Fall 2014 Courses
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AS.010.211 - Monuments of Asia - Rebecca Brown
An examination of selected architectural monuments from across Asia, including the Indian subcontinent,
Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Korea. Ancient to contemporary.
MW 12:00 - 1:15 PM
AS.100.347 - Early Modern China- William Rowe
TTh 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
AS.100.219 – Chinese Cultural Revolution- Tobie Meyer-Fong
This introductory class will explore the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), Chairman Mao’s last attempt
to transform China,and a period marked by social upheaval, personal vendettas, violence, and
MW12:00 – 1:15 PM
|AS.140.482 - Historiography of Modern China - William Rowe|
AS.230.166 - Chinese Migration in Modern World History 1500s - 2000s - Huei Ying Kuo
This interdisciplinary course applies theories of economic sociology to examine the effects of Chinese
overseas migration on modern world economy from the sixteenth century to the contemporary era.
It examines the contribution of overseas Chinese to the development of capitalism in the following
junctures: the East-West economic integration in the pre-modern era. China’s modern transformation
after the Opium War (1839-1842), the making of US national economy in the early twentieth century,
as well as the postwar economic miracles in the Pacific Rim, among others.
TTH 1:30-2:45 PM
|AS.310.305 - Southeast Asia and US Security - Marvin Ott|
This survey course is designed to introduce students to Southeast Asia -- the ten member countries
of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus Australia and New Zealand. Southeast
Asia is an integral part of the broader region of East Asia and a geographic bridge to the Indian
subcontinent (South Asia). Southeast Asia has been one of the great success stories in the saga
of modernization and development of post-colonial Afro-Asia over the last six decades. Its resulting
economic importance is matched by its strategic significance given the presence of imbedded jihadist
networks and the emergence of China as a regional great power and aspirant superpower.
Nevertheless, the region has been largely overlooked by senior foreign policy and defense officials in
Washington. This course will equip students to fill that void by examining the region from the perspective
of national security strategy -- broadly understood in its multiple dimensions. Students will be
challenged to formulate some element of a viable U.S. national security strategy for the region.
T 1:30 PM - 04:00 PM
AS.310.115 - Ghost Tales from China and Japan, 14th-19th Centuries - Fumiko Joo
We cannot express our own experience of death - only imagine life after death. How did people in
the past conceptualize the world of the dead? Ghost tales will teach us what we imagine as the
experience of dead and life after death. This course aims to introduce students to a variety of
ghost stories in Late Imperial China and Tokugawa Japan and connect their literary imagination of
the dead to the cultural, socio-historical, and religious context of each society as well as to the broad
East Asian tradition of supernatural narratives. While we also touch upon earlier traditions on
narrating the dead, most of the stories in class readings are from the Ming (1368-1644) and
Qing (1644-1911) dynasties of China, and the Tokugawa period (1600-1868) of Japan. Key issues
include family, gender, sexuality, body, medicine and many more. Although we will also take a look
at visual and theatrical representations of the dead, we will primarily focus on literary texts about
ghostly phenomena. Required film screenings are scheduled outside of regular class hours.
All readings are in English.
AS.310.31 - First Year Classical Chinese - Fumiko Joo
Readings in prose and poetic texts of the pre-Qin period. Class emphasizes language acquisition,
especially grammar and vocabulary memorization.In addition, we will read and discuss the works
in western languages that treat the culture and writers of the Ancient period. Biweekly quizzes included.
A final translation project required.
MW 12:00 AM - 1:15 AM
AS.310.431 - Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies - Erin Chung
Students may earn honors in the East Asian Studies major by maintaining a 3.7 average in the major
and completing a senior thesis by taking the year-long 310.431 & 310.432
Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies. Students are required to secure the mentorship of an adviser
among the EAS faculty before asking for permission to enroll in the course.