ASIAN 381 - Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators
Section: 002 Contemporary Asian Controversies
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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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.
Primary Instructor:

This capstone course will investigate the future of Asia through an examination of key controversies currently facing India, Japan, and China. Some of the major themes addressed include:

  • To what extent were the rise of ethnic nationalism and other self-empowerment movements really a good thing for Asia?
  • How have people living in Asia come to grips with memories of colonialism and occupation, as well as wartime atrocities and collaboration?
  • Finally, what are the costs and benefits of economic liberalization and development of Asia as a rising economic and military power?

Assignments and grading:
The course assignments will be equally divided between masterpieces of film, history, and literature. Students will be asked to write one paper (due 2/26), do two group presentations (PPT) on assignments, and will be given the option to write a second paper or do a creative group project (due 4/14). The course grade will be determined based on class attendance, active participation, and the written and oral assignments.

Course materials:
Films will be available through CTOOLS and can be accessed through campus sites or through the LRC; secondary readings will be put on electronic reserve. Novels will be on reserve in the Undergrad library and can be purchased for minimal cost through

Texts for purchase:

  • Salman Rushdie,Midnight’s Children.
  • Yukio Mishima, Spring Snow, tr. Michael Gallagher (Vintage, 1990).
  • Yu Hua, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, tr. Andrew Jones (First Anchor, 2004).

ASIAN 381 - Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: This section will not meet the Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR). Students wishing to use this class for that requirement should choose ASIAN 381, section 001.
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