Humanities: East Asian Studies, 2011-2012
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. East Asian Studies majors are encouraged to take advantage of these programs to supplement their East Asian Studies coursework. Please consult the course guide, online or in print, for details on this year's offerings.
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
Senior Lecturer Tz'u Chiang
Instructor Changchun Zhang
At Haverford College:
Professor of History and East Asian Studies Paul Jakov Smith, John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences
Associate Professor Hank Glassman
Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics Shizhe Huang, C. V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies
Associate Professor Hank Glassman
Senior Lecturer Yoko Koike
Visiting Instructors Kimiko Suzuki, Kazue Kurokawa
Instructors Minako Kobayashi, Tsung Tsai
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.
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.
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.
A senior seminar (EAST 398, 399, culminating in the completion of a senior thesis early in the spring semester).
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 East Asian Studies exclusive of languages, but including cross-listed courses taught in other departments. Of the six courses taken in fulfillment of the East Asian Studies non-language minor, at least two must be at the 200 level and at least one must be at the 300 level.
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.)
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.
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 East Asian Studies 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.
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
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.
Topics in World Cities-Contemporary Chinese Urbanism (Cross-listed as CITY B218)
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 of the instructor.
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 19th and early 20th 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: Economics H101, or 102, or 100, or B105 or equivalent.
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 Philosophy 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 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)
While Buddhist meditation is often seen as a neutral technology, free of ties to any one spiritual path or worldview, we will examine the practice through the cosmological and soteriological contexts that gave rise to it. This course examines a great variety of discourses surrounding meditation in traditional Buddhist texts.
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 Communist Revolution of 1949 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 and education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laborers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants.
EAST H265 Modern Japan (Cross-listed in History)
Explores selected topics in the rise of modern Japan from the late 16th century to the Pacific War, including the creation of the centralized Tokugawa state, the urban culture of the 17th and 18th centuries, the Meiji Restoration and modernization in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the sources and consequences of Japanese imperialism.
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 and 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 B352 China's Environment SO (Cross-listed as HIST B252)
This seminar explores China's environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analytical approaches, and then explores three general periods in China's environmental changes, imperial times, Mao's socialist experiments during the first 30 years of the People's Republic and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
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
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
EAST H 480 Independent Study SO
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 or minor in East Asian studies. Information about study abroad programs can be found under the East Asian studies heading in this catalog.
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
Instructor Changchun Zhang
CNSE 001,002 Intensive First-year Chinese 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).
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 permission of instructor.
CNSE 007 First Year Chinese I HU
This course is designed for students who have some facility in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese but have not yet achieved sufficient proficiency to take Second Year Chinese. It is a year-long course that covers the same lessons as the intensive First Year Chinese, but the class meets only three hours a week. Prerequisite: Chinese Language Placement exam. Lang 1. Non-intensive, first year for heritage speakers or others with experience in the Chinese language.
CNSE 008 First Year Chinese II HU
This course is designed for students who have some facility in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese but have not yet achieved sufficient proficiency to take Second Year Chinese. Prerequisite: CNSE B007 Lang 1. Non intensive. first year for heritage speakers or others with experience in the Chinese language.
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 permission of instructor.
CNSE 201,202 Advanced Chinese: Language in Chinese Culture HU
Development of language ability by readings in modern Chinese 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. May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite: Third-year Chinese or permission of instructor.
CNSE 204 Advanced Chinese: Chinese Language in Culture and Society HU
CNSE 480 Independent Study HU
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
Senior Lecturer Yoko Koike
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. Enrollment 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. This is not a year-long course. Prerequisite: First-Year Japanese or equivalent. Enrollment 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.
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
Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Japan. Prerequisite: Third-Year Japanese or equivalent and consent.
JNSE 202 Fourth-Year Japanese HU
Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Japan. Prerequisite: Japanese 201 or equivalent and consent.