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1 Contemporary Asian Civilization (ASAN 312 - 001) Spring Semester 12 January – 15 May 2009 University of Hawai‘i at M ā noa Vincent K. Pollard Asian Studies Program Class meeting times : T/R, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Classroom : HIG 110 Fax: 956-2682 E-mail: [email protected] Mailbox: Moore 416 Office: Moore 426 “B” Office hours : Friday, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., online & by app’t. World Wide Web: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/312.html http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pollard/Asia.html Yoko I. Wang Department of Sociology E-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Tuesdays, 11:30 - 12:00 Noon, and 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Office: Moore 315 (Asian Studies) ASAN 312 is a multidisciplinary examination of problems and issues affecting peoples and institutions of contemporary Asia. Using a variety of approaches and print and audiovisual media, this course addresses issues of family, work, society, ethnic minorities, state, human rights, technology, economic change and human security. Teaching-learning objectives. Depending on your commitment, at the end of this course you will be able to do the following with increased proficiency: a) demonstrate familiarity with major trends and values associated with continuities and transformations in contemporary Asia and their impact on families, societies and states; b) appreciate the use and misuse of evidence in making political and cultural inferences in print and audiovisual resources in light of Asia’s historical diversity; c) distinguish between descriptions of political and cultural reality in Asia and prescriptions for change; d) appreciate different points of view by people of different social classes, political persuasions, and cultural traditions in different Asian countries; e) analyze writings and films that claim to illuminate life, history and politics of contemporary Asian societies; f) demonstrate awareness of relevant stand-alone and networked information sources useful for understanding social and cultural change in Asia; and g) respond to suggestions for improving one's writing and self-editing. Prerequisites: Students are expected to have completed ASAN 201 and 202. Otherwise, consent of the instructor is required. Texts : Purchase a new or used copy of the following book from the UH Bookstore or online: Aat Vervoorn, Re Orient: Change in Asian Societies , 3 rd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2006). 1 Videotapes, DVDs, handouts, lectures and class discussions are also part of the text. 1 According to the author, pronouncing his name “AHT Vehrr-VOURRN” is close enough .
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Pollard Contemporary Asian Civilization Spring 2009 2 Which Asia? The English word Asia carries more than 2,300 years of imperial baggage. Etymologically, the English word is derived from the ancient Greek word Ασια . At that time, “Asia” referred only to the territory of Anatolia on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea. Today, that small area lies within Turkey. But as European missionaries, merchants and military forces gradually pushed further and further east, they stretched the notion of “Asia” beyond the original meaning.
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