East Asian Studies

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

Faculty

Tz’u Chiang, Senior Lecturer
Robert Dostal, Rufus M. Jones Professor and Chair of Philosophy
Yonglin Jiang, Chair and Associate Professor of East Asian Studies
Shiamin Kwa, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies on the Jye Chu Lectureship in Chinese Studies
Changchun Zhang, Instructor of Chinese

The Bi-College Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) links rigorous language training to the study of East Asian, particularly Chinese and Japanese, culture and society. In addition to our intensive programs in Chinese and Japanese languages, departmental faculty offer courses in East Asian literature, religion, film, art and visual culture, and social and intellectual history. The intellectual orientation of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is centered on primary textual and visual sources; that is, we focus on East Asia’s rich cultural traditions as a way to understand its present, through the study of a wide range of literary and historical texts (in translation and in the original), images, film, and scholarly books and articles. All students wishing to specialize in this humanistic approach to the study of China, Japan, and East Asia more generally are encouraged to consider the EALC major. 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. Our majors are encouraged to take advantage of these programs to supplement their EALC coursework.Most courses in the major, though, will be taken within the department itself. We also offer an EALC minor, described more fully below.

East Asian Languages

The Bi-College Chinese Program offers five years of instruction in Mandarin Chinese. First-year Chinese (CNSE001-002) and Second-year Chinese (CNSE003-004) both have master and drill sections. First-Year Chinese (CNSE001-002) is a year-long course. Both semesters must be completed in order to receive credit. Advanced Chinese, offered each semester with a different topic, can be taken as Fourth- or Fifth-year Chinese, with one credit per semester, and repeated as long as the topics differ. For students with a background in Chinese, we offer CNSE007-008 after administering a placement test. Upon completion of this full year sequence, students move on to Second-year Chinese.The approved Study Abroad program for Chinese is CET. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of the Chinese Program, Shizhe Huang (shuang@haverford.edu), who also serves as the advisor for Chinese Minor.

The Bi-College Japanese Program offers four years of instruction in modern Japanese. First-year Japanese (JNSE001-002), taught at Haverford, is six hours (one hour on MWF and ninety minutes on TTh) per week; unlike Chinese language courses, there is no distinction between master and drill sections. Students should register for one of the MWF sessions and choose one of the TTh sessions. Second through Fourth-year (Advanced) Japanese (JNSE003-004, JNSE101-102, and JNSE201A/B) all meet at Haverford. The first-year and second-year courses in Japanese (JNSE001-002 and 003-004 respectively) meet five days a week. For the first-year courses, both semesters must be completed in order to obtain credit, whereas students earn credit for each semester for the second-year courses and above. If you have any questions, please contact Tetsuya Sato (tsato@haverford. edu) for clarification.

East Asian Languages and Cultures Major Requirements

I. THE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (2 UNITS)
EALC majors are required to demonstrate third-year-level competence in Chinese or Japanese, either by passing a placement assessment or completing the relevant third-year course (that is, CNSE 101-102 or JNSE 101-102).Korean language instruction is offered at the University of Pennsylvania, but does not count towards the Bi-Co EALC major.

II. THREE (3) CORE COURSES (3 UNITS), REQUIRED OF ALL MAJORS:
Beyond demonstrating language competence, EALC majors are required to take THREE core courses from the following array of courses:

  • One 100-level course on China from among 110 (Introduction to Chinese Lit.), 120 (Individual and Society in China), or 131 (Chinese Civ.); and
  • One 100-level course on Japan from among 132 (Japanese Civ) or a variety of new 100-level courses on Japan currently in development.
  • EALC 200: Methods and Approaches to East Asian Cultures (fulfills the Writing Intensive Major Requirement)

EALC 200 is required of all EALC majors and minors. Majors are urged to take 200 in the Spring of their sophomore year; minors may take it during their junior or senior year. Please note that EALC 200 serves as the designated departmental Writing Intensive course (30 pages of writing), now required of all departments by Bryn Mawr. Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or higher to continue in the major and be eligible to write a senior thesis.

III. THREE (3) DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVE COURSES (3 UNITS)
In addition, majors must take THREE additional non-language courses offered by members of the Bi-Co EALC Department (Glassman, Jiang, Kwa, Schoneveld, Smith). On signing up for the major, students should work with the departmental co-chair on their campus to select courses that are intellectually complementary. The Departmental Elective Courses cannot be satisfied by courses outside the department, or by courses taken abroad. At least one of these three courses must be at the 300 level.

IV. TWO NON-DEPARTMENTAL COURSES RELATED TO EAST ASIA(2 UNITS)
In order to encourage a sampling of approaches to East Asia beyond EALC or the Bi-Co community, students are required to take two courses related to East Asia from the wider array of courses offered outside the Department and/or from Study Abroad courses approved by their advisor, at least one of which must be at the 300 level. These courses may not substitute for the three Core and three elective courses offered by the EALC faculty.

V. THE SENIOR THESIS (1 UNIT)
Finally, students are required to complete a senior thesis (EALC 398, 1 credit).Although the majority of the thesis will be done in the fall semester, the final draft will be completed and formally presented early in the spring semester.

Placement Tests, Study Abroad, and the EALC Minor

Placement Tests

Placement tests for first-time students at all levels are conducted by the two language programs, respectively, 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 at or higher than 3.0 in any of the four areas must also take a placement exam before entering Fourth-year.)

Study Abroad

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures strongly recommends study abroad to maximize language proficiency and cultural familiarity. Formal approval is required by the study abroad adviser prior to the student’s travel. Without this approval, credit for courses taken abroad may not be accepted by the EALC Department. If studying abroad is not practical, students may consider attending certain intensive summer schools approved by the EALC Department. These plans must be worked out in concert with the department’s study abroad adviser and the student’s dean.

The Minors

The EALC Department certifies three minors: Chinese language (Advisor: Shizhe Huang), Japanese language (Advisor: Tetsuya Sato), and East Asian Languages and Cultures (Advisors: EALC co-chairs).The two language minors both require six language courses, and may be fulfilled concurrently with the EALC major.The EALC minor requires six courses, all of which must be taken from among courses offered by the EALC departmental faculty; the mix must include EALC 200 and one 300-level course. Minors with a focus on other aspects of East Asia will be served by the Global Asia concentration, currently under discussion.

COURSES

EAST B110 Intro to Chinese Literature (in English)
Students will study a wide range of texts from the beginnings through the Qing dynasty. The course focuses on the genres of poetry, prose, fiction and drama, and considers how both the forms and their content overlap and interact. No knowledge of Chinese is assumed or expected.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B131 Chinese Civilization
A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the 1800s, 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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B131
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Fall 2014)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B212 Introduction to Chinese Literature
This is a topics course. Topics may vary.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S., Wang,M.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: This class examines the material world of the Qing dynasty novel Hongloumeng, or Dream of the Red Chamber. Using literary theory and material culture studies, we will situate the novel in relation to ideas of circulation in late imperial China and contemporaneous cultures in other world regions. Topics include global trade, exchange, technology, etc.

EAST B218 Topics in World Cities
An introduction to contemporary issues related to the urban environment. This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B218
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B225 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature
This a topics course. This course explores modern China from the early 20th century to the present through its literature, art and films, reading them as commentaries of their own time. Topics vary.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B240 Topics in Chinese Film
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: At least one course approved as an EAST core course or permission of instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige - This semester we will be examining films and related literature of two directors from the Peoples’ Republic of China. We will consider representative works that extend from the 1980s to the present day.

EAST B250 Topics: Growth and Organization of Cities
An introduction to growth and spatial organization of cities. Topics vary.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B250
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B260 The History and Rhetoric of Buddhist Meditation
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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B262
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B264 Human Rights in China
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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B260
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B315 Spirits, Saints, Snakes, Swords: Women in East Asian Literature and Film
This interdisciplinary course focuses on a critical survey of literary and visual texts by and about Chinese women. We will begin by focusing on the cultural norms that defined women’s lives beginning in early China, and consider how those tropes are reflected and rejected over time and geographical borders (in Japan, Hong Kong and the United States). No prior knowledge of Chinese culture or language necessary.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B326
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: This course examines the cultural dimensions of law in Chinese history. Topics will include legal philosophy, legal institutions, law-society interaction, legal discourse, and the interaction between Chinese and Western legal values. We will read translated primary sources, including historical accounts and original law code texts, as well as secondary works of scholarship.

EAST B345 Topics in East Asian Culture
This is a topics course. Course contents vary. Prerequisite: At least one course approved as an EAST core course and sophomore standing.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: Everything but the table: This advanced-level seminar explores how East Asian culture has been defined at home and abroad through the medium of food. We will think about food and food practices from different and interdisciplinary perspectives.

EAST B352 China’s Environment
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 thirty years of the People’s Republic, and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B362 Environment in Contemporary East Asia: China and Japan
This seminar explores environmental issues in contemporary East Asia from a historical perspective. It will explore the common and different environmental problems in Japan and China, and explain and interpret their causal factors and solving measures in cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, international cooperation and changing perceptions. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Spring 2015)

EAST B380 Readings in Advanced Chinese
This course prepares advanced readers of Chinese for the practice of reading, translating and analyzing primary source texts in early-modern and modern Chinese literature. This class is conducted in English, and all readings and screenings are in the original language. Prerequisite: The course assumes advanced reading knowledge of Chinese and requires successful completion of 3rd year Chinese or equivalent as a prerequisite. Majors are strongly encouraged to take this course.
Crosslisting(s): CNSE-B380
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B398 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.
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Glassman,H., Jiang,Y., Kwa,S., Schoneveld,E.
(Fall 2014)

EAST B399 Senior Seminar
A research workshop culminating in the writing and presentation of a senior thesis. Required of all majors.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

EAST B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)

CHINESE LANGUAGE

The Bi-Co Chinese Program offers five years of instruction in Mandarin Chinese. In addition to First-Year, Second-Year, and Third-Year Chinese, we offer Advanced Chinese, which is a two-year, four-course series, covering topics such as food, music, and language in Chinese culture, as well as other contemporary topics. This curricular design maximizes our teaching resources to meet the needs of our students who, in increasing numbers, either arrive at college with multiple years of Chinese in secondary schools or who have accelerated their Chinese training by studying abroad in their junior year. We also offer a year-long course for those who have facility in speaking Chinese, but have had no or limited training in reading and writing (CNSE007-008). Upon completing CNSE007-008, this group of students will continue their training in Second-Year Chinese.

The faculty in our program are seasoned and hard-working professionals dedicated to providing rigorous training in all four areas of Chinese language studies--speaking, listening, reading, and writing, in a caring and individually tailored environment. (Both First-Year and Second-Year Chinese have mandatory weekly one-on-one sessions between students and their teachers.) We take pride in our students, as our students take pride in their achievements. One indication of their level of proficiency is that we have trained true beginners (students with no prior training or knowledge of Chinese when they enter our program) who, in their senior year, can serve as peer tutors to our lower level students in various aspects of Chinese learning.

The Bi-Co Chinese program is nested within the Bi-Co East Asian Languages and Cultures Department. We serve EALC majors, Chinese minors, and any student who wishes to study the Chinese language. The Chinese minor is robust with many students coming from other departments, such as Economics, History, Linguistics, Anthropology, Growth and Structure of Cities, Psychology, Sociology, and other majors. We have students from the Natural Science departments in our classes and we would like to welcome more such students into our Minor.

College Foreign Language Requirement

Before the start of the senior year, each student must complete, with a grade of 2.0 or higher, two units of foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing two sequential semester-long courses in one language, beginning at the level determined by their language placement. A student who is prepared for advanced work may complete the requirement instead with two advanced free-standing semester-long courses in the foreign language(s) in which she is proficient.

Chinese Minor

Students who major in any discipline may minor in Chinese. A Chinese minor must do the following:

  • Take six semesters of Chinese language courses in our program.
  • Receive a minimum grade of 3.0 for each course.
  • Attain the minimum proficiency level of Third-Year Chinese upon completion.

Language credits from the approved Study-Abroad programs such as CET are acceptable if prior approval by the director of the Chinese program is obtained. Students who have prior knowledge of the language and are placed into Second-Year or higher level Chinese courses when they enter college still have enough courses to take to complete the minor requirement, since our Advanced Chinese series can be repeated for credits as topics vary from semester to semester.

Study Abroad

Our approved Study Abroad program is CET, which has a language program in four cities in China: Beijing, which also has a Chinese Studies program, Harbin, Shanghai, and Kunming. CET is well-known for its language pledge and its rigorous implementation of this requirement. Our students have a strong reputation at CET for honoring their language pledge and therefore benefiting enormously from this practice.

Other highly regarded and rigorous study abroad programs in other Chinese speaking regions might be considered but prior approval by the director of the program is required.

COURSES

CNSE B001 Intensive First-Year Chinese
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 one-on-one sessions with the instructor. This is a year-long course; both semesters are required for credit. (Offered at Haverford)
Units: 1.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

CNSE B002 Intensive First-Year Chinese
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 one-on-one sessions with the instructor. This is a year-long course; both semesters are required for credit. (Offered at Haverford)
Units: 1.5
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

CNSE B003 Second-Year Chinese
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 a passing score on the Placement Exam.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chiang,T.
(Fall 2014)

CNSE B004 Second-Year Chinese
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 a passing score on the Placement Exam.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chiang,T.
(Spring 2015)

CNSE B007 First-Year Chinese Non-Intensive
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. Students must place into Chinese B007 through the Chinese Language Placement exam.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chiang,T.
(Fall 2014)

CNSE B008 First-Year Chinese (Non-intensive)
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: CNSE B007
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chiang,T.
(Spring 2015)

CNSE B101 Third-Year Chinese: Readings in the Modern Chinese Short Story and Theater
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. (Offered at Haverford)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

CNSE B102 Third-Year Chinese: Readings in the Modern Chinese Short Story and Theater
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. (Offered at Haverford)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

CNSE B201 Advanced Chinese
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. (Offered at Haverford)
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

CNSE B380 Readings in Advanced Chinese
This course prepares advanced readers of Chinese for the practice of reading and using primary source texts in early-modern and modern Chinese literature. Students will engage in critical reading and analysis of Chinese texts in class discussion and writing assignments. Part of each class meeting will be dedicated to reading and translating from the text to discuss issues of translation and grammar. This class is conducted in English, and all readings and screenings are in the original language. The course assumes advanced reading knowledge of Chinese and requires successful completion of 3rd year Chinese as a prerequisite. Majors are strongly encouraged to take this course. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 3rd-year Chinese or equivalent.
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B380
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

JAPANESE LANGUAGE

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 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.

College Foreign Language Requirement

Before the start of the senior year, each student must complete, with a grade of 2.0 or higher, two units of foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing two sequential semester-long courses in one language, beginning at the level determined by their language placement. A student who is prepared for advanced work may complete the requirement instead with two advanced free-standing semester-long courses in the foreign language(s) in which she is proficient.