New and Revised Courses (Spring 2020)

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Elements of Nepali Language and Culture (NEPAL 1100)

Instructor: Hom Acharya

Course Time: To be determined at beginning of semester during organizational meeting.

1 credit.

The course will introduce basic Nepali language and elements of Nepalese culture to anyone who is interested in the subject matter, e.g. those planning to travel to Nepal, those having a desire to know about Nepalese culture, or those having the goal to excel in Nepalese language skills in the future.

Japanese Pop Culture (ASIAN 2260)

Instructor: Andrew Campana

Course Time: Monday and Wednesday, 7:30-8:45pm

3 credits.

Japanese pop culture—anime, manga, video games, music and more—has been a major phenomenon with massive worldwide popularity for the last three decades. In this course, we will explore a wide range of Japanese pop cultural forms, exploring the interactions between different media, Japanese pop culture as global pop culture, and a variety of modes of analyzing visual and audio materials. We will also see how pop cultural works themselves, in their content and form, engage with questions of gender, technology, fandom, nation, and the environment. No prior knowledge of Japanese language, culture, or history required. All readings and screenings will be available in English or with English subtitles.

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Small Countries in a Big World (ASIAN 3319)

Instructor: Keith Taylor

Course Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:25-2:40pm

4 credits.

There are 39 countries, 35 dependencies, and 6 disputed territories with populations of less than one million. There are 27 countries and one dependence with populations between one and five million. These places are located on every continent of the world. What historical contexts led to the existence of these polities, what are their roles in the modern world, what are their futures and why is it important to know about them? This course is both a survey and an analysis of them and of how the world looks from their vantages; it aims to open a view of the world much larger than the common focus on a limited number of large and medium-sized countries and to see how these small countries reveal a great diversity of human experience and  help us to understand the contemporary world.

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Cultures of Disability in Japan (ASIAN 4420)

Instructor: Andrew Campana

Course Time: Monday and Wednesday, 2:55-4:10pm

4 credits.

What is disability? How do the artistic, literary, and media practices of those who self-identify as disabled center non-normative forms of sensation, movement, and cognition? In this seminar, we will explore various forms of cultural production from disabled communities and practitioners in Japan, from disability rights activist-poets with cerebral palsy to outsider art collectives, Deaf filmmakers, and activities surrounding the upcoming 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. We will also engage with representations of disability in Japanese film, television, anime, manga, and literature, as well as some of the most significant English-language works in disability studies. No prior knowledge of Japanese language, culture, or history required. All readings will be available in English.

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Narrating Choson Korea: History and Memory (ASIAN 4426)

Instructor: Suyoung Son

Course Time: Monday and Wednesday, 10:10-11:25am

4 credits.

This course will explore the culture and society of Choson Korea (1392—1897) through a variety of historical, literary, and visual representations. Following the major political, social, and cultural transformations that shaped Choson Korea, such as Confucianism and the introduction of the patriarchy; changes to relationships among family, class, and gender; the Hideyoshi invasion and the collapse of the Ming dynasty; and the flourishing of commerce and foreign trade, we will examine a variety of discursive practices for constructing individual and collective identities and analyze how these identities changed over time in relation to shifting historical conditions in Choson Korea.

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Topics in Tamil Studies (ASIAN 4437)

Instructor: Delon Madavan

Course Time: Wednesday, 7:30-9:55pm (Last 7-weeks of semester. March 11-May 5)

2 credits.

Topic: Tamil Migration and Integration in Urban Contexts.

This course examines the articulation between migration, identity and space to analyse the forms of integration of the Tamil populations in several cities in South Asia (Jaffna, Colombo, Chennai), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur), Europe (Paris) and North America (Montreal). Through an examination of the social, cultural, political and religious dimensions of Tamil urban life and the territorialization of Tamil identity, this class will enable students to asses the integration of Tamil populations in various urban contexts and at different scales. We will consider intra- and inter-communal struggles, interethnic conflicts, as well as conflicts with authorities, to examine Tamils’ geographical distribution and integration. Using a wide array of sources ranging from scientific studies, maps and photographs, to literary and cinematographic works, students will be introduced to the approaches and methods of human geography.

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Topics in Southeast Asian Studies (ASIAN 4494/6603)

Instructor: Alex-Thai Dinh Vo

Course Time: Monday, 7:30-9:55pm

3 credits.

Topic: The Power and Consequences of Protest during the Vietnam War

This course examines the history and consequences of social movements during the Vietnam War, arguably the 20th century’s most controversial war. The course provides an overview of the Vietnam War and the social movement theories and philosophical perspectives on protest. With heavy leaning on events in Vietnam and the United States, the course will look at a series of uprisings and confrontations across the globe to serve as the intellectual framework for more expansive discussions about social, ideological, political, and economic developments that led to political protests and violence and their consequences. It will explore the causes, rhetoric, and forms of protests, the responses to these movements from the general public and the structures of power, the consequences deriving from the protests and the responses to them, and the lessons that can be drawn from these movements. To address these aspects, students will analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources including television and newspaper reports, memoirs, interviews, flyers and posters, novels, films and documentaries, as well as songs and art.

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