Readings

This section features a list of required texts, recommended texts, and films. Additional readings are also available below, in readings by session.

Required Texts

Fu, Shen. Six Records of a Floating Life. Reprint ed. Translated by Leonard Pratt and Chiang Su-hui. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1983. ISBN: 0140444297.

Haboush, JaHyun Kim, tr. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyõng: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996. ISBN: 0520200551.

Zha, Jianying. China Pop: How Soap Operas, Tabloids, and Bestsellers Are Transforming a Culture. New York, NY: New Press, 1996. ISBN: 1565842502.

Kendall, Laurel. Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996. ISBN: 0520202007.

Recommended Texts

Watson, James L. Golden Arches East: McDonald's in East Asia. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 0804732078.

Ko, Dorothy, JaHyun Kim Haboush, and Joan R. Piggott, eds. Women and Confucian Cultures. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003. ISBN: 0520231384.

Berliner, Nancy. Yin Yu Tang: The Architecture and Daily Life of a Chinese House. North Clarendon, VT: Turtle Publishing, 2003. ISBN: 0804834873.

Films

Chunhyung. Directed by Kwon-taek Im. South Korea, 2000.

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. Directed by Ang Lee. Taiwan, 1994.

Tampopo. Directed by Juzo Itami. Japan, 1985.

301/302. Directed by Cheol-su Park. South Korea, 1995.

Akira. Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo. Japan, 1988.

Ghost in the Shell. Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Japan, 1995.

Red Sorghum. Directed by Yimou Zhang. China, 1987.

Judou. Directed by Fengliang Yang and Yimou Zhang. China, 1990.

Raise the Red Lantern. Directed by Yimou Zhang. China, 1991.

Readings by Session


SES # ACTIVITIES READINGS
Introduction
1

Lecture: Introduction to East Asia

Film: Buddha in the Land of the Kami

(no readings)
Overview of East Asia
2 Lecture (no readings)
3 Discussion

De Bary, William Theodore, and Irene Bloom, eds. In Sources of Chinese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600. 2nd ed. Vol 1. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2000, pp.15-33 (Confucius), 48-53 (Taoism), and 266-274 (Introduction to Buddhism). ISBN: 0231109393.

White, Merry I., and Sylvan Barnet, eds. "Thinking about Culture." In Comparing Cultures. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1995, pp. 3-11. ISBN: 0312106203.

Zen and Japanese Arts
4 Special Event: "Is There a Global Communication Culture" Panel (no readings)
5 Lecture and Discussion

De Bary, William Theodore, and Irene Bloom, eds. Sources of Chinese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600. 2nd ed. Vol 1. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2000, pp. 226-229 and 255-260 (Zen Buddhism).

Suzuki, Daisetz T., and William Barrett. "Painting, [Haiku], Swordsmanship, Tea Ceremony." In Zen Buddhism. Reissue ed. New York, NY: Three Leaves, 1996, pp. 279-294. ISBN: 038548349X.

Selections from Nitschke, Gunter. Japanese Gardens. New York, NY: Taschen, 2003. ISBN: 3822820350.
"Rocks in the Sand." pp. 65-109
"Path and Goal." p. 115.
"The Rustic Tea Garden." pp. 146-156.
"Wabi- restraint and poverty." pp. 160-162.
Look at all pictures on pp. 64-167.

Lady Hyegyoung's Hanjungnok and Korean Confucianism
6 Lecture (no readings)
7 Film: Chunhyung (no readings)
8 Discussion Selections from The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyõng: "Introduction," "The Memoir of 1795," and "The Memoir of 1805." Look through the illustrations between pp. 195-197.
Literati Culture in Late Imperial China
9 Lecture (no readings)
10 Special Event: Haruki Murakami reading (no readings)
Museum Field Trips
11 Peabody Essex Museum Field trip to the Chinese House at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)
12 Museum of Fine Arts "Beyond the Screen" exhibit and the East Asian galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Material Culture
13 Discussion

Fu, Shen. Six Records of a Floating Life. Chapters 1-3.

Fang, Jing Pei. "Introduction." In Treasures of the Chinese Scholar. New York, NY: Weatherhill, 1997, pp. 1-3. ISBN: 0834803992.

Zhang. "The Chinese Language and Scholar Objects." In Treasures of the Chinese Scholar. New York, NY: Weatherhill, 1997, pp. 15-17. ISBN: 0834803992.

———. "Scholar Objects and Folk Beliefs." In Treasures of the Chinese Scholar. New York, NY: Weatherhill, 1997, pp. 23-26. ISBN: 0834803992.

Clunas, Craig. "Furnishing the Self in Early Modern China." Catalogue essay in Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, 1996, pp. 21-34.

Zhenheng, Wen. "Treatise on Superfluous Things." In Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China by Craig Clunas. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2004. ISBN: 0824828208.

"The Scholar's Garden." Catalogue essay in A Chinese garden court: The Astor court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980, pp. 4-9.

Popular Culture and Film in Post-Mao China
14

Discussion

Films to Watch on Your Own: Red Sorghum, Judou, Raise the Red Lantern

Zha, Jianying. China Pop. Excerpts.
Science Fiction in Japan: Utopias and Dystopias
15

Lecture

Film: Japan Dreaming

(no readings)
16 Film: Akira (no readings)
17

Discussion

Film clip: Ghost in the Shell

Tanner, Ron. "Mr. Atomic, Mr. Mercury, and Chime Trooper: Japan's Answer to the American Dream." In Asian Popular Culture. Edited by John A. Lent. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995, pp. 79-102. ISBN: 0813320496.

Napier, Susan J. "Panic Sites: The Japanese Imagination of Disaster from Godzilla to Akira." In Contemporary Japan and Popular Culture. Edited by John Whittier Treat. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii, 1996, pp. 327-351. ISBN: 0824818547.

Gibson, William. "Is Japan Still the Future?" and "My Own Private Tokyo." Wired 9.09 (September 2001).

———. "The Future Perfect: How Did Japan Become the Favorite Default Setting for so Many Cyberpunk Writers?" Time Magazine (April 30, 2001).

Food and Cuisine: Tastes Good, Looks Good, or Good for You?
18

Lecture

Film clips: Tampopo, 301/302

(no readings)
19 Film: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (no readings)
20 Discussion

China

Simoons, Frederick J. "Food in Chinese Thought and Culture." In Food in China: A Cultural and Historical Inquiry. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1991, pp. 13-37. ISBN: 084938804X.

Watson, James. "From the Common Pot: Feasting with Equals in Chinese Society." Anthropos 82 (1987): 389-401.

Cooper, E. "Chinese Table Manners: You Are How You Eat." Human Organization 45 (1986): 179-184.

Japan

Richie, Donald. "Introduction." In A Taste of Japan: Food Fact and Fable: What the People Eat: Customs and Etiquette. Reprint ed. New York, NY: Kodansha International, 1993. ISBN: 4770017073.

———. "Okashi." In A Taste of Japan: Food Fact and Fable: What the People Eat: Customs and Etiquette. Reprint ed. New York, NY: Kodansha International, 1993, pp. 90-96. ISBN: 4770017073.

Korea

Excerpts from Sang-su, Choe. Annual Customs of Korea: Notes on the Rites and Ceremonies of the Year. Seoul, South Korea: Seomun-dang, 1983.

Excerpts from Marks, Copeland, and Manjo Kim. The Korean Kitchen: Classic Recipes from the Land of the Morning Calm. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1999. ISBN: 0811822338.

Reinventing Tradition: Old and New Style Weddings in Korea
21 Lecture (no readings)
22 Discussion Kendall, Laurel. Getting Married in Korea. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, and conclusion.
Westernization, Globalization, or Japanization?
23 Guest Lecture

Condry, Ian. "Japanese Hip-Hop and the Globalization of Popular Culture." In Urban Life. 4th ed. Edited by George Gmelch and Walter P. Zenner. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 2001, pp. 372-387. ISBN: 157766194X.

Ching, Leo. "Imaginings in the Empires of the Sun: Japanese Mass Culture in Asia." Boundary 2 21, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 198-219.

Watson, James L. Golden Arches East. (Read Introduction, Afterword, and 1 chapter on Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul or Tokyo)

Student Presentations
24-26 Student Presentations (no readings)
Conclusion
27 Movie (no readings)
28 Party (no readings)