Spring 2022

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 102-01 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.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 12
CHIN 102-02 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Christine Liu, 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.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 12
CHIN 202-01 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: 201 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
LIBRY ALDEN
CHIN 232-01 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: 231 or the equivalent
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
STERN 12
CHIN 362-01 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: 361 or permission of the instructor.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
STERN 12
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
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.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
WEISS 235
EASN 120-01 History of East Asia from Ancient Times to the Present
Instructor: Evan Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 120-01. This course explores the diverse and interrelated histories of the region currently composed of China, Korea, and Japan, over the past two thousand years. We begin by studying the technologies and systems of thought that came to be shared across East Asia, including written languages, philosophies of rule, and religions. Next, we examine periods of major upheaval and change, such as the rise of warrior governments, the Mongol conquests, and engagement with the West. The course concludes by tracing the rise and fall of the Japanese empire and the development of the modern nation states that we see today.This course is cross-listed as HIST 120.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 212
EASN 204-01 East Asian Cinema
Instructor: Alex Bates
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 210-01. This class is intended as an introduction to the cinematic traditions of East Asia, including: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. No semester long course can do justice to the subject, so we will focus on certain historical moments and themes. We will begin in the postwar era, when China, Japan, and Korea were all emerging from the devastation of war. We then turn to how some Asian films situate themselves as alternatives to the classical Hollywood style. From there, we explore the role of film festivals in bringing Asian cinema to the world and the emergence of the Pan-Asian blockbuster.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
ALTHSE 110
EASN 205-02 Buddhist Art in East Asia
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-01. This course introduces students to the study of the history of the visual culture of Buddhism in East Asia, and to the study of pre-modern visual culture more generally. Each week will be devoted to the discussion of a particular keyword in Buddhist art, beginning with the basics such as "Buddha," and "Bodhisattva," toward more specialized topics, including "transformation tableau," and "pagoda." In conjunction with the investigation of keywords in Buddhist art, we will also address theories of iconography/iconology, space, spectatorship, etc.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, TF
ALTHSE 110
EASN 206-01 The Politics of High-Speed Growth in Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-02 and POSC 290-02. The rise of Asia as an economic force since the late 19th century has been one of the most important developments in the history of the world. Beginning with Japan in the 1880s but later encompassing South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s and then China in the late 1990s, the Asia-Pacific region has been a dynamo of economic growth: billions of people have been lifted out of poverty, Asian states have grown rich and more vocal on the world stage, millionaires have been minted and new middle classes have emerged. In this class we will explore the historical, political, economic and cultural factors that help explain this development. Among the questions we will focus are whether there is a distinctly Asian model of development that stands in contrast to Western patterns, the role of wars, authoritarianism, colonialism, and cultural factors such as Confucianism.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
STERN 103
EASN 206-02 Medicine and The Body in East Asia
Instructor: Evan Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 217-01. 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.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
DENNY 212
EASN 206-03 Gender, Family and Work in Contemporary China
Instructor: Ya Su
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-03.This course looks in-depth at issues regarding men, women, family, and work in contemporary China. The two main goals of the class are to examine major theoretical debates in the study of gender inequality and to gain empirical knowledge about gender, work, and family in China today. Topics include gender and division of labor in paid and unpaid work, intergenerational relations, marriage and family relations, childbearing and parenting, aging and old-age support, and same-sex partnerships in the rapidly changing context of contemporary China. This course will also examine how gender, family structure, social class affect the ability to achieve work-life balance. Despite the focus being primarily on mainland China, this course will also offer opportunities to broaden the discussions to Greater China (Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.) and other East Asian societies.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
DENNY 104
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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
ALTHSE 106
EASN 259-01 Law, Politics, and Society in Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 259-01 and POSC 259-01. This course examines the interaction between law, legal institutions and citizens in China, Japan, and India. Covering history and the contemporary scene, course focuses on how law works in practice and is understood and used by ordinary people in Asia. It covers areas such as marriage and divorce, the legal profession, lost property, civil rights, the environment, sexuality, mediation, land development and property, among others. Comparisons between the United States and Asia, as well as between Asian countries, will be emphasized. This course is cross-listed as POSC 259 and LAWP 259.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
STERN 103
EASN 306-01 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japanese History
Instructor: Evan Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 317-01 and WGSS 302-04. This course is an exploration of how sexuality and gender have been continually redefined and experienced throughout modern Japanese history. We will analyze the changes Japanese society underwent from the 19th century to the present, paying particular attention to transformations as well as continuities in eroticism, same-sex love, family structure, and gender roles. A key theme of the course is the socially-constructed nature of gender norms and how women and men frequently transgressed feminine and masculine ideals, a theme that we will explore through both primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship. Building upon in-class workshops and a series of short-essay assignments, the final goal of the course will be to produce a paper that analyzes the development of this new and exciting field of history.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, W
DENNY 303
EASN 490-01 Senior Research
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Leading to a senior thesis and jointly supervised by at least two faculty in the program.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, W
STERN 7
Courses Offered in JPNS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JPNS 102-01 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.Prerequisite: 101 or permission of instructor
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 7
JPNS 102-02 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.Prerequisite: 101 or permission of instructor
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
STERN 7
JPNS 202-01 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: 201 or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MTWRF
EASTC 108
JPNS 202-02 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: 201 or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
EASTC 108
JPNS 232-01 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: 231 or permission of the instructor.
12:30 PM-01:20 PM, MWF
STERN 7
JPNS 362-01 Advanced Japanese II
Instructor: Miho Arai
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: 361 or permission of the instructor.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
STERN 7