Asian Studies (ASIA)

Undergraduate ASIA Courses

A comprehensive list of courses offered by the Department of Asian Studies can be found in the UBC Calendar.

Winter 2016

ASIA100 Introduction to Traditional Asia Sections

A survey of the histories and cultures of Asia before 1600 and the coming of the Europeans. Emphasis will be given to parallel themes in the development of the civilizations of South, Southeast and East Asia.

Instructor(s): Harlow, Francesca

ASIA101 Introduction to Modern Asia Sections

A survey of the emergence of modern Asia. Aims at an understanding of how the various peoples of Asia have maintained distinctive cultural identities despite centuries of political, economic, social and cultural change.

Instructor(s): Nosco, Peter LOVINS, CHRISTOPHER

ASIA200 Cultural Foundations of East Asia Sections

A comparative survey of the beliefs, assumptions and values which have shaped the civilizations of East Asia in both traditional and modern times.

Instructor(s): LOVINS, CHRISTOPHER

ASIA211 Sex, Sexual Ethics, and Asian Religions Sections

Sex and sexual ethics in the scriptures, monastic rules, rituals, and narratives of Asian religions, such as Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Instructor(s): Main, Jessica

ASIA250 Introduction to Buddhism Sections

Origins, basic teachings, development of Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantric traditions, historical spread first through Asia and later the world, and Buddhism in contemporary societies.

Instructor(s): OKAWA, EIJI Main, Jessica

ASIA254 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Japanese Literature and Film Sections

The integral role that sex, gender, and sexuality play in literary and cinematic works from Japan. Literary works will be read in translation, movies will be subtitled.

Instructor(s): MILUTIN, OTILLIA CLARA

ASIA301 Buddhism in the Modern Era Sections

Buddhism from the nineteenth century to present day with special emphasis on its history and character in local settings, including specific traditions such as Tibetan Nyingma and Japanese Zen, as well as the development of a modern and global "Buddhism."

ASIA303 Mahayana Buddhism Sections

Historical and philosophical development of Mahayana Buddhism.

ASIA304 Survey of South and Southeast Asian Performing Arts Sections

An historical perspective of the performing arts of South and Southeast Asia, highlighting the role of music, dance, and the dramatic arts in the lives of actors and audiences. Option to complete a practicum performance.

Instructor(s): HUNTER, THOMAS

ASIA305 Asian Horror Cinema: National Nightmares and Specters of Trauma Sections

Engaging with the ideologies, industrial histories, socio-cultural contexts, and aesthetics of horror films - and the genre itself - from various Asian cinemas.

Instructor(s): Citizen, Robyn

ASIA306 Esoteric Buddhism Sections

Overview of Buddhism's rich and complex esoteric traditions in the Himalayan region and South, Southeast, and East Asia, with particular emphasis on texts, commentaries, and practices from a variety of traditions, locales and time periods.

ASIA307 Korean Language and Writing in Culture and Society Sections

An examination of Korean language and writing using approaches from sociolinguistics, the sociology of language, and linguistic anthropology.

Instructor(s): Pieper, Daniel

ASIA308 Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India Sections

Myths of creation Gods and goddesses of the Vedic pantheon. Connections with myths in other parts of the world, particularly in the Indo-European tradition. Literary representations of the myths.

Instructor(s): Sathaye, Adheesh

ASIA310A Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization - STDS HIST MAJ AS Sections

Study of an Asian culture area different from those covered in existing courses. Not given every year. Consult Department for details. May be taken multiple times on different subjects for credit.

Instructor(s): Shakya, Tsering

ASIA310B Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization - STDS HIST MAJ AS Sections

Study of an Asian culture area different from those covered in existing courses. Not given every year. Consult Department for details. May be taken multiple times on different subjects for credit.

ASIA310T Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization - STDS HIST MAJ AS Sections

Study of an Asian culture area different from those covered in existing courses. Not given every year. Consult Department for details. May be taken multiple times on different subjects for credit.

ASIA314 Premodern Japan Sections

Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.

Instructor(s): Nosco, Peter

ASIA315 Japan from Feudal to Modern State Sections

Japanese history from 1600 to the Meiji Restoration. Political, economic, social and cultural forces which were involved in transforming Japan.

Instructor(s): Nosco, Peter

ASIA317 The Rise of Korean Civilization Sections

The evolution of a distinctive Korean civilization within the East Asian cultural sphere. Primary focus on cultural, social and political development from the earliest times to the sixteenth century.

Instructor(s): SONG, JEE-YEON

ASIA325 Hong Kong Cinema Sections

A survey of the cinema of Hong Kong from the post-war period to the present. The influence of Hong Kong on global cinema, and the forces (artists, studios, audiences, etc.) that have given rise to filmmaking styles and genres perceived as "distinctively Hong Kong."

Instructor(s): BAILEY, C. D. ALISON

ASIA326 Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime Sections

A critical introduction to Japanese manga and anime in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Instructor(s): Orbaugh, Sharalyn

ASIA327 Korean Popular Music in Context Sections

History, contexts, and the genres of Korean popular music. Students will analyze specific artists and songs using a range of approaches. While an understanding of basic concepts of music will be helpful, no previous exposure to ethnomusicology or music performance is required.

ASIA332 Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition Sections

Key ideas and trends in Confucian thought and practice from its origins to modern times through primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship.

Instructor(s): Ashton, Clayton

ASIA337 The Korean People in Modern Times (1600 to the present) Sections

The transformation of Korea from a Confucian state into an industrial nation. The rise of nationalism and modern ideologies in Korea. Cultural, social and economic changes Korea has undergone as it has entered the modern world.

Instructor(s): Park, Jeongeun

ASIA340 History of Later Imperial China Sections

History of China from the end of Tang to the eve of its modern transformation. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the political, socio-economic, and cultural changes in imperial China.

Instructor(s): BROOK, TIMOTHY

ASIA341 Classical Chinese Literature in Translation Sections

Poetry, historical and philosophic prose writings and the earliest genres of fiction in classical Chinese (ca. 1100 BC ca. 750 AD).

Instructor(s): BAILEY, C. D. ALISON

ASIA342 Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition Sections

Readings in drama and fiction, 800 to 1800 AD. The emergence of vernacular genres as distinct from and sometimes opposed to the existing classical genres.

Instructor(s): Swatek, Catherine

ASIA347 Traditional Korean Literature in Translation Sections

An introduction to Korean literature from ancient times to 1900.

Instructor(s): Fulton, Bruce

ASIA352 Topics in Traditional Chinese Vernacular Literature Sections

Traditional Chinese culture as seen through reading and discussion of exemplary literary works in the vernacular language.

Instructor(s): Swatek, Catherine

ASIA354 Introduction to Japanese Cinema Sections

Students will be introduced to the work of the major directors (e.g., Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Itami, Oshima, Shinoda). Ideological uses of literary texts and period pieces (e.g., Ugetsu, Life of Oharu, Double Suicide). Impact of depiction of Japanese in American film.

Instructor(s): WHALEY, BENJAMIN

ASIA355 History of Chinese Cinema Sections

Introduction to the work of major directors.

Instructor(s): Wang, Rui

ASIA356 Korean Cinema Sections

Introduction to the work of the major film makers.

Instructor(s): Citizen, Robyn

ASIA357 Modern Korean Fiction in Translation Sections

Selected novels and stories written between 1906 and the present.

Instructor(s): Fulton, Bruce

ASIA358 Literature of Medieval India in Translation Sections

Devotional, mystic, and erotic poetry of medieval Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.

ASIA363 Fiction and Film from Modern Taiwan Sections

A reading-intensive survey of literary and cinematic culture in Taiwan since the early 20th century: colonialism, the national divide, nativism, trauma, cosmopolitanism, and utopian imaginings. In English.

Instructor(s): BAILEY, C. D. ALISON

ASIA364D Modern Japanese Literature in Translation - MOD JAPN LIT TRN Sections

An introduction to the literature and cultural history of modern Japan, with readings drawn from various literary genres, from 1868 to the present.

ASIA365 Punjabi Cinema Sections

Punjabi culture, history, and social values through films. The class includes film viewings and seminar discussions. Films will be screened with English subtitles.

Instructor(s): Murphy, Anne

ASIA367 Contemporary Korean Culture Sections

An introduction to the literature, drama, music, and art of Korea today. Particular attention will be paid to the continuing influence of traditional themes and forms.

ASIA369 Asian Folklore Sections

A survey of oral and expressive traditions in Asia, including jokes, superstitions, fairy tales, myths, music, and foodways; practical training in collecting and archiving folklore.

Instructor(s): Sathaye, Adheesh

ASIA370 The Sanskrit Cosmopolis: India and the World, 200-1500 CE Sections

Languages, religions, art forms, and political structures of Asian societies shaped by creative encounters with Sanskrit.

Instructor(s): HUNTER, THOMAS

ASIA371 Foundations of Chinese Thought Sections

Chinese thought from its beginnings until the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) in its historical and cultural contexts. Includes, among others: Confucius; Mo Zi; the Legalists/Authoritarians; Zhuang Zi; the Lao Zi book.

Instructor(s): KREGER, WAYNE

ASIA373 History of Hong Kong Sections

History, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the early 1800s to the present.

ASIA376 The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development Sections

Introduction to the historical development of Sikh traditions in India and Diaspora, from the 15th century to the present, with attention to broader historical contexts.

Instructor(s): Murphy, Anne

ASIA377 History of Korean Thought Sections

An examination of Korean religious, philosophical, and scientific thought from the earliest written records to the present day, with particular focus on the interaction of Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and, in the present century, Christianity.

Instructor(s): Shababo, Guy

ASIA382 Buddhism in China Sections

History, thought, and practices of Chinese Buddhism from its beginnings until the twentieth century.

Instructor(s): Chen, Jinhua

ASIA386 Chinese Grammar and Usage I Sections

In-depth examination of modern Chinese grammar and its usage including word formation, syntactic constructions, discourse cohesions, semantics, and stylistic considerations.

Instructor(s): Li, Duan Duan

ASIA387 Japanese Religions Sections

An introduction to traditional Japanese religions including Shinto, Buddhism, Shugendo, Confucianism, new religions and folklore, and their roles in Japanese history, culture and society.

Instructor(s): Nosco, Peter

ASIA392 Classical Persian Literature in English Translation Sections

Works of classical Persian literature dating from the tenth to the seventeenth century (in English translation).

ASIA393 History of Iran from the Sasanians to the Safavids Sections

Iranian history from the fall of the Sasanian empire and the Arab conquest of Iran to the rise of Iranian dynasties in the east, the reign of Turkic and Turko-Mongolian rulers, and the formation of a Shiite Iran under the Safavids.

ASIA395 Folk Cultures in the Asian Diaspora Sections

The mediation of folklore (e.g. slang, songs, games, dance, foodways) in the everyday lives of immigrant and transnational Asian communities. Emphasis on Asian-Canadian folklore in Greater Vancouver through digital documentary media production and archival folklore research.

ASIA396 Chinese Grammar and Usage II Sections

In-depth examination of modern Chinese grammar and its usage including word formation, syntactic constructions, discourse cohesions, semantics, and stylistic considerations. Continuation of ASIA 386.

Instructor(s): Li, Duan Duan

ASIA398 Narrative Literature in Premodern India Sections

Stories of gods, goddesses and religious heroes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Avadanas and in classical poetry and drama.

Instructor(s): Sathaye, Adheesh

ASIA410 International Relations in Premodern East Asia Sections

International relations, particularly between Korea and Japan in the premodern East Asian context, focusing on migration, trade, diplomacy, war, collective memory, mutual perceptions, and the context of the Sinocentric international order.

Instructor(s): Hur, Nam-lin

ASIA411 Chinese Political Thought and Institutions Sections

Chinese theories and practices of government and administration from earliest times to 1949.

Instructor(s): Chiu-Duke, Josephine

ASIA438 Twentieth Century South Asia Sections

ASIA441A Masterworks of Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation - CHIN FIC&DRAM TR Sections

Reading of a classic novel or play, with attention to intellectual, social, and political subtexts as well as aesthetic dimensions and problems of interpretation.

Instructor(s): Swatek, Catherine

ASIA441B Masterworks of Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation - CHIN FIC&DRAM TR Sections

Reading of a classic novel or play, with attention to intellectual, social, and political subtexts as well as aesthetic dimensions and problems of interpretation.

ASIA444 Topics in Modern Japanese Fiction and Cultural History Sections

Focuses on a limited time period or particular aspect of modern Japanese literature.

ASIA447 Korean Women's Literature Sections

Women's voices and issues in the Korean literary tradition, from earliest times to the new millennium, in translation.

ASIA451 Modern Chinese Authors in Translation Sections

Study of one influential modern Chinese author, such as Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Eileen Chang, Yu Hua, Mo Yan, or Wang Anyi.

Instructor(s): BAILEY, C. D. ALISON

ASIA453 Japanese Travel Literature Sections

Japanese travel literature (myths, legends, poetry, tales, diaries, illustrated guides, satiric sermons, haiku, comic fiction, colonial reporting, and ethnography) from the 8th century to present.

Instructor(s): Laffin, Christina

ASIA456 History and Culture of Taiwan Sections

The major social, economic, political, and cultural changes in Taiwan since the seventeenth century; the post-World War II process of democratization and Taiwans place in the contemporary world.

Instructor(s): Chiu-Duke, Josephine

ASIA488 Religion, Society and State in Modern India Sections

History of secular and religious discourse in post-independent India. Partition, state policy of secularism, religious mobilization among Hindus and Muslims, communal violence and religious radicalism.

Instructor(s): OBEROI, HARJOT SINGH

ASIA490A Asian Classics - Fourth Year Seminar - ASIA CLSSCS SEM Sections

Focus changes from year to year. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor and fourth-year standing.

ASIA490B Asian Classics - Fourth Year Seminar - ASIA CLSSCS SEM Sections

Focus changes from year to year. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor and fourth-year standing.

ASIA498 Asia and the Museological Imagination Sections

Museological representations of Asia and Asian forms of museological representation in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Credit will not be granted for both ASIA 498 and ASIA 598.

Instructor(s): Murphy, Anne

ASIA499 Honours Thesis Sections

Restricted to fourth-year students admitted to the Honours Program in Asian Studies.

Instructor(s): HUNTER, THOMAS