Spring 2010 Courses

102. Elementary Japanese II
Mitsuko Numata M  9:30 - 10:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  9:30 - 10:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
A continuation of the fundamentals of Japanese grammar structures and further acquisition of spoken communication skills, listening comprehension, and proficiency in reading and writing. Introduces an additional 90 kanji.
204. Intermediate Japanese II
Asuka Hosaka M  8:30 - 9:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  8:30 - 9:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
A continuation of Japanese 203 with the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters.
204. Globalization and Identity in the Himalayas
Jan Brunson T  6:30 - 9:25 Adams-406
Using contemporary ethnographies, traces the ways notions of identity—including global, national, ethnic, caste, and individual—have changed among groups in the Himalayas in response to recent political, economic, and historical circumstances. Focuses on the influence of culture on identity formation and the deployment of identity in a political fashion in the Himalayan region. Topics include Hindu caste and gender hierarchies, constructions of ethnicity, Tibetans and tourists, Sherpas and mountaineers, development ideologies, and consumerism.
206. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese II
Asuka Hosaka 38 College-Conference Room
A continuation and progression of materials used in Japanese 205.
211. The Arts of China
De-nin Lee M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
VAC-Beam Classroom
A chronological survey of ritual objects, sculpture, architecture, painting, and decorative arts in China from the Neolithic to the modern period. Topics include ritual practices and mortuary art, technologies of art and the role of trade, the impact of Buddhism, courtly and scholarly modes of painting, and popular and avant-garde art. Formerly Art History 211.
212. Writing China from Afar
Belinda Kong M  6:30 - 9:25 Mass-Faculty Room
The telling of a nation’s history is often the concern not only of historical writings but also literary ones. Examines three shaping moments of twentieth-century China: the Sino-Japanese War (1937–45), the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement and massacre. Focuses specifically on contemporary literature by authors born and raised in China but since dispersed into a western diaspora. Critical issues include language choice and the role of translation; the truth claims of fiction vs. memoir; the relationship between history, literature, and the cultural politics of diasporic representations of origin; and the figure of the contemporary intellectual-writer vis-à-vis totalitarian violence. Authors may include Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing), Shan Sa, Dai Sijie, Hong Ying, Yan Geling, Zheng Yi, Yiyun Li, Gao Xingjian, Ha Jin, Annie Wang, and Ma Jian. Part of the Other Modernities course cluster. Formerly English 283.
219. Religion and Fiction in Modern South Asia
John Holt T  1:00 - 3:55 Ashby House-Conference Room
A study of the Hindu and Buddhist religious cultures of modern South Asia as they have been imagined, represented, interpreted, and critiqued in the literary works of contemporary and modern South Asian writers of fiction and historical novels, including Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses), V. S. Naipaul (An Area of Darkness, India: A Million Mutinies Now?), Gita Mehta (A River Sutra), etc.
223. Mahayana Buddhism
John Holt M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
Studies the emergence of Mahayana Buddhist worldviews as reflected in primary sources of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese origins. Buddhist texts include the "Buddhacarita" (“Life of Buddha”), the "Sukhavati Vyuha" (“Discourse on the ‘Pure Land’”), the "Vajraccedika Sutra" (the “Diamond-Cutter”), the "Prajnaparamitra-hrdaya Sutra" (“Heart Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom”), the "Saddharmapundarika Sutra" (the “Lotus Sutra”), and the "Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch," among others.
224. Asian America's Aging
Belinda Kong T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Mass-McKeen Study
Asian American literature is dominated by voices of youth: the child narrator and the "bildungsroman" genre have long been used by writers to tell not only personal coming-of-age stories but also that of Asian America itself, as a relative newcomer into the American nation-state and its cultural landscape. Focuses instead on the latecoming figure of the aged narrator in recent Asian American fiction, who constellates themes of dislocation and reclamation, memory, and the body rather than those of maturation and heritage. Explores old age as a vehicle for engaging contemporary issues of globalization and diaspora; historical trauma and cultural memory; life and biopolitics. Examines these works within the paradigm of transnational Asian America, which goes beyond the United States as geographical frame to shed light on the new diasporic identities and cultural politics emerging from twentieth-century global transits. Note: This course fulfills the literature of the Americas requirement for English majors.
231. Topics on Asian Economies
Yao Tang M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
A study of the similarities and differences in growth experience and the level of economic output per person in Asian countries. Explores possible causes of differences in economic paths, with a focus on several important economies, including China and Japan. Also discusses the relationship between the Asian economies and the U.S. economy.
237. Sex and the Politics of the Body in India
Rachel Sturman M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
Seminar. Examines the politics of sexuality as well as other forms of ascribed bodily difference (e.g. caste, gender, religion) in shaping social and political life in modern India from the nineteenth century to the present day. Topics include: modern conjugality; histories of prostitution; love and intimate life; the emergence of a contemporary lesbian/gay/queer movement; the sexual forms of caste and religious violence.
254. Transnational Chinese Cinema
Shu-chin Tsui T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
HL-311 (third floor)
Introduces students to films produced in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Places national cinema in a transnational framework and explores how cinema as a sign system constructs sociocultural and aesthetic meanings. Students will benefit most by bringing both an open mind toward non-Western cultural texts, and a critical eye for visual art. Part of the Other Modernities course cluster.
258. Politics and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century India
Rachel Sturman M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
Examines the new forms of politics and of popular culture that shaped twentieth-century modernity in India. Topics include the emergence of mass politics, ideologies of nationalism and communalism, urbanization and the creation of new publics, violence and popular media, modern visual culture, democracy and social movements, and the politics of development. Focuses on the relationship between new socio-political forms and new technologies of representation and communication.
263. Transnational Race and Ethnicity
Dhiraj Murthy W  1:00 - 3:55 Adams-202
Examines globally mediated formations of ethnic and racial identities, including the ways in which transnational communities are shaped through contact with “homelands” (physically and virtually) and vice versa. Particular attention given to “Black” and “South Asian” diasporic communities based in London and the transnational cultural networks in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and the Caribbean that they help maintain. Readings include works by Paul Gilroy, Arjun Appadurai, Les Back, Stuart Hall, Jayne Ifekwunigwe, Ian Ang, and the Delhi-based sarai school.
270. The Global Migration of the Overseas Chinese
Karen May Teoh M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
Seminar. Explores the history of Chinese migration in its global context from the sixteenth century onwards. Examines the internal roots of emigration in China, the interactions of migrants with their host societies and local populations, processes of cultural adaptation and assimilation, and the significance of migration and the overseas Chinese for concepts of Chinese identity. Focuses on Southeast Asia and North America, but also looks at Western Europe, South America, and elsewhere. While studying the implications of Chinese migration in specific locations, attends to transnational or cross-border networks, and interrogates concepts of ethnicity, nationality, and diaspora.
272. "China among Equals": History from Song to Ming, 950-1644
Lawrence Zhang T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Covers the period from the fall of the Tang dynasty to the end of the Ming, during which China underwent a critical and fundamental transformation from a society dominated by a national aristocratic elite with hereditary rights to one where elites membership became much more fluid. The emergence of competing neighboring states also meant a complete reorientation of how China conducted diplomacy, both with other land-based states and eventually through maritime contacts with Zheng He’s expeditions to the West. Neo-Confucianism, developed during the Song dynasty, became not only the dominant philosophy in China but also in East Asia for the next thousand years. This comprehensive survey of China during the medieval and early modern eras includes sub-units on the Mongol empire and other “conquest dynasties.” Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
279. Rebellions and Revolutions in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century China
Lawrence Zhang T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
CT-16 Whiteside Room
Seminar. Mass uprisings have been political and social crucibles throughout the history of China, causing not only “regime changes,” as slated in contemporary terms, but also radical shifts in the cultural dynamics of Chinese society, as evident in class hierarchy, distribution of material resources, and expressions of personal and collective rights. Explores several of these pivotal moments, including millenarian movements such as the Taiping Rebellion in the Chinese heartland and the Muslim holy wars in the western borderlands during the nineteenth century; political transitions such as the 1911 Republican Revolution and the 1949 Communist Revolution; and movements introducing new social and cultural norms such as the May Fourth Movement and the Cultural Revolution Students revisit the question of how the concepts of “rebellion” and “revolution” are simultaneously similar and different. One course in Asian history is recommended.
284. The Emergence of Modern Japan
Thomas Conlan T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
VAC-Beam Classroom
What constitutes a modern state? How durable are cultures and civilizations? Examines the patterns of culture in a state that managed to expel European missionaries in the seventeenth century, and came to embrace all things Western as being “civilized” in the mid-nineteenth century. Compares the unique and vibrant culture of Tokugawa Japan with the rapid program of late-nineteenth-century industrialization, which resulted in imperialism, international wars, and ultimately, the post-war recovery.
285. Conquests and Heroes
Thomas Conlan M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
Mass-Faculty Room
Seminar. Examines the experience of war in China, Japan, and Europe in order to ascertain the degree to which war is a culturally specific act. Explores narratives of battle and investigates “heroic” qualities of European, Chinese, and Japanese figures. A secondary theme constitutes an examination of the impact the thirteenth-century Mongol Invasions had on each of these military cultures. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
308. Advanced Japanese II
Mitsuko Numata 
A continuation of Japanese 307. Continued efforts to develop oral and written fluency in informal and formal situations. Reading of contemporary texts of literature, business, and social topics.
332. Advanced Seminar in Japanese Politics
Henry Laurence M  10:00 - 11:25
W  10:00 - 11:25
Analyzes the political, social, and cultural underpinnings of modern politics, and asks how democracy works in Japan compared with other countries. Explores how Japan has achieved stunning material prosperity while maintaining among the best healthcare and education systems in the world, high levels of income equality, and low levels of crime. Students are also instructed in conducting independent research on topics of their own choosing.
371. The Cosmopolitan World of the Tang Dynasty
De-nin Lee M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
VAC-Picture Study
Explores the extraordinary, cosmopolitan world of the Tang Dynasty (618-906).Examines the intersections of political power, economic wealth, religious beliefs, social practices, art and material culture. Topics include architecture and urban life, Buddhist cave temples, the Silk Road, ceramic art and industry, philosophical ideals in poetry and painting, and the images and roles of women. Students will undertake research into primary and secondary sources and be exposed to different methodologies in completing a seminar paper.