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AAAS 188F Beginning Chinese Flute - Staff - M/W 1:10-2:10

Prerequisites: None; suitable for freshmen; ability to read music is recommended. Beginning instruction on the Dizi, a transverse bamboo flute employed in many types of Chinese Folk Music as well as in various styles of Chinese Opera and in the modern Chinese Orchestra. The course will be taught by a guest artist from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts. Students will work on proper sound production, finger technique, articulation, and learn repertoire appropriate to the instrument. (Note: The Dizi is not really used with Beijing Opera, but with other music styles, particularly kunqu opera from southern China and Silk and Bamboo music from Shanghai.)

AAAS 210 Introduction to Japanese Culture - Sode - T/R 1:15-2:40

This course is a survey of key elements of Japanese culture. The topic areas include political and cultural history, geography, society, education and language. Additional topics of interest to the students will be identified and added at the end of the semester. Satisfies Gen Ed O (oral communication) requirement. No prerequisites. Lectures in English. Appropriate for freshmen.

AAAS 211 Korean Civilization - Kim - M/W/F 10:50-11:50

This course aims to introduce and familiarize students to the historical formation of Korean national identity through political, social, cultural, and economic processes. While the focus is on events and issues in contemporary south Korean society, understanding how nation-ness has been narrated, delineated, and even regulated requires situating debates on Korean culture, territory, history, and civilization within a longer historical context. Therefore, an overview of Korea's past since ancient times is a core part of the course. The latter part of the course will examine contemporary issues that suggest challenges or contribution to Korean national identity. No prior knowledge of Korean language or history is required.

AAAS 242 20th Century Korean Literature (in Translation) - Kim - T/R 2L50-4:15

This course introduces important Korean literature of the 20th century and reveals the social and cultural currents that helped shape these works. Given the many tumultuous events in the 20th century, such as the collapse of the 500-year-old Chosŏn dynasty, colonization, war, division of the peninsula and the headfirst rush towards industrialization, we can rightly expect the literature of the period to illuminate a rich pastiche of themes, emotions and culturally significant landmarks. This class will be an exploration of such literary works.

AAAS 250  Japanese Cinema - Stahl- T/R  6:00-7:25

This course examines important Japanese films produced between 1936 and 2000. The primary goals are to develop critical understanding and appreciation of Japanese cinema, aesthetics, history, culture, society, politics and human relations. The artistic styles and thematic concerns of representative directors—Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Kobayashi, Fukasaku, 'shima, Shinoda, Imamura, Morita—of the postwar "Humanist School," the 1960s Japanese "New Wave Movement" and contemporary times will be identified, analyzed, compared and contrasted. Works will be examined both in terms of the Japanese cinematic tradition and the values and conflicts characteristic of premodern, modern and present-day Japan. Special attention will be given to artistic representations of distinctive Japanese figures such as samurai and geisha, and the effects of Japanese social(izing) institutions such as the government, school and family on individuals. Students are encouraged to develop their own informed analyses and interpretations of the films, and make connections between issues treated in the Japanese cinematic texts and their own lives in social, political, historical and existential context.

AAAS 272 Island Culture: Taiwan Film and Fiction - Kaldis - M/W 2:20-3:45

This course presents an introduction to the film and fiction of modern Taiwan. We will carefully read, discuss, and interrogate a number of cinematic and literary works in which some of Taiwan's key historical, social, and cultural issues have been addressed, and we will familiarize ourselves with some of the academic scholarship on these works. Possible topics include: Japanese colonialism; relations with mainland China (PRC); traditional family relations; sexuality; gender; race and identity; indigenous peoples; the impact of modernization and globalization; cinematic genres; literary genres; ideology; and other topics. Above all, we will endeavor to construct our own dialogue with and interpretation of each film, short story, or novel. No prior knowledge of Taiwan history and culture or of Chinese language is required.

AAAS 273 Chinese Civilization - Chaffee - T/R 10:05-11:30

A survey of Chinese history from its neolithic agricultural origins ca. 7,000 BCE to the fall of the Yuan dynasty in 1368. The course will consider state formation and the nature of the long-lived Chinese imperium, economic developments and the tantalizing though unfulfilled promises of a Chinese industrial revolution, the history of Chinese thought and religion, and the varied aspects of Chinese society and culture through the ages. The course will stress translated readings from primary sources (both documentary and literary) to help get as direct and immediate a sense of the Chinese past as possible.

AAAS 280A Introduction to Asian American History - Chen - MWF 10:50-11:50

This course is an introduction to Asian American history from a global perspective. We explore the broader historical developments that gave rise to the concepts "Asia" and "America" to trace their significance and consequence for later Asian (and other) migration to the United States specifically and the Americas generally. Topics we will address include: geography and geopolitics; global capitalism, diaspora, and labor migration; race, ethnicity, and culture; gender, family, and community; nationalism and citizenship; representations of race in the media and in commercial and popular culture; and the idea of "Asian American" in the civil rights and post-civil rights era.

AAAS 280H  Asian American Adooptees - Jones - M/W/F 9:40-10:40

"Asian American Adoptees: Representations in Film and Literature" Description: This class will explore the literature, media, and history of Asian adoptees. We will delve into the relationships of Asian American adoptees and kinship ties between their country of origin and the United States. The connections question the terms of identity in national, ethnic, and cultural ways akin to gender identity. The class will look into written narratives by Asian adoptees, documentary films, as well as pop culture media representations of Asian American adoptees.

AAAS 280U Environment & Society in Korea - Kwon - M/W/F 2:20-3:20

Climate change. Tsunamis. Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Biological diseases. In recent years it seems that natural disasters have characterized contemporary society. What are the social meanings of these phenomena? How do science and technology attempt to manage natural disasters? What kinds of effect has it when we labeled these phenomena as "natural"? This course will try to capture the complexity of nature-society relations and its implications to studying emerging environmental governance in East Asian societies with a Korean emphasis.

AAAS 284A Imaging Women in South Asia - Bulathsinghala - T/R 8:30-9:55

This course focuses on the contrast between how women in premodern Korea and East Asian are depicted in modern society and how they actually lived. What kind of images do we have of the past and women in premodern Korean and Asian societies and do these images match the realities of their lives? This course will attempt to answer these questions by examining various themes, such as sexuality, maternity, victimization, property rights, and so on, not only through written works but also material cultures (e.g., clothing, food, and embroidery) and visual resources. To understand the past and its relevance to the present, one must know the lived realities of that past. This approach will help students understand the diversity of premodern society and women's lives in those cultures.

AAAS 284B Modern India 1757-2000 - Dey - T/R 11:40-1:05

History of Modern India, 1757-2000 This course is intended as an introductory survey of the history, culture and political life of Modern India (1757-present). Themes covered include colonization and British rule; anticolonial nationalism; M K Gandhi; civil society, caste and religion; education; gender; and environment. It provides a broad overview of the important topics and historical signposts in the life of Modern South Asia. Using textbooks, maps, films, discussions and lectures, this course hopes to help students understand the complexity of this important region in relation to contemporary issues and global politics.

 AAAS 361 Korea in the Age of Empire - Kim - M/W 2:20-3:55

This course provides a historical overview of the cultural practices and political economy in Korean society from its forced "opening" in 1876 to "liberation" from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Major themes include the transition from a Sino-centric world order, reform movements, nationalism, colonial rule, social and economic changes, and everyday life in the Japanese empire. The course will be highly interactive, preparing students for and demanding their participation in simulated reform councils or debates. No prior knowledge of Korean language or history is required. AAAS 374 China in the 20th Century - Fan - M/W 1:10-2:20

AAAS 371 Asian Americans - Yun - T/R 1:15-2:40

This course examines the meanings of "Asian" in the context of a multi-facial/cultural Americas. The class will study and compare cultural productions of Asian peoples alongside those of different racial/cultural groups. Literary and cultural convergences in North America, Caribbean, and South America ultimately reveal the plurality and complex interdependencies of : Asian, African, Latin, European, and Indigenous Peoples due to colonialism, globalization, and transnational movements. This course is interdisciplinary and questions assumptions of nation and subject identity.. Through comparative study and linkage, the multiplicity and meanings of American citizenship and cultural identity will be systematically re-examined. Readings include creative and bold works from the 19th and 20th centuries that consider and theorize hybridity, gender, diasporic formations, globalization.AAAS 380O Literature in North Korea  - Kim - MW/F  12:00-1:00

AAAS 380A Korean American Literature & Culture - Ku - M/W 4:40-6:05

The Korean presence in the United States stretches back over a century. During that time, Korean Americans have played an important role in the formation of the complex multicultural mosaic that we call American culture. At the same time, they have expanded and complicated the question of what it means to be "Korean," especially as significant populations of Koreans increasingly reside beyond the Korean peninsula. (It is estimated that some six million, or roughly ten percent of all Koreans alive today, reside in China, the US, Japan, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Australia, Germany, Kuwait, South Africa, and some 130 other countries around the world.) Through the lens of Korean American literature and culture (fiction, art, sports, food, film, religion, television, etc.) this course explores the intersection where America meets the Korean diaspora. The course approaches are interdisciplinary, drawing from literature, history, anthropology, sociology, and other academic arenas. In addition, the course pays special attention to the issues of gender and sexuality.

AAAS 380C Asians, Race and American Law  - Chen - M/W/F 1:10-2:10

This course explores the role "Asians" – and race more generally – played in the development of American law and the American nation. We begin examining the racial tensions within the founding of the United States and their consequences: the Indian removal, the Civil War and its aftermath. Entering the country in large numbers in the mid-19th century, Asians arrived amid and disturbed these dynamics. We will consider both how they were part of segregation's broad institution and how they figured within 19th and 20th century legal decisions defining immigration, naturalization, and citizenship. These decisions continue to inform contemporary debates and issues, asking fundamental questions at their core: Can racial legal subjects find justice? Is equitable racial citizenship possible?

AAAS 380J Hawaii as Text - Ku - M/W 2:20-3:55

Sun, surf, happy-go-lucky natives, tropical paradise. These are what comes to mind of most Americans when they think of Hawaii, the nation's Fiftieth State. What doesn't come as readily to mind are words such as colonialism, indigenous rights, sovereignty, plantation labor, and poverty. Using a variety of inter- and multidisciplinary methods and sources, this course examines Hawaii, aka the Aloha State, as a site of critical inquiry.

AAAS 380K Hauntings in Asia America - Jones - M/W/F 2:20-3:20

This class will explore the literature, media, and culture of Asian American refugees, with an emphasis on the Vietnam and Korean wars and other Asian conflicts with US military intervention (i.e., Cambodian Civil War). We will delve into the relationships of these migrant groups and the kinship ties between their country of origin and the US, and the resulting immigration post-war. The class closely examines migration due to war and particularly US-sponsored migrations such as Operation Baby-lift and Asian adoptees. The connections question identity in national, ethnic, and cultural terms. The class will look into novels, film, documentaries, as well as pop culture media representations. Texts and sources may include selections from: Chang Rae Lee's The Surrendered, Norah Okja Keller's Fox Girl, and documentaries like Daughter from Danang, First Person Plural, as well as films and TV shows with Asian American refugee/adoptee representations (i.e., The Girl Who Spelled Freedom, Better Luck Tomorrow and "House, M.D."), among others.

AAAS 380O Literature in North Korea - Kim - T/R 4:25-5:50

The recent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has impacted the global community in significant ways, begging the question: Where is North Korea heading? Emphasis of this course will be on the cultural and intellectual issues and on how literary forms emerged, constructed, and responded to the rise of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il's personality cults. Our readings will cover a wide selection of fiction, poetry, film, literary criticism, speeches, and reflections from defectors with the emphasis on the intersections of politics, history, and culture. We will pay close attention to the role of the collective and individual bodies and examine the development and changes that have occurred since the inception of the nation-state. Our goal is to develop critical reading skills and gain in-depth understanding of North Korea and its engagement with the global community beyond the Cold War rhetoric and media representations.

AAAS 380Q Dances of South Asia - Bulathsinghala - T/R 11:40-1:05

This class will incorporate an exploration of the fundamentals of traditional South Asian dance with a comparative approach that enables students to develop an understanding of cultural differences between dance styles in South Asia and the West. Students will be introduced to various ways of presenting and performing South Asian dancing genres, including not only traditional formats, but also in modern settings, such as concerts, television, and film. The class format will be divided equally between active physical learning of dance movements and discussion of assigned readings relating to such topics as dance-related history of clothing and interior design; dancing-related vocabulary such as drum beats, costumes, artists, and art movements; dance as a marker of relationships within and among different cultures; and aspects of dance fusion between South Asia and the West. The course will also seek to understand what motivates changes in fashion and taste over time. Previous dance experience is helpful but not necessary.

AAAS 381E Censorship - Mehta - M/W/F 10:50-11:50

This course explores how censorship has been theorized in trans/national contexts. In a moving away from a national focus on censorship, this course hopes to make visible overlaps between practices of state censorship, non-government regulation and corporate control. This new analytical framework would also enable us to consider the circulation of controversial texts in a global marketplace where it produces subjects, discussion and profits. In addition to locating questions of censorship in transnational context, we will also consider practices of censorship across mediums, examining cases involving books, music, and film. Finally, we will attend to the means by which technology enables and challenges censorship. Possible texts that we will examine in the course include Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Anthony Shaffer's Operation Dark Heart, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers, Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, Deepa Mehta's Fire, and Listen to the Banned (compilation of banned songs presented by Freemuse and Deeyah).

AAAS 381R Premodern Tales East-West - Strippoli - T/R 10:05-11:30

Storytelling is a universal human impulse, trans-global and trans-religious. People tell stories to explain, entertain, and provide a model for future behavior. In this course, we will explore the pre-modern cultures of Europe and Asia through the narratives they left behind, with particular attention to medieval Italy and Japan. These traditions evolved independently and are not only distant from each other, but also removed from us, and not necessarily "literary" in the modern high-cultural sense. We will examine Eastern and Western tales of knights, demons, women, etc., which have similar themes but are rarely, if ever, considered together. As a scholar of pre-modern Italian literature and the poet Dante, Prof. Holmes brings expertise in the medieval Christian belief-system, whereas Prof. Strippoli's specialty is Japanese medieval literature, built on the worldview dictated by East Asian Confucianism and Buddhism. The course will examine questions such as: What do the stories' different ways of addressing a particular topic tell us about cultural differences? What do their similarities tell us about our common human experiences?

6AAAS 386B  Beijing Opera Face Painting - TBA -  T/R 3:35-5:45 - 2 credit course

One of the most distinctive aspects of Beijing Opera is its unique make-up style, which disguises actors with astonishing masks painted directly onto their skin. This class teaches the significance of symbolic patterns and colors used and techniques of pigment application. Taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre in Beijing, China. No prerequisites. Open to students from any major. Two credits.

AAAS 386C Beijing Opera Combat - TBA - T/R 3:35-5:45 - 2 credit course

This course concentrates on the symbolic fighting style of Beijing Opera, using special swords and spears. It is athletic and gymnastic and is clearly influenced by techniques of martial arts. Despite that, no previous training in any of the above is necessary for enrollment. Traditional weapons are furnished. Taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre in Beijing, China. No prerequisites. Open to students from any major. Two credits. Format: DIS - Discussion

AAAS 414 Economic Development - East Asia - Yoon - T/R 2:50-4:15

Prerequisites – Grades of C or better in ECON 360 _AND_ ECON 362; also grade of C or better in college level statistics. This course studies the fast growing economies of East Asia, especially Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. The course overviews the performance and history of East Asian economies and analyzes the factors underlying East Asian economic development. Format: 3 exams and 4 - 5 short papers and presentations.

AAAS 432/542 Women and Korean History - Pettid - T/R 10:05-11:30

Confucianism is often cited as the most important ideology of Korea and said to have shaped diverse elements including gender relations, culture, and economic growth. This course examines the realities of the influence of Confucianism from its introduction in the 4th century to the present. Students will gain an understanding of the diverseness of Confucianism throughout history and its actual influence on Korean cultural practices.

AAAS 451/534 Fictions of the Samurai - Strippoli - W 4:40-7:40

The samurai is one of the most appealing images of Japanese culture, both in and outside of Japan. It stirred the imagination of storytellers, philosophers, soldiers, and, more recently, filmmakers and manga and anime artists. Through the study of warrior-related literature and theater, "Topics in Premodern Japanese Literature: Fictions of the Samurai" examines the process through which this image has been constructed, received, and changed over the centuries. The course provides a chance to get acquainted with Japanese culture and intellectual history, to read military tales and other narratives in translation, to explore works of visual and performing arts such as nō and kabuki theater. Readings on gender and masculinity, invention of tradition, nihonjinron, and elaborations on Edward Said's concept of Orientalism will provide a critical framework for the study of the many manifestations of the samurai in Japanese and Western culture.

AAAS 462 Confucius' Analects  - Chen -  M/W 4:40-6:05

This is an advanced course of Chinese language and culture. Students will read passages from the Analects (Lunyu) of Confucius, or Kongzi (551-479 BCE), in its original text and the accompanying exegeses in modern Chinese, with focuses on these passages' linguistic, literary, and philosophical aspects. Thus, this course combines Chinese language and philosophy as well as classical and modern Chinese. Prerequisite: three years of Chinese language or equivalent.

AAAS 480H  Haunting, Memory, Migrations - Allen - M 3:30-6:30

How do contemporary global migrations haunt the cityscapes and bodyscapes, the landscapes and mindscapes, of our dreams? Fugitive, mutable geographies and murmurous genealogies shape a cultural somatics at the entangled intersections of memory and migrations. In 10,000 waves, cultures, languages, genders, sexualities, and generational divides prompt reflections that provoke multiple expressive platforms and collaborations. Our discussions will emphasize transdisciplinary practices and activism by drawing upon recent African and Asian diasporic and feminist literatures, visual productions, and theorizings. Moments in which change seemed possible, tales of lost souls and the Better Life, twitter and tweets, generate our points of departure, which include Dionne Brand's Chronicles: Early Years, On Black Sisters Street, by Chika Unigwe, hybrid writing and video by Jai Arun Ravine, Tom / Trans / Thai, And then Entwine, and Bhanu Kapil, Schizophrene. Themes from the installations For Tomorrow, For Tonight, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Ten Thousand Waves, Isaac Julien, and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man, will be considered in conjunction with Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, selected recent writing by Edouard Glissant, and Lorna Goodison's By Love Possessed. In "Time Lag," Noriko Ambe cuts pre-existing patterns and information in books as she collaborates with and alters them to understand their concepts and to find moments of intersection or conflict. Her aim is not to cut perfect lines, but to stay with the process. Similarly, participants will keep a record, which may be in any medium, essay, creative writing, film, multimedia, etc., of their reflections and journeys during the course. Drawing from that record, participants will develop individually or in small groups one or two projects.

AAAS 480I Contemporary Ecologies - Allen - M 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Imagining Survival "Contemporary Ecologies" offers an introduction to, and hands-on experience of, ecological aesthetics. Drawing from African and Asian diasporic art, theory, literatures, and the feminist, queer, urban, and virtual perspectives that they engender, we will bring analysis and imagination to bear on rising sea levels, tsunami, coral reefs, and expanding cityscapes such as Nairobi and Beijing. Eschewing pessimism that foresees insurmountable problems for the southern hemisphere, we will engage transdisciplinary approaches to embodiment, change, parallel worlds, and activism, to shift the exercise of power.

AAAS 480J Social Justice - Yull - R 5:50-8:50

This course will examine the multi-layered processes that create, perpetuate, and challenge stratification, inequalities, and multiple forms of violence within and across societies. A key intent is to examine conceptions of social justice that underpin efforts to address and redress disproportionalities and disparities resulting from contemporary and historical relations of domination and subjugation. The focus of the course moves between the global context and that of the US, whereby students will analyze their own location within power and wealth structures. A special feature of this course is its emphasis on the interconnectedness of global, regional, national, and local realities, as they affect the lives of people in everyday domains. Open only to juniors and seniors currently matriculated in HDEV.

AAAS 480M Partition History: India and Pakistan - Dey - T 2:50-5:50

The partition of the South Asian subcontinent into separate sovereign republics of India and Pakistan in August 1947 left behind a trail of bloodshed, broken homes and arbitrarily drawn geopolitical boundaries whose aftershocks are being felt to this day. This Advanced Seminar in South Asian History looks at the historical antecedents, administrative logic, human costs, and political legacy of the partition in the national life and everyday reality of these two countries since independence. Sources used will include colonial records, speeches of Hindu and Muslim ideologues, literary histories, oral accounts, and secondary historical studies of the partition and its aftermath.

AAAS 480U/583A Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language - Song - T/R 11:40-1:05

This course is designed to introduce the theories, methodologies, and skills in teaching Chinese as a second language, aimed at both conceptual understanding and practical performance. General SLA and language pedagogy theories and mythologies will be discussed with their relevance to Chinese language teaching in particular. Mock teaching opportunities will be provided. Upon the completion of the course, students will:  Know the basics of SLA and its relation with second language teaching.  Know major theories and methodologies of second language teaching as well as their applications to Chinese.  Know how to select and evaluate teaching materials, including textbooks. Know the national standards for teaching Chinese and the current standard tests for proficiency levels. Know and acquire skills in the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a cultural and social context. Be able to design curriculums and assessment procedures. Be familiar with electronic sources available for SLA research and teaching Chinese to L2 learners. No previous knowledge of general linguistics or modern Chinese linguistics is required. This course's goal is to train Chinese L2 teachers. Advanced level (or above) of modern Chinese language reading proficiency is necessary.

AAAS 480V From Bombay to Bollywood - Mehta - M/W/F 2:20-3:20

This course will trace the trajectory of Bombay cinema's transformation into Bollywood. The products of the Bombay film industry, Hindi films, have dominated the national imagination. Furthermore, they have been Indian cinema's most successful exports. Through readings and screenings, we will examine shifts in Hindi films' narratives as well as Bombay's industry practices. Some of the topics that we will explore include film exhibition, the development of melodrama, censorship, the emergence of the multi-starrer, the shifts in music and dance, the representation of political events, the construction of family and gender, the relationship between the Bombay film industry and the state, and the rise of new genres in the era of globalization. The discussions on specific films will attend to formal features of Hindi films such as narrative form, darsan, intermission, and song/dance sequences, placing Hindi films in productive dialogue with film theory. *Please note: Weekly 3 hour evening screenings will be mandatory for this course. There will be a separate time set aside for the screenings. The screenings may not take up the entire 3 hours.

 AAAS 482R Reseaching Immigrant Lives - Chaudhry - M 1:40-4:40

This course will explore the complex and multiple ways in which citizenship is conceptualized and experienced for immigrants at global, societal, institutional, community, and individual levels. A key emphasis will be placed on understanding intersecting epistemologies and research methodologies in oral historical, qualitative, cultural studies, and feminist contexts. The objective is to conceptualize and actualize a collaborative interdisciplinary research project that will make a significant contribution to the lived experiences of immigrants. The project also will highlight policy and advocacy imperatives for researching immigrant lives and apply a social justice and rights-based philosophy to an examination of citizenship, immigration, emigration, and immigrant lives in transnational, national, and local contexts.

AAAS 482S/580L Literature & Culture in Chinese Diaspora - Yun - W 3:30-6:30

This course examines the literary and cultural productions of the largest and longest running Asian diaspora to the Western hemisphere, the Chinese. As the first mass Asian migration to enter the Americas, the Chinese posed unique challenges to national constructions and categorizations of color, class, and belonging. Of particular interest is how writers, artists, and observers describe this migration and the encounter of Chinese and non-Chinese in the Americas. How might their critiques and observations inform our present understanding of race, nation, culture, and freedom? This course will include text, image, and film, of different perspectives, at various points in history. Our studies will also take into account the national and ethnic diversities within this diaspora as well as its diverse social histories shaped by labor, class, politics, and gender.

AAAS 482T Issues in Asian Translation - Lee - T/R 6:00-7:25

This course deals with both theories of Translation Studies and practice and how these are shown in actual translations of East Asian literature and culture. The course will begin with rudimentary concepts in Translation Studies such as various definitions of translation, equivalence, translatability, translation as a representation, the 'science' of translation, polysystem theories, domestication/ foreignization, and deconstruction as well. Articles will be assigned to read in order to discuss about the concepts and flow of the Translation Studies. With an understanding of the theories, students are expected to focus on specific issues in East Asian materials from popular culture (e.g., rendering Japanese animation into subtitles in other languages) to the literary works for the Noble Prize. The ultimate goal of this class is to discuss about what translation is and what is its role. Students will be asked to answer these key questions during the whole semester. No language requirement is necessary although the class material will be focused on Korean, Japanese and Chinese. English translations will be given when necessary.

AAAS 500 Proseminar - Kaldis - T 4:25-7:25

Required course for all incoming graduate students. This course will expose students to the breadth and variety of approaches to Asian & Asian American Studies. Students will be introduced to multiple conceptualizations of the field of Asian & Asian American Studies, including a wide array of disciplinary approaches to the field. Through a combination of extensive readings in combination with guest faculty lecturers from across these disciplines, first-semester MA students will develop knowledge and familiarity of the diversity of Asian & Asian American Studies, and begin to orient themselves toward a particular sub-field (from within the various MA tracks offered within the program), disciplinary approach, and DAAAS faculty mentor.

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Fall 2012 Language Courses

CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I

Foundation course aimed at enabling students to communicate in Chinese for everyday purposes. Introduction to simplified Chinese characters. For students with no previous formal training in Chinese. Not for native speakers. Evaluation based on quizzes, examinations and class participation.

CHIN 111 Elementary Written Chinese I

An accelerated, concentrated beginning Chinese course designed for students with some background in conversational Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or other dialects) who require instruction in learning to write Chinese characters and in Chinese grammar. Students who have had no prior formal language instruction in Chinese are eligible for this course. Two hours per week; evaluation based on quizzes, examinations and class participation. Prerequisites: Knowledge of conversational Chinese and consent of instructor.

CHIN 202 Singing Chinese

Chinese 202, Singing Chinese Course Description This is a specially designed, interdisciplinary course, emphasizing both language acquisition and music appreciation and performance. The songs you will learn in this class are art songs, folk songs, and popular songs from the Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Song lyrics will serve as main texts, accompanied by vocabulary lists and exercises. You will learn new words and sentence patterns as in regular language classes, while the improvement of pronunciation, diction, voice projection, and language expression will be achieved through singing practice. You will go through a step-by-step learning progression, from "singing along" to "singing alone." In semester's end, although you are not expected to sing solo professionally, you will be able to sing with choral expertise and to actually please crowds at Karaoke sessions Prerequisites: CHIN 102 or equivalent.

CHIN 203 Intermediate Chinese I

This third-semester intermediate course in spoken and written Chinese builds upon vocabulary and grammar acquired in CHIN 101 and 102, or 111 and 112. While learning new vocabulary in culturally informative lessons, students will obtain mastery of increasingly complex sentence patterns and grammatical structures. The course stresses speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. At the end of the semester, students are able to communicate competently in Chinese on a limited range of important topics in everyday life and are able to read simple texts, and have a good foundational knowledge of Chinese culture, including a solid understanding of key aspects of the traditional Chinese writing system. Four hours per week; evaluation based on quizzes, examinations, written essays, weekly homework assignments, and class participation. Prerequisites: CHIN 102 or CHIN 112 or equivalent.

CHIN 305 Advanced Chinese I

This course is designed to help students solidify and further improve their communicative skills in Chinese through the study of authentic materials. Class will be conducted mainly in Chinese and will be active, intensive, and participatory. Stu dents will read authentic materials, expand their vocabularies, practice journal writing, and acquire knowledge of Chinese culture and modern society. Using dictionaries (Chinese, Chinese-English, hard copy, and online) will also be practiced.

JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I

Provides the basics of Japanese language to students with no prior background in this language and introduces aspects of Japanese culture and society. Includes training in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Students learn basic grammar and expressions to communicate in simple Japanese, and learn the basic orthographical system. For freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Not for native speakers. Prerequisites: Freshman, sophomore or junior standing. Students with any background in Japanese are required to take a placement test on the first day of class.

JPN 203 Intermediate Japanese I

A third-semester course in the Japanese language, including reading, writing, listening comprehension, conversation and grammar study. Emphasis on how the language is used in the context of Japanese culture and society. More complex sentence patterns and different styles of speech are introduced; 150 new kanji are introduced. Prerequisites: JPN 102 or equivalent

JPN 305 Advanced Japanese I

Expansion and integration of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Close examination of short readings from various genres and acquisition of speech styles reflecting cultural context. Advanced kanji vocabulary through reading and writing exercises. Textbook is supplemented by authentic texts, audiotapes and video films. Prerequisites: JPN 204 or equivalent.

KOR Elementary Korean I

Elementary course in spoken and written Korean that aims at equipping students with some basic sentence patterns of Korean using basic vocabulary. Speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension are all emphasized, with special attention to the spoken language. Students also develop the ability to exchange greetings, ask directions, tell time and carry on limited conversations in classrooms and stores.

KOR 111 Elementary (Speaking) Korean I

This two-credit course is designed to provide rudimentary speaking skills for learners that need additional mastery at an elementary level. It does not provide instruction in written Korean.

KOR 203 Intermediate Korean I

This is the intermediate course in spoken and written Korean, which provides students with more complex sentences in advanced grammatical patterns, assuming that students have acquired basic grammatical structures at an elementary level of Korean. Equal emphasis will be placed on speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. At the end of semester, students will be able to communicate competently in Korean on a range of topics in everyday life, and to read simple texts, and they will have good knowledge of Korean culture.

KOR 305 Advanced Reading and Composition I

This is an advanced course in Korean language that aims to develop communicative competence in reading, writing, and listening.  Additionally, as classroom work is generally done in small groups, it is also designed to develop oral communication skills.  Through writing assignments and readings, students will learn more accurate syntactic, pragmatic ways of expression and logical ways of thinking in Korean, and through listening and taking dictation, students will learn more actuate orthography and correct commonly misused aspects of the language.  Prerequisite is KOR 204 or equal level of fluency.

KOR 411 Korean for Professionals I

This course is designed for upper-level undergraduates who are interested in learning the correct usage of Korean language and more thorough knowledge of Korean grammar, spelling and orthography, correct spacing  as well as useful expressions in Sino-Korean and idiomatic expressions.  Students will learn how to write Korean in a more professional manner and expand their knowledge about Korean language in general.

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Last Updated: 4/23/13