APP 101-01: Introduction to Asian Studies
T/TH 2:30-3:45pm SCC 601
|Instructor: Katherine Chu, Ph.D.|
|Office: SBS B-140||Office Phone: 310-243-1029|
|Office Hours: 12:00-1:00pm T & Th, 7:30-8:30am F, or by appointment||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
This course is designed for students with little or no previous study of, or experience with, Asia and is intended to be an introduction to Asia for those who might be thinking of pursuing Asian Studies in more depth. At the same time it is suitable as a “stand-alone” course, either for those interested in broadening their education through gaining some understanding of non-Western societies and traditions, or for those with an Asian Studies emphasis who wish to expand their knowledge of Asia beyond their area of specialization. It could also be of interest of Asian students who are curious about other Asian cultures and about the way the West looks at and studies of Asia.
APP101 focuses on a range of cultural areas, including South, Southeast and East Asia. It is intended as an introduction rather than a survey, and is composed of a broad cultural-geographical introduction followed by modules that provide a series of samplers that examine specific themes, issues and traditions. This approach is multi-disciplinary and, as well as being set in historical context, each module focuses on a core “text”, for example a novel or a film. By learning about the history, religion, literature, politics and popular culture of Asia, students will begin to see beyond commonplace perspectives and generalizations, gaining the skills to think in critical and informed ways about Asia and its place in the world. Students will also learn to foreground Asian voices and perspectives in the study of Asian cultures, and they will reflect on the ways in which issues such as orientalism, colonization, nation building and political culture shape contemporary Asia and its many representations. Through this course, students will be introduced to current research in the field of Asian studies, and they will carry out a small independent research project. Students from all departments and backgrounds are welcome to take this course. No prior knowledge of Asian language or culture is required.
At the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
- Learn about foundational themes in the historical and contemporary cultures of East, South and Southeast Asia, as well as key concepts and debates in the field of Asian studies.
- Gain critical skills for approaching Asia’s place in world history and in contemporary global culture that enable one to have an informed perspective about Asia.
- Learn to critique conventional media representations and culture stereotypes about Asia.
- Develop the basic research and analytical skills necessary to responsibly approach the study of Asian cultures within any academic discipline or professional field.
- Complete a small original research project in Asian studies.
ASIAN COMMUNITY@ CSUDH
The Facebook GROUP (https://www.facebook.com/groups/APPcsudh/) is a site where my students can interact with each other and share knowledge on Asia. This is a valuable place to network and to learn. I strongly recommend you join the GROUP, get involved and engage with the community. The GROUP is also a great resource for Asian studies.
READINGS, LECTURES, FILMS
Course materials include novels and films by Asian writers and filmmakers, as well as a number of documentary videos.
Rhoads Murphey’s text book, A History of Asia, provides historical and cultural contexts, and integrates the course is reserved at the Library. You may also check Kimball Charles, Chapters on India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan. Please check the website: http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/index.html [ONLINE]
Two features films are scheduled for viewing on Oct 17 and Oct 19.
Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Women is required for presentation and discussion.
Other additional required readings are posted on Blackboard.
Before class, you will read all the chapters & videos according to the class schedule. Not all topics in these readings will be covered in class, but you are responsible for them on the exam and in class discussion.
During class time there will be a combination of lecture and discussion. All students are expected to participate in discussions. I will regularly lead discussions based on the course readings. I periodically ask you to answer questions based on those readings, so students should come to class prepared. A film (probably more than one) will also be shown and this film is a serious and integral part of the course. Attendance and note taking are expected.
Below are a summary of course requirements and their share of the final semester grade:
|Discussion Participation (including THREE Presentations)||25%|
|Weekly Reading Journals (FIVE total equally weighted)||25%|
|Final Paper Pre-assignments (3 total)||15%|
Lecture Attendance (10%). This course is designed for motivated students who attend all lectures, do all the readings, and ask questions when they don’t understand. Preparation and attendance is required. “Required readings” in the class schedule must be read before each class. Active participation in discussions is required. Students who feel that they could learn as much on their own should not be in this class. No student, regardless of her or his performance, can pass this course without regular attendance. I may also use this component of the final grade to reward special contributions to the class, consider any mitigating circumstances, or penalize students for poor effort, sleeping during class, late arrivals, or irresponsible behavior.
Attendance will be taken every class meeting. In order for your attendance to be counted, you must be on time, not leave early, and be actively engaged during the entire class. You are allowed to have two (2) unexcused absences without penalty. Each additional unexcused absence will be penalized as follows: An unexcused absence = 3-point subtraction from final grade. (For example, if you have an 89 final average with 1 unexcused absence, your final grade will be 86). If you miss more than five (5) classes for this course, you cannot receive a grade higher than C. Eight (8) or more unexcused absences will result in an automatic failure for this course. If you experience life-altering circumstances and cannot attend class, seek advice from the Advising Office about withdrawing from the course.
An absence is excused if:
- You are required to participate in an official CSUDH activity (documentation required)
- You are under a doctor’s care (documentation required)
- You are granted a leave of absence from CSUDH for reasonable cause by an academic dean (documentation required)
Bear in mind you are now in a professional school, and a member of learning community. Thus you are expected to comport yourself as a professional person. For instance, be on time for class, do not leave the class while it is in progress other than emergencies, turn off cell phones and personal computers, be respectful of other’s viewpoints even if you disagree with them, and dress appropriately for a professional activity.
Discussion Participation (25%). Students are expected to participate in all discussion activities. Full participation includes all of the following: arriving on time, bringing the weekly reading to class in printed form, bringing a notebook, asking questions and making contributions to discussion, listening attentively when a classmate or instructor is speaking, and contributing to a positive class atmosphere in which everyone has opportunity to contribute. If students have concerns about their participation grades, they should speak directly with the instructor during office hours.
Student Presentation. Each student is required to give one presentation during the semester, which will count toward 5% of student’s overall course grade. Students mostly should work in pairs and will sign up during discussion in Week 1. The group will have approximately 7-10 minutes for the presentation. The purpose of student presentation is to give students a chance to gain a deeper understanding of material presented in the weekly readings and viewings and to share this knowledge with their classmates in a way that helps students better understand the reading and stimulate discussion.
Book Presentation/Film Discussion. Book presentation will take place in week 8, while film discussion will take be on week 10. Your job is to summarize each chapter or the films and present it to the class. Perhaps you can do some outside research. You should be prepared to talk about the book and the films with expertise. This presentation will count toward 5% of student’s overall course grade. Students should work in pairs and will sign up during discussion in Week 3. The group will have approximately 5-8 minutes for the presentation. And a written report is recommended to submit to the instructor on the day of the presentation/discussion.
Weekly Reading Journals (25%). Weekly reading journals are designed to evaluate students’ completion of the assigned readings/ viewings and to stimulate student’s active and critical engagement with the course materials. Journal are due by 11:59pm every Fridays and must be submitted electronically on Blackboard. The Journals will respond to the assigned readings and viewings for that week. Students are required to write FIVE weekly journals throughout the semester.
Reading Journal Grading Criteria: Reading journals should be at least 300 words in length (approximately half page, single-spaced) and should accomplish the following:
- Demonstrate completion of the weekly readings/viewings, usually by citing specific examples taken from these materials in your response;
- Provide critical reflection on the weekly readings/viewings based on your own personal thoughts and ideas.
How you organize your response is open, but be sure that you reference all of the readings/viewings somewhere in your response (references can be by title or author; no formal citations are needed). How you demonstrate critical reflection is open. Here are some questions you might consider: How do the readings/ viewings connect to issues discussed in lecture? What did you find most interesting about the readings/viewings and why? Do you agree with the ideas presented? What issues did the authors overlook? How do these issues or ideas relate to your own life or to things you are leaning about in other classes? Did this reading change your perspective on something?
Journals are worth 5 points total and will be graded using the following rubric:
5 Excellent – shows completion of the assignment in its entirety;
4 Very good – nearly complete but missing some element;
3 Good – follow expectations but without any sources;
2 Fair – submitted late or missing a major element;
1 Poor – submitted late or provides no evidence of a comprehensive overview ;
0 No Submission
Reading Journals are graded on completion (not on providing “correct” answers), so students should not feel concerned if they did not fully understand the readings the first time. Students are encouraged to use discussion as a chance to ask questions about the readings and get further clarification. Assignments must be submitted on time to receive full credit. Reading Journals may be submitted late but will automatically receive a grade of 2/5, assuming they are complete in other ways.
Map Quiz (5%). In order for you to gain a better understanding of the course matter, it is necessary for you to know the locations of some places in Asia. I will distribute a detailed guideline on this assignment.
Final Paper Pre-Assignments (15%). During the final unit of the course, students will complete THREE short assignments designed to help them develop skills and stay on schedule for their final papers. These assignments will be submitted on Blackboard and will be due by the end of the assigned dates. Detailed requirements for these assignments will be provided separately.
Final Paper (20%). Students will complete one 1,500 words (about 3-page singled spaced) final paper for this course, which will be the culmination of research and writing carried out in the second half of the semester. The focus of this paper will be a cultural analysis of a single Asian primary source text. The term “text” here is very open, and students are encouraged to be creative and explore any medium of their interest. For example, students could choose to analyze a novel, an art work, a memoir or essays, a musical composition, a historical newspaper, a map, a play or dance performance, a film, a political event, a religious scripture or ritual, etc. If they contain language, sources may be analyzed either in their original language or in translation. Students will offer their own analysis of the primary source material, building on their own original research and interpretation and using skills and ideas developed in the course. Papers will be submitted on Blackboard before the end of December 8th. Late submission, without a University excused absence, will be penalized by one letter grade for each day past the due date (e.g. a B becomes a B-). No late paper will be accepted after the end of December 12th. Detailed guidelines will be distributed in the middle of the semester, and students are encouraged to approach the instructors early to brainstorm possible topics.
Extra Credit: There are TWO (and only two) ways to receive extra credit – (1) write an extra Movie Reaction Paper; (2) attend a pre-approved public talk sponsored by on-campus units, after each of which you would write up (in an assigned due date) a 1-paged summary and analysis. Choosing any of these options will—assuming you do a good job—result in the participation component of your final course grade being raised by up to 3-point (for example, from a 87 to 90). But you can only pursue up to three assignments for extra credit; your main energies should be focused on mastering the materials in the readings and lectures and participating energetically in discussions.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Notify me if you have conflicts:
|Map Quiz||Sept 7|
|Final Paper Pre-Assignments||Oct 31, Nov 16, Nov 29|
|Final Paper||Dec 8|
This course uses the +/- grading scale. The corresponding percentages and point scores for each letter grade are outlined below:
Additional Issues & Class Rules
Please be sure you follow these basic class rules and policies throughout the semester:
Late Arrivals and Early Departures. I find people entering and leaving the classroom during lecture to be very unpleasant and distracting. If you know that you must leave early on a given day, please let me know before class. If you are more than 10 minutes late, please don’t come to class. Repeat offenders will find their semester grades reduced.
Checking the Internet, cellphones or laptops in class. This is rude; you’re not learning anything; and you annoy your fellow students. Therefore, please never do it in class. I will help you, because if I catch you doing it (and it’s easy to spot from the front of the room), I will reduce the participation component of your final course grade by up to 50% and invalidate all extra credit. This is a promise. And please don’t assume that if I haven’t warned you, I haven’t observed it.
So, I expect you to consistently behave in ways that demonstrate your respect for me and the course, your fellow students, and yourself.
Communication. I would like to encourage questions and comments in class as well as face-to-face communication after class or during my office hours. Email is the most common way for students and faculty to communicate outside of class. I try to answer messages promptly, but do not expect emails sent after 5 pm to be answered until after 8 am the following day. Also, check your university email account regularly; I use that address when sending messages related to the course.
Blackboard. I do almost everything through blackboard and email. You should check your lecture section page on blackboard every day for announcements, new posts, outlines, tips, and other information that I may not have had time to give you in class or that surfaced since class. Those who do not check this site will most likely not be prepared for class and miss important announcements and assignments.
Student Disability Services. If you have a documented disability as described by the “Definition of Disability” (http://www3.csudh.edu/student-affairs/dss/mission/default.html) and would like to request academic and/or physical accommodations, please contact Disabled Student Services at Welch Hall (WH), B-250, phone 310-243-3660(voice) or 310-243-2028 (TDD). Course requirements will not be waived, but reasonable accommodations may be provided as appropriate. Please consult http://www3.csudh.edu/student-affairs/dss/default.html for more information on student disability services.
Academic Integrity & Plagiarism. All work submitted under your name is assumed to be your original work. The penalty for plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) and/or cheating in this class ranges from failure of the assignment to failing the course. Additional penalties are also possible. For purposes of a course grade, academic misconduct can result in a grade of “F” on the assignment, on the final grade, or both. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offence, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offences (e.g., plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and cheating) should seek guidance from the course instructor, academic advisor or the Dean. Please consult http://www4.csudh.edu/student-rights/academic-integrity/ for more information on academic integrity.
A Final Caveat: Please, please, please keep up with the weekly assignments. This course is not too burdensome if you come to class and stay current with assignments. If you fall behind, however, and try to play catch-up at the last minute, you will easily become overwhelmed. If you are not prepared to devote at least 6 hours a week to this course, it’s very likely you’re going to fail this class.
*****Readings should be completed by the date indicated *****
Week 1: Asian Studies Overview
Aug 22 (T): (1) Introduction to the Course – Where is Asia? What is Asian Studies?
- Murphey, Introduction [Blackboard]
- Video: Intro to Asia Video (Link)
Aug 24 (TH): (2) – The Beginning of the Asian Civilizations
- India – Ashoka. Segments from The Word and the Sword: History of the World [Video File] (Link 1) (03:13) (Link 2) (03:45)
- Ancient India[Video file]. (1996). (50:05) (Link)
- Ancient China[Video file]. (1996). (50:12) (Link)
- China – Qin. Segments from The Word and the Sword: History of the World [Video File] (Link 1) (02:02) (Link 2) (02:14) (Link 3) (03:46)
- Murphey, Chapter 1; Chapter 4, 68-72; Chapter 5, p.90-93
- Kimball, Chapter 1 on India (Link), Chapter 3 on China (Link), the first two Topics which are “The Kingmakers of Qin” & “The Qin Dynasty)
Week 2: Asian Religions
Aug 29 (T): (3) – The Power of ideas: India’s religions
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #1]
- The story of India: The power of ideas[Video file]. (2008). (54:57) (Link)
- Hinduism[Video file]. (1999). (57:30) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 2, p.28-32, p.40-43, p. 44-46
Aug 31 (TH): (4) – Understanding the Religions in China: The wisdom of faith
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #2]
- Confucianism[Video file]. (1996). (56:00) (Link)
- Buddhism[Video file]. (1999). (57:15) (Link)
- Religions of China[Video file]. (1999). (58:14) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 2, p.36-40
Week 3: Asian’s Golden Ages I
Sept 5 (T): (5)– Mughal India
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #3]
- The story of India: The meeting of two oceans[Video file]. (2008). (54:56) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 10
- Kimball, Chapter 3 (Link) Up to the topics of “The Moguls Besieged”.
Sept 7 (TH): (6) – Tokugawa Japan
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #4]
- The age of the Shoguns (1600-1868)[Video file]. (1989). (51:29) (Link)
- Samurai Japan[Video file]. (1996). (47:14) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 12
- Kimball, Chapter 3 on Japan (Link)
Week 4: Asian’s Golden Ages II
Sept 12 (T): (7) – Golden Ages in China
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #5]
- Forging the future: China’s industrial heritage[Video file]. (2000). (57:00) (Link)
- Voyage of the dragon king[Video file]. (2003). (48:28) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 5, p. 93-103; Chapter 8
- Kimball, Chapter 3 on China (Link), topics of “The Western Han Dynasty” & “The Xin and Eastern Han Dynasties; Chapter 4 on China (Link); Chapter 5 on China (Link) up to the Topic “Qianlong”.
Sept 14 (TH) (8) –Introduction to Research
Week 5: Colonialism and Imperialism I
Sept 19 (T): (9) – India, Inc.: European Colonialism in Asia
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #6]
- The story of India: Freedom[Video file]. (2008). (54:56) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 13, Chapter 14
- Kimball, Chapter 3 (Link) From the topics “The West moves in” to the End.
Sept 21 (TH): (10) –The Opium Wars and the Self-strengthening in China
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #7]
- The Opium Wars—China: 1750 – 1918. [Video file]. Films Media Group, 2015. (10:26) (Link)
- The Qing Dynasty—China: 1750 – 1918. [Video file]. Films Media Group, 2015 (11:41) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 15, Chapter 16
- Kimball, Chapter 5 on China (Link) from the Topic “The Opium War” to the End, Chapter 7 (Link)
Week 6: Colonialism and Imperialism II
Sept 26 (T): (11) – Asian Imperialism: Japanese Empire
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #8]
- The Meiji Period (1868–1912) [Video file] (1989). (52:00) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 17
- Kimball, Chapter 4 on Japan (Link)
Sept 28 (TH): (12) – The Pacific War
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #9]
- Japan: Return of the samurai[Video file]. (2014). (25:42) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 18 p. 382-392
Week 7: The Making of Modern Asia
Oct 3 (T): (13) – Expelling the West: Anti-imperialism and Decolonization
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #10]
- The road to Indian independence[Video file]. (1990). (15:29) (Link)
- India after independence[Video file]. (1990). (20:12) (Link)
- The WPA Film Library: People celebrate independence in Pakistan and India ca. 1947[Video file]. (1947). (2:00) (Link)
- The WPA Film Library: Indian refugees flee violence following the division of India and Pakistan ca. 1947[Video file]. (1947) (01:13) (Link)
- Kashmir: The legacy of partition of India[Video file]. (2001). (22:37) (Link)
- The road to freedom: Gandhi[Video file]. (2009). (51:58) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 20
- Kimball, Chapter 4 on India (Link)
Oct 5 (TH): (14) – China’s Rise: New World Order
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #11]
- The Chinese World Order[Video file]. (2016). (46:54) (Link)
- TEDTalks: Martin Jacques—Understanding the Rise of China[Video file]. (2011). (21:26) (Link)
- Inside China 1: The Rise of a Superpower [Video file](2014). (25:18) (Link)
- China inside out: Building relationships with the next superpower[Video file]. (2008). (41:32) (Link)
- Murphey, Chapter 18 p.392-409
- Kimball, Chapter 7 on China (Link) , Chapter 5 on Japan (Link)
Week 8: Literature in Asian History
Oct 10 (T): (15) Book Discussion – Comfort Woman
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #12]
- Constable, P. (2015, April 22). 70 years later, a Korean ‘comfort woman’ demands apology from Japan. The Washington Post, p. The Washington Post, April 22, 2015. (Link)
- Spirits of the state: Japan’s Yasukuni shrine[Video file]. (27:48) (2004). (Link)
- Because we were beautiful: Indonesian comfort women tell their stories[Video file]. (2010). (52:05) (Link)
Oct 12 (TH): (16) Book Discussion – Comfort Women
- Qiu, P., Zhiliang, S., & Lifei, C. (2014). Chinese Comfort Women: Testimonies from Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves(Contemporary Chinese Studies). Vancouver: UBC Press. (e-Book Link)
- Hilbourn, N. R. (2013). American mansin: Representation of trauma and domestic resistance against imperialism in nora okja keller’s comfort woman and fox girl (Order No. 1543618). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection. (1431455300). Retrieved from (Download Link)
- Jeyathurai, D. (2010). Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma in Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman. Asian Journal of Women’s Studies,16(3), 62-79. (Link)
- Gilbert, P. (2012). The Violated Female Body as Nation: Cultural, Familial, and Spiritual Identity in Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman. Journal of Human Rights, 11(4), 486-504. (Link)
Week 9 Film in Asian History
Oct 17 (T): (17) Film Screening – City Life of Death (2009) (Link)
Oct 19 (TH): (18) Film Screening – The Flowers of War (2011)
Recommended Viewings: (See Oct 24’s Readings/Viewings)
Week 10: Film in Asian History
Oct 24 (T): (19) – Film Discussion
Readings/ Viewings: [Presentation #13]
- The Rape of Nanking[Video File]. (2007). Films Media Group. (1:43:21) Link [NOTE: a film on Iris Chang, author of the book The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II] (Link)
- The rape of Nanking[Video file]. (2007). (52:53) (Link)
Oct 26 (TH) (20) – How to write a research paper?
- Derntl, M. (2014) ‘Basics of research paper writing and publishing’, Int. J. Technology Enhanced Learning, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp.105–123.
- Ashby, Mike. (2015) “How to Write a Paper”. (Link)
Week 11: Critical Approaches in Asian Studies I
Oct 31 (T): (21) – Orientalism and Asia as “Other” to European and the U.S.
Readings/ Viewings: [Presentation #14]
- Said, Edward W. (1978). Orientalism, intro and the chap 1 (I-III) (Link) [Whole Book Download]
- Great thinkers: Culture wars[Video file]. (2011). (59:26) (Link)
- Edward Said 1986 Orientalism Full Documentary RARE (54:11) https://youtu.be/CooK_RWMreI
- Edward Said On Orientalism (40:31) https://youtu.be/fVC8EYd_Z_g
*** Final Paper Proposal Due Oct 31 11:59pm
Nov 2 (TH): (22) – Critiques of Said’s Orientalism
Readings/ Viewings: [Presentation #15]
Issues: How valid is Said’s criticism to the study of Islam and is it applicable to other parts of Asia? Was the West also shaped by the East in similar characteristics and processes?
- Arif Dirlik, “Chinese History and the Question of Orientalism”, History and Theory 35, 4 (Dec 1996): 96-118. (Link)
- “Review Symposium: Edward Said’s Orientalism,” Journal of Asian Studies 39, 1980: 481- 517. (Link) (Link) (Link)
Week 12: “Yellow Peril”: Asia in American Imagination
Nov 7 (T): (23) – Pictures of the Exotic (Issue: What makes the National Geographic a model or unique for travel and explorer accounts? What in the stories, photos, perspectives, etc. that make the places and peoples exotic? How does people are “framed”?
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #16]
- Lutz, C., & Collins, J. (1993). Reading National geographic. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (p. 1-46) [Library Reserve]
Nov 9 (TH): (24) – Seductive Orientals (Issues: What do the Orient protagonists represent: an Oriental Despot, a noble savage, a colonized charm, a masculine fool, a clown, a mystic seduction, victim, or victor? What do the Western protagonists represent: civilization, secular missionary, enlightened femininity, prey, predator, victor or victim? Find out different narratives the same movie can create. )
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #17]
- De la Campa, R., Kaplan, E., & Sprinker, M. (1995). Late imperial culture. London ; New York: Verso. (p.11-32) [Blackboard]
- Films: The King and I (1956) / Anna and the King of Siam /A Passage to India (1984)
Recommended Readings: Margaret Landon, Anna and the King of Siam or E.M. Forster, A Passage to India.
Week 13: Lifting the Curtain: Southeast Asia
Nov 14 (T): (25) – “Vietnam”: Country? Enemy? Mistake? Haunted past? Ghost? (Issues: What is “Vietnam” in American Films about the war? Is it an allegory? IF yes, or what? How, in what ways (techniques, narratives, special effects) is it represented as such? Compare these films and the ones on recent battles in Middle East and Africa.)
Readings/ Viewings: [Presentation #18]
- Dittmar, L., & Michaud, G. (1990). From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War in American film. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. [Library Reserve]
- Auster, A., & Quart, L. (1988). How the war was remembered: Hollywood & Vietnam. New York: Praeger. [Library Reserve], p. 1-22.
- Films: The Green Berets or Rambo II / The Deer Hunter/ Apocalypse Now/ Full Metal Jacket
- Murphey, Chapter 19, p.419-425
- Kimball, Chapter 5 on Southeast Asia (Link); Chapter 6 on Southeast Asia (Link) Topic on “Vietnam”
Nov 16 (TH): (26) – What happened in Burma/Myanmar?
Readings/Viewings: [Presentation #19]
- Aung Aung. (2013). Promoting Democracy in Myanmar: Political Party Capacity Building. IDEAS Working Paper Series from RePEc,IDEAS Working Paper Series from RePEc, 2013. (Link)
- Nilsen, M. (2013). Will democracy bring peace to Myanmar? International Area Studies Review,16(2), 115-141. [Link]
- Murphey, Chapter 19, p. 428-432
- Kimball, Chapter 6 on Southeast Asia (Link) Topic on “Burma”
- Documentary: Mekong Region (248 mins) (Link)
*** Final Paper Primary Source Analysis Due Nov 16 11:59pm
Week 14: Work On Your Project
Nov 21 (T): (27) – Current Research on Asian Studies: Whitewashing in Asian Films?
Reading/Viewings: [Presentation #20]
- Film: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
- Kilday, Gregg. “Ghost in the Shell: How a Complex Concept, “Whitewashing” and Critics Kept Crowds Away.” April 2 2017. (Link)
- Rose, Steve. “Ghost in the Shell’s whitewashing: Does Hollywood have an Asian Problem?” (Link)
- Yamato, Jen & Justin Chang. Debate “Ghost in the Shell and the dangers of Hollywood whitewashing”. (Link)
- Feagin, J. R. (2009). Hollywood Films Are Racist. In R. Espejo (Ed.), Opposing Viewpoints. The Film Industry. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. (Reprinted from Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness, 2003, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.) [Blackboard]
Nov 23 (TH): NO Class: Thanksgiving !
Week 15: Work On Your Project
Nov 28 (T): (28) Current Research on Asian Studies: Voices of Dissent
- Voices of dissent: Freedom of speech and human rights in China[Video file]. (2008). (45:01) (Link)
- The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony 2010. [Video file]. (2010) (Link)
- “The Nobel Peace Prize 2010 – Presentation Speech”. org. (2014). (Link)
- Link, Perry. “At the Nobel Ceremony: Liu Xiaobo’s Empty Chair”, The New York Review of Books. (Dec 13, 2010) (Link)
- Lewis, Margaret K., Human Rights and the U.S.-China Relationship (May 26, 2017). 49 Geo. Int’l L. Rev. 471 (2017). (Link)
Nov 30 (TH): (29) Peer Review
*** Final Paper Fist Draft (1.5 pages) Due Nov 29 11:59pm
Week 16: Work on Your Project
Dec 5 (T): (30) Peer Review
***Final Research Paper Due Dec 8, 11:59pm