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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
The history of China from the 16th to the late 19th centuries.

Writing Intensive

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
ideological pressure.
MW12:00 – 1:15 PM
AS.140.482 - Historiography of Modern China - William Rowe
Writing Intensive
Th 1:30-3:50PM

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.

MW 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM

AS.310.307 - Governance and Politics in China - Yao Li                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A dramatic rise of popular protests in China today has spurred lively discussions about the causes, dynamics, and impact of these protests. This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand these issues by discussing the social, institutional and cultural background of protests, major forms of protest, social groups involved, government responses, and social implications of various kinds of protests. The first part of the course will explore significant socio-economic changes since 1978 and the effects of these changes on China’s social structure and stratification. This part will also examine changes in governance and political systems in the reform era and review important theories of contentious politics. The second part will examine protests by distinct social groups, including peasants, workers, homeowners, and ethnic minority groups, pro-democratic activists, among others. This part will identify similarities and differences in the demands and actions of different groups, introduce the major forms of popular resistance, and explore how the state deals with them accordingly. The course will conclude with discussion of the outcomes of social protests in China and make a cross-national comparison between protests in China and other authoritarian states. By taking China as an example, this course will enhance students’ knowledge about forms of popular contention and government responses in an authoritarian regime as well as help students develop analytical and critical thinking skills with regard to contentious politics.                                                                                                                  Writing Intensive

MW 4:30-5:45pm, Gilman 277

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.