Fall 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 101-01 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Li Li, Rae Yang
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: Li Li, Rae Yang
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 307
CHIN 201-01 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Ke Xiao, Nan Ma
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: Ke Xiao, Nan Ma
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: Li Li
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: 202 or the equivalent
1130:MWF   BOSLER 306
CHIN 361-01 Advanced Chinese II
Instructor: Li Li
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 306
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 101-01 Introduction to East Asia
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
An interdisciplinary study of East Asian civilizations. The course provides a framework for understanding by introducing students to traditional social and cultural patterns in East Asia and to the variety of transformations that have taken place there.
1500:MW   STERN 103
EASN 108-01 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.This course is cross-listed as ARTH 108.
1030:TR   WEISS 235
EASN 205-01 War and Memory in East Asian Literature and Film
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 210-02. This class examines Japanese and Chinese representations of the war they fought between 1937 and 1945, along with Japanese representations of war with the United States. It explores film and fiction from Japan and China created both during and after the war. We will investigate questions of memory, victimization and responsibility as well as how artists attempted to represent experiences that stretched the boundaries of imagination. Priorities:
1330:TF   ALTHSE 109
EASN 206-01 Babies and Boomers: East Asian Populations in Transition
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-04. For much of the 20th century, East Asia was known as a region of youth. In the past few decades, however, societies in East Asia have grown markedly older. This course examines the causes and consequences of declining fertility and population aging in East Asia. It looks at the impact of this changing population composition on attitudes toward reproduction, marriage, family, and gender in the region, particularly in China and Japan. Our exploration of these issues will be guided primarily by anthropological and historical accounts. By the end of the semester, students will be required to complete a research paper related to course themes.
1330:MR   STERN 7
EASN 206-02 Modern China and Its Diaspora Communities
Instructor: Ann Hill
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 232-01. This is a comparative course that examines contemporary Chinese communities in the PRC, as well as Chinese immigrant cultures located in Southeast Asia and the U.S. The focus is on both the structure of these communities and the processes of identity formation and re-imagining the "home" country or "native place" in the midst of considerable flux. The course explicitly uses comparison to deconstruct staid truths about "the Chinese" and monolithic "Chinese culture.
1030:MWF   DENNY 103
EASN 206-03 History of Modern Japan 1800 to the Present
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-02. 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.
0900:TR   DENNY 303
EASN 209-01 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 Japans most celebrated artistic mediumfrom 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 prints 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. Lectures are supplemented by viewing sessions in the Trout Gallery.This course is cross-listed as ARTH 209.
1330:TF   WEISS 221
EASN 310-01 Interpreting the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 390-01. 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   STERN 12
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 21
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 21
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: 202 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   STERN 7
JPNS 361-01 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