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COURSE CATALOGUE : ASIAN STUDIES

Working closely with other academic departments at Hobart and William Smith, the Department of Asian Studies offers a variety of courses that are designed to acquaint its majors and minors with the history, institutions, religions, cultures, and languages of Asia, and to provide a firm foundation for further study. Majors and minors in the department are strongly encouraged to participate in the Colleges' off-campus programs in China, India, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Taiwan, Tunisia, and Vietnam. All courses designated ASN are taught in English.

Learning Outcomes A senior Asian Studies major will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A multidisciplinary perspective centered on Asia.
  2. Foundational abilities in one or more Asian languages, including appropriate proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  3. An understanding of current and historical cultural, social, geographical, and political diversity within Asia.
  4. The ability to plan and carry out scholarly research and give a scholarly presentation on an Asian topic in English.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 12 courses
Four courses in one Asian language: Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese. (Students exempted from this requirement by passing a proficiency test permitting them to enter the third year or above of an Asian language must still complete 10 courses.) The departmental introductory course: ASN 101/HIST 107 Trekking Through Asia; at least two core courses on Asia in the social sciences division; at least two core courses on Asia from the humanities division that are not language courses; at least two Asian Studies electives; and the departmental capstone course: ASN 401 Senior Colloquium. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted towards the major. At least two of the 12 courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 7 courses
At least two courses in one Asian language. Students may be exempted from this requirement by passing a proficiency test permitting them to enter the second year or above of an Asian language. Students who take advantage of this exemption still must complete at least five non-language courses in Asian studies for the minor. The departmental introductory course: ASN 101 Trekking Through Asia; at least one social science course on Asia; at least one humanities course on Asia; at least two Asian Studies electives. At least one course on Asia must be at the 300 or 400 level. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Credit/no credit courses cannot be counted towards the minor.

A Note on Languages
At present, the Colleges have fully staffed language instruction in Chinese and Japanese. Arabic and Vietnamese are offered abroad and on campus, the latter remotely taught from Viet Nam. It is structured in cycles (Vietnamese 101 and 201 in the Fall and Vietnamese 102 and 202 in the Spring) in order to give students the opportunity to study up to four semesters. Historically, the Colleges have offered Hebrew, Hindi, and Korean at various levels, through study abroad programs, distance learning, and other means. Students wishing to use these less commonly taught languages to fulfill major/minor requirements must consult early with the Department chair.

ASIAN STUDY COURSES
ASN 101 Trekking through Asia
ASN 102 Ottoman Worlds
ASN 103 Introduction to Asian Art
ASN 115 Imagining Asian Religion/s
ASN 120 Making of the Samurai
ASN 130 Introduction to Chinese Lit
ASN 204 The Making of Modern S Asia
ASN 209 Golden Age Chinese Culture
ASN 210 Buddhism and Taoism through Chinese Literature
ASN 211 Buddhism
ASN 212 Women in Contemporary Chinese Culture
ASN 215 Environment and Development in East Asia
ASN 225 Tibetan Buddhism
ASN 231 Tibetan Mandala Painting
ASN 236 Contemporary China
ASN 242 Riding with Genghis Khan
ASN 268 China Goes Global
ASN 296 China and the U.S.
ASN 305 Showa through the Silver Screen
ASN 340 Water and Energy in China
ASN 341 Seminar: Chinese Literature in Translation
ASN 342 Seminar: Chinese Cinema
ASN 393 The Pacific Century
ASN 401 Asia Colloquium
ASN 450 Independent Study
ASN 456 1/2 Credit independent Study
ASN 495 Honors
ASN 499 Internship

CROSSLISTED COURSES
Social Sciences
ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 206 Early Cities
ANTH 212 NGOs and Development
ANTH 213 Cultures of India
ANTH 298 Modern Japan
ECON 233 Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 334 Political Economy of Corruption
ECON 344 Economic Development
ENV 215 Environment and Development in Asia
ENV 340 Water and Energy in China
INRL 401 Capstone Research (if research topic is Asia)
POL 140 Introduction to Comparative World Politics
POL 180 Introduction to International Relations
POL 208 Gender and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
POL 213 Politics of China
POL 246 Politics of East Asia
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 254 Globalization
POL 257 Russia and China Resurgent
POL 258 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
POL 281 Politics of South Asia
POL 283 Political Violence
POL 285 International Politics of the Middle East
POL 301 Politics of India
POL 304 Politics of Afghanistan
POL 366 Islamic Political Thought
POL 387 States and Markets
POL 400 Yemen: Politics on/of the Periphery
POL 400 Transitional Justice
SOC 299 Vietnam: Conflict, Contradiction, and Change
SOC 353 Global Cities

Humanities
AMST 221 Immigrant Art
ARTH 103 Introduction to Asian Art
ARTH 209 Chinese Pictures: 1000 Years
ARTH 210 Women Artists in Europe & Asia, 1300-1750
ARTH 212 Arts of Modern China
ARTH 249 Islamic Art and Architecture
ARTH 252 Japanese Art and Culture
ARTH 253 Buddhist Art and Architecture
ARTH 254 Islamic Art at the Crossroads
ARTH 303/403 Gender & Painting in China
ARTH 306/406 Telling Tales: Narrative in Asian Art
ARTH 336/436 Landscapes and Gardens
ENG 270 Globalization and Literature
ENG 272 India and the Global
ENG 276 Imaging the Middle East
ENG 361 Readings in Multi-Ethnic Women's Literature
GERE 213 Border, Nation, Identity
HIST 107 Trekking through Asia
HIST 120 Making of the Samurai
HIST 202 Japan Since 1868
HIST 242 Riding with Genghis Khan
HIST 305 Showa through the Silver Screen
HIST 320 Asia Pacific Wars
HIST 324 The Worlds of Civilized Barbarians
REL 115 Imagining Asian Religion/s
REL 210 Hinduism
REL 211 Buddhism
REL 215 Japanese Religions
REL 219 Introduction to the Islamic Tradition
REL 225 Japanese Philosophy & Religious Thought
REL 226 Religion and Nature
REL 236 Gender and Islam
REL 239 Nihilism East and West
REL 242 Islamic Mysticism
REL 243 Suffering and Salvation
REL 255 Peace and Violence in Quran
REL 260 Religion & Philosophy from a Global Perspective
REL 261 Qur'an on Religious Pluralism
REL 264 South Asian Religions
REL 265 The West and the Qur'an
REL 274 Zionism, Israel and the Middle East Conflict
REL 280 Negotiating Islam
REL 286 Islam and Environment
REL 288 Religious Extremism
REL 289 Material Culture and Islam
REL 304 Buddhist Philosophy
REL 318 Postcolonial Theologies
REL 335 Jihad
REL 347 Gender and Identity in Muslim World
RUSE 209 Flora, Fauna, and Society

DEPARTMENTAL LANGUAGE COURSES
For course descriptions, see Chinese and Japanese
ARAB 101 Beginning Arabic I
ARAB 102 Beginning Arabic II
ARAB 201 Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 202 Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study
CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese I
CHIN 102 Beginning Chinese II
CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II
CHIN 301 Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 302 Advanced Chinese II
CHIN 450 Independent Study
JPN 101 Beginning Japanese I
JPN 102 Beginning Japanese II
JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I
JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II
JPN 301 Advanced Japanese I
JPN 302 Advanced Japanese II
JPN 450 Independent Study
VIET 101 Beginning Vietnamese I
VIET 102 Beginning Vietnamese II
VIET 201 Intermediate Vietnamese I
VIET 202 Intermediate Vietnamese II

ASIAN COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ASN 101 Trekking through Asia Welcome to the "Asian Century." Asia has re-emerged as the center of the world, after a brief hiatus that started in the 18th century. With histories and religious traditions stretching back three millennia, today as we see cultures across Asia have transformed in ways to meet the demands of our rapidly changing world. China, Japan, and India are three of the world's top economies. Asia contains six of the world's ten largest countries, and is home to over half of the world's population and two of the world's major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. For decades Asian countries have been leaders in global manufacturing, and Asian universities are now renowned centers for scientific and medical innovation. Fifty percent of the declared nuclear-weapon states are also in the region. Simply put, Asia matters a great deal! In this course, we trek through the Asian past and present, exploring this vast and vibrant region. Through writings and travelogues that documented the peoples and lands of places stretching from the Sea of Japan to Persia, and from Java to the Mediterranean Sea, we will learn about the cultural systems that helped shape Asian societies. We will consider how these traditions contributed to and were changed by historical interactions in Asia itself and in relationship to the rest of the world. Join us on the journey! (Yoshikawa, offered annually)

ASN 102 Ottoman Worlds The modern Middle East as it is configured today is the byproduct of encounters between the particular governing practices that characterized the Ottoman Empire and alternative centers of power, global and local. Far from a medieval monolith, it was an adaptive, modernizing empire that stitched together peoples of different languages, religions, ethnicities, and political commitments. Yet well before it was formally dissolved through the military defeat of the First World War, the coherence of Ottoman rule was disintegrating along its periphery. This course maps both the construction and disintegration of the empire, showing how both jointly made the network of states that replaced it. As an interdisciplinary course drawing from the humanities and social sciences, the course asks students to critically understand a variety of cultures of resistance through which Ottoman subjects worked to fashion their lives and their empire. (Philbrick-Yadav, offered alternate years)

ASN 103 Introduction to Asian Art This course presents a topical study of the arts and architecture of China, Japan, India, and (to a lesser extent) Korea, with some comparisons to the arts of Central Asia, Europe, and America. We will examine developments in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, prints, and installations, through a series of case studies. Broad topics will include connections between art, politics, philosophy, and religion; text-image relationships; artistic practice, patronage, and collecting; and international art movements in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, students will learn to analyze two- and three-dimensional works of art and architecture. There are no prerequisites, and no previous exposure to the arts of Asia is necessary. (Blanchard, offered annually)

ASN 115 Imaging Asian Religion/s Is Buddhism a religion? What is religion? Does it entail a belief in God or reference to the transcendent? Is it some kind of faith? But neither was the notion of a god significant, nor was that of faith central to, early Buddhism. One could make similar claims about Confucianism. What do we mean by "religion"? Until modern times Asian cultures lacked the very concept of what Western scholars call "religion." Or is what the Indians call dharma equivalent to "religion"? What about what the ancient Chinese (Buddhists, Confucians, and Daoists) called fo, jiao, and dao or the Japanese (Buddhists, Shintoists, and Confucians) called hō, kyō, and —"law," "teaching," and "way"? Are these terms equivalent to what we today mean by "religion"? How do we imagine "religion" in these "Asian cultures"? What is "Asian religion/s"? To answer this question, we need to first ask what we mean by "Asian" and what we mean by "religion." The landmass we ordinarily call "Asia" is certainly not monolithic in culture and tradition. It is quite diverse when compared to the peninsula we call "Europe." Moreover, the concept of "religion" is an invention of Western scholarship. It is questionable whether there were any equivalent terms for "religion" in the Asian languages (such as of India, China, Japan). The Japanese, for example, had to invent a new word, shūkyō, to translate the Western concept of "religion" during its period of modernization when it enthusiastically imported Western science and scholarship. In light of these facts, the course examines the question of "What is Asian religion?," or rather, "How do we imagine Asian religions?" In examining these questions in regard to "Asian religion/s," the course introduces the student to the study of religion. (Krummel, offered alternate years)

ASN 120 Making of the Samurai Images of samurai are ubiquitous today in movies, computer games, comic books and animations, historical novels, and even advertisements. But who were the samurai in Japanese history, and what did they do? When did they emerge, and where did they stand in society? What did they eat, and how did they go about their day-to-day lives? How were they perceived by their contemporaries, and how did they see themselves? When did today's images of the samurai come about, and how? These are some of the questions we will address in this course, Making of the Samurai. In the process, we will also work on critical writing, reading, and thinking skills. (Yoshikawa, offered alternate years)

ASN 130 Introduction to Chinese Literature One subject that can best challenge the notion of Chinese civilization being “Confucian Civilization” is Chinese Literature. From the time when the great literary work, The Elegies of Chu, emerged in the Waring States Period to the literary works produced in early Republican period, Confucianism, which is often regarded as the representation of the mainstream Chinese philosophy/thought, has been questioned, if not attacked, from time to time. Traditional Chinese prose, poetry, fiction, dramas, precious scrolls, novellas, and full-fledged novels that emerged in different dynasties gave much more weight to non-Confucian ideas than Confucian ideas, which focus primarily on the lives of the elites. A good example is some three hundred poems attributed to Hanshan (Cold Mountain) in Tang times. These poems have drawn westerner’s attention since 1950s after some of them have been translated into English by the prominent American poet, Gary Snyder because of their inclusion of Buddhist or Chan/Zen tenets. The Hanshan poems, which have been translated into English four times in their entirety thusfar, are now integrated in “world literature.” There were many writers and poets whose literary artistry is much higher than Hanshan remain unknown to Western readers interested in Chinese culture. This course tells stories about these writers and their works in different literary forms and genres. (Huang, offered annually, taught in English)

ASN 204 The Making of Modern S Asia This course opens up critical issues of political, economic and social change over a span of two centuries in what is today India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It covers the period beginning with the colonial encounter through to the aftermath of independence and partition in 1947. Students will analyze the complex interplay between forces of knowledge production, colonial rule and global capitalist transformation. The course will proceed chronologically with emphasis on the following themes: the emergence and governance practices of the British Empire; the production of religious and social identities; the politics of nationalism and the Nation; the debates over gender and the "women's question;" and the role of violence and communalism in shaping different community relations in the subcontinent. Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions, and encouraged to draw connections form this history to present-day events. The course will conclude by exploring recent debates in South Asian historiography concerning the subject of history and the politics of history-writing. (Staff, offered occasionally)

ASN 209 Golden Age Chinese Culture China’s long history is characterized by dynastic alteration and cycle. The change of dynasty could lead to a stronger or a weaker state. The golden age of Chinese culture occurred in the Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty after China had experienced a chaotic time. What happened during the two dynasties (618-1279) provide us some interesting food for thought. The dynamic transformation of political system, government structure, religious institutions, literature and art, intellectual movements, economic life, and multiracial society contributed to the formation of an urban culture and life that was most sparkling and richest in the world. While Europe was still in its dark age, China’s golden age laid the foundation of much of East Asian culture and tradition, forming a strong sphere of influence. The formation of the Tang Dynasty and the transition from the Tang to the Song Dynasty tell us much about Chinese culture and life during and after the golden age, and even in the present time. The story about the golden age’s contributions to the Chinese cultural heritage is the central theme of this class. (Huang, offered biannually, taught in English)

ASN 210 Buddhism and Taoism through Chinese Literature Buddhism and Taoism/Daoism have long been two important constituent elements of Chinese culture. Their influences on Chinese worldviews, intellectual life, moral and ethical theories, religious pluralism, secularization of literature and art, and many other aspects of Chinese life are immeasurably great. The adaptation and transformation of these two religions have inspired the use of such phrases as “The Age of Neo-Taoism/Daoism,” “Budho-Taoist/Daoist Hybrid,” and “The Buddhist Age” to characterize some periods of Chinese history. Despite their being maligned and labeled as superstition, false teachings, or religious heterodoxies, they have become an integral part of Chinese elite and popular culture. The sinicization of Buddhism and the theologization of Taoism/Daoism remain the most intriguing topics in the study of Chinese religions and will be introduced in this class along with their associated texts and narratives. (Huang, offered biannually, taught in English)

ASN 211 Buddhism This course covers the rise and historical development of Buddhism in South Asia and its spread into Southeast, Central, and East Asia. Through regular writing exercises, extensive use of visual and audio materials, and some fieldwork, students will acquire a basic vocabulary for discussing the ritual practices, ethical systems, and scriptures of Buddhism (e.g., selections from the Pali Canon); situate the major branches of Buddhism in their historical and geographical contexts (e.g., Theravada in Sri Lanka, Vajrayana in Tibet, Zen in Japan); and explore important concepts in each of the traditions and locations in view of significant sociohistorical processes, events, and institutions (e.g., the interaction of Buddhists with Daoists and Confucians in China and the associations of Shinto practitioners and Buddhists in Japan). No prior knowledge of Buddhism is required. (Krummel)

ASN 212 Women in Contemporary Chinese Culture Are Chinese women still submissive, powerless, and silent as commonly perceived? What roles are Chinese women playing in the present-day China and international societies? These are among the oft-asked questions this course attempts to answer. By contextualizing Chinese women in pre-modern China, Republican China, and communist China, this course attempts to show their different characteristics in different periods. Special attention, however, is given to women in social and cultural settings in contemporary China. A variety of works, including history, fiction, and films are used to acquaint students with dramatic changes, multifaceted images, gender problems of Chinese women in the post-Mao era. (Zhou, offered alternate years)

ASN 215 Environment and Development in East Asia Course also listed as ENV 215. Rapid development in East Asia has brought prosperity to many but has also created serious environmental problems. Rivers and lakes suffer from pollution and algal blooms; water tables have dropped dramatically; farmland has been polluted by industrial chemicals and over-fertilization; and cities choke on pollution from industry and automobiles. This course explores the environmental challenges facing East Asia as well as how governments and other groups are addressing them through various approaches to 'sustainable development.' Lewis teaches the course with an emphasis on island and mainland Southeast Asia. Magee focuses on Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea). (Magee/Lewis, offered annually)

ASN 225 Tibetan Buddhism This course is an introduction to Tibetan belief and practice. What is life from a Buddhist perspective? What did the Buddha teach? What is the law of karma? These and many other questions are addressed. The course looks at Tibetan Buddhist practice from the Four Noble Truths to the highest Yoga tantra with special emphasis on the practice of love, kindness, and compassion. A monk's life in the monastery is also studied. Prerequisite: Any religious studies course or permission of the instructor. (Yignyen, offered annually)

ASN 231 Tibetan Mandala Painting The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the wonders of Tibetan culture. This is accomplished through the study of traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting and mandala construction. The world of Tibetan Buddhist art is introduced through the emersion in historic background and current utilization. Students learn the accurate methods for drawing the geometric outlines of the mandala. Each student completes a painted version of the Chenrezig mandala (which is most often used in Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice). This includes the formation of the accurate symbols of the five Buddha families. Students become familiarized with these and other emblems and learn their meanings. Using colored sand, students learn how to make a sand painting with authentic Tibetan metal funnels and wooden scrapers. Finally, students participate in the joy of a group class project of sand mandala painting and dismantling ceremony. (Yignyen, offered annually)

ASN 236 Contemporary China This course addresses the momentous social and cultural changes that have occurred in China in recent years. In exploring this subject, Chinese culture is systematically examined from different aspects, including but not limited to Chinese cultural roots, family, population, woman, economy, environment, ideology, politics, religion, and education. Some of China's hottest issues, with which Western societies have been concerned in recent years, are discussed, such as the reform movement, the Tiananmen Square Incident of 1989, censorship, human rights, peasants' protest, HIV, China's rise, China-U.S. relations, and China's future. (Zhou, offered alternate years)

ASN 242 Riding with Genghis Khan Genghis Khan and his descendants rode hard, fought bloody battles, envisioned world conquest, and drank copiously. They also created the largest land empire in the world, ruled over this empire effectively, and fostered cultural exchange across Eurasia at an unprecedented scale. After its fall, the empire's legacies continued to impact Eurasian history, arguable to this day. This course explores aspects of this great empire, from its Central Asian nomadic origins to the Mongol predicament after its fall. Our main focus is Genghis and the Mongol empire. Learn about the awesome Mongol battle strategies, and their administration that led to Pax Mongolica. Witness the magnificent courts and peoples that Marco Polo, or his reverse counterpart, Rabban Sauma, encountered, as you experience the excitement of their adventures. Explore how Mongols lived every day, and how they saw the world around them. Investigate how they adapted to various natural surroundings, and how they interacted with their various human neighbors, most famously the Chinese and the Persians. Consider why the great Khan remains widely known today, and why so many myths surround him. Let's ride through history with Genghis. (Yoshikawa, offered alternate years)

ASN 268 China Goes Global China has kept high-speed economic growth for over three decades. Accordingly, China has significantly expanded its international influence. Culturally, China has hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and established over 480 Confucius Institutes worldwide; Educationally, China has become the largest sender of international students to the U.S. making up 31% of all international enrollments in the United States; Economically, China has established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and launched the One Belt One Road project; Militarily, China has steadily modernized its military weapon and opened the first overseas military base in Djibouti in 2017. This course will discuss the implications of China's global expansion to the international community. The focus of this course will be given to how China's economic development affects the landscape of global powers through examining China's relations to its neighboring countries and Western countries especially to the U.S. This course will help students understand the trend of globalization and increase the awareness of new type of great power relations between China and the United States in the twenty-first century. No prerequisites. (Zhou, offered alternate years)

ASN 296 China and the U.S. Since the Nixon administration opened a new chapter with the People's Republic of China in 1972, China-U.S. relations have shifted from hostile relations to normalization and engagement. However, the relationship between the two countries has nosedived to the lowest point in four decades. The biggest challenge to the U.S. today is the communist China. Cooperation and competition between the two largest world's economies will determine the direction of Asia and the future of global development. The relationship between China and the U.S. has become one of the central global issues in the twenty-first century. By employing a perspective of cultural studies, this course will examine the development of China-U.S. relations since the establishment of the People's Republic of China, explore the roles of culture in shaping China-U.S. relations, discuss the relationship between characteristics of culture and the mindset of foreign policy makers, and analyze the future of China-U.S. relations and its implications to western hegemony and the international order. no prerequisites. (Zhou, offered alternate years)

ASN 305 Showa through the Silver Screen Showa (1926-1989), the reign of Hirohito, is most often associated with Japan's plunge into multiple wars, its occupation by a foreign nation, and its economic recovery to become the second largest economy in the world. Less explored is Showa as the heyday of Japanese cinema. While motion pictures were first introduced to Japan in the late 19th century, domestic production only took off in the 1920s to the 1930s. Following the Asia-pacific Wars, Japanese film gained worldwide popularity in the 1950s and 1960s with directors such as Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujiro, and Mizoguchi Kenji gaining international recognition. By the end of Showa, Japanese cinema was in decline as other forms of entertainment overshadowed movie going and a massive recession affected the film industry. This course explores the history of the Showa period using films as artifacts of Japanese perspectives into their state and society and the Japanese role in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. (Yoshikawa)

ASN 340 Water and Energy in China Course also listed as ENV 340. Water and energy are at the heart of China's environmental challenges, and addressing those challenges (or failing to) has very real human and ecological implications now and in the future. This is so not only for the people of China, the most populous country on Earth, but also for the rest of the world: pollution from China's coal-fired power plants brings acid rain and heavy metals to the Koreas, Japan, and even the western US, and manufactured products (including foodstuffs) tainted with industrial toxins have made their way to store shelves around the world. Yet the roots of many of China's environmental challenges are global: just as more developed countries have outsourced many of their manufacturing activities to China, so, too, have they outsourced the pollution of water, air, soil, and bodies resulting from those activities, along with the energy and other resource demands necessary to carry them out. This course explores the challenges and opportunities of sustainability in China - from ecological, socioeconomic, and geopolitical perspectives - through a close examination of the country's water and energy resources. (Magee)

ASN 341 Seminar: Chinese Literature in Translation This course introduces Chinese literature in its classical literary tradition. Selected readings consist of translated works that encompass different literary forms and genres. Major foci are on prose, fiction, poetry, drama, and vernacular story/novel. Primary concerns are with the shifting use of literary forms and genres from one dynastic period to another, how scholars and writers in different dynasties would favor and select specific literary forms and genres to reflect on and critique political, social, and cultural issues among other things, and why religious, gender, and social class bias emerged. Change of intellectual climate, linguistic simplification, as well as literary devices such as simile, metaphor, symbolism, euphemism, and others will be explained and discussed in depth. No prerequisite. Open to all students. Upper class Asian Studies majors/minors are highly recommended to take the course. (Huang, offered on demand, taught in English)

ASN 342 Seminar: Chinese Cinema This course is designed to examine the development of Chinese cinema. It introduces the fifth and sixth generation of Chinese filmmakers, as well as recent Chinese films produced in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States. It is hoped to help students develop their ability to analyze visual images from both Chinese and multicultural perspectives. Through the lens of Chinese films used in this course, students are expected to better understand issues such as gender, family, tradition, custom, and politics in China today. In the meantime, they are expected to become familiar with some new trend of cultural and social movement in China and overseas Chinese communities. (Zhou, offered annually)

ASN 393 Pacific Century Will the twenty-first century be the Pacific Century? How will the major powers in the Asia-Pacific region, such as China, Japan, India, and South Korea, reshape the landscape of global economy and politics during global power transition? How should the United States respond to the challenges from rising powers in Asia and maintain global peace in the twenty-first century? This seminar course will address the key questions, examine the extraordinary economic, social, political, and cultural changes that have occurred in the countries of the Western Pacific over the past 150 years, and discuss the future of the liberal international order. Students will have opportunities to share their experience in Asia and their understanding of Asian societies based on their research and travel experience. They are required to conduct in-depth research on a topic related to one of the regional major powers. The highly acclaimed documentary film series The Pacific Century will be used in class. This course substantially satisfies HWS curriculum goals of "a critical understanding of social inequalities" and "a critical understanding of cultural difference." Prerequisite: Juniors or Seniors (Zhou, offered alternative years)

ASN 401 Asia Colloquium The topic of the Asian Studies senior colloquium changes every year. Please consult with your Asian Studies major adviser. (Staff, offered annually)

ASN 450 Independent Study

ASN 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study ASN 495 Honors

ASN 499 Internship

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.