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Humanities: East Asian Studies, 2010-2011

DescriptionFacultyMajor RequirementsMinor RequirementsRequirements for HonorsLanguage Placement TestsStudy AbroadCoursesEast Asian LanguagesDepartment Homepage


Students may complete a major in East Asian Studies, a minor in Chinese language or Japanese language, or a (non-language) minor in East Asian Studies.

The Bi-College Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) links rigorous language training to the study of East Asian culture and society. In addition to our intensive programs in Chinese and Japanese languages, the departmental faculty offers courses in East Asian philosophy, linguistics, literature, religion, social and intellectual history. The East Asian Studies program also incorporates courses by affiliated Bi-College faculty on East Asian anthropology, cities, economics, philosophy, and sociology, as well as additional courses on East Asian culture and society by faculty at Swarthmore.

The intellectual orientation of the East Asian Studies Department is primarily historical and text-based; that is, we focus on East Asia's rich cultural traditions as a way to understand its present, through the study of primary sources (in translation and in the vernacular) and scholarly books and articles. All students wishing to specialize in this humanistic approach to the study of China, Japan, and (with special approval) Korea are encouraged to consider the East Asian Studies major. But we also work closely with affiliated faculty in the Bi-Co and Tri-Co community who approach East Asia from the perspective of such social science disciplines as Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and the Growth and Structure of Cities, as well as with faculty in History, Music, Religion, and Philosophy. EAS majors are encouraged to take advantage of these programs to supplement their EAS coursework. Please consult the course guide, online or in print, for details on this year's offerings.

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Professor Robert Dostal, Co-Chair at Bryn Mawr College
Associate Professor Hank Glassman, Co-Chair at Haverford College

At Bryn Mawr College:
Associate Professor Yonglin Jiang
Assistant Professor Pauline Lin (on leave Semester I)
Senior Lecturer Tz'u Chiang
Instructor Changchun Zhang

At Haverford College:
John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of History and East Asian Studies Paul Jakov Smith
Associate Professor Hank Glassman
C. V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics Shizhe Huang
Associate Professor Hank Glassman
Senior Lecturer Yoko Koike
Instructors Minako Kobayashi, Tsung Tsai

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Major Requirements

  1. Completion of at least the third-year level of (Mandarin) Chinese or Japanese (i.e. 101-102). Students who entered college with native fluency in one East Asian language (including Korean) must complete this requirement with another East Asian language.
  2. EAST 200B (Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches to East Asian Studies), which highlights the emergence of East Asia as a coherent cultural region and introduces students to basic bibliographic skills and research approaches.
  3. Five additional courses in East Asian cultures, as follows: one 100 level Introduction (from among EAST 120, 129, 131, or 132); two 200 level courses; and two 300 level seminars.
  4. A senior seminar (EAST 398, 399, culminating in the completion of a senior thesis early in the spring semester).

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Minor Requirements

The Department of East Asian Studies offers minors in both Chinese and Japanese. The requirement is six courses in either language. This minor is currently administered at Bryn Mawr. The department also offers a minor in East Asian Studies, requiring any six courses in EAS exclusive of languages but including cross-listed courses taught in other departments. Of the six courses taken in fulfillment of the EAS non-language minor, at least two must be at the 200 level and at least one must be at the 300 level.

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Requirements for Honors

Honors in East Asian studies will be awarded by the departmental faculty on the basis of superior performance in two areas: coursework in major-related courses (including language classes), and the senior thesis. A 3.7 average in major-related coursework is considered the minimum necessary for consideration for honors.

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Language Placement Tests

Placement tests for first-time students at all levels are conducted in the week before classes start in the fall semester. To qualify for Third-year language courses students need to finish Second-year courses with a score of 3.0 or above in all four areas of training: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In the event that students do not meet the minimum grade at the conclusion of Second-year language study, they must consult with the director of the respective language program and work out a summer study plan that may include taking summer courses or studying on their own under supervision. They must take a placement test before starting Third-year language study in the fall. (Similarly, students who do not finish Third-year with a score of less than 3.0 in any of the four areas must also take a placement exam before entering Fourth-year.)

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Study Abroad

The East Asian Studies Department strongly recommends study abroad to maximize language proficiency and cultural familiarity. Formal approval is required by the study abroad advisor prior to the student's travel. Without this approval, credit for courses taken abroad will not be accepted by the East Asian Studies Department. Also, since procedures for study abroad are different for Bryn Mawr and Haverford, students should contact the relevant deans at their own colleges. Students majoring in EAS are discouraged from studying abroad during the spring of their junior year, since the Methods and Approaches Seminar EAST 200, meets then and it is best to take it as a junior. Minors and other students may go abroad fall or spring semester or for the whole year.

If studying abroad is not practical, students may consider attending certain intensive summer schools approved by the East Asian Studies Department. These plans must be worked out in concert with the program's study abroad advisor and the student's dean.

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EAST H120 Chinese Perspectives on the Individual and Society (Cross-listed in History)

A survey of philosophical, literary, legal, and autobiographical sources on Chinese notions of the individual in traditional and modern China. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying how ideal and actual relationships between the individual and society vary across class and gender and over time. Special attention will be paid to the early 20th century, when Western ideas about the individual begin to penetrate Chinese literature and political discourse.

EAST B131 Chinese Civilization (Cross-listed in History)

A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the present, with special reference to such topics as belief, family, language, the arts and sociopolitical organization. Readings include primary sources in English translation and secondary studies.

EAST H132 Japanese Civilization

A broad chronological survey of Japanese culture and society from the earliest times to the present, with special reference to such topics as belief, family, language, the arts, and sociopolitical organization. Readings include primary sources in English translation and secondary studies.

EAST B200 Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches in East Asian Studies

This course introduces current and prospective majors to the scope and methods of East Asian Studies. It employs readings on East Asian history and culture as a platform for exercises in critical analysis, bibliography, cartography and the formulation of research topics and approaches. It culminates in a substantial research essay. Required of East Asian Studies majors, but open to others by permission. The course should be taken before the senior year. Prerequisite: One year of Chinese or Japanese.

EAST H201 Introduction to Buddhism (Cross-listed in Religion)

Focusing on the East Asian Buddhist tradition, this course examines Buddhist philosophy, doctrine and practice as textual traditions and as lived religion.

EAST B206 Modern Chinese Literature and Film

Introduces the development of modern Chinese literature and related film since the 19th century in terms of the significant motifs of enlightenment and decadence, The course enriches the understanding of heterogeneous "modernities" rather than the homogeneous "modernity" in modern China.

EAST B210 Topics in Chinese Culture: Late Imperial China: Marco Polo to 18th Century

This course is a broad chronological survey of Chinese history with a focus on foreign relations. In this period, China stood at the center of the emerging world economy. The rise of Inner Asian armies on horseback led China to be ruled by Mongolian and Manchurian leaders, fostering new notions of the empire. Interactions with Europeans became more common, from Marco Polo near the beginning of the period to British merchants at the end. Students are encouraged to relate these changes to their understanding of present-day China.

EAST B212 Introduction to Chinese Literature: Literature in Everyday Life

The rituals of everyday life mark the passing of our personal histories: they include the basics for sustenance, as well as the extravagant and serendipitous occurrences; there is a rhythm to daily life, and there are interruptions to that rhythm. At the same time, records of daily life also reflect a given period, its culture, people or the individual writers. This course explores literature about everyday life beginning from the earliest times with the Book of Songs to the great 18th century novel, The Dream of the Red Chamber. Topics include: farm life and gardens, the “things” in life, travels, courtship, dreams, tea culture, and food.

EAST H218 Chinese Calligraphy As an Art Form (Cross-listed in Fine Arts)

This course is a 200-level studio/lecture art course. It combines studio practice and creating art projects with slide lectures, readings and museum visits. Students will learn the basic techniques of Chinese Calligraphy, its historical roots and development, and its connection with society, politics, and religion. It offers training in disciplined hand-eye coordination together with an appreciation for this ancient and contemporary art form. At the same time, students will learn how western artists, such as Van Gogh, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Willem de Kooning, were influenced by Chinese calligraphy and built on its techniques in their own work. No Chinese language required.

EAST B225 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature: Modern China through Literature, Art and Film (Cross-listed as HART 225 and HIST 220)


EAST H228 The Logos and the Tao (Cross-listed in Philosophy and Comparative Literature)

This course challenges the postmodern construction of "China" as the (feminine) poetic "Other" to the (masculine) metaphysical "West" by analyzing postmodern concepts of word, image, and writing in relation to Chinese poetry, painting, and calligraphy. Prerequisite: One 100 level course or its equivalent, or consent.

EAST B229 Comparative Urbanism: Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities (Cross-listed as ANTH B229 and CITY B229)

This course examines the issues of colonialism, post-colonialism, and urbanism in a Chinese context. As Chinese society transformed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, cities were at the forefront of change, becoming symbols of both the promise and the discontents of modernity. At the same time, Chinese cities maintained their roles as centers of economic, political, and religious activity. How did these shifts affect urban life? We will consider answers to these questions with reference to hygiene, markets, military bases, crime, imperialism, and labor.

EAST H235 Early Chinese Philosophy (Cross-listed in Philosophy)

An introduction to the lively and sharp disputes between competing schools of philosophy in ancient Chinese philosophy, that is, philosophy in the pre-Han period prior to the syncretism that marks Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and most recently New Confucianism. Prerequisite: One 100 level course in philosophy or EAST 131 Chinese Civilization or by permission of the instructor.

EAST H240 Economic Development and Transformation: China vs. India (Cross-listed in Economics)

A survey of the economic development and recent transitional experience in China and India, giant neighboring countries, accounting for roughly one third of the total world population. The course will examine the economic structure and policies in the two countries, with a focus on comparing China and India's recent economic successes and failures, their development policies and strategies, institutional changes, and factors affecting the transformation process in the two countries. Prerequisite: Econ H101, or 102, or 100 or B105 or equiv.

EAST H242 Buddhist Philosophy (Cross-listed in Philosophy)

An introduction to classical Indian Buddhist thought in a global and comparative context. The course begins with a meditative reading of the classical text-The Dhamapada-and proceeds to an in-depth critical exploration of the teachings of Nagarjuna, the great dialectician who founded the Madhyamika School. Prerequisite: One 100 level course in Phil or consent.

EAST H244 Anthropology of China (Cross-listed in Anthropology)

Social institutions, cultural idioms, and forms of representation in and of Chinese society over the past 150 years. Through investigations of ethnographic monographs, missionary records, memoirs, and realist fiction, we develop skills in socialgraphs, missionary records, memoirs, and realist fiction, we develop skills in social analysis and cultural critique, and enrich our understanding of contemporary Chinese society. Prerequisite: One course in East Asian Studies or consent.

EAST H247 Death and the Afterlife in East Asia (Cross-listed in Religion)

This course engages the rich textual and visual traditions of China, Korea, and Japan to illuminate funerary and memorial practices and explore the terrain of the next world. Students will learn about the culturally constructed nature of religious belief and come to see the complexity and diversity of the influences on understandings of life and death. The course is not a chronological survey, but rather alternates between modern and ancient narratives and practices to draw a picture of the relationship between the living and the dead as conceived in East Asian religions. Prerequisite: One 100 level course in Religion, History, Anthropology, or East Asian Studies.

EAST H256 Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History

What are we talking about when we talk about Zen? This course is an introduction to the intellectual and cultural history of the style of Buddhism known as Zen in Japanese. We will examine the development and expression of this religious movement in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

EAST H260 Mid-Imperial China HU (Cross-listed in History)

This course surveys the fundamental transformation of Chinese society between the 10th and 17th centuries, with particular stress on the civil service examinations and the rise of a literocentric elite; the impact of Neo-Confucianism on social and gender relations; relations between China, the nomad polities of the steppe, and (by the 16th century) the increasingly inquisitive representatives of the West; and the cultural consequences for Chinese of all social strata of the growing power of money. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores and above.

EAST H261 Late Imperial China, 1600-1900 (Cross-listed in History)

Surveys Chinese culture and society at the height of the imperial era through the 18th century and the ensuing political and cultural crises catalyzed by institutional decline and Western imperialism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and at least one prior course in History or East Asian Studies.

EAST B263 The Chinese Revolution

Places the causes and consequences of the 20th century revolutions in historical perspective, by examining its late-imperial antecedents and tracing how the revolution has (and has not) transformed China, including the lives of such key revolutionary supporters as the peasantry, women, and intellectuals.

EAST B264 Human Rights in China (Cross-listed as Hist B260)

This course will examine China's human rights issues from a historical perspective. The topics include diverse perspectives on human rights, historical background, civil rights, religious practice, justice system, education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laborers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants.

EAST H267 The Medieval Transformation of Eurasia, ca. 1000 1400 (Cross-listed in History)

Historians now agree that the 10th through the 14th centuries witnessed transformations across Eurasia that had long-term consequences for subsequent developments throughout the Old World. This course surveys the nature of and linkages between those changes in Europe, the Islamic world, China, and Japan, with a primary focus on travelers' accounts and such literary sources as The Canterbury Tales (Europe), The Arabian Nights (Middle East), Tale of the Heike (Japan), and The Story of the Western Wing (China). Prerequisite: One 100 level introductory course in History or East Asian Studies.

EAST B270 Japanese Architecture and Planning (Cross-listed as CITY B270 and HART B270)


EAST B272 Topics in Early and Medieval China: Chinese Cities & City Culture (Cross-listed as CITY B273 and HART B272)

Cities are the political, cultural and economic centers of a time and space; each is distinguished by geographic locale, architectural details, inhabitants and its literary, artistic and historical milieu. We investigate the literary and cultural artifacts: beginning with magnificent Chang'an and Luoyang; on to medieval Ye and Luoyang, the cosmopolitan eighth century Chang'an, and concluding with bustling 11th-century Bianjing. Extensive use of visual materials, such as city plans and descriptions, architecture and gardens, works by notable writers and painters.

EAST H282 Structure of Chinese (Cross-listed in Linguistics)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the historical development of the Chinese language and its structures in terms of phonetics/phonology, syntax and semantics. The goal is to help students look at Chinese from both a historical and a theoretical perspective. Students from Linguistics will have an opportunity to enrich and broaden their understanding of linguistic theories and methodologies, and to develop skills in analyzing a non-Indo-European language, while students who have completed at least Second-year Chinese will be exposed to systematic analyses of the language to learn the general patterns. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

EAST H310 Sex and Gender in Japanese Buddhism (Cross-listed in Religion)

In this seminar we will examine the intersection of religion & gender in Japanese literature from the 11th to the 16th centuries. The course assumes no prior academic experience in gender, literature, religion, or Japanese culture. While all materials read in the course are in English translation, as students will see, linguistic translation is only the first step. We will undertake this enterprise of cultural translation together as we read primary and secondary sources to gain insight to the meaning of being a man or being a woman in medieval Japan.

EAST B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture: China's Environment: History, Policy, and Rights (Cross-listed as HIST326)


EAST H342 Topics in Asian Philosophy: Japanese Zen in Global Context (Cross-listed in Philosophy)


EAST H347 Topics in East Asian History: War and Warriors in Chinese History (Cross-listed in History)


EAST H349 Topics in Comparative History: The Medieval Transformation of Eurasia, circa 1000-1400


EAST H370 Topics in Buddhist Studies: The Lotus Sutra (Cross-listed in Religion)


EAST H382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics (Cross-listed in Linguistics)


EAST B/H398-399 Senior Seminar

Y.Jiang, H.Glassman
A research workshop culminating in the writing and presentation of a senior thesis. Required of all majors; open to concentrators and others by permission.

EAST B403 Supervised Work



The East Asian Studies Program welcomes students who wish to combine their interests in East Asian languages with the study of an East Asian culture. These students are urged to consult the Co-Chair of East Asian studies on either campus, who will advise them on creating individual plans of study in appropriate departments.


The Chinese Language Program offers a full undergraduate curriculum of courses in Mandarin Chinese. Students who will combine language study with focused work on East Asian society and culture may wish to consider the major in East Asian Studies. Information about specific study abroad opportunities can be obtained from the director.


Lecturer Tz'u Chiang
C. V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics Shizhe Huang, Director
Assistant Professor Pauline Lin (on leave Semester I)
Instructor Changchun Zhang

CNSE 001, 002 First-Year Chinese-Intensive HU

An intensive introductory course in modern spoken and written Chinese. The development of oral-aural skills is integrated through grammar explanations and drill sessions designed to reinforce new material through active practice. Six hours a week of lecture and oral practice, plus individual conference. This is a year-long course; both semesters are required for credit (CNSE 001 and 002). Limited to 18 students.

CNSE 003, 004 Second-Year Chinese HU

Second-year Chinese aims for further development of language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Five hours of class plus individual conference. This is a year-long course; both semesters (CNSE 003 and 004) are required for credit. Prerequisite: First-year Chinese or consent of instructor. Limited to 18 students.

CNSE 101, 102 Third-Year Chinese: Readings in the Modern Chinese Short Story and Theater HU

A focus on overall language skills through reading and discussion of modern short stories, as well as on students facility in written and oral expression through readings in modern drama and screenplays. Readings include representative works from the May Fourth Period (1919-27) to the present. Audio- and videotapes of drama and films are used as study aids. Prerequisite: Second-year Chinese or consent of instructor.

CNSE 201, 202 Advanced Chinese HU

Development of language ability in the areas of modern Chinese culture, literature, history and/or philosophy. Speaking and reading skills are equally emphasized through a consideration of the intellectual, historical and social significance of representative works. Prerequisite: Third-year Chinese or consent of instructor.


The Japanese Language Program offers a full undergraduate curriculum of courses in Modern Japanese. Students who will combine language study with focused work on East Asian society and culture may wish to consider the major in East Asian Studies. Information about specific study abroad opportunities can be obtained from the director.


Associate Professor Hank Glassman, Interim Director
Senior Lecturer Yoko Koike, Director (on leave 2010-2011)
Instructor Kazue Kurokawa
Instructor Kimiko Suzuki

JNSE 001,002 First-Year Japanese-Intensive HU

An intensive introduction to the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with special emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in socio-cultural contexts. Six hours per week of class and oral practice. This is a year-long course; both semesters (JNSE001 and 002) are required for credit. Limited to 18 students.

JNSE 003,004 Second-Year Japanese HU

A continuation of first-year Japanese, with a focus on the further development of oral proficiency, along with reading and writing skills. Five hours per week of lecture and oral practice. Prerequisite: First-year Japanese or equivalent. Limited to 18 students.

JNSE 101 Third-Year Japanese HU

A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency. Emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Advanced study of grammar and kanji; introduction to composition writing. Three hours of class, one hour of oral practice. Prerequisite: Second-year Japanese or equivalent and consent of instructor.

JNSE 102 Third-Year Japanese HU

A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency. Emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Advanced study of grammar and kanji; introduction to composition writing. Three hours of class, one hour of oral practice. Prerequisite: Japanese 101 or equivalent.

JNSE 201 Fourth-Year Japanese HU

Advanced study of Japanese with particular emphasis on reading texts and mastery of kanji and expansion of vocabulary in addition to further development of speaking and writing proficiency. Prerequisite: Third-year Japanese or equivalent and consent of instructor.

JNSE 202 Fourth-Year Japanese HU

Advanced study of Japanese in all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), with the focus on the development of effective communicative skills. Authentic texts and audio-visual materials will be used. Prerequisite: Japanese 201 or equivalent and consent of instructor.

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