Seminar in Asian Studies
Directed Independent Study
Contemporary Japanese Society
This is a 4-part film/lecture series dealing with contemporary Japanese society. We will be exploring complex contemporary issues facing Japanese society today including: the status of ethnic minorities; the government?s political and military relationship with foreign countries; the position and treatment of immigrant workers; and the relationship between technology and human beings. Short lectures before the screening of the films provide historical context and an outline of the issues that the film explores, followed by a screening, and finally, a discussion session. Participants will be provided with additional reading materials that they can use to better understand the films and the issues they grapple with.
Exploring the relationship between history and memory, through the context of modern Okinawa. Challenging the protrayal of Okinawa as a simple tragedy, and pondering the consequences of the acceptance of this type of narrative of victimization. Students will participate in the construction a virtual tour of the Cornerstone of Peace, a site commemorating those who died during the Battle of Okinawa.
Ancient and Early Japan
Survey of Japan from its prehistoric origins to the early 17th century. Topics include: archaeology and history, origins of Japan
Survey of Japan from the 16th century to the present. Topics include: Tokugawa societies and cultures, economic systems, Imperial Japan and world wars, global interactions, modernity and modernization, and contemporary Japanese issue.
Jpn Soc Mvmnt During Cold War
This course examines the development of Japanese social movements from the 1950s through the late 1980s, focusing on anti-American and anti-ruling party movements that prioritized local autonomy, social justice and environmental sustainability over the mobilization of people and resources to aid the Cold War in Asia. Focus is also placed on the ways in which the history of these turbulent times have been told, and the political consequences of competing narratives.
Majors may pursue an independent study project in cooperation with any member of the department. Topics and the type of project will vary with the interests of individual students.
Japan From Periphrey to Center
Exploration of the uneven development in modern Japan. Travel to a region long considered a periphery of Japan, Okinawa, and its undisputed center, Tokyo. The contrast between Okinawa, hosting American military bases and boasting the highest levels of unemployment, and Tokyo, the undisputed center of economic, political and cultural life, is striking. Visual representations of the heterogeneity of social experience in contemporary Japan will be a focal point.