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lecture on december 10 by keiko hirao


"The True Story of 'Women's Empowerment' in Japan: Unexpected Consequences of Work and Family Practice", by Keiko Hirao (Visiting Scholar, 2015-16, Department of Sociology, Harvard University; Professor of Sociology at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University, Japan). Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:00pm, Seelye 106. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies. Get the poster


new spring 2016 courses!


EAS 216 Colloquium: Gangnam Style: Seoul and its Layered Histories. Ellie Yunjung Choi, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:20pm. An interdisciplinary, dynamic and experimental approach to the city of Seoul from a royal/imperial capital (1392-1910) to a colonial one (1910-1945) and since 1945 the economic hub of a divided peninsula. Underneath the glitter of modernity and globalization visible in contemporary Gangnam Style lie forgotten stories, stratified claims, and a tumultuous history including Japanese rule, civil war, and the ongoing presence of United States troops. Special attention to the entrance of technologies, the transformation of architectural spaces, and the emergence of new subjectivities. Enrollment limited to 18. {H} Credits 4. Get the flyer


EAS 217, Modernity and Contested Traditions in Korea. Ellie Yunjung Choi, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:20pm. Re-inventing tradition for political and cultural legitimacy is an integral part of the forward thrust of modernity itself. In the case of colonial Korea (1910-1945), historical writings built the modern state of the Japanese empire at the same time as they formed the spiritual, ethnic nation of the colonized. State institutions, royal pageantry, archaeology, literature, mass culture, film, food, and tourism reveal how tradition was represented in historical texts, popular memory, and nationalist politics. The class reflects critically on nationalism and on the producing and co-opting of historical discourse. {H} Credits: 4. Get the flyer


EAS 270 Colloquium in East Asian Studies. New topic for spring 2016: The Art of Chinese and Japanese Gardens. Daniel Greenberg, Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm. East Asian traditions of garden design, pictorial representations of gardens, and landscape painting are closely related. Focus on historic gardens in China and Japan, from the third century to the present. Key topics include: nature vs. artifice in landscape; gardens as social, political, and religious sites; and the experience of landscape in painting, poetry, and other artistic forms. Readings from landscape and garden texts in translation, as well as selections from the secondary literature dealing with these themes. Enrollment limited to 18. (E) {A} {H} Credits: 4.