ASIAN 381 - Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators
Section: 001 Empire and Nation in Asia
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
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.
Primary Instructor:

Asian Studies concentrators will read theoretical, historical and cultural approaches to empire in Asia and then produce a senior thesis in their own field. In this course, we’ll start by examining the idea of empire itself, questioning Eurocentric ideas that privilege European empires as the model, thinking through the relation of the development of a global money economy to empires, and analyze cultural production in Asia and on Asia in light of these theoretical re-“orientations.” Our focus will then shift to modern empires in Asia including the empires of The Netherlands (in Indonesia), Great Britain (in parts of China, Hong Kong, Burma, Malaysia and Singapore), France (in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia), Japan (in Taiwan, Korean, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands), and lastly America’s “informal” empire in Pacific Asia. Course materials offer case studies of key issues with regards to imperialism, colonialism and decolonization such as questions of national/ethnic identity, war and the memory of violence, settlers and colonial complicity, colonial libido, the vanguard of empire (missionaries, traders, prostitutes and railroads) and the possibilities of resistance.

ASIAN 381 - Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators
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001 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (SEM)
F 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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