East Asian Languages and Cultures
EAAS W4102 Critical Approaches to East Asia in the Social Sciences 4 pts. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required for enrollment. This seminar is designed to equip students with essential tools to further their scholarly research into the cultures of East Asia, with a focus primarily on China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. These tools are those native to the Social Sciences, with our primary materials drawn from the disciplines of Cultural (and Historical) Anthropology and Sociology. The seminar will familiarize students with significant sociological and anthropological works by scholars past and present-works with which any student serious about continuing social scientific research in East Asia should be familiar. Beyond this, the seminar aims to equip students with the methodological tools to conduct solid social scientific scholarship and a the understanding of sociological and anthropological theory whereby to assess critically the relative efficacy, and potential pitfalls, of various approaches to research.
East Asian Religion
EARL W4310y Life-Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature 4 pts. This course engages the genre of life writing in Tibetan Buddhist culture, addressing the permeable and fluid nature of this important sphere of Tibetan literature. Through Tibetan biographies, hagiographies, and autobiographies, the class will consider questions about how life-writing overlaps with religious doctrine, philosophy, and history. For comparative purposes, we will read life writing from Western (and Japanese or Chinese) authors, for instance accounts of the lives of Christian saints, raising questions about the cultural relativity of what makes up a life's story.
East Asian Civilization and Humanities
ASCE V2002x or y Introduction to Major Topics in Asian Civilizations: East Asia 4 pts. An interdisciplinary and topical approach to the major issues and phases of East Asian civilizations and their role in the contemporary world. Global Core.
ASCE V2359x or y Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China 3 pts. The evolution of Chinese civilization from ancient times to the twentieth century, with emphasis on characteristic institutions and traditions. Discussion Section Required. Global Core.
ASCE V2361x or y Introduction to East Asian Civilization: Japan 3 pts. A survey of important events and individuals, prominent literary and artistic works, and recurring themes in the history of Japan, from prehistory to the 20th century. Discussion Section Required. Global Core.
ASCE V2363x or y Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Korea 3 pts. The evolution of Korean society and culture, with special attention to Korean values as reflected in thought, literature, and the arts. Discussion Section Required. Global Core.
ASCE V2365x Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Tibet 3 pts.Global Core.
AHUM V3400x and y Colloquium on major texts: East Asia 4 pts.AHUM V3399 and AHUM V3400 form a sequence but either may be taken separately. AHUM V3399 may also be taken as part of a sequence with AHUM V3830. Readings in translation and discussion of texts of Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese origin, including the Analects of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, the Lotus Sutra, Dream of the Red Chamber, Tale of Genji, Zen literature, Noh plays, bunraku (puppet) plays, Chinese and Japanese poetry. Global Core.
AHUM V3830y Colloquium On Modern East Asian Texts 4 pts.AHUM V3400 is recommended as background. Introduction to and exploration of modern East Asian literature through close reading and discussion of selected masterpieces from the 1890s through the 1990s by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writers such as Mori Ogai, Wu Jianren, Natsume Soseki, Lu Xun, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Shen Congwen, Ding Ling, Eileen Chang, Yi Sang, Oe Kenzaburo, O Chong-hui, and others. Emphasis will be on cultural and intellectual issues and on how literary forms manifested, constructed, or responded to rapidly shifting experiences of modernity in East Asia. Global Core.
EAAS W3930x Three Moments in Chinese Medical History 3 pts. This course has two broad objectives. The first is to give students an introduction to the complex and fascinating field Chinese medical history. The second is to develop students' ability to think about the interrelations among medicine, society, and culture. To accomplish these goals we will examine three periods in which literate Chinese medicine underwent fundamental transformations: the Warring States period through the end of the late Qing through the Republican period (ca. 1800-1949 CE). This course is organized as a seminar supplemented by mini-lectures when necessary. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings and will be expected to lead discusssion at least once during the semester. Additionally, for many weeks we will have an in-class experience designed to heighten our understanding of the topics we're discussing. Some weeks these epxeriences will be very hands-on -- such as tasting herbal decorations -- and other weeks they will be more intellectual --- analyzing a primary source, for example.
HSEA W3936x Empire and the History of Chinese Writing 3 pts. The contemporary conditions of "globalism" and the "Information Age" both highlight and rely on the primacy of English writing, as well as its attendant technologies of inscriptions such as the QWERTY keyboard. But the English language is not the first to acheive geopolitical dominance, and is only one lingua franca amongst many in the history of languages and inscription. This course will relativize the status of English and help historicize the text-based media of our current epoch by engaging with the rise and endurance of another powerful writing system: Chinese characters. We will examine the political, cultural, and media histories of the technology of writing and forms of textual reproduction in the premodern and modern history of China and East Asia.
EAAS G4025x Development and Globalization: Lessons from East Asia and Latin America 3 pts. This capstone seminar follows the Global Scholars Program in summer field research in China and Chile. Based on the summer research experience and data collected in the field, students in the seminar will conduct in-depth, comparative analysis of political, economic, social and cultural development in East Asia and Latin America in the context of globalization.
AHUM W4029x Colloquium on Major Works of Japanese Philosophy, Religion, and Literature 4 pts. Prerequisites: AHUM 3400, ASCE V2361, or ASCE V2002. Reading and discussion of major works of Chinese philosophy, religion, and literature, including important texts of the Buddhist and Neo-Confucian traditions. Sequence with AHUM W4030, but either may be taken separately if the student has adequate preparation.
AHUM W4030y Colloquium on Major Works of Japanese Philosophy 4 pts. Prerequisites: AHUM V3400, ASCE V2361, or ASCE V2002 Reading and discussion of major works of Japanese philosophy, religion, and literature from the 14th through 18th centuries. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B. Global Core.
East Asian History
HSEA W3862x The History of Korea to 1900 3 pts. Issues pertaining to Korean history from its beginnings to the early modern era. Issues will be examined in the Korean context and also from a comparative East Asian perspective. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
HSEA W3869y Modern Japan, 1800 to the Present 3 pts.
HSEA W3871x Japan in the 20th Century 3 pts. Japanese history from 1890 to the present, with particular emphasis on political, social, and economic developments. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
HSEA W3873x or y The Culture of Early Modern Japan 3 pts. This course examines the social, economic, political and cultural foundations of modern China as established during the last imperial regime. Special attention is given to issues of frontier expansion, state and nation building, economic and social transformation, the evolution of a multi-ethnic polity, and China's interactions with the West and Japan. In the process we will explore the new politics that evolved out of the fall of the Ming and the rise of an alien Manchu Qing regime, social and economic change in the lived experience of rural and urban men and women and their effects on the rise of new organizational, occupational and status opportunities. The history of the Qing dynasty traces the formation of the state we now know as China and the challenges and opportunities that faced all who lived within its borders as they engaged with the world in new ways and began to reshape both their discursive and institutional identities. Throughout this course we will be alert to the ways in which the struggles to create a new China during the last dynasty inform our understanding of the China we know today.
HSEA W3880x History of Modern China I 3 pts. China's transformation under its last imperial rulers, with special emphasis on economic, legal, political, and cultural change.
HSEA W3881y History of Modern China II -- China in the Twentieth Century 3 pts. The social, political and cultural history of twentieth-century China with a focus on issues of nationalism, revolution, "modernity" and gender.
HSEA W3898y The Mongols in History 3 pts. Study of the role of the Mongols in Eurasian history, focusing on the era of the Great Mongol Empire. The roles of Chinggis and Khubilai Khan and the modern fate of the Mongols to be considered. Global Core.
HSEA W4710y Exploring Tibet: 17th-20th Century Travel Accounts 4 pts. Studies history of descriptions of Tibet with a focus on new explorations. The course starts with a look back to the legacy of Catholic religious and British trade missions to Tibet, as well as Tibetan missions that expanded the frontiers of Tibet. But the main focus is on 19th and 20th century topics including adventure and scientific missions in the service of imperial expansion, Tibetan pilgrimage and claims for territory, the "Great Game" for dominance of Central Asia, the role of photojournalism & the photographic representation of Tibet and the globalization of markets and culture.
HSEA W4725y Tibetan Material History 4 pts. Prerequisites: One page applications stating a student's interest and background (if any) A seminar exploring the nature and implications of Tibetan visual and cultural material in historical context, with biweekly visits to NYC area museum collections. Topics include object biographies, Buddhist art & ritual objects, Tibetan arms & armor, clothing & jewelry, rugs & furniture. As we explore the incredibly rich Tibetan material resources of New York City's museums, students will have the opportunity to encounter first hand objects from Tibet's past. While the class as a whole will survey a wide variety of materials‑‑from swords & armor to Buddhist images & ritual implements, from rugs & clothes to jewelry & charms-students will select one or two objects as the subject of their object biographies. There will also be opportunities to explore the process and motivations for building collections and displaying Tibetan material culture.
HSEA W4845x Modern Japan in History and Memory 3 pts. The history of modern Japan as interpreted in twentieth-century Japanese history, writing, and public memory. Emphasis on the ways in which different versions of the past have been affected by changes in the present, from the 1880s through the 1990s.Open without prerequisite to graduate, undergraduate, and SIPA students.
HSEA W4860y Culture and Society of Choson Korea, 1392-1910 3 pts.Not offered in 2013-2014. Major cultural, political, social, economic and literary issues in the history of this 500-year long period. Reading and discussion of primary texts (in translation) and major scholarly works. All readings will be in English. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
HSEA W4862 Writing, the State and Communities in Choson Korea, 1392-1910 3 pts. This seminar examines the process through which the political ideology of the Choson state was constructed, and how it evolved on the one hand, and the way in which this was related to the development of genres of writing in public space. By analyzing and contextualizing such writings as edicts, memorials, circular letters, exhortations, joint memorials, petitions, and travel diaries, this seminar hopes to trace the political and cultural meaning of the expanding discursive and communicative public space of the Choson.
HSEA W4869y History of Ancient China to the End of Han 3 pts. In this upper level course, we will detail the development of early Chinese civilization and discuss a series of cultural and institutional inventions. The course will also provide a systematic introduction to the most fascinating archaelogical discoveries in the past century.
HSEA W4881 Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors: Social History of Chinese Religion 3 pts. Problems in the social history of Chinese religion, viewed as much as possible through primary documents in translation. Focuses on the place of religious ideas and practices (including those of the high traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, and neo-Confucianism) in everyday life and examines the relation of images of ancestors, gods, ghosts, paradise, and hells to Chinese models (explicit and implicit) of human society. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
HSEA W4884x Merchants, Markets and Modernity in China 3 pts. From Marx's Asiatic Mode of Production to contemporary notions of Confucian capitalism, theories abound to explain China's divergence from Western patterns of political and economic development. This course critiques these theories and looks at the Chinese economy starting with its own internal logic to explore the social, cultural, institutional and political forces that underlay Chinese economic practice, the role of markets, merchants, labor, and the state in the making of modern China. No prerequisite.
HSEA W4886 Gender, Passions and Social Order In China Since 1500 3 pts.Not offered in 2013-2014. This course explores the themes of love, virtue, and sexuality and their roles in the construction of orthodox morality, gender relations, medical and judicial knowledge, and political order in late imperial, modern and contemporary China. Fiction, drama, and cultural theory are among the sources used to examine such topics as the Cult of Desire, love and Ming loyalism, the Chastity Cult, New Womanhood and Nationalism, and Maoist Revolutionary ardor. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
HSEA W4890y Historiography of East Asia 3 pts. Major issues in the practice of history illustrated by a critical reading of the important historical work on East Asia.
HSEA W4893x or y Family in Chinese History 3 pts. Prerequisites: ASCE V2359. The history of the Chinese family, its changing forms and cultural expressions: marriage and divorce; parent and child; clan and lineage; ancestor worship; the role of women; the relation of family and state; Western parallels and contrasts. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
HSEA W4894x Who is the Samurai? 3 pts. Primary and secondary texts representing the samurai in various periods of Japanese history. How did members of the warrior class, both men and women, live? What did they do? How did they think of themselves? How have others conceived of them?
East Asian Literature, Film and Culture
EAAS V3215 Korean Literature and Film Corequisites: Weekly film screening required. Traces the history of Korean cinema and literature from 1945 to the present. Particular attention is given to the relationship between visual and literary representations of national division, war, gender, rapid industrialization, authoritarianism, and contemporary consumer culture. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
EAAS V3220x Korean Film and the Making of Cold War Culture 3 pts. This course traces the early history of South Korean film, focusing on the ways in which issues central to the formation of global Cold War culture in the 1950s and 1960s cut across four genres: comedy, combat/military film, melodrama, and the spy thriller. We pay particular attention to the comedic representation of family and the developmental state, the negotiation of race and sexuality in combat/military films, the role of sentimental masculinity in the melodramatic imagination, and the relation between modern discourses of attention and vigilance in the spy thriller. Linking Korean cinema to the transnational context of the Pax Americana, we will also examine cross-cultural representations of Cold War culture in Korean and Hollywood filmic productions. In addition to the secondary sources on Korean/U.S. Cold War culture and Korean literary works, our reading of selected theoretical texts will serve as a point of departure for analyzing such issues as the relation between film as visual medium and the global "red scare"; motion picture and mobilization/militarization; and gender/ways of seeing. Mandatory weekly film screening.
EAAS W3338y Cultural History of Japanese Monsters 3 pts. From Godzilla to Pokemon (literally, "pocket monster") toys, Japanese monsters have become a staple commodity of late-capitalist global pop culture. This course seeks to place this phenomenon within a longer historical, as well as a broader cross-cultural, context. Through an examination of texts and images spanning over thirteen centuries of Japanese history, along with comparable productions from other cultures, students will gain an understanding not only of different conceptions and representations of monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures in Japan, but also of the role of the "monstrous" in the cultural imagination more generally. The course draws on various media and genres of representation, ranging from written works, both literary and scholarly, to the visual arts, material culture, drama, and cinema. Readings average 100-150 pages per week. Several film and video screenings are scheduled in addition to the regular class meetings. Seating is limited, with final admission based on a written essay and other information to be submitted to the instructor before the beginning of the semester. Some preference is given to EALAC and History majors, as well as to those who have done previous coursework on Japan.
EAAS W3340y The Culture of Postwar Japan 3 pts. An intensive look at a transformative period of Japanese artistic and intellectual culture. Topics include memory and war responsibility, revolutions of everyday life, the reimagination of eros, and avant-garde experimentation, with materials from philosophy to film and the visual arts.
EAAS V3350y Japanese Fiction and Film 3 pts. This course is about literary and visual story-telling in Japan, with close attention to significant styles and themes. The chronology covers writing from the late 19th century and cinema from the silent era, through to stories and film-making from the last decade of the 20th century. This period of roughly one hundred years is marked by convulsive social transformations, cultural shifts in every field of cultural endeavor, as well as by fire, earthquake, and the horror of war. The work we will encounter differently faces, evades, or attempts to survive such realities, providing multiple angles of imaginative vision on Japan and the modern world. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
EAAS W3405x or y Women in Japanese Literature: Gender, Genre, and Modernity 3 pts. This course engages in close readings of major works of Japanese literature from the 18th-century to the present with particular attention to the issues of gender and genre in the formation of modern Japanese literature. The course considers figures such as female ghosts, wives and courtesans, youth and schoolgirls, the new woman and the modern girl, actors/actresses and cross-dressers. Readings highlight the role of literary genres, examining the ways in which the literary texts engage with changing socio-historical conditions, especially with regard to gender and social relations. Genres include puppet plays, ghost stories, melodrama, Bildungsroman, domestic fiction, autobiographical fiction, and the fantastic. Related critical issues are the novel and the formation of a national community; women's writings; media and the development of urban mass culture; colonial and imperial spaces; history and memory. All readings are in English.
EAAS V3615x Japanese Literature and Film 3 pts. The course focuses on the theme "Cuties, Fighters and Geeks" in the history of Japanese cinema and examines the representational politics of gender and sexuality (cuties and fighters), and fan pathology/audience reception (geeks). Selected films include animation, chambara/samurai, monster, and documentary. All the films are shown with English subtitles. Reading assignments include film reviews and writings drawn from perspectives of auteurism, national cinema, cultural studies, feminist critique and globalization. Engaging in close viewing/reading of both cinematic and written texts and existing research on them, we will attend to the discursive constellations of gender, ethnicity, nationalism, cultural imperialism, and the process of othering. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
EAAS V3927x China in the Modern World 3 pts. The rise of China has impacted world politics and economy in significant ways. How did it happen? This course introduces some unique angles of self-understanding as suggested by Chinese writers, intellectuals, and artists who have participated in the making of modern China and provided illuminating and critical analyses of their own culture, history, and the world. Readings cover a wide selection of modern Chinese fiction and poetry, autobiographical writing, photography, documentary film, artworks, and music with emphasis on the interplays of art/literature, history, and politics. Close attention is paid to the role of storytelling, the mediating powers of technology, new forms of visuality and sense experience, and the emergence of critical consciousness in response to global modernity. In the course of the semester, a number of contemporary Chinese artists, filmmakers, and writers are invited to answer students' questions. This course draws on cross-disciplinary methods from art history, film studies, anthropology, and history in approaching texts and other works. The goal is to develop critical reading skills and gain in-depth understanding of modern China and its engagement with the modern world beyond the cold war rhetoric. Our topics of discussion include historical rupture, loss and melancholy, exile, freedom, migration, social bonding and identity, capitalism, nationalism, and the world revolution. All works are read in English translation. Global Core.
EAAS W3927x China in the Modern World 4 pts. The rise of China has impacted world politics and economy in significant ways. How did it happen? This course introduces a unique angle of self-understanding as suggested by Chinese writers, intellectuals, and artists who participated in the making of modern China and have provided illuminating and critical analysis of their culture, history and the world. Topics of discussion include historical rupture, loss and melancholy, exile, freedom, migration, social bonding and identity, capitalism, nationalism and the world revolution.
EAAS W3928x Japanese Literature: Beginning to 1900 3 pts. An examination of the major genres -- poetry, prose fiction, historical narrative, drama, and philosophical writing -- of Japanese literature from the ancient period up to 1900 as they relate to larger historical changes and social, political and religious cross-currents. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
EAAS W3932y Revolution in Modern China 4 pts. This class will focus on "Revolution" as a prism through which to study political and cultural transformations in 20th century Chinese history. We will examine different manifestations of the notion of revolution in literature, cinema, music and art, while looking into the ways in which the meaning of the revolutionary was negotiated both politically and aesthetically, throughout the 20th century.
EAAS W4009y Introduction to Classical Chinese Poetry 3 pts. This course introduces Classical Chinese poetry from its beginnings to the Song dynasty (960-1279). Readings consist entirely of primary texts in English translation.
EAAS W4031x or y Introduction to the History of Chinese Literature 3 pts. An introduction to the major narrative genres, forms and works from the beginning through to 900 C.E. Readings in English. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
EAAS W4031y Introduction to the History of Chinese Literature (9th Century through the 19th Century) ENG 3 pts. An introduction to the major narrative genres, forms and works from the 9th Century through the 19th Century. Readings in English.
CLEA W4101y Literary and Cultural Theory East and West 3 pts. This course examines the universalism of major literary and cultural theories from the 20th century to the present with a focus on the centrality of comparative reasoning (commensurability/incommensurability, the logic of inclusion/exclusion, etc.) that sustains such universalism. Our goal is to develop methods for analyzing the literary and cultural productions of East Asian societies in conversation with other traditions and for understanding global processes in China, Japan, and Korea in particular. Topics of discussion include, for example, text and context, writing and orality, genre, media technology, visual culture, problems of translation, social imaginary, imperial and colonial modernity. Our readings include narrative theory, structural linguistics, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, critical translation studies, postmodernism, and postcolonial scholarship. Select literary works and films are incorporated to facilitate our understanding of theoretical issues and to test the validity of all universalist claims we encounter in the course. Students are strongly encouraged to think critically and creatively about any theoretical arguments or issues that emerge in the course of our readings and discussions rather than treat theoretical idiom as an instrument to be applied to a literary text. Our expectation is for students to develop interpretive and analytical skills that are essential to the task of interpreting literary, cultural, and historical texts as well as society and the world.
EAAS W4106x Global Genres and East Asian Cinema 3 pts. This course explores East Asian Cinema from the perspective of film genre. In particular, the course examines East Asian genre films as active interaction with the circulation of global film genres as well as mass mediated engagement with specific economic, social, and political histories of East Asia. We will study contemporary theories of film genre, examine how the case of East Asian genre films complicate existing theories, while paying due attention to the parallel transnational traffics--between East Asian Cinema and global film genre, and across East Asian Cinema in their history of cultural and economic flow as well as political confrontation. We will integrate our investigations of genre-specific questions (industry, style, reception, spectatorship, affect) with those of gender, ethnicity, power as well as nation and transnational/transregional identity. Discussion Section Required.
EAAS W4217y China on Stage 3 pts. This course explores how mainland Chinese identity and society have been staged in theatre productions over the past century. Since being imported to China from the West (via Japan) in 1907, spoken drama (huaju) has consistently reflected social shifts and local concerns-but a form that served the authoritarian government until the 1960s was subsequently forbidden for a decade, has risked political censure ever since, and has been greatly affected by China's shifting position in the world. The relationship of artists to society in China differs from other countries, while issues of creative innovation are both unique and strikingly universal. This course examines Chinese plays from throughout the twentieth century alongside more contemporary plays, considers their respective production contexts, and raises questions about art and politics, cultural transmission, and audience reception. We examine the important role theatre productions have played in Chinese society, politics, and cultural exchange. We also explore current trends of translingualism and cross-cultural perception, including recent US plays that stage China past and present. Course content includes playscripts in English translation, videos, photographs,
EAAS W4220x Popular Culture in Modern Chinese Societies 3 pts. A transnational examination of Chinese popular culture and media technology in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and overseas Chinese communities. Readings and discussion focus on popular fiction and non-fiction, print journalism, film, pop music, video, photographic media, radio and television broadcast, and the internet.
EAAS W4230x The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought 3 pts. Critical introduction to the intellectual trajectory of modern China with emphasis on imperial legacy, nation building, social change, internationalism, public discourse, knowledge production and world revolution. Readings include seminal primary as well as secondary texts in English translations.
EAAS W4235x The United States and China: Images, Perceptions, and Realities 4 pts. Enrollment limited to 15. No prior courses are required, although some background on Chinese and American history is helpful. Why does China occupy such a large territory in the American imagination? What do Chinese believe about Americans? The seminar examines the images, perceptions, and stereotypes that have shaped U.S.-China relations, and discusses the implications for contemporary policy issues. It describes the sources and history of American attitudes about China as well as Chinese views of the United States. Drawing upon visual images, public opinion polls, written accounts and other materials, the course analyzes the positive and negative swings and shifts that characterize relations between these two countries.
EAAS W4235 United States-China: Images, Perceptions, Realities 4 pts. No prior courses are required, but familarity with Chinese and American history is very helpful. Priority is given to seniors and juniors. Why does China occupy such a large territory in the American imagination? What do Chinese believe about Americans? The seminar examines the images, perceptions, and stereotypes that have shaped United States-China relations, and discuss the implications for contemporary policy issues. It describes the sources and history of American attitudes about China as well as Chinese views of the United States. Drawing upon visual images, public opinion polls, written accounts and other materials, the course analyzes the positive and negative swings and shifts that characterize relations between these two countries.
EAAS W4357x Topics in Contemporary Japanese Cinema 3 pts. By introducing important films and directors, this course examines issues both in the field of Japanese cinema and in popular cultural discourse from the 1980s to the present. Directors' oeuvres, social and cultural backgrounds, film theories, and analysis of the works are introduced. Reading assignments include writings drawn from perspectives of auteurism, formal analysis, feminist critique, national cinema, cultural studies, and theories of globalization. These various readins will assist students in critically examining filmic texts, and developing their own views of the works and issues that films raise. Moreover, the course is designed to enhance students' further understanding of Japanese society both in the domestic and global contexts by studying popular media. Mandatory film screening each week.
EAAS V4360y Kurosawa Seminar 3 pts. Prerequisites: This is an application only course. The first step to register for the course is to send an email to the instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention your background and interest in the course. Limited enrollment. Close analysis of all the major work, especially the black and white films made between 1943 and 1965. Topics for discussion include Kurosawa's education and apprenticeship; the culture of wartime and postwar Japan; epic narration; modern tragedy. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B.
EAAS W4390y Gender and Nationalism in 20th Century Asia 3 pts. This course focuses on issues of gender, war, and the state in 20th century East and Southeast Asia. Students will be introduced to discourses of gender in relation to war, nationalism, colonialism, violence, and sexuality through readings, classroom discussion, and visual materials. The course examines theories of nationalism, the relation of women and nations, and women's citizenship by exploring regional case studies in China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Students who have no prior knowledge of these areas are expected to learn the basic historical and cultural background on their own by reading Conrad Schirokauer and Donald N. Clark, Modern East Asia: A brief History (South Melbourne, Australia; Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004
EAAS W4510y Contention and Democracy in South Korea 3 pts. An examination of the interaction between popular contention and formal politics, long characteristic of the dynamic, if unstable nature of South Korean political processes. By examining major paradigms and testing them against historical realities, students acquire a better understanding of the interplay between contention and democracy in general and South Korean politics in particular.
EAAS W4545y Culture and Art in Contemporary Tibet 3 pts. In this course, we study films, poems, stories, paintings, pop songs and other forms of cultural product that have been made by Tibetans in the last 3 or 4 decades, together with some made by others in their name or in their areas. We discuss questions of identity, survival, history and the politics of representation. We'll look at questions about cultures and continuity; about whether and how we as outsiders can come to understand or interpret the culture of a country whose language and history we may barely know; about the interplay of texts, politics, and power; and about ways of reading and interpreting artworks and the meanings that they generate in politically charged societies and communities.
EAAS W4548y Tibetan Cultures and Societies This course introduces students to major themes and issues in traditional and contemporary Tibetan culture. Key topics include conceptions of sacred landscape, the human body as a microcosm of the universe, and the social order, including contested ideas of regional identity and of 'Tibet" itself. We examine these themes via Buddhist and non-Buddhist literature, poetry, epic, auto/biographies, traditional histories, medical texts, pilgrimage guides, travelers' accounts, ritual materials, and artistic works, as well as though ethnographies and related studies. There will be several NYC field trips and 4 required films. No language or other prerequisites.
EAAS W4553 Survey of Tibetan Literature 4 pts. An introduction to Tibetan literary works (all in English translation) spanning fourteen centuries, form the Tibetan imperial period to the present-day. Close readings of texts and discussion of the genres they represent are supplemented by biographical material for each author. Special emphasis is placed on vernacular and popular literature, as well as landmark works from the post-Mao period. The questions explored include: What are the origins or inspiration for the literary work(s) assigned? In what ways have Tibetan literary forms and content developed throughout history? How has the very concept of "Tibetan literature" been conceived, especially vis a vis works by Tibetan authors writing in Chinese and English? Above all, how have Tibetan writers and scholars - past and present - negotiated literary innovation?
EAAS W4557x Envisioning the SnowLand: Film and TV in Tibet and Inner
Asia 3 pts. A study of film and television production in
Tibet, comparisons with cinema and TV in Mongolia, Xinjiang and Inner
Mongolia. The course will look at the ways state, nation, culture, and
politics are constructed at different times through film and other visual
media. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B only
paired with ASCE V2365 Introduction to East Asian Civilization: Tibet.
EAAS W4590y History and Aesthetics of Martial Arts Film 3 pts. Corequisites: Must register for mandatory film screenings. This course examines the history and aesthetics of martial arts films by situating them in transnational contexts of production, circulation, and reception. Our course will run chronologically from 1920s to 2006, from the inception of Chinese martial arts films in the silent period to the Shaw Brothers swordsplay and Kung Fu movies in the 1960s and 70s, concurrent with American/Hong Kong action thrillers starring Bruce Lee, and culminating in contemporary transnational productions involving Hollywood and East Asia.
EAAS G4618y Biography, Memory and Modern Tibet: The Reading and Writing of Life Stories 3 pts. A study of modern Tibet through its biographies, autobiographies, testimonies and life-stories. The course involves reading and analyzing texts by officials, intellectuals, lamas, and revolutionaries in translation, studying their influences, and carrying out interviews with Tibetans in the community. Major Cultures Requirement: East Asian Civilization List B only when paired with ASCE V2365 Introduction to East Asian Civilization: Tibet.
East Asian Language Courses - Chinese
Admission to Chinese Courses: Please see Admission to Language Courses for information on the language placement test and schedule. Please also note that students whose native language is not English are not required to take an additional foreign language if they have completed the secondary school requirement in the native language.
For more information on Chinese language courses please visit the Chinese Language Program website.
Introductory Chinese: For beginners who wish to study Chinese at a slower pace. The entire course consists of two parts covering the same material as the first semester of Elementary Chinese (C1101/F1101). Students who have successfully completed the Courses I and II (W1010-1011) will be admitted to Elementary Chinese II (C1102y/F1102y) in the spring semester. Alternatively, a student graduated from Course I and/or II can choose to study in a summer or another program and be placed into the Intermediate Chinese course if he or she passes the Program placement test.
Elementary Chinese (Level 1)
N-sections: For students with zero or limited background in Chinese
W-sections: For students of Chinese heritage or advanced beginners with Mandarin speaking ability but minimal reading and writing skills
Note: Advanced beginners or heritage students who can speak Mandarin will NOT be accepted into the N sections.
Intermediate Chinese (Level 2)
N-sections: Continuation of Elementary Chinese N focusing on further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
W-sections: Continuation of Elementary Chinese W focusing on reading skills and written language. Open to students of Chinese heritage or those with good speaking skills in Chinese only.
Advanced Chinese I (Level 3)
N-sections: Continuation of the Intermediate N course focusing on more sophisticated language usage and fluency as well as reading skills with systematic vocabulary expansion.
W-sections: Continuation of Intermediate W courses focusing on practical writing skills and semi-formal or formal style of Chinese used in various professional settings. Open to students with good speaking skills in Chinese only.
Other Advanced Courses (Levels 4-5) Please see the course list.
CHNS W1010y Introductory Chinese I (N) 2.5 pts. The program is designed to develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing colloquial Chinese. This course (Part I) is offered in Spring only. Course II is offered in the fall. The two parts together cover the same materials as Chinese C1101/F1101 (Fall) and fulfill the requirement for admission to Chinese C1102/F1102 (Spring). Standard Chinese pronunciation, traditional characters. Enrollment limited to 18. Section subject to cancellation if under-enrolled. CC GS EN CE
CHNS W1011x Introductory Chinese II (Courses A and B) (N) 2.5 pts. Prerequisites: Chinese W1010 (offered in the Spring only) or the equivalent. The program is designed to develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing colloquial Chinese. This course (Part II) is offered in the Fall only. The two parts (I and II) together cover the same materials as Chinese C1101/F1101 (Fall) and fulfill the requirement for admission to Chinese C1102/F1102 (Spring). Standard Chinese pronunciation, traditional characters. Enrollment limited to 18. Section subject to cancellation if under-enrolled. CC GS EN CE
CHNS C1101x-C1102y Elementary Chinese I - II (N) (Level 1) 5 pts. Additional weekly oral session and lab to be arranged. Additional weekly oral session and lab to be arranged. The course is designed to develop basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing modern colloquial Chinese. Standard Chinese pronunciation, traditional characters. Students who already can speak Mandarin will not be accepted into this course. Enrollment limited to 18. Section subject to cancellation if under-enrolled. CC GS EN CE
CHNS F1101x-F1102y Elementary Chinese I-II (N) (Level 1) 5 pts. Additional weekly oral session and lab to be arranged. Additional weekly oral session and lab to be arranged. Instructors to be announced. Same course as C1101-C1102 (N). Students who can speak Mandarin will not be accepted into this course. Enrollment limited to 20. Section subject to cancellation if under-enrolled. CC GS EN CE
CHNS C1111x-C1112y Elementary Chinese I and II (W) (Level 1) 5 pts. The course is specially designed for students of Chinese heritage and advanced beginners with good speaking skills. It aims to develop the student's basic skills to read and write modern colloquial Chinese. Pinyin system is introduced; standard Chinese pronunciation, and traditional characters. Classes will be conducted mostly in Chinese. Open to students with Mandarin speaking ability in Chinese only. Enrollment limited to 25. CC GS EN CE
CHNS C1201x-C1202y Intermediate Chinese I and II (N) (Level 2) 5 pts. Additional weekly oral session and lab to be arranged. Prerequisites: Chinese C1101-1102 or F1101-1102, or the equivalent. See Admission to Language Courses. Designed to further the student's four skills acquired in the elementary course, this program aims to develop higher level of proficiency through comprehensive oral and written exercises. Cultural aspects in everyday situations are introduced. Traditional characters. Enrollment limited to 18. Section subject to cancellation if under-enrolled. CC GS EN CE
CHNS F1201x-F1202y Intermediate Chinese I-II (N) (Level 2) 5 pts. Additional weekly oral session and lab to be arranged. Prerequisites: Chinese C1101-1201 or F1101-1102, or the equivalent.See Admission to Languages Courses. Same course as C1201-C1202. Enrollment limited to 18. CC GS EN CE
CHNS C1221x-C1222y Intermediate Chinese I and II (W) (Level 2) 5 pts. Prerequisites: CHNS C1112 or F1112, or the equivalent. See Admission to Language Courses. Enrollment limited to 25. Continuation of CHNS C1112, with a focus on reading comprehension and written Chinese. Traditional characters. CC GS EN CE
CHNS W3301x-W3302y Introduction To Classical Chinese 3 pts. Prerequisites: CHNS W3301: Classical Chinese I; completion of three years of modern Chinese at least, or four years of Japanese or Korean
CHNS W4003x-W4004y Advanced Chinese I and II (N) (Level 3) 5 pts. Enrollment limited to 15. Prerequisite for W4003: CHNS C1202 or F1202, or the equivalent. Prerequisite for W4004: CHNS W4003 or the equivalent. See Admission to Language Courses. This course fulfills the language requirement for east Asian studies majors. Prepares for more advanced study of Chinese through rigorous vocabulary expansion, more sophisticated language usage patterns, and introduction to basics of formal and literary styles. Materials are designed to advance the student's fluency for everyday communicative tasks as well as reading skills. Simplified characters are introduced. CC GS EN CE
CHNS W4005x-W4006y Advanced Chinese I and II (W) (Level 3) 5 pts. Enrollment limited to 25. Prerequisite for W4005: CHNS C1222 or F1222, or the equivalent. Prerequisite for W4006: CHNS W4005 or the equivalent. Admission after Chinese placement exam and an oral proficiency interview with the instructor. Especially designed for students who possess good speaking ability and who wish to acquire practical writing skills as well as business-related vocabulary and speech patterns. Introduction to semiformal and formal Chinese used in everyday writing and social or business-related occasions. Simplified characters are introduced.
CHNS W4007x-W4008y Readings in Classical Chinese 4 pts. Prerequisite for W4007: CHNS W3302 or the equivalent. Prerequisite for W4008: CHNS W4007 or the equivalent. Admission after placement exam. Focusing on Tang and Song prose and poetry, introduces a broad variety of genres through close readings of chosen texts as well as the specific methods, skills, and tools to approach them. Strong emphasis on the grammatical and stylistic analysis of representative works. CC GS EN CE
CHNS W4012x Business Chinese 5 pts. Prerequisites: Two years Chinese study at college level. This course is designed for students who have studied Chinese for two years at college level and are interested in business studies concerning China. It offers systematic descriptions of Chinese language used in business discourse. CC GS EN CE
CHNS W4014x Media Chinese 4 pts. Prerequisites: At least 3 years of intensive Chinese language training at college level and instructor approval. This advanced course is designed to specifically train students' listening and speaking skills in both formal and colloquial language through various Chinese media sources. Students view and discuss excerpts of Chinese TV news broadcasts, soap operas, and movie segments on a regular basis. Close reading of newspaper and internet articles and blogs supplements the training of verbal skills.
CHNS G4015x-G4016y Readings in Modern Chinese I and II (N) (Level 4) 4 pts. Prerequisite for G4015: CHNS W4004 or the equivalent. Prequisite for G4016: CHNS G4015 or the equivalent. Implements a wide range of reading materials to enhance the student's speaking and writing as well as reading skills. Supplemented by television broadcast news, also provides students with strategies to increase their comprehension of formal style of modern Chinese. CC GS EN CE
CHNS W4017x-W4018y Readings In Modern Chinese I and II (W) (Level
4) 4 pts. Prerequisites: Prerequisite for W4017: CHNS W4006 or the equivalent.
Prerequisite for W4018: CHNS W4017 or the equivalent. This is a non-consecutive reading course designed for those whose proficiency is above 4th level. See Admission to Language Courses.
Selections from contemporary Chinese authors in both traditional and simplified characters with attention to expository, journalistic, and literary styles.
CHNS W4019x or y History of Chinese Language 3 pts. Introduces the evolution of Chinese language. It reveals the major changes in Chinese sound, writing and grammar systems, and social and linguistic factors which caused these changes. CC GS EN CE GSAS
JPNS W1001y-W1002x Elementary Japanese A and B 2.5 pts. Prerequisite for W1002: C+ or above in JPNS W1001 or pass the placement test. The sequence begins in the spring term. JPNS W1001-W1002 is equivalent to JPNS C1101 or F1101 and fulfills the requirement for admission to JPNS C1102 or F1102. Aims at the acquisition of basic Japanese grammar and Japanese culture with an emphasis on accurate communication in speaking and writing. CC GS EN CE GSAS
JPNS C1101x-C1102y First-Year Japanese 5 pts. Prerequisite for C1102: JPNS C1101, F1101, or W1001-W1002, or the equivalent. Basic training in Japanese through speaking, listening, reading and writing in various cultural contexts. Lab Required.
JPNS W1105x or y Professional Japanese 2.5 pts. This course is designed for students with little or no background in Japanese. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to carry on survival-level conversations and to recognize basic writing. This course lasts only one semester and there will not be a continuation course.
JPNS C1201x-C1202y Second-Year Japanese 5 pts. Prerequisite for C1201: JPNS C1102 or the equivalent. Prerequisite for C1202: JPNS C1201 or the equivalent. Further practice in the four language skills. Participation in a once a week conversation class is required. Lab Required.
JPNS F1201x-F1202y Second Year Japanese 5 pts. See Entrance to Language Courses Beyond the Elementary Level in the main bulletin under Department of Instruction -- East Asian Languages and Cultures. Prerequisites: C1101-1102 or F1101-1102 Same course as Japanese C1201-C1202. Further practice in reading, writing, conversation, and grammar.
JPNS W4005x-W4006y Third-Year Japanese 5 pts. Prerequisite for W4005: JPNS C1202 or the equivalent. Prerequisite for W4006: JPNS W4005 or the equivalent. Readings in authentic/semi-authentic texts, videos, and class discussions.
JPNS W4007x Introduction To Classical Japanese 4 pts. Prerequisite: JPNS C1202 or the equivalent. Introduction to the fundamentals of classical Japanese grammar. Trains students to read Japanese historical and literary texts from the early period up to the 20th century.
JPNS W4017x-W4018y Fourth-Year Japanese 4 pts. Prerequisite for W4017: JPNS W4006 or the equivalent. Prerequisite for W4018: JPNS W4017 or the equivalent. Sections 1 & 2: Readings of advanced modern literary, historical, political, and journalistic texts, and class discussions about current issues and videos. Exercises in scanning, comprehension, and English translation. Section 3: Designed for advanced students interested in developing skills for reading and comprehending modern Japanese scholarship.
JPNS W4019x or y Kanbun 3 pts. Prerequisite: JPNS W4007 or the equivalent. Introduction to the fundamentals of reading Chinese-style Japanese and related forms, using literary and historical texts. CC GS EN CE GSAS
KORN W1001y-W1002x Elementary Korean A and B 2.5 pts. This course provides basic training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Korean. Elementary Korean A (1001y) is equivalent to the first half of Elementary Korean I. Elementary Korean B (1002x) is equivalent to the second half of Elementary Korean I.
KORN W1101x-W1102y Elementary Korean I and II 5 pts. Students who are unsure which section to register for should see the Director of the Korean Language Program. An introduction to written and spoken Korean. Textbook: Integrated Korean, Beginning I and II. Note: Students who are unsure which section to register for should see the Director of the Korean Language Program. Lab Required.
KORN W1201x-W1202y Intermediate Korean I and II 5 pts. Prerequisites: KORN W1102 or the equivalent. Consultation with the instructors is required before registration for section assignment.. Further practice in reading, writing, listening comprehension, conversation, and grammar. Note: Consultation with instructors is required before registration for section assignement.
KORN W4005x-W4006y Advanced Korean I and II 5 pts. Prerequisites: KORN W1202 or the equivalent and consultation with instructor. (See Entrance to Language Courses Beyond the Elementary Level in the main bulletin under Department of Instruction -- East Asian Languages and Cultures.) Readings in modern Korean. Selections from modern Korean writings in literature, history, social sciences, culture, and videos and class discussions.
KORN W4105x-W4106y Fourth-Year Korean I and II 4 pts. Prerequisites: KORN W4006 or the equivalent. Selections from advanced modern Korean writings in social sciences, literature, culture, history, journalistic texts, and intensive conversation exercises.
KORN W4200x Modern Korean Literature 3 pts. This course engages in a critical study of representative Korean literary texts of the twentieth century. Texts are drawn from both the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945) and the post-liberation period (1945-present). Reading of literary works are supplemented with theoretical texts and recent scholarship on modern Korea. Discussion of works written in the colonial period, considers the formation of "modern literature," the emergence of rival literary camps, representations of gender, nationalism, assimilation, and resistance against Japanese rule. Topics central to the Korean postcolonial experience include national division, war, the emergence of women writers, rapid industrialization, and authoritarianism.
TIBT W4411y Elementary Classical Tibetan II 3 pts.
TIBT W4413y Intermediate Classical Tibetan II 3 pts.
TIBT W4416y Advanced Classical Tibetan 3 pts.
TIBT G4600x-G4601y Elementary Modern Colloquial Tibetan, I and II 3 pts. This course introduces students to conversational and basic written skills in modern Tibetan, Llasa dialect. Students are also introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lectures.
TIBT G4603x-G4604y Intermediate Modern Colloquial Tibetan, I and II 3 pts. Introduces students to conversational and basic written skills in modern Tibetan, Llasa dialect. Students are also introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lectures.
TIBT G4611x-G4612y Advanced Modern Colloquial Tibetan I and II 3 pts. This course introduces students to conversational and basic written skills in modern Tibetan, Llasa dialect. Students will also be introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lecturers.
Senior Thesis Courses
EAAS W3901x Senior Thesis 3 pts. Required of all majors and concentrators in East Asian studies, normally in the fall semester of the senior year.
EAAS V3999y Research in East Asian Studies 1 pt. Introduces students to research and writing techniques and requires the preparation of a senior thesis proposal. Required for majors and concentrators in the East Asian studies major in the spring term of the junior year.
VIET W1101x Elementary Vietnamese I 4 pts. The objective of this course is to help students acquire the basic grammar and writing system of modern Vietnamese and a core vocabulary through emphasis on integrated skills, including speaking, listening, writing, and reading comprehension.
VIET W1102y Elementary Vietnamese II 4 pts.Not offered in 2013-2014. The objective of this course is to help students acquire more grammar and writing system of modern Vietnamese, and more vocabulary for speaking, listening, writing, and reading comprehension. Written, oral, and language lab exercises focus on ensuring accurate conceptual understanding and efficient functional control of the language.
VIET W1201 Intermediate Vietnamese I 4 pts.Not offered in 2013-2014. Prerequisites: Both VIET W1101 and VIET W1102 or Equivalent. The objective of this course is to help students strengthen their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Vietnamese. Students will be thoroughly grounded in communicative activities such as conversations, performance simulations, drills, role-plays, games, etc. and improve their reading and writing abilities by developing their vocabulary and grammar. Each lesson includes dialogue, vocabulary, grammar practice and development, task-based activities, narratives and situation dialogues.
VIET W1202 Intermediate Vietnamese II 4 pts. Prerequisites: VIET W1201 or Equivalent. The objective of this course is to strengthen students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Vietnamese. Students will improve their reading and writing abilities and be thoroughly grounded in communicative activities. Each lesson will include dialogue, vocabulary, grammar practice and development, task-based activities, narratives and situation dialogue exercises.
Of Related Interest
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V3912 Ethnographic China
Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars
W3943 Cultures of Empire
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V3017 Buddhism & Violence