Fall 2021

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 101-01 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Nan Ma, Christine Liu
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.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 12
CHIN 101-02 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Nan Ma, Christine Liu
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.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 12
CHIN 201-02 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Keren He
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.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
LIBRY ALDEN
CHIN 231-01 Advanced Chinese
Instructor: Nan Ma
Course Description:
Advanced reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of the Chinese language for students who have completed Chinese 202. 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
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
STERN 12
CHIN 361-01 Advanced Chinese II
Instructor: Keren He
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.
12:30 PM-01:20 PM, MWF
STERN 103
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 203-01 Murakami, Manga and More: Contemporary Japanese Literature
Instructor: Alex Bates
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 321-04.Murakami Haruki is one of the worlds most popular literary authors, and is regularly given high odds to win the Nobel Prize in literature. His success, along with the spread of Japanese popular culture in the form of manga and anime, has led to many recent works of Japanese fiction being available in translation. This course critically examines short stories, manga, and novels by many different contemporary authors and creators alongside theories of translation and gender. One author we will be reading deserves special attention: Tawada Yko, a world-famous author, who will be visiting campus in March.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
ALTHSE 109
EASN 206-01 Life and Death in the Age of Samurai and Geisha
Instructor: Evan Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 101-01. In this course, we critically investigate the surprising origins behind some of the most pervasive icons of premodern Japan. By analyzing a variety of historical sources, including diaries, legal petitions, picture scrolls, and woodblock prints, students will gain insight into what it was like to live in the 13th-18th centuries. Topics include the rise of the samurai as a military and political force, the development of geisha as skilled entertainers, peasant revolts, warrior monks, and the texture of everyday life. By analyzing these sources and engaging with new, innovative scholarship, students will learn how to craft original and compelling arguments that change the way we understand premodern Japanese society and culture.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 304
EASN 305-01 Chinese Science Fiction
Instructor: Nan Ma
Course Description:
In this course, we will read representative, translated works of contemporary Chinese science fiction, and discuss the relationship among science, literature, and reality within a context that is both Chinese and global. We will delve into the fantastic images, as portrayed by Sci-Fi writers, of alternative versions of everyday life that could result from the interactions between humans, nonhumans, and science and technology. Specifically, we will examine how writers use literary imagination to explore the following topics: the distortion and manipulation of space-time; the boundaries between humans, other species, AI, and the post-human; the possibilities of breaking through various limits of human cognition, mortality, and morality; global environmental and energy crises, natural and man-made disasters, historical traumas, contemporary political and social urgencies, and the imaginative construction of future worlds. Students will learn the methods of textual analysis and literary research and deepen their understanding of the society and culture of contemporary China and its relation to the rest of the world.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
STERN 12
EASN 306-01 Controversies in Chinese-American Relations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 390-02.This seminar takes a close look at some of the most contentious political, legal, and ethical issues in Sino-American relations in the post-Mao period (1978-), ranging from Tibet, Taiwan, birth control, the South China Sea, crime, environmental protection, religious freedom, trade, and intellectual property rights. Drawing on translated primary and secondary sources, the course focuses on the historical, political, and cultural forces that have often driven a wedge between the United States and China, but which also provide opportunity for cooperation.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, T
DENNY 303
EASN 480-01 Critical Dialogues in East Asian Studies
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
To help prepare students for completing their senior research project, this course introduces current dialogues and research strategies in East Asian Studies. Students will study influential scholarly texts on and from the region and apply insights gleaned from them toward analysis of primary source data. Students will also learn to better identify and evaluate competing views presented by secondary sources. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, identified suitable sources, and developed a proposal for their senior project. The content and direction of the course will reflect the research interests of students and the instructor.Prerequisite: EASN, CHIN or JPNS major and 200-level EASN course.

EASN 480-02 Critical Dialogues in East Asian Studies
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
To help prepare students for completing their senior research project, this course introduces current dialogues and research strategies in East Asian Studies. Students will study influential scholarly texts on and from the region and apply insights gleaned from them toward analysis of primary source data. Students will also learn to better identify and evaluate competing views presented by secondary sources. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, identified suitable sources, and developed a proposal for their senior project. The content and direction of the course will reflect the research interests of students and the instructor.Prerequisite: EASN, CHIN or JPNS major and 200-level EASN course.

EASN 480-03 Critical Dialogues in East Asian Studies
Instructor: Alex Bates
Course Description:
To help prepare students for completing their senior research project, this course introduces current dialogues and research strategies in East Asian Studies. Students will study influential scholarly texts on and from the region and apply insights gleaned from them toward analysis of primary source data. Students will also learn to better identify and evaluate competing views presented by secondary sources. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, identified suitable sources, and developed a proposal for their senior project. The content and direction of the course will reflect the research interests of students and the instructor.Prerequisite: EASN, CHIN or JPNS major and 200-level EASN course.

EASN 490-01 Senior Research
Instructor: Alex Bates
Course Description:
Leading to a senior thesis and jointly supervised by at least two faculty in the program.

Courses Offered in JPNS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JPNS 101-01 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro, Miho Arai
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.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 7
JPNS 101-02 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Miho Arai, Akiko Meguro
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.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 7
JPNS 201-01 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: Alex Bates, Miho Arai
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.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
LIBRY E. ASIAN
JPNS 201-02 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: Miho Arai, Alex 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.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
LIBRY E. ASIAN
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.
12:30 PM-01:20 PM, MWF
STERN 7
JPNS 361-01 Advanced Japanese II
Instructor: Alex 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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
STERN 7