2017-18 Catalog

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 Languages and Cultures.

Faculty

Tz’u Chiang, Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies
Rebecca Shuang Fu, Visiting Assistant Professor
Yonglin Jiang, Co-Chair and Associate Professor of East Asian Studies
Shiamin Kwa, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies
Ying Liu, Lecturer
Changchun Zhang, Instructor of Chinese

The East Asian Languages and Culture Studies 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 Languages and Culture Studies on either campus, who will advise them on creating individual plans of study in appropriate departments.

Students of East Asia are inspired by an infinite number of formative encounters, be it with the elegance of a Japanese classic novel like the Tale of Genji or the controlled mayhem of a sumo match; the brashness of a K-pop tune or the intensity of a Korean tv drama; or the succulence of a Chinese meal or the delicacy of a Chinese landscape painting. Whatever it is that first attracts us, once hooked we are drawn into a world of singular cultural richness and historical depth, represented in a variety of languages all unified by the common use of that extraordinary means of communication, the Chinese script. And the deeper in we are drawn, the better we understand how closely the present ‘Rise of East Asia’ – a resurgence that is inexorably moving the demographic, economic, and even political center of gravity back from West to East – is inextricably bound up with the region’s history, culture, and languages. It is those three spheres – history, culture, and language – that we in the Bi-College Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures put at the forefront of our academic mission. Our goal is to couple 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 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. But we also provide a focal point, through the Asian Studies Minor, for students to approach Asia writ large through a variety of disciplines. Although the faculty of our Bi-College department is divided between Bryn Mawr and Haverford, the EALC program is fully integrated: we work as one to provide a complementary curriculum and careful and collaborative student guidance. 

Learning Goals

EALC has four learning goals:

  • Laying the foundations for proficiency in Japanese or Chinese language and culture.
  • Gaining broad knowledge of the East Asian cultural sphere across time and in its global context.
  • Becoming familiar with basic bibliographic skills and protocols and learning how to identify, evaluate, and interpret primary textual and visual sources.
  • Embarking on and completing a major independent research project that pulls together past coursework and demonstrates mastery of a particular aspect of East Asian culture.

Curriculum

Chinese Program

The Bi-Co Chinese Program offers five years of instruction in Mandarin Chinese.

  • First-year Chinese (CNSE 001-002) and Second-year Chinese (CNSE 003–004) both have master and drill sections.
  • First-year Chinese (CNSE 001–002) is a year-long course. Students must complete both semesters to receive credit.
  • We offer Advanced Chinese each semester with a different topic; students can take this as Fourth- or Fifth-year Chinese, with one credit per semester, and repeat the course as long as the topics differ.
  • We offer CNSE 007-008 for students with a background in Chinese, based on results of a placement test. Upon completion of this full-year sequence, students move on to Second-year Chinese.

Japanese Program

The Bi-Co Japanese Program offers five years of instruction in modern Japanese.

  • First-year Japanese (JNSE 001–002) and Second-year Japanese (JNSE 003-004), taught at Haverford, both meet six hours per week, including drill sections.
  • Third and Fourth-year (Advanced) Japanese (JNSE  101–102 and JNSE 201A/B) all meet at Haverford.
  • Advanced Japanese takes a different topic each term; students can take it any term as Fourth- or Fifth-year Japanese, with one credit per semester, and repeat the course with different topic headings.
  • The first-year and second-year courses in Japanese (JNSE 001–002 and 003–004, respectively) meet five days a week.
  • For the first-year courses, students must complete both semesters in order to obtain credit, whereas students earn credit for each semester for the second-year courses and above.

Major Requirements

I. Language requirement (2 credits)

We require EALC majors to take two semesters of either Chinese or Japanese, at a level appropriate to their in-coming language abilities. Native speakers of either Chinese or Japanese may forego the two semesters of an East Asian language (they will still have to fulfill their College language requirement), but must substitute two additional East Asian culture courses. The University of Pennsylvania offers Korean language instruction, but it does not count towards the Bi-Co EALC major language requirement.

II. Three core courses (3 credits)

EALC majors must take THREE core courses from the following:

  • One 100-level course on China from among 110 (Introduction to Chinese Literature), 120 (Confucianizing China), or 131 (Chinese Civilization); and
  • One 100-level course on Japan: either 111 (Myth, Folklore, and Legend in Japan) or 132 (Japanese Civilization); and
  • EALC 200 (Methods and Approaches to East Asian Cultures).
  • EALC 200 is required of all EALC majors and is recommended for Asian Studies minors. We urge majors to take 200 in the spring of their JUNIOR year. Majors who plan to be abroad in spring term junior year must take EALC 200 spring term sophomore year.
  • EALC 200 is the designated departmental Writing Intensive course (30 pages of writing), which Bryn Mawr now requires of all departments.

Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in each of these courses to continue in the major and be eligible to write a senior thesis.

III. Three departmental elective courses (3 credits)

Majors must take THREE additional non-language courses offered by members of the Bi-Co EALC Department.

  • One of these courses must be at the 300-level;
  • One of the 200-level electives may be fulfilled with an advanced topics course in Chinese or Japanese.

Majors cannot satisfy the departmental electives with courses outside the department, or by taking courses abroad.

IV. Two non-departmental courses related to global Asia (2 credits)

Majors must choose two non-Departmental electives at the 200 or 300 level that are related to their study of East Asia or the wider Asian world. These two courses may be in a department or program in the Quaker Consortium (Tri-Co plus Penn), or an approved study abroad program.

V. The Senior Thesis (1 credit)

In the capstone experience undertaken in the Fall term of the senior year, students employ their skills and undertake a scholarly investigation. The aim is to create and execute an extended research project centered on a primary written or visual “text” in Chinese or Japanese. The senior thesis brings together threads of conversations among scholars on the student’s chosen topic. The student combines language and research skills to think about and interpret the meanings of sources in context. At the end of the term, seniors present their findings to the faculty and other students in final oral presentations.

Minor Requirements

The EALC Department certifies three minors: Chinese language, Japanese language, and Asian Studies.

  • The Chinese language and Japanese language minors both require six language courses. Students must take at least four language courses in our Bi-Co programs, and can take at most two at the Quaker Consortium or our approved off-campus domestic or Study Abroad programs. (Please consult the language program directors for details.). Students must maintain a 3.0 or above for each of the six language courses for the minor.
  • The EALC Department hosts an interdisciplinary Asian Studies minor for students who are majoring in other fields but are interested in consolidating their study of Asia or its diasporas from a variety of perspectives. The minor requires six courses centrally concerned with Asia, at least one of which is at the 300 level. They may be drawn from any department in the Quaker Consortium. Each Spring there will be a convocation of graduating Asian Studies minors, each of whom will be expected to give a short presentation based on an Asia-related paper produced in the course of their studies. Those interested in minoring in Asian Studies should consult with the convener (currently Professor Smith at Haverford) no later than the Fall of their senior year.

Senior Project

Students majoring in EALC are required to take EALC 200 (Methods and Approaches to the Study of East Asia), ideally in the spring term of their junior year. This course serves to familiarize majors with our expectations regarding research and writing and criteria for evaluation. Students use the skills acquired in this course in the framing of their senior thesis. A main emphasis of this proseminar is the use of secondary sources to explicate and interpret primary sources, that is, engagement with existing scholarship on a text or artifact to put forward new ideas. Most students should emerge from the seminar in their junior year with a good idea of the sort of topic they will pursue for the senior thesis essay. The main purpose of the thesis is to use a body of secondary literature to situate, analyze, and interpret a primary source or set of primary sources.

The senior thesis is a one-term process that takes place in the fall semester. In EALC 398 (Thesis Seminar), students work closely with an adviser to establish a topic, perform bibliographic research, and write an essay of 30 to 40 pages. Students also present their work in a formal 20-minute talk at the close of the semester. While most majors will have settled on a topic and begun to do some research over the summer, all must commit to a topic approved by their adviser by the second week of the fall term. The order of required work leading up to the final submission of the thesis incremental and builds on itself. The weekly schedule for senior thesis work is available on the departmental website.

You will settle on a topic by the end of the second week and will submit various exercises such as a work schedule, a close reading of a piece of the primary source, annotated bibliography, literature survey, and so on.

We meet four times as a group over the course of the semester. Most of the term consists of individually scheduled meetings with the primary adviser. As explained below, the project and research are independent, but these nearly weekly meetings with the thesis adviser are absolutely essential. The seminar culminates in a public presentation of the student’s project; two bound copies and one electronic copy in PDF format are due at the end of the term. Careful planning and conscientious work during this semester are absolutely essential. A project of this scope requires independence, discipline, and steady, consistent effort. The incremental assignments outlined in theweekly schedule for senior thesis are designed to help enforce that discipline, but the student is ultimately responsible for the success of the final thesis. 

Senior Project Learning Goals

You will learn how to: frame, research, and write a worthwhile research project centered on a primary source and using an array of secondary sources. This involves surveying literature in the field, discerning an interesting topic, and presenting findings or results in writing and in a brief formal talk.

Four Goals of the EALC Senior Experience:

  • Independence
    You will devise your own thesis topic and are responsible for researching it. You will receive guidance from your adviser, from the department members leading your seminar, and from librarians. You will construct your own customized bibliographies appropriate to your topic. The research and writing process, while overseen by faculty, is clearly one that is largely independent in nature.
  • Connection to the Field
    This thesis is your way of joining the scholarly conversation about the text you have chosen. This means reviewing secondary literature in the relevant subfields and engaging it critically.  (Examples of these subfields might be areas of such scope as, for instance, “the history of the family in Song China” or “avant-garde art circles in 1960’s Tokyo.”)
  • Creative use of knowledge and skills acquired in the major
    You will draw on your previous study of East Asian languages and your coursework in specific areas to choose your topic and research and write your thesis. In part two above, we urge you to join a scholarly conversation, here we ask you to make explicit what you have been able to contribute to that conversation. These contributions often involve the reevaluation of earlier scholarship or the application of the existing theoretical insights of others to new source materials. Your contribution might also include the translation of significant portions of your primary source.
  • Sharing the work
    Seniors are required to orally present their work to their fellows and to the department in a panel format based on the academic conference model.  In these public presentations, you will take twenty minutes to introduce your topic, your methodological approach, selected aspects of your bibliography, and some of the particulars of your analysis of the text at hand. Each presentation will be very different from the next as it is uniquely your own. You are required to devise a slideshow with text and images to accompany your oral presentation. It is here that we are able to encourage and assess your ability to communicate the substance of your work to peers and mentors in a clear, concise, and engaging fashion. You will prepare both bound and electronic copies of your final draft and may choose to make the work available on the web. 

Senior Project Assessment

If all of the incremental tasks in the thesis project are done satisfactorily and submitted on time, the student should expect to reach a baseline grade of 3.0. Assuming that all assignments are successfully completed, thesis grades 3.3 and above will be awarded based on merit, with 3.7 being excellent and 4.0 being outstanding. The incremental assignments are there to guide students through the process of researching and writing a long, complex essay, and not to guarantee that students get an “A.” The grade for the semester will therefore be assessed both for the quality of final thesis and for the student’s ability to meet the deadlines, submitting satisfactory work along the way. Please note that successful completion of all incremental assignments is a minimum requirement for passing the class.

The thesis is the student’s chance to demonstrate the skills acquired in four years of college. We expect to see an original contribution to the discussion of a topic, not a mere reiteration of the opinions and findings of others. Students are expected to demonstrate that they have joined the scholarly conversation on a topic. Among other qualities, we are looking for five basic elements in evaluating the theses:

  • Ability to present an articulate and original argument.
  • Accuracy in the use of scholarly conventions of citation and documentation.
  • Clear and effective writing.
  • The critical use of sources.
  • Consultation of scholarship in Japanese or Chinese.

In order to assess the student’s performance in the senior thesis project, the three or four faculty members involved in the seminar gather in late December to discuss three aspects of the students’ work: 1) the quality of the thesis as a finished product (this is the foremost criterion for evaluation); 2) the ability of the student throughout the term to submit satisfactory work in a timely fashion while incorporating feedback from the faculty adviser and peer readers; 3) the content and performance of the final oral presentation. The faculty members typically spend between 30 to 40 minutes on each student in these conversations, so it is often extended into two meetings. During the conversations, the faculty members focus on details of the student’s thesis, including but not limited to: clarity of argument, quality of writing, accuracy of citation style, skill in use of secondary sources. (See supplemental materials for a fuller description.)

Requirements for honors

The departmental faculty awards honors on the basis of superior performance in two areas: coursework in major-related courses (including language classes), and the senior thesis. The faculty requires a minimum 3.7 average in major-related coursework to consider a student for honors.

Study Abroad

The EALC Department strongly recommends that majors study abroad to maximize their language proficiency and cultural familiarity. We require formal approval by the study abroad adviser prior to the student’s travel. Without this approval, credit for courses taken abroad may not be accepted by EALC. If study abroad is not practical, students may consider attending certain intensive summer schools that EALC has approved. Students must work out these plans in concert with the department’s study abroad adviser and the student’s dean.

Language Placement Tests

The two language programs conduct placement tests for first-time students at all levels 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.
  • Students must take a placement test before starting third-year language study in the fall.

COURSES

EALC 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. Taught in English.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Fu,R.
(Fall 2017)

EALC 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)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Spring 2018)

EALC B240 Topics in Chinese Film
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Spring 2018)

EALC B255 Understanding Comics: Introduction to Reading the Graphic Novel
The graphic narrative form has proliferated at a breathtaking rate in the last several decades. Called “comics,” “graphic novels,” and many other terms in between, these word-image hybrids have been embraced by both popular and critical audiences. But what is a graphic novel? How do we conceive of these texts and, more importantly, how do we read, interpret and write about them? This course is focused on approaches to reading the graphic novel, with a focus on a subgenre called the “literary comic.” Our first approach is to consider different kinds of primary source texts and ask if and how they fulfill our understanding of the graphic narrative. This consideration will include various test cases, from wordless comics, to texts used as images, to the many varieties of word-image hybrids that are called comic books. Our second approach is to examine different scholarly approaches to analyzing graphic narratives, base d in different disciplines such as memoir studies, trauma studies, visual and material culture, history, semiotics, and, especially, narratology. Primary source readings include texts by Ware, Barry, Clowes, and Burns. Secondary readings include Hirsch, McCloud, Barthes, Iser, and Groensteen.Three short assignments due during the semester, and a final project due at the end of exam period (see description below). Students will also rotate responsibilities for starting discussions with small presentations aimed at discussing readings in depth. Students taking this course for their major in EALC or COML should meet with the instructor to discuss specific requirements.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Spring 2018)

EALC 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
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Fall 2017)

EALC B355 Animals, Vegetables, Minerals in East Asian Literature
This semester, we will explore how artists question, explore, celebrate, and critique the relationships between humans and the environment. Through a topics-focused course, students will examine the ways that narratives about environment have shaped the way that humans have defined themselves. We will be reading novels and short stories and viewing films that contest conventional binaries of man and animal, civilization and nature, tradition and technology, and even truth and fiction. “Animals, Vegetables, Minerals” does not follow chronological or geographical frameworks, but chooses texts that engage the three categories enumerated as the major themes of our course. We will read and discuss animal theory, theories of place and landscape, and theories of modernization or mechanization; and there will be frequent (and intentional) overlap between these categories. We will also be watching films that extend our theoretical questions of thes e themes beyond national, linguistic, and generic borders. You are expected to view this course as a collaborative process in which you share responsibility for leading discussion. There are no prerequisites or language expectations, but students should have some basic knowledge of East Asian, especially Sinophone, history and culture, or be willing to do some additional reading (suggested by the instructor) to achieve an adequate contextual background for exploring these texts.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Fall 2017)

EALC 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: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Fall 2017)

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.

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 

ANTH B238 Chinese Culture and Society
This course encourages students to think critically about major developments in Chinese culture and society that have occurred during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with an emphasis on understanding both cultural change and continuity in China. Drawing on ethnographic material and case studies from rural and urban China over the traditional, revolutionary, and reform periods, this course examines a variety of topics including family and kinship; marriage, reproduction, and death; popular religion; women and gender; the Cultural Revolution; social and economic reforms and development; gift exchange and guanxi networks; changing perceptions of space and place; as well as globalization and modernity. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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): Liu,Y.
(Fall 2017)

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
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC 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. Taught in English.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Fu,R.
(Fall 2017)

EALC 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)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Spring 2018)

EALC B212 Topics: 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
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC 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 2017-2018)

EALC B240 Topics in Chinese Film
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Spring 2018)

EALC B255 Understanding Comics: Introduction to Reading the Graphic Novel
The graphic narrative form has proliferated at a breathtaking rate in the last several decades. Called “comics,” “graphic novels,” and many other terms in between, these word-image hybrids have been embraced by both popular and critical audiences. But what is a graphic novel? How do we conceive of these texts and, more importantly, how do we read, interpret and write about them? This course is focused on approaches to reading the graphic novel, with a focus on a subgenre called the “literary comic.” Our first approach is to consider different kinds of primary source texts and ask if and how they fulfill our understanding of the graphic narrative. This consideration will include various test cases, from wordless comics, to texts used as images, to the many varieties of word-image hybrids that are called comic books. Our second approach is to examine different scholarly approaches to analyzing graphic narratives, base d in different disciplines such as memoir studies, trauma studies, visual and material culture, history, semiotics, and, especially, narratology. Primary source readings include texts by Ware, Barry, Clowes, and Burns. Secondary readings include Hirsch, McCloud, Barthes, Iser, and Groensteen.Three short assignments due during the semester, and a final project due at the end of exam period (see description below). Students will also rotate responsibilities for starting discussions with small presentations aimed at discussing readings in depth. Students taking this course for their major in EALC or COML should meet with the instructor to discuss specific requirements.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Spring 2018)

EALC 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 2017-2018)

EALC 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
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Jiang,Y.
(Fall 2017)

EALC B270 Topics in Chinese History
This is a topics course, course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC B281 Food in Translation: Theory and Practice
This semester we will explore the connections between what we eat and how we define ourselves in the context of global culture. We will proceed from the assumption that food is an object of culture, and that our contemplation of its transformations and translations in production, preparation, consumption, and distribution will inform our notions of personal and group identity. This course takes Chinese food as a case study, and examines the way that Chinese food moves from its host country to diasporic communities all over the world, using theories of translation as our theoretical and empirical foundation. From analyzing menu and ingredient translations to producing a short film based on interviews, we will consider the relationship between food and communication in a multilingual and multicultural world. Readings include theoretical texts on translation (Apter), recipe books and menus, Chinese and Chinese-American literature (Classic of Poetry, Mo Yan, Hong Kingston). Films include Ian Cheney’s “Searching for General Tso,” Wayne Wang’s “Soul of a Banquet” and “Eat a Bowl of Tea,” Ang Li’s “Eat Drink Man Woman,” and Wong Karwai’s “In the Mood for Love.”
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC B322 Topics: Considering the Dream of Red Chambers
The Dream of Red Chambers (Hongloumeng) is arguably the most important novel in Chinese literary history. The novel tells the story of the waxing and waning of fortunes of the Jia family and their networks of family and social relations, and in its finely articulated details also serves as a chronicle of the Qing dynasty, an examination of visual culture, environment, kinship, sociology, economics, religious and cultural beliefs, and the structures of domestic life. In addition to addressing these aspects that we might categorize as external, the novel also turns inwards and examines the human heart and mind. How can we know another? How do we define ourselves? These questions, and many others, have occupied scholars for the last two centuries. We will spend the semester reading all five volumes of the David Hawkes translation, with secondary readings assigned to guide the discussion based on the semester’s theme. Course topics varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC B345 Topics in East Asian Culture
This is a topics course. Course contents vary.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC 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
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC B353 The Environment on China’s Frontiers
This seminar explores environmental issues on China’s frontiers from a historical perspective. It focuses on the particular relationship between the environment and the frontier, examining how these two variables have interacted. The course will deal with the issues such as the relationship between the environment and human ethnic and cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, and changing perceptions. The frontier regions under discussion include Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and the southwestern ethnic areas, which are all important in defining what China is and who the Chinese are.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC B355 Animals, Vegetables, Minerals in East Asian Literature
This semester, we will explore how artists question, explore, celebrate, and critique the relationships between humans and the environment. Through a topics-focused course, students will examine the ways that narratives about environment have shaped the way that humans have defined themselves. We will be reading novels and short stories and viewing films that contest conventional binaries of man and animal, civilization and nature, tradition and technology, and even truth and fiction. “Animals, Vegetables, Minerals” does not follow chronological or geographical frameworks, but chooses texts that engage the three categories enumerated as the major themes of our course. We will read and discuss animal theory, theories of place and landscape, and theories of modernization or mechanization; and there will be frequent (and intentional) overlap between these categories. We will also be watching films that extend our theoretical questions of thes e themes beyond national, linguistic, and generic borders. You are expected to view this course as a collaborative process in which you share responsibility for leading discussion. There are no prerequisites or language expectations, but students should have some basic knowledge of East Asian, especially Sinophone, history and culture, or be willing to do some additional reading (suggested by the instructor) to achieve an adequate contextual background for exploring these texts.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Fall 2017)

EALC 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
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

EALC 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: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kwa,S.
(Fall 2017)

EALC 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 2017-2018)

GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This film course of transnational scope focuses specifically on cultural encounters between the West and the East in the 20th and 21st centuries. It uses visual material related to East Asia produced mainly by German filmmakers. Using film as the main medium, the course touches on issues that are at the center of contemporary cultural debates, such as orientalism, race, gender, class, and identity, as well as postcolonilism, nationalism, travel, exile, multiculturalism, and globalism.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shen,Q.
(Fall 2017)

GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: This film course of transnational scope focuses specifically on cultural encounters between the West and the East in the 20th and 21st centuries. It uses visual material related to East Asia produced mainly by German filmmakers. Using film as the main medium, the course touches on issues that are at the center of contemporary cultural debates, such as orientalism, race, gender, class, and identity, as well as postcolonilism, nationalism, travel, exile, multiculturalism, and globalism.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shen,Q.
(Fall 2017)

HART B274 History of Chinese Art
This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shi,J.
(Fall 2017)

HART B370 Topics in Chinese Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Focusing on the east part of the Silk Road that connected Greece, Iran, India and Central Asia with China from antiquity to the medieval period, this course surveys a variety of artworks and visual materials not only in formal and iconographic terms but also from social, political, and religious perspectives.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Shi,J.
(Fall 2017)

Chinese

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. Requires attendance at class and drills.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.5
(Fall 2017)

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. Attendance required at class and drills
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.5
Instructor(s): Chiang,T.
(Spring 2018)

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. Requires attendance at class and drills
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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. Attendance required at class and drills
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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): Liu,Y.
(Fall 2017)

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
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chiang,T.
(Fall 2017)

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
Instructor(s): Chiang,T.
(Spring 2018)

JAPANESE

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

The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing JNSE 003 and 004 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in JNSE 004.

COURSES

JNSE H001 FIRST-YEAR JAPANESE (INTENSIVE)
Tetsuya Sato, Yuka Usami-Casey, Minako Kobayashi
Humanities (HU)
Class meets five days a week: one hour on MWF 8:30-9:30, 9:30-10:30, or 11:30-12:30 and 90 minutes on TTh; students must choose TTh 8:30-10:00 slot, 10:00-11:30 slot, or 1:00-2:30 slot. An introduction to the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with special emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in socio-cultural contexts. This is a year-long course; both semesters (001 and 002) are required for credit. (Offered Fall 2017)

JNSE H002 FIRST-YEAR JAPANESE (INTENSIVE)
Tetsuya Sato, Yuka Usami-Casey, Minako Kobayashi
Humanities (HU)
Class meets five days a week: one hour on MWF 8:30-9:30, 9:30-10:30, or 11:30-12:30 and 90 minutes on TTh; students must choose TTh 8:30-10:00 slot, 10:00-11:30 slot, or 1:00-2:30 slot. An introduction to the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), with special emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in socio-cultural contexts. This is a year-long course; both semesters (001 and 002) are required for credit. (Offered Spring 2018)

JNSE H003 SECOND-YEAR JAPANESE
Kimiko Suzuki, Minako Kobayashi
Humanities (HU)
Class meets five days a week: students must attend MWF 8:30-9:30 or 9:30-10:30 and choose either TTh 10:00-11:00 slot or TTh 11:30-12:30 slot. A continuation of First-year Japanese, with a focus on the further development of oral proficiency, along with reading and writing skills. (Students are not required to take both semesters.) Prerequisite(s): First year Japanese or equivalent or instructor consent. (Offered Fall 2017)

JNSE H004 SECOND-YEAR JAPANESE
Kimiko Suzuki, Minako Kobayashi
Humanities (HU)
Class meets five days a week: students must attend MWF 8:30-9:30 or 9:30-10:30 and choose either TTH 10:00-11:00 slot or TTH 11:30-12:30 slot. A continuation of First-year Japanese, with a focus on the further development of oral proficiency, along with reading and writing skills. (Students are not required to take both semesters.) Prerequisite(s): JNSE 003 or equivalent or instructor consent. (Offered Spring 2018)

JNSE H101 THIRD-YEAR JAPANESE
Tetsuya Sato
Humanities (HU)
A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency and reading/writing skills. Emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Advanced study of grammar and kanji; more training in opinion essay and report writing. Additional oral practice outside of classroom expected. Prerequisite(s): JNSE 004 or equivalent or instructor consent. (Offered Fall 2017)

JNSE H102 THIRD-YEAR JAPANESE
Kimiko Suzuki
Humanities (HU)
A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency and reading/writing skills. Emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Advanced study of grammar and kanji; more training in opinion essay and report writing. Additional oral practice outside of classroom expected. Prerequisite(s): JNSE 101 or equivalent or instructor consent. (Offered Spring 2018)

JNSE H201A ADVANCED JAPANESE: DISCERNING HIDDEN MEANINGS IN JAPANESE MEDIA
Kimiko Suzuki
Humanities (HU)
Continued training in modern Japanese, with particular emphasis on reading texts, mastery of the kanji, and expansion of vocabulary. Explores a variety of genres and text types using authentic materials. Prerequisite(s): JNSE 102 or equivalent or instructor consent. (Offered Fall 2017)

JNSE H201B ADVANCED JAPANESE
Staff
Humanities (HU)
Continued training in modern Japanese, with particular emphasis on reading texts, mastery of the kanji, and expansion of vocabulary. Explores a variety of genres and text types using authentic materials. Prerequisite(s): JNSE 102 or equivalent or instructor consent. (Offered Spring 2018)