Clayton Ashton is researching the concept of ritual in early Chinese ethics, religion and political thought. Focusing on the writings of pre-Qin and Early Imperial China, he is currently exploring how the idea of ritual was combined with developing ideas about the body, emotions and human nature to create a nuanced system of ethics. His interests include ritual theory, virtue ethics, moral psychology and embodied cognition, with a particular interest in discovering meaningful points of intersection between these fields of study. His M.A. in Asian Studies was earned at UBC, and focused on the translation of archaeological texts from pre-Qin China.

Winter 2018

ASIA320 History of Early China Sections

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

Winter 2018

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.

Winter 2018

ASIA372 Development of Traditional Chinese Thought Sections

Chinese thought from the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) to Wang Yangming (1472-1529) in its historical and cultural contexts.

Winter 2018

ASIA381 Daoist (Taoist) Religion and Its Philosophical Background Sections

A study of the Daoist religious traditions from their beginnings in the second century CE in their cultural, intellectual and social contexts.

Winter 2018

ASIA382 Buddhism in China Sections

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

Winter 2018

ASIA498 Asia in Museums/the Museum in Asia Sections

Museological representations of Asia and Asian forms of museological representation in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 498 or ASIA 598.

Winter 2018

ASIA490G Asian Classics - Fourth Year Seminar - ASIA CLSSCS SEM Sections

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

Winter 2018

ASIA499 Honours Thesis Sections

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