Fall 2013 Courses

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023. East Asian Genre Cinema: Action, Anime, and Martial Arts
Shu-chin Tsui T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Explores East Asian cinema from a genre perspective with a focus on Hong Kong action, Japanese anime, and transnational martial arts films. In the framework of social-cultural history and context of genre theory, the course examines the paradigms that characterize the form and content of such films; investigates the relations between local-global and national-transnational; studies genre-specific issues such as spectators’ perception or industry practices to discern the role of gender, nation, power, and historiography. After taking the course, students will be able to explain the theoretical concepts of genre cinema, analyze the genre’s visual formation, and comprehend the social-cultural implications of the genre.
242. Theravada Buddhism
John Holt M 6:30 - 9:25
An examination of the major trajectories of Buddhist religious thought and practice as understood from a reading of primary and secondary texts drawn from the Theravada traditions of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma.
244. Modern Japanese Literature
Vyjayanthi Selinger T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
As a latecomer to industrial modernity, Japan underwent rapid changes in the early part of the twentieth century. Examines how the creative minds of this period responded to the debates surrounding these sweeping technological and social changes, pondering, among other things, the place of the West in modern Japan, the changing status of women, and the place of minorities. Many of the writers from this period chose to write “I-novels” or first-person fiction. How is the inward turn in narrative tied to modern ideas of the self and its relationship to society? What sorts of quests does this self embark on and how is the end of the journey conceptualized? How do the romantic objects of this (male) self help express notions of stability/instability in a changing world? No prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture is required. All readings in English.
248. Activist Voices in India
Sara Dickey T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Examines contemporary social and political activism in India. Focuses on film, essays, and fiction to investigate the ways that political messages are constructed through different media and for specific audiences. Case studies include activism concerning religious conflict, gender inequalities, gay and lesbian identities, and environmental issues.
251. Asian America: History, Society, Literature
Connie Chiang, Belinda Kong, and Nancy Riley T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Focuses on Asian American experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history, English, Asian Studies, and sociology. Examines major issues in the experience of Asian Americans including immigration, the politics of racial/ethnic formation and identity, the political and economic forces that have shaped the lives of Asians in the U.S., historical experiences and influences on today's situation, and ways that Asian Americans have resisted and accommodated these influences. Uses a variety of lenses to gain critical perspective, including history, social relations and practices, and cultural production.
256. The Making of Modern India
Nishtha Singh T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
Traces the history of India from the rise of British imperial power in the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Topics include the formation of a colonial economy and society; religious and social reform; the emergence of anti-colonial nationalism; the road to independence and partition; and issues of secularism, democracy, and inequality that have shaped post-colonial Indian society.
276. The Foundations of Chinese Thought
Leah Zuo M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Seminar. Addresses Chinese thought from the time of Confucius, ca. sixth century B.C.E., up to the beginning of the Common Era. The first half of the time period nurtured many renowned thinkers, who devoted themselves to the task of defining and disseminating ideas. The latter half witnessed the canonization of a number of significant traditions, including Confucianism. Major problems that preoccupied the thinkers include order and chaos, human nature, the relationship between man and nature, among others. Students instructed to treat philosophical ideas as historically conditioned constructs and to interrogate them in contexts. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
277. China’s Path to Modernity: 1800 to Present
Leah Zuo M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Introduction to modern and contemporary Chinese history. Covers the period from the nineteenth century, when imperial China encountered the greatest national crisis in its contact with the industrial West, to the present People's Republic of China. Provides historical depth to an understanding of the multiple meanings of Chinese modernity. Major topics include: democratic and socialist revolutions, assimilation of Western knowledge and thought, war, imperialism, the origin, development, and unraveling of the Communist rule.
280. Asian Communism: The Politics of China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Mongolia
Christopher Heurlin T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Examines the Asian communism in China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Mongolia. Asian communism presents a series of fascinating questions. Why did communist revolutions occur in some Asian states but not others? Why were relations between some Asian communist states peaceful while others were hostile? Why did some adopt significant economic reforms while others maintained command economies? Why did communist regimes persist in most Asian states, while it fell in Mongolia and all of Europe? The approach of the course is explicitly comparative and structured around thematic comparisons between the four states.
282. Japanese Politics and Society
Henry Laurence M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Comprehensive overview of modern Japanese politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Analyzes the electoral dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nature of democratic politics, and the rise and fall of the economy. Other topics include the status of women and ethnic minorities, education, war guilt, nationalism, and the role of the media.


101. Elementary Chinese I
Songren Cui M 8:30 - 9:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 8:30 - 9:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55
A foundation course for communicative skills in modern Chinese (Mandarin). Five hours of class per week. Introduction to the sound system, essential grammar, basic vocabulary, and approximately 350 characters (simplified version). Develops rudimentary communicative skills. No prerequisite. Followed by Chinese 1102 {102}.
103. Advanced Elementary Chinese I
Xiaoke Jia M 8:30 - 9:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 8:30 - 9:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55
An accelerated course for elementary Chinese designed for heritage speakers and for students who have had some background in Chinese language. Emphasis on improvement of pronunciation, consolidation of basic Chinese grammar, vocabulary enhancement, reading comprehension, and writing. Five hours of class per week and individual tutorials. Followed by Chinese 1104 {104}. Students should consult with the program about appropriate placement.
203. Intermediate Chinese I
Xiaoke Jia M 11:30 - 12:25, T 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:25, TH 11:30 - 12:55
An intermediate course in modern Chinese. Five hours of class per week. Consolidates and expands the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, with 400 additional characters. Further improves studentsí Chinese proficiency with a focus on accuracy, fluency, and complexity. Followed by Chinese 2204 {204}.
205. Advanced-Intermediate Chinese I
Songren Cui T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
A pre-advanced course in modern Chinese. Three hours of class per week. Upgrades studentsí linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to explore edited or semi-authentic materials. Followed by Chinese 206.
307. Advanced Chinese I
Shu-chin Tsui
Designed to develop mastery of the spoken and written language. Emphasis given to reading and writing, with focus on accuracy, complexity, and fluency in oral as well as written expression. Assigned work includes written composition and oral presentations.

Japanese Language Courses

101. Elementary Japanese I
Hiroo Aridome M  9:30 - 10:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  9:30 - 10:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
An introductory course in modern Japanese language. In addition to mastering the basics of grammar, emphasis is placed on active functional communication in the language, reading, and listening comprehension. Context-oriented conversation drills are complemented by audio materials. The two kana syllabaries and 60 commonly used kanji are introduced. No prerequisite. Followed by Japanese 102.
203. Intermediate Japanese I
Vyjayanthi Selinger M  9:30 - 10:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  9:30 - 10:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
An intermediate course in modern Japanese language, with introduction of advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters. Continuing emphasis on acquisition of well-balanced language skills based on an understanding of the actual use of the language in the Japanese sociocultural context. Introduces an additional 100 kanji.
205. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese I
Hiroo Aridome M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
Increases students’ proficiency in both spoken and written modern Japanese. A variety of written and audiovisual materials are used to consolidate and expand mastery of more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. Includes oral presentation, discussion, and composition in Japanese.
3307 (307) Advanced Japanese I
Hiroo Aridome TR 2:30 - 3:55
Sills 111
Designed to develop mastery of the spoken and written language. Materials from various sources such as literature, newspapers, and cultural journals as well as TV programs and films are used. Assigned work includes written compositions and oral presentations.
Prerequisite: Japanese 2206, placement in Japanese 3307, or permission of the instructor.