Master Course List

01:098:242 East Asian Civilizations: Modern Era

Description: What is modernity? What traits contribute to defining a society as a “modern” one? More specifically, in the collision between tradition and modernity, and between the East and the West, how did East Asian countries interact with changes and challenges from within and without? This course addresses these issues and familiarizes students with major historical events, figures, and ideas that have had far-reaching influences on China, Japan, and Korea. By discussing a wide range of topics on politics, religion, literature, as well as women and gender studies, we see the influence of cultural traditions on East Asian countries. We also illuminate how outside forces challenged and altered these societies. Last but not least, we will reflect upon how the West has perceived East Asian cultures. Readings are all in English. No knowledge of East Asian languages and cultures is required.

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