Reflections on Mo Yan, his Literary World, and his Place in World Literature
There is an idea among Chinese literary scholars that in order to understand China,
one must understand its literature. By the same token, of course, the study of modern
RUNNING HEAD: FINAL PAPER
The Chinese literature is rich in stories that depict the culture of society of the region. The
concurrent essay is doomed to discuss two
Contemporary Asia 20200 Final Exam
Instructor Lara Netting
Due December 17, 2014
1. Make a timeline of Chinese and Japanese history in the 20th and 21st
centuries. Place 5 dates on the timeline. Explain what happened on each date
MSC 1003 Music in Civilization
Class Notes Session 1, Mon Feb 2
We did three major segments.
Intro to the Class
Why is Man Musical?
Intro to Medieval Religious Music
This was a walk-through of the class syllabus. For homewor
MSC 1003 Music in Civilization, Prof. Smey
Quiz #1 Preview, Spring 2016
Our first quiz is scheduled for Class 6. (Thats Mon, Feb 22) Heres what you need to study.
In general this quiz will cover the Medieval Period, the Renaissance, and a little bit about
AS20200, Contemporary Asia
Asia, East Asia, and Writing
2 Sept 2015 (W)
Douglas Gildow AS20200 Class Slides
1. What is a state or country?
2. How many countries are there? (see US DoS website)
3. Which five countries
AS20200, Contemporary Asia
Early Regional History, and the
Republic of China
10 Sept 2015 (W)
Douglas Gildow AS20200 Class Slides
Neuman 2014, problems
eight western nations sent troops to suppress
Topics for Oral Presentations
These will start on 11/2 and end on 11/18.
They will be clustered in groups of five panels, united by
Each student will give an independent, 5-minute presentation.
If you want to use slides in the presentati
K&J lYUU:r in Adan St-uriies, No. 14
AAS Resources for Teaching About Asia
EAST ASIAN SOCIETIE
Association for Asian Studies, Inc.
825 Victors Way, Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA
Broaded read the initial propo
Asian Studies 20200: Contemporary Asia
Dept. of Classic and Modern Languages & Literatures
Instructor: Douglas Gildow (email@example.com)
MW 3:30-4:45 (NAC 6/113)
Office hours: Mondays 2:30-3:30 and by appointment (NAC 5/218-A)
PRC, 1949-1960 (1)
Q: What were some of the main events during this period?
Q: What were the important dates?
Q: Who were the important figures?
Q: What were the important organizations?
founding of the PRC
Mao visits Moscow, signs treaty with Stalin
AS20200, Contemporary Asia, Term Paper Guidelines
A final paper (1500 to 2000 words), on a topic of your choice but
approved by the instructor. Topics are due by November 16. The
final paper is due by 3:30pm on December 14, as a printe
AS20200 Oral Presentation Rubric
Topic of Presentation_
Date of Presentation_
Great (full points)
OK (half points)
Novice (no points)
Appropriate Length. Clear
summary is provided.
Goes more than tw
Tiananmen protests takeaways
Lead up to the 1989 democracy movement
Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997)
Was given major military posts in Southwest China after 1949he maintained
strong links with the army throughout his career.
He suffers persecution in the Cultura
Youth Deviance in Japan
Youth crime (status offences) in Japan are quite high.
Is this primarily a way to escape from academic pressure? No.
Is this primarily because moral guidance in society is breaking down? No.
Moral education was increased in schools
The exam is a difficult, painful process for the candidates.
Yearly exams at the local level, and then exams every three years in the provinces
and the national capital. These led to progressively higher degrees. The highest exam
allowed one to
Sino Japanese War takeaways
1931 Acting against their own governments wishes, the Japanese army triggers an
explosion on the tracks of a Manchurian railway line. Skirmishes result. The
Japanese take Manchuria.
In the first half of th
Modern Japan takeaways
Women were highly restricted in the Tokugawa period (1615-1868), particularly
among the samurai class.
The emperor is restored to authority, but real power rests with a small group of
government statesmen. Their ab
May be called spirits, divinities, forces
Anything awesome was a kami. The entire land was born of the 8 million kami
To explain the world, the kami were understood to have both a beneficent nature,
and an unstable, violent one.
Japanese Contemporary Art
Do we see manga the Garden of Unearthly Delights Japanese art? Yes, particularly
in the work of Manabu Ikeda. But we have in general passed the era of Japanese pop
A good example of this is Mariko Moris Birth of a Star (1995
Men and women in modern Japan
The mizu shobai, the nightlife of Japan, is considered a place where men can escape
from their mundane lives.
In fact, they go for business (unspoken) and they go to relax (spoken).
The goal of men at the club is to
Total war in Japan
Great global depression. This escalates social conflict in
Japan, increasing the states fear of communism.
Japan invades Manchuria
Marco Polo Bridge incident. The conflict escalates into
Japan reconstruction and boom
By the wars end, many Japanese knew of their atrocities overseas.
In the case of millions of servicemen, they literally had been there and done that.
But the victims of Japans aggression were faceless, while the dead Japane
Contemporary Chinese Art
Early 20th century background
Creating new art for a new nation was a primary agenda for artists in early 20 th
Traditional Chinese painting seemed to symbolize all that was wrong with China. It
depended on immersin
Koreans in Japan
The Zainichi population
Koreans migrated to Japan to find work during the colonial period. They faced heavy
discrimination but did find livelihoods. More were forced into labor in Japan during
Koreans forced to take Japanese name
Communist victory and mass movements.
Land reform. Peasant co-ops formed. Landlord holdings
seized, but rich peasants largely left alone.
Great leap forward.
Famine years following Great Leap Forward
3.11 and Japans nuclear village
Japan is earthquake and tsunami prone.
The Tohoku (north-eastern) coastline had at least one monster tsunami per century.
The 2011 tsunami was not a one in a thousand years event.
March 11, 2011.
On the eve of 3.11, Japan h
Japanese colonialism in Korea
Learning to be a colonial power
1919, March 1
1920 late 1930s
First Sino-Japanese war fought mainly for control of
Russo-Japanese war. The Japanese
Who was Confucius
A philosopher who lived in 500 BC who gathered disciples around him. His thought
was institutionalized around 0 AD.
At that time, China was a bunch of warring states, Confucius looked back to a golden