Asian Languages and Cultures

Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 - Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on January 6.


Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

112/Hist. 152. Southeast Asian Civilization. (4). (SS).

See History 152. (Lieberman)
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122/Hist. 122. Modern Transformation of East Asia. (4). (SS).

See History 122. (Buoye)
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150. First Year Seminar in Asian Studies: Civilizations of Asia. No knowledge of Asian Languages required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with permission of instructor.

Section 001 Buddhism and Science. In the exploration of the affinities between the religions of Asia and modern science, Buddhism, the single pan-Asian religion, has always played an important role. This course will explore the history of the conjunction of "Buddhism" and "science" and then will focus on the developments in the last two decades resulting from the first substantial dialogue between Western scientists and Buddhist leaders, especially in the areas of physics and cosmology. The seminar will survey this history through reading contemporary materials from the last three centuries, beginning with the fascinating missionary accounts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, then moving to the early periods of the academic study of Buddhism, before turning to the writings of the leaders of the "Buddhist modernism" movement, and culminating with the scientific reports emerging from colloquia organized by the Dalai Lama. WL:2 (Lopez)

Section 002 Other Hearts and Other Minds: Poetries of Asia. This seminar will introduce first-year students to traditions of poetic theory and practice in times and places distant from their own: the poetries of China, Korea, Japan, India, and Indonesia. The primary objective of the course is to explore a range of different conceptions of what poetry is, of how it should form (or transform) the ways in which people interpret their lives, and of what relation it should have to other parts of social life. As this is a seminar, an equally important objective of the course is to assist students in developing techniques and habits of research. At least once during the course each student will give the class a half hour biographical/historical introduction to a poet or set of poets. The instructor and visiting faculty discuss poetry and poets in more abstract terms. Shorter written assignments build on the interplay of specific poet or poem and general questions explored by the course. (Translation or transcreation will be an option for one of these assignments.) There will be two exams or one exam and one longer paper. On completing this cross-cultural exploration the student should also have a more informed and more articulate conception of the poetry he or she has grown up with. WL:2 (Hook)
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220/Buddhist Studies 220/Rel. 202. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. (4). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Sharf)
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381. Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators. Junior or senior standing and concentration in Asian Studies. (3). (Excl).

This colloquium is an intensive, research-oriented seminar designed for all those interested in exploring specific Asia-related topics or themes. These topics can be historical or contemporary, humanities or social science related. Students are expected to research and offer presentations to the class on topics chosen in consultation with the instructor. Though all Asian Studies concentrators are required to take this course, it is open to all interested students. WL:2 (Florida)
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440. National Cinema of Asia. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 001 Dialogue of Violence: Cinema in WWII's Pacific Theater.
This course will explore moving image media about WWII in two movements. First, a comparative history of Hollywood and Japanese films shown in the Pacific Theater raises issues of race, nationality, propaganda, and representations of violence. The second half of the course continues to analyze these problems by turning to post-1945 attempts to remember, critique, and commemorate (or forget) WWII in media as disparate as cinema, television, video art, and the Internet. Laboratory fee ($35) required. Cost:1 WL:2 (Nornes)
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475/Chinese 475/Hist. of Art 487/RC Hums. 475/Phil. 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (4). (HU).

See Chinese 475. (Feuerwerker)
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491. Topics in Japanese Studies. (1). (Excl).
Section 001 Insects, Nature, and Modernity: The Case of Jean Henri Fabre in Japan. Prerequisites: some reading knowledge of modern Japanese. Mini-course, January 7 February 4, 1998; meets Wednesdays 3-5:30).
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with Humanities Institute 411.003. (Field)
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