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Spring 2017 Class Schedule - updated May 5, 2016 at 02:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
ASIA 171-01  Art of the East II: Japan
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm ARTCOM 102 Kari Shepherdson-Scott
*Cross-listed with ART 171-01*

ASIA 256-01  India and its Neighbors: The Anthropology of South Asia
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm Arjun Guneratne
*Cross-listed with ANTH 256-01*

ASIA 275-01  The Rise of Modern China
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with HIST 275-01*

ASIA 294-01  Embodiment and Subjectivity in Later Chinese Art
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am ARTCOM 102 Kari Shepherdson-Scott
*Cross-listed with ART 294-02*

ASIA 378-01  War Crimes and Memory in East Asia
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with HIST 378-01*

ASIA 394-01  Asian Cities
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm I-Chun Catherine Chang
*Cross-listed with GEOG 394-01; first day attendance required*

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Fall 2016 Class Schedule - updated May 5, 2016 at 02:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
ASIA 111-01  Cultural Anthropology: Introduction to Asian Studies
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 05 Arjun Guneratne
*Cross-listed with ANTH 111-02*

ASIA 140-01  Introduction to East Asian Civilization
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 002 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with HIST 140-01*

ASIA 170-01  Art of the East I: China
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm ARTCOM 102 Kari Shepherdson-Scott
*Cross-listed with ART 170-01*

ASIA 194-01  Revolution and Romance in Chinese Fiction and Film
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 110 Xin Yang
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with CHIN 194-01* Revolution and Romance in Chinese fiction and film From a “sick man of Asia” to a “peaceful rising” nation, from red guards to the online hackers, modern and contemporary China sees tremendous social change and cultural creativity. Revolution and romance are two recurring themes people often visit and revisit, reflecting an intense contemplation on the self and the public, the individual and the collective, the personal and the political. This course seeks to critically understand China by reading modern and contemporary Chinese fiction and film, which not only tell us about China, but also universal human experiences across geographical or cultural boundaries. No prior knowledge of China or Chinese is required.

ASIA 271-01  Japan and the (Inter)National Modern
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm ARTCOM 102 Kari Shepherdson-Scott
*Cross-listed with ART 271-01*

ASIA 274-01  The Great Tradition in China before 1840
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 002 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with HIST 274-01*

ASIA 277-01  The Rise of Modern Japan
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 002 Yue-him Tam
*Cross-listed with HIST 277-01*

ASIA 281-01  Dialects, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Speaking Japanese
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 226 Satoko Suzuki
*Cross-listed with JAPA 281-01 and LING 281-01*

ASIA 294-01  Cramming for the Exam: Chinese Education in Literature and History
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 217 Rivi Handler-Spitz
*First day attendance required; cross-listed with EDUC 294-02 and CHIN 294-01* On tests, Chinese students consistently outperform Americans. This fact has been attributed to Chinese cultural emphasis on education and respect for teachers. But where do these values come from? What constituted an elite education in premodern China? Who had access to it, and what political goals did it serve? This course traces the historical development of the civil service examination system, the benchmark of social and political success in imperial China. We will study the Confucian classics and commentaries, which formed the backbone of the curriculum. Other topics include frustrated scholars’ fictional accounts of the unfairness of the exam system, Europeans’ praise of it as a model for the equitable recruitment of civil servants, and women’s strategies for circumventing a system that explicitly excluded them.

ASIA 294-02  Girls' Manga: Gender/Sexuality in Japan through Popular Culture
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 110 STAFF
*Cross-listed with JAPA 294-01* What do big eyes, sparkles and flowers have to do with gender in Japan? What was so revolutionary about boy's love in 1970's manga? What's exciting and difficult about using manga to do cultural analysis? This course offers a survey of girls' comics, or shōjo manga, in Japan. We will discuss major historical trends, read works by important artists, and watch adaptations (e.g. anime and live-action TV series/films). While enjoying amazing stories and artwork, we will focus on serious analysis of gender and sexuality within works and the manga industry. No Japanese-language ability required. Screenings will be determined.

ASIA 294-03  Geography of Asia
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 009 I-Chun Catherine Chang
*Cross-listed with GEOG 294-01; first day attendance required* Whether the twenty-first century will be dominated by the “rising Asia” has spurred recurring debates in policy and academic circles. But what is Asia? How can we understand this diverse region where more than half of the world’s population resides? In this course, we will first deconstruct the idea of Asia as a cartographic entity to excavate the layered social-cultural meaning and geographical diversity of the “Asias.” We will also place the “Asias” in a global context to reveal how contemporary Asia anchors the changing world political economy and cultural imaginations outside the West. We will begin with important theoretical debates on (East) Asian development that prevailed in the 1980s and 1990s, including discussions about the colonial past, the path-dependency of development and uneven industrialization, regional disparities and mega-urbanization. We will then use these debates as the foundation to explore the contemporary globalizing Asia. What are the important connections between Asian countries, and with other parts of the world? What are the role of the “Asias” in international governance and geo-politics? Can China replace the United States as the dominant geo-economic power? These are the questions we will explore in this course.

ASIA 394-01  China's Modern Economy
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 304 Liang Ding
*Cross-listed with ECON 394-01* In the past three decades, China is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing countries in the world. Why has China been growing so fast in the last three decades? What are the keys to develop a successful business in China? How does the emergence of China affect the world economy? This course is designed to answer the above questions using a general framework developed for the Chinese economy. China remains a communist country with a significant legacy of a command economy. But it is also a market economy. Understanding this mixture - capitalism with Chinese characters - is a major aim of this course. We will begin with several classes on the historical development of the Chinese economy. This includes the nature of the command economy developed during the Maoist era and the period of economic reform under Deng Xiaoping. Then we will investigate the main players of such an economy (central/local governments and various types of firms). The next is to analyze the three growth engines: globalization, industrialization and urbanization, and to show how they are interacted. We will also study the distorted state financial system and its implication on external imbalances. The last part of the course will be on the future of the Chinese economy.

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