Master Course List

01:098:242 East Asian Civilizations: Modern Era


This survey class traces the historical trajectory of the transition of East Asian societies from imperial rules to modern nation-states. Focusing on pivotal topics such as modern reforms, women’s liberation, and colonial memories, the class attempts to ask and answer what constitute East Asian modernity. In the intersection of history, geopolitics, gender, literary and visual cultures, the class investigates the formations of East Asian modernity. More specifically, in the collision between tradition and modernity, and between the East and the West, how did East Asian countries interact with changes and challenges from within and without? The class familiarises students with major historical events, figures, and ideas that have had far-reaching influences on China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Readings are all in English. No knowledge of East Asian languages and cultures is required.


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