ASIAN 248 - Jesus Comes to Asia: Conversion and its Consequences in Asia
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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This course provides a broad introduction to the study of Christian conversion and its legacy in the regions now known as South, East, and Southeast Asia. Our focus will be largely limited to the historical period during which Christian conversion was contemporaneous with other forms of global expansion such as colonialism. Drawing from a range of primary and secondary source materials we will try to understand who Christian missionaries were and the many motivations that drove them, the diversity of methods used to convert native populations, and, of tantamount importance, the ways in which local populations resisted and transformed Christianity to suit or blend with their own social and political structures, spiritual beliefs and practices, and notions of temporal and divine power.

Throughout the academic term we will engage these central themes through the lens of religious conversion. Questions considered include: What role did religious conversion play in constructing racial and ethnic categories? To what extent was race and religious difference conflated by missionaries and those whom they attempted to convert? How did pre-existing structures of racial and ethnic diversity affect the receptivity of different Asian communities to Christianity? How did race and ethnicity intersect with other forms of discrimination such as that based on class?

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Grades will be based on the following: Quizzes and short writing assignments, participation, and a final take-home exam.

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ASIAN 248 - Jesus Comes to Asia: Conversion and its Consequences in Asia
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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