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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2003

ANS 378 • Senior Seminar in Asian Studies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27645 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WCH 4.118

Course Description

This seminar provides graduating majors in the Department of Asian Studies a chance to explore some of the histories, controversies, and contemporary issues shared by and relevant to all Asian nations and peoples. Beginning with the idea of the "orient" in the West, we will encompass south Asia, China, Korea, and Japan’s reactions and responses to the colonializing politics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As Asian nations continue to define themselves, what kinds of symbols, ideologies, and political rituals are amenable to the construction and maintenance of national and cultural identities? How does the media, literature, popular culture, business, tourism, and religious tradition participate in these constructions? Once we’ve identified a number of these patterns in their respective national and cultural contexts, we’ll see how they continually modify themselves to meet new challenges (such as the current economic recession) and opportunities (Asian transnationalism) at the end of the 20th century. When possible, guest lecturers will provide their expertise on specific topics and regions. In brief, the theoretical and methodological orientations of the seminar will provide students with tools for creating their own research agendas. To this end, we will devote time and energy towards developing a sustained writing project on a topic of the student’s choice. Presentations of these research projects at the end of the semester will be an integral part of the seminar experience.

Grading Policy

Class participation and presentations: 25% Field reports: 10% Short paper: 15% Research paper : 50%


Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities Keyes and Hardacre, Asian Versions of Authority Ernst Gellner, National Identity Rudyard Kipling, Kim Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (this is not a final list)


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