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Global East Asia

SC Global East Asia

Global East Asia
Fall 2017
01:098:250 (4 credits)
Core: CC, HST, SCL
Professor Paul Schalow, Asian Languages and Cultures


It touches your life every day, yet how much do you really know about East Asia—home to three of today's most powerful nations and over a fifth of the world's population?

China, Korea, and Japan are major economic, political, and cultural players in an increasingly global 21st century. At the same time, the push for globalization within East Asia is being met with an equally powerful resurgence of nationalism and regionalism. How do social, cultural, and political narratives that posit enduring patterns influence the future of the East Asian peoples? How have national memories of wartime traumas such as colonization, massacre, and bombing been constructed and used in modern East Asia? How are the global and regional dynamics in East Asia and the interrelated issues of modernity, war, gender, and the geopolitical balance of power shaping events as they unfold in the 21st century?

This course is particularly recommended for students who intend to pursue majors or minors in anthropology, area studies, Asian languages, business, economics, geography, history, journalism and media studies, political science, public policy, religion, sociology, and women's and gender studies. It carries credit toward the major and minor in Asian studies and Asian languages and area studies. Global East Asia can be used to meet the SAS Core Curriculum Goals in 21st Century Challenges [21C], Historical Analysis [HST], and Social Analysis [SCL].

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