ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Section: 001 Food, Identity and Community in Japan
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Course Note:
This undergraduate seminar offers lower division LS&A students a small group learning experience. Students explore a subject of particular interest in collaboration with a faculty member in the area of Japanese culture.
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Japanese language is required.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Students will explore the place of food in a community's understanding of itself and of others. Using modern Japanese fiction and film as our main texts, we will examine how the discourse of food defines regional and national identities, and how communities are represented through patterns of consumption or deprivation. We will probe the tension between the role of certain foods as markers of cultural authenticity and the reality of cuisine as a historically dynamic, hybrid enterprise. We will investigate the connections of gender and class to food and its preparation, and study how the sharing of food affects human alliances. In short, we will be asking what it means to eat sushi.

ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
3Fr or So
WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Other readings will be provided via CTools.
ISBN: 9780486200705
The Book of Tea, Author: Kakuzo Okakura, Publisher: Dover PAPER 1964
ISBN: 9780804813792
Fires on the plain, Author: O?oka, Sho?hei., Publisher: Tuttle 1990
ISBN: 9780802115164
Kitchen, Author: Yoshimoto, Banana, 1964-, Publisher: Grove Press 1993
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