Introduction to East Asia
Syllabus
 
3/26The Origins of Civilization in East Asia
A History of East Asia (HEA): 1-30
3/28The Age of the Classics: Zhou Dynasty China (1045-256 BCE)
HEA: 31-45 The First Emperor of China (FEC): xvii-xxxi
3/30EASTER WEEKEND
FEC: 1-56
4/2Establishing Imperial China: The Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BCE-220 CE)
HEA: 45-58 • FEC: 57-77
4/4MOVIE: The Emperor and the Assassin, Part I
FEC: 78-110
4/6MOVIE: The Emperor and the Assassin, Part II
FEC: 111-140
4/9Qin Shihuangdi: The First Emperor of China
FEC: 141-178
4/11China in Division and the Arrival of Buddhism (3rd to 6th Centuries)
HEA: 60-81Essay 1: The First Emperor of China
4/13Cosmopolitanism and Community in Korea and Japan (to the 10th Century)
HEA: 81-92, 114-120GyeongjuKofun
4/16The Creation of an East Asian Community: Sui/Tang China (581-907)
HEA: 95-114
4/18Establishing Imperial Japan: From Nara to Heian (710-1185)
HEA:  120-129Tale of Genji (Yugao) • The History of Japan (mostly accurate and very funny)
4/20MIDTERM EXAM
4/23Late Imperial China: The Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties (960-1644)
HEA: 132-149 Song Dynasty Civilization • The Voyages of Zheng He
4/25Independent Trajectories: Korea and Japan (10th to 16th Centuries)
HEA:  149-164 • Tale of the Heike • EI&H: vii-xiv
4/27The Literature of Reclusion: Essays in Idleness & Hojoki
EI&H: 5-18, 21-140 * (click for essential Hojoki passages)
4/30Early Modern China: Late Ming and Early Qing (16th to 18th Centuries)
HEA: 167-183 Essay 2: The Literature of Reclusion
5/2Early Modern Korea and Japan (16th to 18th Centuries)
HEA: 183-197 • wabi • sabi Japanese Tea Ceremony
5/4MOVIE: Princess Mononoke, Part I
LN: ix-xxiii, 3-21
5/7MOVIE: Princess Mononoke, Part II
LN: 22-57
5/9The Nineteenth-Century Encounter of Civilizations: China
HEA:  217-235 • LN: 58-86
5/11The Nineteenth-Century Encounter of Civilizations: Korea and Japan
HEA: 235-257 • LN: 87-115
5/14The Age of Westernization (1900-1929)
HEA: 259-283 • LN: 116-142
5/16The Dark Valley: The Rise of Mao, Nationalist China, and Japanese Aggression (1930-1936)
HEA: 288-299 • LN: 143-159
5/18The Dark Valley Deepens: World War II (1937-1945)
HEA: 299-309 • LN: 160-195
5/21The Korean Experience of Japanese Imperialism (1910-1945)
Essay 3: Lost Names
5/23The Postwar Era: Japan Since 1945
HEA: 311-329 Postwar Japan
5/25A Divided Country: Korea Since 1945
HEA: 330-349 UN on North Korea • North Korean Defectors
5/28MEMORIAL DAY
5/30China Since 1945
HEA: 359-396
6/1Reflections on Contemporary East Asia
HEA: 399-400 A Tale of Two Politcal Systems • Korean Unification • Contemporary Japan
6/4FINAL EXAM
Monday, June 4 • 3:30-5:30 PM
* Essential Passages: Preface, 1-20, 24-32, 38-39, 49,-58-59, 69, 74-75, 82, 91-93, 97-99, 122-124, 130, 134, 137, 142, 151, 155, 157, 175, 184, 189-191, 206-208, 211, 215, 217, 231, 233, 235-236, 240-243