The Goblin Spider (Chirimenbon: Japanese Fairy Tales, second series no. 1), C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University

Fall 2017 Courses

ASCE UN1002 Intro to Major Topics: East Asian
Conrad Schirokauer
MW, 11:40-12:55, Location-TBA

An interdisciplinary and topical approach to the major issues and phases of East Asian civilizations and their role in the contemporary world. Satisfies the Global Core requirement.

ASCE UN1359 Intro to East Asian Civ: China
Instructor: TBA
TR, 4:10-5:25, Location-TBA

The evolution of Chinese civilization from ancient times to the twentieth century, with emphasis on characteristic institutions and traditions. Discussion Section Required. Global Core.

ASCE UN1361 Intro to East Asian Civ: Japan
David B Lurie
MW, 4:10-5:25, Location-TBA

A survey of important events and individuals, prominent literary and artistic works, and recurring themes in the history of Japan, from prehistory to the 20th century. Satisfies the Global Core requirement.

ASCE UN1365 Intro to East Asian Civ: Tibet
Gray W Tuttle
TR, 1:10-2:25, Location-TBA

This course seeks to introduce the sweep of Tibetan civilization and its history from its earliest recorded origins to the present. The course examines what civilizational forces shaped Tibet, especially the contributions of Indian Buddhism, sciences and literature, but also Chinese statecraft and sciences. Alongside the chronological history of Tibet, we will explore aspects of social life and culture. Satisfies the Global Core requirement.

ASCE UN1367 Intro to East Asian Civ: Vietnam
John D Phan
MW, 2:40-3:55, Location-TBA

This course provides a survey of Vietnamese civilization from prehistoric origins to the French colonization in the 19th century, with special emphasis on the rise and development of independent kingship over the 2nd millennium CE.  We begin by exploring ethnolinguistic diversity of the Red River plain over the first millenium BCE, culminating in the material bronze culture known as the Dong Son.  We then turn towards the introduction of high sinitic culture, and the region’s long membership within successive Chinese empires.  We pay special attention to the rise of an independent state out of the crumbling Tang Dynasty, and the specific nation-building effects of war with the Mongols and the Ming Dynasty, in the 14th and 15th centuries respectively.  Our class ends with the French colonization of the region, and the dramatic cultural and intellectual transformations that were triggered as a result.  Our course will interrogate Vietnamese culture as a protean object, one that is defined and redefined at virtually every level, throughout a history marked by foreign interest, influence, and invasion. Satisfies the Global Core requirement.

AHUM UN1400 Colloquium on Major Texts

David L Moerman
W, 10:10-12:00, Location-TBA

Seong-Uk Kim
M, 12:10-2:00, Location-TBA

Paul J Anderer
T, 4:10-6:00, Location-TBA

John Phan
Date, time, Location-TBA

AHUM UN3399 and AHUM UN1400 form a sequence but either may be taken separately. AHUM UN3399 may also be taken as part of a sequence with AHUM UN3830. Readings in translation and discussion of texts of Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese origin, including the Analects of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, the Lotus Sutra, Dream of the Red Chamber, Tale of Genji, Zen literature, Noh plays, bunraku (puppet) plays, Chinese and Japanese poetry. Satisfies the Global Core requirement.

EAAS UN3322 East Asian Cinema
Ying Qian
M, 4:10-6:00, Location-TBA

This course introduces students to major works, genres and waves of East Asian cinema from the Silent era to the present, including films from Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. How has cinema participated in East Asian societies’ distinct and shared experiences of industrial modernity, imperialism and (post)colonialism? How has cinema engaged with questions of class, gender, ethnic and language politics? In what ways has cinema facilitated transnational circulations and mobilizations of peoples and ideas, and how has it interacted with other art forms, such as theatre, painting, photography and music? In this class, we answer these questions by studying cinemas across the region sideby- side, understanding cinema as deeply embedded in the region’s intertwining political, social and cultural histories and circulations of people and ideas. We cover a variety of genres such as melodrama, comedy, historical epic, sci-fi, martial arts and action, and prominent film auteurs such as Yasujirō Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Yu Hyŏnmok, Chen Kaige, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Ann Hui. As cinema is, among other things, a creative practice, in this course, students will be given opportunities to respond to films analytically and creatively, through writing as well as creative visual projects. As a global core course, this class does not assume prior knowledge of East Asian culture or of film studies.

AHUM UN3830 Colloquium on Modern East Asian Texts
Charles E Wolley
R, 2:10-4:00, Location-TBA

Prerequisites: AHUM V3400 is recommended as background. Introduction to and exploration of modern East Asian literature through close reading and discussion of selected masterpieces from the 1890s through the 1990s by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writers such as Mori Ogai, Wu Jianren, Natsume Soseki, Lu Xun, Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Shen Congwen, Ding Ling, Eileen Chang, Yi Sang, Oe Kenzaburo, O Chong-hui, and others. Emphasis will be on cultural and intellectual issues and on how literary forms manifested, constructed, or responded to rapidly shifting experiences of modernity in East Asia.

EARL GU4010 Buddhist Inspiration in 20th Century Japan
Itsuki Hayashi
W 2:10-4:00 pm, Location-TBA

This course explores Buddhist inspirations in the thought of some of the most important thinkers of 20th century Japan: Nishida Kitaro, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji.

EAAS UN3999 Research in East Asian Studies
Meeting Times-TBA

Restricted to Honors Thesis writers. (Contact for info.) Introduces students to research and writing techniques and requires the preparation of an honors thesis proposal.

CHNS GU4019 History of Chinese Language
Zhirong Wang
TR, 10:10-11:25, Location-TBA

Introduces the evolution of Chinese language. It reveals the major changes in Chinese sound, writing and grammar systems, and social and linguistic factors which caused these changes.

HSEA GU4027 Issues in Early Chinese Civilization
Feng Li
T, 2:10-4:00, Location-TBA

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic issues and problems in the study of early Chinese civilization, some theoretical and others methodological. Through the review of a long series of debates the course offers a quick entrance both to this early period of history and to these studies. Organized around problems, the course encourages critical thinking and contesting arguments and helps the students weigh different positions addressing the problems. By doing so, the course guides the students to search for frontline questions and to probe possible ways to solve the problems. The course deals with both the written records (inscriptional and textual) and the material evidence, and the student can well expect this course to serve as also updates of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries in China made in the past decades. The course is designed as an upper-level undergraduate and MA course; therefore, it is recommended that undergraduate students should take “ASCE V2359: Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: China” before participating in this course.

EAAS GU4277 Japanese Anime & Beyond
Meeting Time-TBA

This is an upper-level undergraduate and graduate (MA) seminar. It would be helpful if students have some background in film/media studies, cultural studies, and/or East Asian studies, though no prerequisite is required. The guiding questions of the course: The animated films variably have become sites of knowledge formation and aesthetic experiments in different regions of the world. How so? What were the underlying historical and cultural conditions that led to the invention and circulation of animation? What would be a heuristic and effective narrative mode to examine the transnational history of animation? In order to go beyond the narrow confines of area studies that often separate the treatment of Japanese animation from the Euro-American and/or Asian contexts, this course provides a comparative approach. The tripartite course begins by introducing canonical works of Japanese animated film (anime) and provides an overview of the state of field. The next session discusses historically important films (from Europe, US and China) which students examine along with the selected readings from animation theories. The final section explores, in addition to recent animated films, comics and graphic novels (Japan and Korea), which are vital media for understanding animation.

EARL GU4310 Life Writing in Tibetan Buddhist Literature
Gray W Tuttle
R, 4:10-6:00, Location-TBA

This course engages the genre of life writing in Tibetan Buddhist culture, addressing the permeable and fluid nature of this important sphere of Tibetan literature. Through Tibetan biographies, hagiographies, and autobiographies, the class will consider questions about how life-writing overlaps with religious doctrine, philosophy, and history. For comparative purposes, we will read life writing from Western (and Japanese or Chinese) authors, for instance accounts of the lives of Christian saints, raising questions about the cultural relativity of what makes up a life’s story.

EAAS UN4557 Film and TV in Tibet-Inner Asia
Robert J Barnett
M, 4:10-6:00, Location-TBA

This course uses films and television dramas to study the history and underlying conflicts over state, nationality, culture, and politics in Tibet and Inner Asia since the 1920s.

HSEA UN4844 Global Hong Kong
Peter E Hamilton
R, 10:10-12:00, Location-TBA

This seminar examines modern world history through the lens of Hong Kong. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and a final paper, we will investigate Hong Kong’s outsized historical impact on the world—from its seizure by British forces during the First Opium War to its 1997 handover to the People’s Republic of China. We will dig into Hong Kong’s dramatic evolutions over this century and a half, from an entrepôt and migration hub to a manufacturing powerhouse and financial center. This agenda will also offer us new perspectives on the history of global capitalism and push us to interweave traditionally disconnected histories, such as that of the opium trade, the Chinese diaspora, modern Chinese politics, the Cold War and decolonization, neoliberal globalization, and China’s post-1978 development.

HSEA UN4880 History of Modern China I
Madeleine H Zelin
TR, 10:10-11:25, Location-TBA

China’s transformation under its last imperial rulers, with special emphasis on economic, legal, political, and cultural change.

HSEA GU4893 The Family in Chinese History
Robert P Hymes
T, 4:10-6:00, Location-TBA

CHNS GU4904 Aquisition of Chinese as a Second Language
Shaoyan Qi
TR, 2:40-3:55, Location-TBA

For more than forty years, second language acquisition (SLA) has been emerging as an independent field of inquiry with its own research agenda and theoretical paradigms. The study of SLA is inherently interdisciplinary, as it draws on scholarship from the fields of linguistics, psychology, education, and sociology. This course explores how Chinese is acquired by non-native speakers. Students will learn about general phenomena and patterns during the process of acquiring a new language. They will become familiar with important core concepts, theoretical frameworks, and research practices of the field of SLA, with Chinese as the linguistic focus.


HSEA GR6860 Bronzes/Bronze Inscriptions Ancient China
Feng Li
R, 2:10-4:00, Location-TBA

EAAS GR6990 MA Thesis Research
Independently Assigned

Independent study with thesis advisor.

EAAS GR6991 MA Thesis Writing
Independently Assigned

Independent study with thesis advisor.

EAAS GR8020 Graduate Seminar in Modern Japanese Literature 
Tomi Suzuki
R, 1:10-4:00, Location-TBA

EAAS GR8040 Graduate Seminar in Premodern Japanese Literature 
Haruo Shirane
T, 1:10-4:00, Location-TBA

EAAS GR8220 Virtuality and the Posthuman in Contemporary Korea 
Theodore Hughes
T, 4:10-6:00, Location-TBA

HSEA GR8839 Colloquium on Modern Japanese History
Paul Kreitman
M, 2:10-4:00, Location-TBA

Reading, analysis, and research on modern Japan.

HSEA GR8862 Colloquium on Modern Korean History
Charles K Armstrong
R, 2:10-4:00, Location-TBA

Reading and analysis of major works on Korean history and historiography since the mid-19th century.
Field(s): EA

HSEA GR8883 Topics in Middle Period Chinese History: Song
Robert Hymes
W, 4:10-6:00, Location-TBA

Prerequisites: Chinese-History GU4815-GU4816 or the equivalent. Selected problems and controversies in the social and political history of the Sung dynasty, approached through reading and discussion of significant secondary research in English. Field(s): EA

EARL GR9335 Japanese Religion
Michael Como
T, 2:10-4:00, Location-TBA

Description to come.