Department News

Department News:

AlumniDinner246.jpgSatoko Suzuki's First Year Course (Language and Gender in Japanese Society)

Staff and students met and enjoyed dinner with Macalester alums at the house of Elissa Mallory '07. Also pictured are Anna Farrell '06, Megan Chmielewski '06, and Stu Chmielewski '06.

Macalester Senior (Chinese Major) Andrew Notaras was awarded a $3,000 internship stipend

The stipend was through funding from the Henry Luce Foundation as part of the "Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of the Arts" program. The Foundation is part of the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, at the University of Minnesota. Notaras' research focuses on intercultural and trans-media adaptations of ghost stories and "tales of the strange" by the Qing dynasty Chinese author Pu Songling  蒲松龄 (1640-1715).

2014 Language and Culture Prize Winners:

Yevgenia Berdysheva, Chinese, Ashley Mangan, Chinese and Elena Paulsen, Japanese.  These cash prize winners were announced at the Poetry Contest Luncheon in spring 2014.

New Courses for Fall 2014

CHIN 294 – Opulence and decadence: China, Europe, and the Early Modern world  Instructor: Rivi Handler-spitz

This comparative, interdisciplinary course examines the literature and arts of China and Europe at the dawn of the modern age, when both regions were becoming enmeshed in a newly developing world economy.  At the turn of the seventeenth century, China and Europe concurrently experienced urbanization, commercialization, class mobility, and a communication revolution facilitated by technological developments in printing.  Focusing on China and invoking Europe as a point of comparison, our course examines how these social and historical changes affected the visual, literary and material cultures of the day.  By examining painting, prints, drama, fiction and porcelain, we shall discover the central cultural preoccupations of the age: anxiety over imitation and falsification, elevation of the exotic and peculiar, and the quest for authenticity.  All readings will be in English.

JAPA 254 - Japanese Film and animation: from the salaryman to the shojo.  Instructor:  Arthur Mitchell

This course examines the development of Japanese film from the “golden age”of Japanese cinema, with directors such as Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, and Ōshima, to the transnational genre of anime, with works such as Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (above). No prior knowledge of Japanese or Japanese culture required. All films have English subtitles, and all readings are in English.

Dialects, Multilingualism, and the Politics of speaking JapaneseInstructor:  Satoko suzuki

This course will examine linguistic diversity in Japan as well as issues of identity and politics involved in the act of speaking Japanese in Japan and other parts of the world.  Students will be engaged with questions such as the following: How do dialects become revitalized? How does the media portray dialect speakers? Does the Japanese government promote multilingualism? How do multilingual/multicultural individuals deal with their identities? How is Japanese taught to heritage learners in Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Peru, and the United States? What does it mean to speak Japanese as a non-native speaker? The course will fulfill the Internationalism General Education Requirement as well as requirements for Asian Studies, Japanese, and Linguistics majors. No Japanese language ability is required.