New and Highlighted Courses (Fall 2022)

Introduction to China: Outsiders in History (ASIAN 2230)

Instructor: Suyoung Son

Course Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30pm-2:20pm plus discussion sections.

Cross-listed with CAPS 2230.

3 credits.

This is an introduction of Chinese civilization from ancient times up to the end of the Chinese empire in 1911. It is intended to familiarize students with the major concepts of Chinese history, society, and culture, focusing on the stories of people that have been often neglected in canonical histories, such as the merchants, women, travelers, and ethnic minorities from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century.

This class is one of several topical courses in the Department of Asian Studies at the 2000-level that offer introductions to Chinese civilization. Students may take more than one of these introductory courses for credit.

(General Education Rubric)

Buddhists in the Indian Ocean Arena (ASIAN 2248)

Instructor: Anne Blackburn

Course Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:40am-10:55am

Cross-listed with HIST 2548/RELST 2248.

3 credits.

For millennia, Buddhist monks, merchants, pilgrims, diplomats, and adventurers have moved around the Indian Ocean arena circulating Buddhist teachings and powerful objects.  In doing so they helped create Buddhist communities in the places we now refer to as southern China, India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia.  The course explores these circulatory histories by focusing on case studies in each of four historical periods: premodern (esp. early second millennium A.D.); the era of 19th-century colonial projects; mid-20th-century nation-state formation in South and Southeast Asia; and contemporary (early 21st century) times.  Drawing together materials from Indian Ocean studies, Buddhist studies, and critical studies of colonialism, modernity, and nation-state formation, this course attends to the ways in which changing trans-regional conditions shape local Buddhisms, how Buddhist collectives around the Indian Ocean arena shape one another, and how trade, religion, and politics interact.

(General Education Rubric)

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Chinese Literature (ASIAN 3303)

Instructor: Nick Admussen

Course Time: Monday and Wednesday, 9:40am-10:55am

4 credits.

This course reads classic authors from China’s early twentieth century and then uses them to understand the most contemporary Chinese literature. We will engage with contemporary conversations about authoritarianism, gender, and the rural/urban divide by thinking through foundational debates over nation, revolution, and modernity. Most importantly, we will see how expression in art informs and sometimes exceeds the life of ideas. All works in this course will be available in English; all primary texts will also be available in simplified Chinese.

 (Literature & Linguistics Rubric)

Why Forget the Korean War? (ASIAN 3358)

Instructor: Keith Taylor

Course Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:40-10:55am

Cross-listed with AMST 3358/HIST 4485.

3 credits.

The Korean War (1950-1953) followed the Chinese Civil War (1945-1949) when the People’s Republic of China promoted communist revolutions in Korea and Vietnam that were resisted by the United States. Often called “the forgotten war,” the Korean War was a time of great suffering for the Korean people, involved the armies of several countries, and had a large influence not only on the subsequent history of Korea but also on the direction of the Cold War and on American politics, society, and military organization. This course will examine the war and why it became important for Americans to forget it. American memories of the war were swamped by the experience of the Vietnam War, but deeper than that was the troubling adjustment to the Cold War after the sense of accomplishment produced by the end of the Second World War. It was the beginning of the American perception of limitations on what the United States could and should do to promote its interests in global affairs.

(Society and Culture Rubric)

Where Humans & the Spirits Meet: Reading Chinese Temple Inscriptions (CHLIT 3398)

Instructor: Robin McNeal

Course Time: Monday and Wednesday, 11:25am-12:40pm

3 credits.

Cross-listed with CHLIT 5598.  Recommended prerequisite: at least 1 semester of any Chinese Literature course above 2213 or strong classical reading skills.  The goal of the class is to introduce intermediate students of classical Chinese to the critical study and translation of Chinese temple inscriptions. Most of our inscriptions come from steles erected in rural temples, and do not fit easily into the rubrics of Daoism or Buddhism. Some include prayers and others are meditations on the dynamic interaction of local communities and powerful deities.

 (Literature & Linguistics Rubric)