand this social change. It explores shifts and continuities in both conceptions of family life and the composition of families themselves. The causes and effects of lowered fertility and increased longevity in Asia, particularly in China and Japan, receive special emphasis. Course materials draw from social scientific and historical accounts. In addition to normal coursework, students will be required to write a research paper on a topic related to course themes.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 109
EASN 206-03 Samurai and Geisha: Fact and Fiction
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
There are perhaps no more iconic figures in Japanese culture than the samurai and geisha. Popular as they are, many misconceptions remain about their roles throughout Japanese history. This course explores the lived experiences of samurai and geisha in Japan as well as the myths that have developed around them. Course materials draw on historical texts, ethnographic studies, and fictional depictions of samurai and geisha in film and media.
1500:MR   DENNY 304
EASN 206-04 Medicine and The Body in East Asia
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-03.This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 201
EASN 236-01 Japanese Society
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 236-01. This course is an introduction to contemporary Japanese society. The course examines what everyday life is like in Japan from anthropological and historical perspectives. It explores such major social institutions as families, gender, communities, workplaces, and belief systems. The course focuses as well on the ways in which modernization has affected these institutions and the identities of Japanese people.
1030:TR   STERN 103
EASN 310-01 Interpreting the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 390-02. This seminar examines the varying approaches and methodologies scholars have adopted in studying the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), one of the most important political events in modern Chinese history. While the course does cover some history, its approach is mainly analytical to formulate effective research results. How can we know if a certain methodology is appropriate? How have primary and secondary sources been used to understand this complex event? The goal is to teach students about what happened during the Cultural Revolution and how scholars have studied it. Prerequisite: 101. Offered every two years.
1330:W   WESTC 1
EASN 500-01 Sports in Japanese Literature and Film
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
 
Courses Offered in JPNS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JPNS 101-01 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro, Ibuki Aiba
Course Description:
These courses establish the basic language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. These courses also provide students with a brief overview of Japanese culture.
0930:MTWRF   STERN 7
JPNS 101-02 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro, Ibuki Aiba
Course Description:
These courses establish the basic language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. These courses also provide students with a brief overview of Japanese culture.
1030:MTWRF   STERN 7
JPNS 201-01 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: Ibuki Aiba, Peter Bates
Course Description:
The aim of this course is the mastery of the basic structure of Japanese language and communicative skills. The student will have an opportunity to get to know more of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or permission of the instructor.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 315
JPNS 201-02 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: Ibuki Aiba, Peter Bates
Course Description:
The aim of this course is the mastery of the basic structure of Japanese language and communicative skills. The student will have an opportunity to get to know more of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or permission of the instructor.
1030:MTWRF   DENNY 315
JPNS 231-01 Advanced Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro
Course Description:
The emphasis in this course is placed on enhancing the students' fluency and acquiring increasingly creative skills through composition, oral presentation and discussion. Prerequisite: 212 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   STERN 7
JPNS 361-02 Advanced Japanese II
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
The emphasis in this course is placed on polishing and refining the students' language skills. Emphasis is placed on covering more sophisticated materials such as newspapers, magazine articles, film and literature. Prerequisite: 232 or permission of the instructor.
1500:TF   STERN 12