ASIAN 381 - Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators
Section: 001 Translating Asia to the American Academy
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
ASIAN 235 with at least a C-.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior or senior standing and concentration in Asian Studies.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Throughout this course we will ask how we evaluate research on subjects Asian. Specifically, how might we begin addressing such a general question, especially when the only language we have in common is English? David L. Szanton opens a recent volume on The Politics of Knowledge: Area Studies and the Disciplines by announcing, “’To know, analyze, and interpret’ another culture…is inevitably an act of translation. It is primarily an effort to make the assumptions, meaning, structures, and dynamics of another society and culture comprehensible to an outsider.” We will consider a range of theories on these acts of translation so that we might think carefully about our own disciplined attempts to negotiate this imaginary line between “insider” and “outsider” in the study of Asia in English. Students are not expected to master the details of every Asian language and culture considered, but instead to do research on a particular example that helps them think through the larger issues related to the study of Asia in a way that allows them to find common ground with others in the class, in such a way that makes relevant the theoretical issues raised in that week’s assigned reading. Ideally, this exercise should help students articulate more clearly the central questions they wish to write towards in their term papers.

ASIAN 381 - Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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