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Spring 2014 Courses and Teaching Professors:

AAAS 170 Understanding Contemporary Asia (MW 11:40-1:20, Jason Chiu) The course introduces students to the changing nature in Asian population, culture, media, education, economy, as well as gender, social and political structures. In countering the existing eurocentric and orientalist perception of Asia, it examines how changing dynamics in Asian countries and Asia as a whole not only transformed the continent itself but also reconfigured the global order. The course will also introduce students to Western scholarship on modern Asia and as well as how contemporary Asians view themselves. In the process, students will be required to reexamine their own perspective and understanding of Asia and Asia’s role in the globalization process. Require for major, elective for minor.

AAAS 200 Pacific Asian Culture, People, and Society (TTh 9:50-11:30, Jason Chiu) AAAS200 is designed for students who want to learn about the world of Pacific Asia, encompassing 4,000 years of history from approximate 2,000 BCE to the present. In particular, this course focuses on China and Japan. Discussions will center on the way Pacific Asian societies transformed as the political, social, economic, and cultural environment changed across time. Many topics such as intellectual thought, class and gender relations, religion, international relations, and cultural exchange are covered, with equal weight devoted to pre-modern and modern Pacific Asian history. This class fulfills the GE block D requirement. Required for major and minor.

AAAS 348 Class, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender (Professor Michelle Kim) This course brings the sexy back. That is, to interrogate the historical interplays of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality in Asia America. Using the lens of history and literature, this course uses the theme of sex and its association with Asian Americans to examine the roots and development of a diverse community from its early historical associations of "menacing" bachelor societies and the red light district to the "Lin phenomenon" in the twentieth century. This class emphasizes learning through reading, writing, and discussion in class as well as on Moodle. Elective for major and minor.

AAAS 450C Advanced Seminar in AAAS– Cultural Competency (TTh 11:40-1:20, Professor Frederick Uy) This course focuses on Asian cultures through exploring a specific country or a region within Asia. It will introduce students to basic knowledge of an Asian country or region, including history, language, religions, art and literature, ethnicity, demography, education system, economies, and political structures. The course will also introduce students to the different ways scholars approach to cultural competency, as well as scholarly perspectives on the role and influence of the country/region in Asia and in the world. In the process, students will be required to reexamine their own perspective of Asia, US-Asia relations, and to reflect on their understanding of cultural competency and their preparedness for the “Pacific Century”. Require for major, elective for minor.

AAAS 480 Asia in the Global world (MW 9:50-11:30, Professor Jason Chiu). To prepare our students for an increasingly globalized job market, the focus of this course will be placed on the rise of Asia and its impact on the global economy, energy and resources, population, geopolitical landscape, and international systems. The course will begin by introducing students to basic knowledge of Asia, especially its modern history. It will also introduce students to scholarly perspectives on globalization and different ways that Asia states have reacted to globalization. It will then examine closely two rising powers in Asia: China and India. In the process, students will be required to reexamine their own perspective and understanding of Asia and the impact of the rise of Asia on the global order.  

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