Current (Fall 2011)

ASAN 312   Contemporary Asian Civilization

ASAN 312 provides an interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary Asia. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the ways in which global and historical forces have interacted with the Asian regional context in shaping the character and course of societies in Asia today.

ASAN 629   Asian Security Cultures 

ASAN 629 is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of security-related issues in contemporary Asia. Rather than follow the conventional practice of imposing abstract, one-size-fits-all models of security and security relations, the course will focus on how Asian security elites themselves conceive of national security, how such conceptions came about, and how they shape the way in which security is 'practiced.' As such it involves dealing with issues relating to 'internal' as well as 'external' security. How respective national security cultures intersect in regional and subregional contexts will also be explored. 

Other Courses Taught 

ASAN 462 Contested Issues in Contemporary Japan  (O Focus)

While there is a widely held image of Japan as being a monolithic, "consensus" society, public discourse in that country is in fact characterized by lively, often heated debates over a wide range of issues. Many can be considered "hot button" issues that reveal deep cultural fissures and dramatic differences of thought and opinion. In light of this, ASAN 462 aims to provide students with an understanding of some of the key issues that are currently being debated in contemporary Japanese society. 

ASAN 491G    Modernity, Monarchy, and Native Identity in the Asia-Pacific (HAP Focus)

   In line with hallmarks for the University Hawaiian and Asia-Pacific Issues (HAP) focus requirement and with the ultimate objective of encouraging multicultural respect and understanding, the present course explores several intersections of Asian and Native Hawaiian cultures with an eye toward fostering a deeper grasp of how in the Asia-Pacific historical experiences and sociopolitical and economic contexts and processes create world views containing common as well as differentiating elements. 
ASAN 600J    Scope and Methods of Japanese Studies

Scholars in any field require an appropriate conceptual language and the right analytical tools in order to pursue their work. While the task of mastering the theoretical and analytical apparatus is challenging enough in an established discipline, that task is even more demanding in an interdisciplinary area studies field like Japanese Studies. With this in mind, ASAN 600J aims to provide the student with an interdisciplinary introduction to the major themes and research methodologies of Japanese Studies as commonly practiced in the United States.  In some weeks, students will engage in a rigorous critical analysis of several representative readings. In others, they will read and analyze a book-length study that looks at some aspect of Japanese society from a consciously interdisciplinary perspective or else listen to a guest speaker discuss the "practice" of Japanese studies in the context of a particular discipline. Students should come out of the course with a solid grounding in the Japanese Studies field that they can then apply in subsequent studies in the Japanese Studies MA program or in Japan-focused research in some other discipline

ASAN 620   Sociocultural Change in East Asia

Japan, South Korea and China are currently being reshaped economically, politically and culturally in fundamental ways. The process of change is complex, involving multiple dimensions and a variety of forces both external and internal, but underlying and interconnected with contemporary sociocultural change in these countries is rapid societal aging. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that it is impossible to understand these societies today—and certainly not in the near- and medium-term future—without an awareness of how societal aging is unfolding and how it is shaping and being shaped by the character of these societies. In line with this, ASAN 620 explores sociocultural change in East Asia from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective using the societal aging that is currently being experienced in these three countries as an organizing theme. 

ASAN 750J   Research Seminar in Japanese Studies

The purpose of ASAN 750J is to help students develop the skills needed to conduct advanced research in Japanese Studies. More narrowly, it is to get students started on the research project requirement of the Japanese Studies MA (i.e., a master's thesis of Plan B research paper) and the Japanese Studies Certificate, or a comparable Japan-related graduate research project in another department or program. In line with this, it is a writing- and research-intensive course in which students will have the opportunity to: 
a) become familiar with extant thinking and approaches in a chose subject area;
b) prepare a research paper on a chosen topic;
c) develop oral presentation skills in a seminar setting;
d) received feedback on your work from fellow students and the instructor.