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Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 134

Issues and Methods in Japanese Studies (This course may be conducted in hybrid (zoom plus face to face) format or on zoom depending on the Covid19 pandemic condition. But the first class on Oct. 4 will be conducted online)
This course examines the issues and methods that constitute Japanese Studies as a field of study. We do so by reading and discussing a series of major, primarily historical, works on Japan written in English since 1945, including some translated Japanese works. What makes (and/or unmakes) Japanese Studies, which takes a country as the subject of study, an academic field and a form of knowledge? What is “Japan” in Japanese Studies? We will trace the history of Japanese Studies, its problematics, goals, methodologies, from 1945 to the present, in the post-1945 contexts of transformations of geopolitical configurations in East Asia, and changes in modes of intellectual inquiry (from modernization theory to postcolonial and postmodern studies, critical nationalism studies, and then to more recent model of global and transnational studies). We examine closely how socio-political contexts shaped studies of Japan, and seek to gain a better understanding of the relationship between knowledge production and power. Japanese studies in the West, in particular the U.S., has been shaped by political agenda, but that does not mean Japanese studies has always served simply political purposes, i.e., particular goals and concerns of governments and states. We look at Japanese Studies as necessarily shaped by political interests but more importantly as a dynamic and creative form of humanistic knowledge.
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Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 134
鍾 以江
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英語
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2
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SCHEDULE (The first class on Oct. 4 will be conducted online, with the rest of the classes conducted either online or in hybrid format) Week I (Oct. 4): Course introduction and self-introduction PART 1: Making Sense of Japan at War (the 1940s) Week II-III (Oct. 11): Ruth benedict, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. (Chaps.1, 2, 3, 4) C. Douglas Lummis, “Ruth Benedict’s Obituary for Japanese Culture” Japan Focus (July 3, 2007) Week IV (Oct. 18): Maruyama Masao, Thought and Behavior in Modern Japanese Politics (Oxford University Press 1965). Pp.1-24, 135-154. PART 2: Modernization and Japan (the 1960s) Week IV-V (Oct. 25, Nov.1): -Nils Gilman. “Modernization Theory and American Modernism,” Mandarins of the future: modernization theory in cold war America (John Hopkins 2003), 1-23. -John W. Hall. “Changing Conceptions of the Modernization of Japan” Marius B. Jansen, ed., Changing Japanese Attitudes toward Modernization. 1965. pp.7-98. -The Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars Statement of Purpose (1969) -John Dower. “E. H. Norman, Japan and the Uses of History” (introduction to Origins of the Modern Japanese State, Selected Writings of E. H. Norman) (Pantheon Books 1975), pp.31-65. -Jon Mitchell. “Battle Scars: Okinawa and the Vietnam War” The Japan Times, Mar. 7, 2015. PART 3: Critical Study of the Nation, Gender, and Space, the 1980s-1990s Week VI-VIII (Nov. 8, Nov. 15): -Eric Hobsbawm. Nations and Nationalism since 1780. Cambridge University Press 1990. Selected chaps. -Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni. Kimono and the Construction of Gendered and Cultural Identities. Ethnology, Vol.38, No.4 (Autumn 1999), pp.351-370. -Karen Wigen. The Making of a Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920 (1995); 1-21, 99-136, 267-299. NO CLASS on Nov. 22. First response paper due on Nov. 22. PART 4: Postcolonial History of Empire Week IX-XI (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13): -Andre Schmid. "Colonialism and the 'Korean Problem' in the Historiography of Modern Japan" Journal of Asian Studies (2000). 951-976. -Ramon Myers and Mark Peatie, eds., Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945 (1984): 3-26. -Louise Young. Japan's Total Empire (1998) (selected chapters). -Yoshihisa Tak Matsusaka. The Making of Japanese Manchuria, 1904-1932 (2001) (selected chapters). Second response paper due on Dec. 13. PART 5: New Directions of Japanese Studies? Week XII-XIV (Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 17): (NO CLASS on Jan. 3 & 10). -Michael Fisch, Tokyo’s Commuter Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence. Cultural Anthropology 28, No.2 (2013). -Alexander James Kent, Soetkin Vervust, et. al. eds. Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. Springer 2020. Chaps. 1-4, pp. 1-74. -David R. Ambaras. Japan's Imperial Underworlds, Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire. Cambridge University Press 2018. pp.1-114. Final paper due on Jan. 31.
授業の方法
Discussion, lecture
成績評価方法
Attendance & discussion participation: 30% Two response papers: 30% (15%x2) Final paper: 40%
教科書
As indicated in Schedule
参考書
As indicated in Schedule
履修上の注意
Basic knowledge of modern Japanese and East Asian history is required to take this course. The amount of weekly reading is 50 pages on average.