Spring 2011 Courses

204. Globalization and Identity in the Himalayas
Jan Brunson M 6:30 - 9:25 Adams-202
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.
212. Writing China from Afar
Belinda Kong T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Mass Hall-McKeen Study
The telling of a nation’s history is often the concern not only of historical writings but also literary ones. Examines contemporary diaspora literature on three shaping moments of twentieth-century China: the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45), the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and the 1989 Tiananmen democracy movement and massacre. Focuses on authors born and raised in China but since dispersed into various Western locales, particularly the United States, England, and France. Critical issues include the role of the Chinese diaspora in the historiography of World War II, particularly the Nanjing Massacre; the functions and hazards of Chinese exilic literature, such as the genre of Cultural Revolution memoirs, in Western markets today; and more generally, the relationship between history, literature, and the cultural politics of diasporic representations of origin. Authors may include Shan Sa, Dai Sijie, Hong Ying, Yan Geling, Zheng Yi, Yiyun Li, Gao Xingjian, Ha Jin, Annie Wang, and Ma Jian. (Formerly English 283.)
226. Religion and Political Violence in South Asia
Sunil Goonasekera T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Banister-106
Religion is a universal phenomenon that touches, if not dominates, daily life and is a force that can compel people to be both perpetrators and victims of violence. Sociological and anthropological studies point to social, political, economic, cultural, legal, and psychological facts that propel individuals and groups to use violence and justify its use by bringing violence into a religious context. Seeks to understand the relationship between religion and violence and the causes and effects of that relationship. Specifically addresses these issues in South Asian cultural systems.
233. South Asian Popular Culture
Dhiraj Murthy T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Adams-114
Examines transnational South Asian popular culture (encompassing Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka), as a medium to understand larger sociological themes, including diaspora, “homeland,” globalization, identity, class, gender, and exoticization. Music, film, and fashion are the prime cultural modes explored. Largely structured around specific “South Asian” cultural products—such as Bhangra, Asian electronic music, and Bollywood—and their circulation between the subcontinent and South Asian diasporic communities (particularly in Britain).
246. The Fantastic and Demonic in Japanese Literature
Vyjayanthi Selinger M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Hatch Library-012
From possessing spirits and serpentine creatures to hungry ghosts and spectral visions, Japanese literary history is alive with supernatural beings. The focus of study ranges from the earliest times to modernity, examining these motifs in both historical and theoretical contexts. Readings pose the following broad questions: How do representations of the supernatural function in both creation myths of the ancient past and the rational narratives of the modern nation? What is the relationship between liminal beings and a society’s notion of purity? How may we understand the uncanny return of dead spirits in medieval Japanese drama? How does the construction of demonic female sexuality vary between medieval and modern Japan? Draws on various genres of representation, from legends and novels to drama, paintings, and cinema. Students develop an appreciation of the hold that creatures from the “other” side maintain over our cultural and social imagination.
269. Applied Research Practicum: Chinese Rural to Urban Migration
Rachel Connelly W 1:00 - 3:55 CT-2 West
Highlights applied research methods in microeconomics. Students work throughout the semester in research teams to analyze data from Chinese rural women on their migration and/or the migration of their husbands. While topics of Chinese economic life and economic models of migration are studied, primarily focuses on methods: how applied researchers work with data to analyze a set of questions. Elementary statistics is a prerequisite. Statistical techniques beyond the elementary level are taught.
273. Hong Kong and Taiwan's Colonial Pasts
Lawrence Zhang M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Hubbard-22
Seminar. Examines the history of Hong Kong and Taiwan in particular, and through them the concept of “Greater China,” which can include ethnic Chinese groups in Southeast Asia and Singapore. Students study the historical circumstances in which such communities were born, their evolution over time, and their changing relationship with China throughout the past few centuries. Topics covered include colonialism and imperialism, ethnic identity and relations, trade and commerce, and geopolitical shifts through time.
275. The Making of Modern China: 1550 to Present
Lawrence Zhang M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-207
An overview of the changes and transformations in China beginning from the commercial revolution in the sixteenth century and ending at the second commercial revolution in the present day. Topics include political and intellectual changes, the increasing exchange between China and the Western world, challenges from and responses to imperialism, as well as social and cultural transformations, with a thematic emphasis on the changing definition of "China" and its place in the world. Discussions and assignments based on primary source materials.
284. The Emergence of Modern Japan
Thomas Conlan T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Sills-207
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 postwar recovery.
324. Forbidden Capital
Belinda Kong T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Mass Hall-Faculty Room
“To get rich is glorious!”—so goes the slogan popularly attributed to Deng Xiaoping, who ushered 1980s China into an era of economic liberalization. Examines contemporary Chinese diaspora fiction that responds to, struggles with, and/or satirizes the paradoxes of socialist capitalism. Also explores recent political debates about the democratizing promise of capitalism in relation to the history of Western capital in China, with attention to diaspora literature on colonial cities such as Hong Kong and pre-communist Shanghai.
337. Advanced Seminar in Democracy and Development in Asia
Henry Laurence M 2:30 - 3:55, F 2:30 - 3:55 Chase Barn Chamber
Examines development from a variety of political, economic, moral, and cultural perspectives. Is democracy a luxury that poor countries cannot afford? Are authoritarian governments better at promoting economic growth than democracies? Does prosperity lead to democratization? Are democratic values and human rights universal, or culturally specific? Emphasis on Japan, China, India, and the Koreas.
380. The Warrior Culture of Japan
Thomas Conlan M 1:00 - 3:55 Mass Hall-McKeen Study
Explores the “rise” of the warrior culture of Japan. In addition to providing a better understanding of the judicial and military underpinnings of Japan’s military “rule” and the nature of medieval Japanese warfare, shows how warriors have been perceived as a dominant force in Japanese history. Culminates in an extended research paper. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.


102. Elementary Chinese II
Songren Cui M 8:30 - 9:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 8:30 - 9:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 CT-16 Whiteside Room
A continuation of Chinese 101. Five hours of class per week. Covers most of the essential grammatical structures and vocabulary for basic survival needs and simple daily routine conversations. Introduction to the next 350 characters, use of Chinese-English dictionary. Followed by Chinese 203.
204. Intermediate Chinese II
Yan Li M 11:30 - 12:25, T 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:25, TH 11:30 - 12:55 HL-311 (third floor)
A continuation of Chinese 203. Five hours of class per week. Further develops students’ communicative competence and strives to achieve a balance between the receptive and productive skills. Students learn another 400 characters; read longer, more complex texts; and write short compositions with increasing discourse cohesion. Followed by Chinese 205.
206. Advanced-Intermediate Chinese II
Songren Cui T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 38 College St-Conf Room
A continuation of Chinese 205. Three hours of class per week. Focuses on the improvement of reading comprehension and speed, and essay writing skills. Deals particularly with edited and/or authentic materials from Chinese mass media such as newspapers and the Internet. Followed by Chinese 307.
308. Advanced Chinese II
Yan Li T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 HL-311 (third floor)
Continuation of Chinese 307.


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 Sills-111
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
Vyjayanthi Selinger M 9:30 - 10:25, T 8:30 - 9:55, W 9:30 - 10:25, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Sills-207
A continuation of Japanese 203 with the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters.
206. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese II
Mitsuko Numata M 4:00 - 5:25, TH 4:00 - 5:25 38 College St-Conf Room
A continuation and progression of materials used in Japanese 205.