ASIAN 200 - Introduction to Japanese Civilization
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Japanese is not required.
Other Course Info:
A knowledge of Japanese is not required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In present-day America, entire cable channels show nothing but anime, translations of manga crowd shelves in bookstores, sushi sells even in chain supermarkets, and a giant inflated Hello Kitty sails over Manhattan yearly in that most Mom-and-Apple-Pie of spectacles, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. How did these iconic cultural forms begin? In this course, we will make a long overview of Japanese civilization, in part to understand the context that produced those objects of global renown. We will also examine elements of Japanese history and culture less familiar outside of Japan. This introductory course is intended for anyone with a broad curiosity about things Japanese.

Course Requirements:

Assignments to include short weekly writing exercises and in-class examinations at midterm and term’s end.

Intended Audience:

Familiarity with the Japanese language, Japanese media (manga, anime, television serials, film, video games, etc.), or daily life in Japan will be helpful, but is not required.

Class Format:

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ASIAN 200 - Introduction to Japanese Civilization
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 9780495913252
A brief history of Japanese civilization, Author: Conrad Schirokauer, David Lurie, Suzanne Gay., Publisher: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning 4th ed.
ISBN: 9781421521411
Oishinbo, a la carte., Author: story by Tetsu Kariya ; art by Akira Hanasaki ; [translation, Tetsuichiro Miyaki ; touch-up & lettering, Kelle Han]., Publisher: VIZ Media VIZ signat 2009
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