September 7, 2006

East Asia from 1368 to Present: Tradition and Transformation


Qin Fang

Fall 2006

Class: BlegH 125, TCWESTBANK @ 6:00-9:00 pm
Office: SST 746
Office hours MF 1:00-2:00 pm

Course Website

Course explanation:

Required texts:
1. Warren Cohen, East Asia at the Center (Four Thousand Years of Engagement With the World).New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

2. Keith Schoppa. Songs Full of Tears: Nine Centuries of Chinese Life around Xiang Lake. Westview Press, 2002.

Optional texts:
1. Alex Kerr. Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark side of Japan. New York: Hill and Wang, 2000.

2. Hong Ssi,
Hyegyonggung. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea. Edited and translated by JaHyun Kim Haboush. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

3. Hsien-I, tr. "The Courtesan's Jewel Box" in Chinese Stories of the Xth-XVIIth Century. Foreigh Lnaguages Press, Peking 1957.

4. Gail Lee Bernstein, ed. Recreating Japanese Women, 1600-1945. RJW thereafter.

Work Requirements
Expect to:
Read about 80 pages each week.
Attend class and contribute to our discussions of the readings.
Leading discussion onece, demonstrate your grasp of lectures, discussions, and readings.
Write one essay.
One final exam

Course Requirements and Grading
Attendance and discussion: 30%
Leading discussion 20%
Final Paper 25%
Final exam 25%

The amount of reading for history courses often gets out of hand. I’ve done my best to keep weekly readings at an average of 75 pages or less, but as a result I really do expect you to read every page and take good notes, which you will then be able to use for discussion section. Note also that university policy on academic workload stipulates that you should spend about three hours per credit per week on each course. Since this is a three credit course, plan on devoting up to nine hours each week to it.

Attendance and Participation—lectures often will not follow the text, but will address other topics. If you do not attend, you will miss this material. Grading will be based on a point system. two points for each lecture attended and participated with total possible 30 points (This includes both attendence and discussion). I expect everyone to ask questions and contribute to classroom conversations, and your grade will reflect your level of participation. I do not take attendence, but I do write down people's level of participation during every class. Thus, the more you are absent, the fewer paticipation points you will be able to receive, but merely being present does not earn you any points in and of itself. People who have a really hard time speaking up in lcass should make their best efrfort, and anyone can also come see me during office hours to improve her/his participation score.

Leading discussion—Each of you will lead a discussion one time. We need two or three of you for each week. Please sign up the week (Except for week 1, 8) on Sept 6 when we first meet in the class. During your session, you are suppose to raise questions (10 points), engage your classmates (5 points) , and keep the class moving (5 points).

Final Paper—find some topic that interests you by the end of October and investigate it using library materials. See me for topic approval. Essay should be short: 5-10 pages and use more than one reference. See the style sheet on the website.

Final exam—the questions and topics on the exam will be taken from lectures, readings and discussions. Again class attendance and keeping up with the readings are essential for successfully completing this course.

Extra credit—If you should miss a class or there is a topic you want to know more about, you are welcome to do some library research and write a short 1-2 page paper for extra credit. Note: Five times at most.
Academic dishonesty-- All students are required to abide by the University's policies on Academic Integrity, as found in the catalogue.

Lecture Topics
1. 9/6 Introduction: NO READING
- First Day of Class: Attitudes and Expectations
-The a-historical Asian family

2. 9/13 The Tales of Confucius: Why do we start East Asia from Confucius?
A new class of experts and texts emerged after the Fall of East Zhou. Moral excellence and technical skills became something that could be learned from books and teachers. This week we will look at both what Confucius and Confucian scholars taught.
-Confucius and bringing order to the universe.
- A human or a sage?

Cohen. pp. 1-19.
Readings for discussion:
1. Analects of Confucius
2. Tayler "Scripture and the Sage: On the Question of a Confucian Scripture" in The Religious Dimensions of Cnfucianism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990.23-38.


3. 9/20 The Tales of Shi, Yangban, and Samurai
Shi is a Chinese term which is usually translated as "gentry." From the Ming and Tokugawa periods China, Japan and Korea were dominated by bureaucratic elite that ran society both formally through the state and informally through their economic and cultural positions.
- Shi in China
-Samurai in Tokugawa Japan
- Yangban in Yi Dynasty

Cohen, 150-172; 216-231.
Start reading Song full of tears and The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong.

Readings for discussion:
1. Song full of tears. Chapter 2. pp. 31-58.
2. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong. The Memoir of 1795. 49-117.

4. 9/27 The Tales of Zheng He, Jesuit, and Portuguese
Jesuits set their foot in East Asia as early as 1540s. They tried to convert the Chinese and Japanese to Christianity, as Part of the Counter-Reformation Drive to win the world back to Rome. Jesuit failed quickly in Japan but their trip to China seemed promising. This week we will look at the encounter between the East and West through Jesuits.
- Zheng He and Tribute system
-Arrival of Portuguese and Jesuits
- Wars within in East Asia

Cohen. pp. 183-203
Reading for discussion:
1. Song full of tears. Chapter 4, pp 85-114.
2. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong. The Memoir of 1801. 137-196.

5. 10/4. The Tales of the Silver
Silvers flows within and out of East Asia since the fifteenth century as a result of global trades. We will look at the silver flows and the rise of urban culture in East Asia.
- Economic Growth in Japan and Commercialized world in China
- Printing culture
- Urban novels, Kabuki

Cohen. pp.204-215.

Reading for discussion:
1. Hsien-I, tr. "The Courtesan's Jewel Box" in Chinese Stories of the Xth-XVIIth Century. Foreigh Lnaguages Press, Peking 1957. pp246-271
2. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Memoir of 1802. pp 197-240.

6. 10/11. The Tales on Three emperors, Samurai, and fractionalism in Yi dynasty
The reign of three emperors in China, the reign of the Takugawa, and the Yi dynasty in Korea formed a big picture of East Asia in the long eighteenth century before the arrival of the first conflict between wintessed both the reinforcement of Confucianism and divergence of adaptation of
- Three emperors
-Tokugawa centralized feudalism
-The fractionalism in the court of Yi dynasty

Cohen. 216-231.
Henry Smith, “Rethinking the Story of the 47 Ronin: Chûshingura in the 1980s,?

Reading for discussion:
1. Songs full of tears. Chapter 5, 115-142.
2.The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong. The Memoir of 1805. 341-337.

7. 10/18. The Tales of the Treaty Ports
Although foreigners had been coming to East Asia for centuries the period from 1400 on saw a great increase in the importance of maritime trade. We will examine conflict between Asian and foreign states and cooperation between individual people.
- Long eighteenth century in East Asia
-Opium wars and the European empires
-Treaty ports and imitation foreign devils

Cohen. pp. 245-272.

Reading for discussion:
1. Joyce Madancy. "Unearthing Popular Attitudes toward the Opium Trade and Opium Suppression in Late Qing and Early Republican Fujian." in Modern China. Vol. 27, No. 4. (Oct., 2001), pp. 436-483.
2. Joyce Chapman Lebra. "Women in all All-Male Industry:The Case of Sake Brewer Tatsu'uma Kiyo" in RJW, 131-150.

8. 10/25 Movie Nights

9. 11/1. The Tales of the Reformers
Throughout East Asia the challenge of imperialism led states and elites to launch radical programs for reform.

-Taiping Rebellion and the Limits of Self-strengthening Movement
-Meiji Restoration
-New Policies and Fall of the Qing

Cohen. pp. 273-302.

Readings for presentation:
1. Song full of Tears for Xiang Lake. Chapter 6, pp 143-166.
2. Sharon H. Nolte and Sally Ann Hastings. "The Meiji State's Policy Toward Women, 1890-1910". RJW, 151-174.

10. 11/8. The Tales of the Revolutionaries
In the early 20th century countless groups called themselves "revolutionaries" and offered radical and often violent solutions to Asia's problems. Governments, not surprisingly, replied with oppression and
-May Fourth and a new understanding of East Asia's problems
-Anarchism, Communism, and Confucianism

Cohen. pp.303- 333.
Reading for discussion:
1. Song full of Tears for Xiang Lake. Chapter 7, pp167- 188.
2. Margit Nagy. "Middle-Class Working Wome During the Interwar Years" in RJW, 199-216.

12. 11/15. The Tales of New-life Movement and the Kokutai
In the 20s and 30s revolutionary groups took control of China and Japan, and particularly

-Chiang Kai Shek and Confucian fascism
- Nationalism thoughout East Aisa
-Militarism and the Kokutai in Japan

Cohen. pp. 328-344

Reading for discussion:
1. Song full of Tears for Xiang Lake. Chapter 8, 189-212.
2. Miriam Silverberg. "The Modern Girl as Militant" in RJW, 239-266.

13. 11/22. The Tales of Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, Peasants, and Korean Communist Party in Shanghai
The Twentieth century was a century of war for most Asians. Starting with warlordism in China we will look at the impact of war on the Asian world, culminating in the Pacific War, which resulted in drastic changes for every nation in Asia.
-Crisis in Manchuria, Pacific War and a New Asia, Japan’s Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere
-Mao and the Peasants
-War and the nations

Cohen. pp.344-369.

Reading for discussion:
1. Song full of Tears for Xiang Lake. Chapter 9, 213-248.
2. William B Hauser. "Women and War: the Japanese Film Image" in RJW, 296-314.

14. 12/6. The Tales of the Economic take-off
Since 1945 a series of Asian economies have taken off, starting with Japan. We will examine both why this happened and what it has meant for the lives of people in Asia.

-Maoist disaster
-Japan in the age of Economic take-off
-Little Dragons
-Deng Xiaoping's China
-Southeast Asia

Cohen. pp.370- end
Start reading Dogs and Demons, chapter 1-8
Readings for discussion:
1. Dogs and Demons. Chapter 1, pp 13-50.
2. Dogs and Demons.Chapter 4, pp 103- 131

15. 12/13. The Tales of the Digital Age
With the arrival of digital age, East Asia have more involved into world system than ever before. This week we will look at East Asia in the global digit age.

- Kuso in Japan
-"Evil-work" culture in China
-Political censorship in the era of digital age.

Readings for discussion:
1.Dogs and Demons. Chapter 9, pp
2. Dogs and Demons. Chapter 10, pp 236-253

Final Exam: 6:30-9:30pm , 12/20/2006
Final Paper: Due 11:59pm 12/15/2006, by email.

Congratulations~~~~~~~~~~~~ We all Survive.

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