Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

112/History 152. Modern South and Southeast Asia. (4). (SS).

In the 18th and 19th centuries the proud and ancient cultures of South and Southeast Asia came increasingly under the political and economic dominance of Western colonial powers. The 20th century has seen the reemergence, often through long and/or violent struggle, of independent states throughout the region. Against this background, this course will explore present-day South and Southeast Asia, its many peoples, economies, religions, and political systems, and the changes all have undergone and continue to undergo in the modern era; including the problems of development in this major sector of the so-called "Third World." The course will include guest lectures and audio-visual presentations by some of the many experts on South and Southeast Asia at the University. Course requirements will include a midterm and final exam, both mainly of the essay type. (Gessick and Murphey)

122/History 122. Modern Transformation of East Asia. (4). (SS).

If you have thought you would like to learn something about the Far East but haven't ever seriously acted on that interest, this course is a good place to start. It will introduce you to the modern societies of the area. Primary attention will be given to China and Japan. We shall also treat Korea and Vietnam. The course takes the past century and a half of each society and looks at it from various points of view. Themes include Western imperialism in East Asia, Japan's Meiji Restoration and subsequent development, changing cultural forms (music, literature, and the like), America's wars in Asia, Hiroshima and the atomic bomb, peasant rebellion, women's movements, and communism and Maoism. The class meets three times a week for lectures. There will be a number of guest lectures by faculty specializing in East Asia. We will see some films. Discussion sections may be scheduled. There will be a midterm, a final, and a short paper. (Young)

220/Buddhist Studies 220/Rel. 202. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. (4). (HU).

See Far Eastern Languages and Literatures: Buddhist Studies 220. (Schopen)

428/Econ. 428/Phil. 428/Pol. Sci. 428/Soc. 426. China's Evolution Under Communism. Upperclass or graduate standing. (4). (SS).

See Political Science 428. (Oksenberg)

511. Colloquium on Southern Asia: The Interface of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. (2). (Excl).
South and Southeast Asians in America.
This course will provide an overview of the historical experience and current situation of three groups of Americans of Asian origin: Filipinos, Indochinese, and Indians. It will review the scholarly literature on these Asian-Americans and discuss the motivation and process of their migration, the variety of conditions they encountered here, the ways in which they coped with these conditions, and the present state of their life in the U.S. The course will be team-taught and will combine lecture and discussion. Students will be required to write one research paper or to participate in an oral history project. (Whitmore, Sharma, Cullinane)

512. Philippine-American Interactions. (2). (SS). May be repeated for credit with permission.
America and the Philippines: the "Special Relationship" Reconsidered.
This course will review the modern history of the Philippines from the late 1890's to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development and current state of the "special relationship" between the Filipino ruling elite and the representatives of the American government (from Presidents and Congressmen, to colonial and diplomatic officials, to CIA operatives and Peace Corps volunteers), as well as American business interests. It will cover the time period from the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution against Spain (1896) and the Philippine-American War (1899) to the administrations of Ferdinand Marcos and Ronald Reagan. The course will require one exam and a research paper on some aspect of Philippine-American interactions. (Cullinane)


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