2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

East Asian Studies

Students may complete a major in East Asian Studies, 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, Professor and Acting Chair
Yonglin Jiang, Associate Professor (on leave semester II)
Pauline Lin, Assistant Professor
Changchun Zhang, Instructor

The Bi-College Department of East Asian Studies links rigorous language training to the study of East Asian culture and society. In addition to our intensive programs in Chinese and Japanese languages, the departmental faculty offers courses in East Asian philosophy, linguistics, literature, religion, social and intellectual history. The East Asian Studies program also incorporates courses by affiliated Bi-College faculty on East Asian anthropology, cities, economics, philosophy, and sociology, as well as additional courses on East Asian culture and society by faculty at Swarthmore.

The intellectual orientation of the East Asian Studies Department is primarily historical and text-based; that is, we focus on East Asia's rich cultural traditions as a way to understand its present, through the study of primary sources (in translation and in the vernacular) and scholarly books and articles. All students wishing to specialize in this humanistic approach to the study of China, Japan, and (with special approval) Korea are encouraged to consider the East Asian Studies major.

But 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. EAS majors are encouraged to take advantage of these programs to supplement their EAS coursework. Please consult the course guide, online or in print, for details on this year's offerings.

Major Requirements

  • Completion of at least the third-year level of (Mandarin) Chinese or Japanese (i.e. 101-102). Students who entered college with native fluency in one East Asian language (including Korean) must complete this requirement with another East Asian language.
  • EAST 200B (Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches to East Asian Studies), which highlights the emergence of East Asia as a coherent cultural region and introduces students to basic bibliographic skills and research approaches.
  • Five additional courses in East Asian cultures, as follows: one 100-level Introduction (from among EAST 120, 129, 131, or 132); two 200-level courses; and two 300-level seminars.
  • A senior seminar (EAST 398, 399, culminating in the completion of a senior thesis early in the spring semester.)

Minor Requirements

The Department of East Asian Studies offers minors in both Chinese and Japanese. The requirement is six courses in either language. The department also offers a minor in East Asian Studies, requiring any six courses in EAS exclusive of languages but including cross-listed courses taught in other departments. Of the six courses taken in fulfillment of the EAS non-language minor, at least two must be at the 200 level and at least one must be at the 300 level.

Language Placement Tests

Placement tests for first-time students at all levels are conducted 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 finish Third-year with a score of less than 3.0 in any of the four areas must also take a placement exam before entering Fourth-year.)

Requirements for Honors

Honors in East Asian studies will be awarded by the departmental faculty on the basis of superior performance in two areas: coursework in major-related courses (including language classes), and the senior thesis. A 3.7 average in major-related coursework is considered the minimum necessary for consideration for honors.

Study Abroad

The East Asian Studies Department strongly recommends study abroad to maximize language proficiency and cultural familiarity. Formal approval is required by the study abroad advisor prior to the student's travel. Without this approval, credit for courses taken abroad will not be accepted by the East Asian studies department. Also, since procedures for study abroad are different for Bryn Mawr and Haverford, students should contact the relevant deans at their own colleges. Students majoring in EAS are discouraged from studying abroad during the spring of their junior year, since the Methods and Approaches Seminar EAST200, meets then and it is best to take it as a junior. Minors and other students may go abroad fall or spring semester or for the whole year.
If studying abroad is not practical, students may consider attending certain intensive summer schools approved by the East Asian studies department. These plans must be worked out in concert with the program's study abroad advisor and the student's dean.

EAST B131 Chinese Civilization

A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the present, 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.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B131
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.

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.
Division I or Division III
1.0 units
Lin,P.

EAST B210 Topics in Chinese Culture: Late Imperial China: Marco Polo to 18th Century

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B209
1.0 units
Lin,P.

EAST B212 Introduction to Chinese Literature: Literature in Everyday Life

This is a topics course. This course explores literature about everyday life beginning from the earliest times with the Book of Songs to the great 18th century novel, the Dream of the Red Chamber. Topics may vary.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Lin,P.

EAST B218 Topics in World Cities

An introduction to contemporary issues related to the urban environment. Topics vary.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B218
1.0 units
Staff

EAST B225 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature: Modern China through Literature, Art and Film

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.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B225
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B220
1.0 units
Lin,P.
Not offered in 2011-12.

EAST B229 Comparative Urbanism: Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Enrollment limited to 20 with preference to Cities majors. Current topic description: Conquest, subordination, hybridities, resistance and post-colonial reconfigurations have shaped cities and citizens worldwide for millennia. Beginning from the work of Fanon, we explore political economics, architecture, planning, culture, and social struggle via British rule (Hong Kong, Belfast), French domination (Paris, North Africa) and dialectics of the U.S.-Mexico border. The class entails systematic comparison through research, discussion and writing. Limit 20, pref soph/junior majors
Division I: Social Science
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B229
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B229
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B229
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
McDonogh,G.
Not offered in 2011-12.

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.
1.0 units
Glassman,H.

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.
Division I: Social Science
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B262
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.
Not offered in 2011-12.

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.
Division I: Social Science
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B260
1.0 units
Staff

EAST B267 The Development of the Modern Japanese Nation

An introduction to the main social dimensions central to an understanding of contemporary Japanese society and nationhood in comparison to other societies. The course also aims to provide students with training in comparative analysis in sociology.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS SOCL-B267
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B267
1.0 units
Takenaka,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

EAST B272 Topics in Early and Medieval China: Chinese Cities and City Culture

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Division I: Social Science
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B273
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B272
1.0 units
Lin,P.
Not offered in 2011-12.

EAST H282 Structure of Chinese

This course is designed to provide an overview of the historical development of the Chinese language and its structures in terms of phonetics/phonology, syntax and semantics. The goal is to help students look at Chinese from both a historical and a theoretical perspective. Students from Linguistics will have an opportunity to enrich and broaden their understanding of linguistic theories and methodologies, and to develop skills in analyzing a non-Indo-European language, while students who have completed at least Second-year Chinese will be exposed to systematic analyses of the language to learn the general patterns. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
(Huang)
Cross-listed in Linguisitics

EAST B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture: China's Environment: History, Policy, and Rights

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B326
1.0 units
Staff

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.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B352
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.

EAST B354 Identity, Ritual and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Vietnam

This course focuses on the ways in which recent economic and political changes in Vietnam influence and shape everyday lives, meanings and practices there. It explores construction of identity in Vietnam through topics including ritual and marriage practices, gendered socialization, social reproduction and memory. Prerequisite: at least ANTH B102 or permission of the instructor.
Division I: Social Science
CROSS-LISTED AS ANTH-B354
1.0 units
Pashigian,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

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.
Division I or Division III
Counts toward Environmental Studies minor
1.0 units
Jiang,Y.
Not offered in 2011-12.

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.
1.0 units
Glassman,H., Jiang,Y., Lin,P., Kaneko,M.

EAST B399 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.
1.0 units
Glassman,H., Jiang,Y.

EAST B403 Supervised Work

1.0 units
Lin,P., Kaneko,M.

East Asian Languages

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.

CHINESE LANGUAGE

The Chinese Language Program offers a full undergraduate curriculum of courses in Mandarin Chinese. 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 CNSE 003 and 004 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in CNSE 004.

CNSE B001 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 de-signed 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. Language Level 1
1.5 units
Chiang,T., Zhang,C.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CNSE B002 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. Language Level 1
1.5 units
Chiang,T., Zhang,C.
Not offered in 2011-12.

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 consent of instructor. Limited to 18 students.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Staff, Chiang,T.

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 consent of instructor. Limited to 18 students.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Staff, Chiang,T.

CNSE B007 First Year Chinese I 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: Chinese Language Placement exam.
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Chiang,T.

CNSE B008 First Year Chinese II 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. Prerequisite: CNSE B007
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Chiang,T.

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.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Zhang,C.

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.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Zhang,C.

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.
Division III: Humanities
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Lin,P.

CNSE B204 Advanced Chinese: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Culture

Through non-fiction writings this course begins with the 1980's and concludes with contemporary China. Enriches the students' vocabulary in and understanding of social, cultural and business issues confronting China today. Students will read and write about urgent matters that China is facing; while enhancing aural and spoken skills through presentations and discussions. Prerequisite: Third Year Chinese or the equivalent.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Lin,P.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CNSE B403 Supervised Work

1.0 units

JAPANESE LANGUAGE

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.
Haverford College currently offeres the following courses in Japanese:

JNSE H001 First-Year Japanese
JNSE H002 First-Year Japanese
JNSE H003 Second-Year Japanese
JNSE H004 Second-Year Japanese
JNSE H101 Third-Year Japanese
JNSE H102 Third-Year Japanese
JNSE H201 Fourth-Year Japanese
JNSE H202 Fourth-Year Japanese