Asian Studies

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Description

Pacific Asia, including the nation states on the Asian shores of the Pacific Rim, the Koreas, Japan, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesia, is a region of great economic, political and strategic importance, possessing immense natural and human resources.

The major is designed to provide students with a coherent introduction to the language, history, and culture of Asian societies on the western rim of the Pacific Basin. While focusing on Pacific Asia, the program also supports the study of cultures from the Indian subcontinent and other regions of Asia. Each concentration provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the major social and historical forces at work in the region, supported by appropriate language training. Graduates of the program either continue their studies at graduate institutions or utilize their knowledge and training through employment in government, business or education relating to this increasingly important region of the world.

The minor offers students a framework to explore one or more Pacific Asian societies from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is particularly relevant for students in various academic or applied disciplines who have a regional interest in Pacific Asia.

Concentrations

  • Japanese Concentration
  • Chinese Concentration
  • South and Southeast Asian Concentration

Special Features

  • The program of Asian Studies is administered through the Center for Pacific Asian Studies. The Center is composed of designated faculty in the departments of Anthropology, Art, Education, Ethnic Studies, World Languages and Literatures, Government, History, Humanities and Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Psychology.
  • A program committee, comprised of the director of the center and four members of the Asian Studies faculty, oversees the Asian Studies Program.
  • The Center also serves to support and facilitate various university activities related to furthering our understanding of the Pacific Asian region (as well as the Indian subcontinent and other regions of Asia): faculty research, sponsoring summer training institutes, travel and residential programs in Pacific Asia, seminars for faculty, students and the community, and establishing collaborative links with institutions and community groups.

Contact Information

Greg Kim-Ju, Director
Amador 315A
(916) 278-6738
kimju@csus.edu

Pat Chirapravati, Vice Director
Benicia Hall 1004
(916) 278-7373
pchirapravati@csus.edu
Savannah Seruby, Coordinator I
www.csus.edu/asia

Faculty

CHIRAPRAVATI, PAT

CHO, EUNMI

CORNER, DAVID

DESHAW RAE, JAMES

DUBOIS, JOEL

DYM, JEFFREY

HAN, HEEJU

KANG, MINJEONG

KIM, EUISUK

KIM-JU, GREG

LEE, DIANE SOOKYOUNG

MASUYAMA, KAZUE

MONI, SUJATHA

MUMARK, MITCHELL

SHEK, RICHARD

SMITH, CURTIS

SOBREDO, JAMES

STURTZ SREETHARAN, CINDI

TRICHUR, RAGHURAMAN

VANN, MICHAEL

Undergraduate Programs

BA Degree in Asian Studies

Units required for Major: 42; these units include the 15 units of study in student's chosen concentration (see below) Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

Core Requirements (15 Units)
ART 3ATraditional Asian Art3
or ART 3B Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
ASIA 198Asia in the World Today3
or HIST 192C Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History
HIST 6Asian Civilizations3
HRS 70Arts and Ideas of Asia: Ancient to Medieval3
or HRS 71 Arts and Ideas of Asia: Medieval to Modern
GOVT 145Government and Politics in Asia3
or MUSC 119A World Music: Asia
Concentration Requirements (15 Units)
Select five courses from one of the following concentrations:15
Japanese Studies Concentration
Chinese Studies Concentration
South and Southeast Asian Concentration
Electives (12 Units)
Select 12 units from four different groupings: 112
Group 1: Japan
Japanese Culture and Society
Cultural History of Japan to 1800
Modern Japan, 1800-present
The History of Manga
Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
Japanese Civilization
Group 2: China
Anthropology of Chinese Societies
Chinese Civilization
Survey of Chinese Literature
China: Antiquity to 1600 AD
China, 1600 to Present
The Classical Culture of China
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Chinese Philosophy
Group 3: South and South-East Asia
Peoples of Southeast Asia
Cultures of South Asia
Art of India and Southeast Asia
South Asian History Civilization
History of Buddhism
The Making of Modern Southeast Asia
Religions of India I: The Formative Period
Philosophies Of India
Group 4: Asian-American
Asian American Literature
The Asian American Experience
Southeast Asians in the US
Contemporary Asian American Issues
Asian American Communities
Asian Americans and Globalization
Asian American Politics and Public Policy
Asian American Women
Asian American Families: Issues and Perspectives
Group 5: Pan-Asia
Asian Art and Mythology
Topics in Asian Art
Art of China and Japan
Modern East Asian Cinema
Geography Of East Asia
History of Buddhism
Zen Buddhism and Daoism
The Confucian Tradition
Women Of The Middle East
Group 6: Advanced Language
Advanced Mandarin: Modern Chinese Fiction
Introduction to Japanese Literature
Language and Culture of the Japanese and the Japanese in America
Language and Culture of the Japanese and the Japanese in America
Advanced Japanese Grammar, Conversation
Group 7: Fieldwork-Internships
Select one of the following:
Internship: Asian Studies
Approved Internships or Fieldwork in other departments
Language Proficiency Requirement
Select from the following courses to fulfill the proficiency requirements: 2
Elementary Mandarin
Elementary Mandarin
Intermediate Mandarin
Intermediate Mandarin
Elementary Japanese
Elementary Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Total Units42
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Students must take 12 units of electives from four different groupings. Students are not permitted to take an elective from their area of concentration. In other words, Japanese Studies Concentration Majors cannot take courses from group 1, Chinese Studies Concentration Majors cannot take courses from group 2, and Southeast Asia Concentration Majors cannot take courses from group 3.

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Students must demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to four semesters of an Asian language appropriate to their concentration by coursework or a language proficiency examination provided by the Department of Foreign Languages. Students concentrating in South or Southeast Asia can demonstrate proficiency in any South or Southeast Asian Language.

 Concentration - Japanese Studies

Select five of the following:15
Japanese Culture and Society
Cultural History of Japan to 1800
Modern Japan, 1800-present
The History of Manga
Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
Japanese Civilization
Total Units15

Chinese Studies Concentration

Select five of the following:15
Anthropology of Chinese Societies
Chinese Civilization
Survey of Chinese Literature
China: Antiquity to 1600 AD
China, 1600 to Present
The Classical Culture of China
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Chinese Philosophy
Total Units15

Concentration - South and Southeast Asian

Select five of the following:15
Peoples of Southeast Asia
Cultures of South Asia
Art of India and Southeast Asia
South Asian History Civilization
The Making of Modern Southeast Asia
History of Buddhism
Religions of India I: The Formative Period
Philosophies Of India
Total Units15

Minor in Asian Studies

Total units required for minor: 24; 12 must be in upper division.

Course Requirements (12 Units)
ART 3ATraditional Asian Art3
or ART 3B Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
ASIA 198Asia in the World Today3
or HIST 192C Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History
GOVT 145Government and Politics in Asia3
or MUSC 119A World Music: Asia
HIST 6Asian Civilizations3
Electives (12 Units)
Select 12 units of electives from four different groupings listed under the major12
Language Proficiency
Language proficiency is not required for the minor; however, students are highly encouraged to study an Asian language.
Total Units24

ASIA 96.     The Way of Chanoyu: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Japanese Tea Gathering. 3 Units


This course traces the development of a multifaceted cultural practice integrating architecture, garden design, art, painting, and calligraphy into a carefully constructed hospitality ritual. Students explore multiple aspects of Japanese Chado via hands-on learning including aesthetic, economic, scientific, socio-political and cultural dimensions associated with tea. The course is taught in the Nakatani Tea Room, including weekly classroom lectures and discussions, demonstrations, on-line learning modules, a group project, and typically, a day field trip to San Francisco.

Field trip(s) may be required.

ASIA 110.     Anthropology of Contemporary Asia. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 146 or instructor permission


This course examines contemporary Asia as an articulation of intersecting historical, cultural, political and economic processes. The course will focus on postcolonial developments and critically explore the manner in which process of globalization and neoliberal strategies embed themselves within, and the responses they elicit from societies across Asia.

ASIA 134.     History of Korea: Antiquity to Present. 3 Units


This course traces the historical development of Korean culture from the period the Three Kingdoms to the present. In addition to the texts and records, other sources such as literature, religion, and art will be examined to gain an understanding of and appreciation for the longevity of Korea as a culture and a polity.

ASIA 135.     Contemporary Korean Culture. 3 Units


This course provides a comprehensive understanding of Korean culture and society through the analysis of contemporary Korean popular media. By critically examining the particular cultural phenomenon of the Korean Wave, this course upholds various Korean popular media (film drama, documentaries, and music) as significant forms of visual culture, which reflect as well as shape the reality of people's everyday lives both within and outside Korea.

ASIA 136.     Korean Development and Behavior. 3 Units


This course examines critical issues in Korean human development and behavior with particular attention given to current theoretical perspectives within a fast developing society. Topics include identity, cognitive development, mental health, tiger parenting, gender roles, socio-emotional development, body image, and transracial adoptions. This course integrates an interdisciplinary approach and includes indigenous discourse on Confucianism and Eastern and Western thought to understand the underlying processes of the Korean heritage person as an individual and as a member of a larger society.

ASIA 140.     Modern East Asian Cinema. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI), Arts (Area C1)


Survey of the development of cinema in Asia, focusing primarily on cinematic masterpieces from China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Focuses on directors, actors, and studios that left a lasting mark on cinema history. Also focuses on how the Asian aesthetic sense differs from the Hollywood norm.

Cross-Listed: HIST 140; only one may be counted for credit.

ASIA 151.     Genocide in Southeast Asia. 3 Units


Survey of human rights abuses and genocides that have occurred in post-colonial Southeast Asia. Focuses on mass killings in Indonesia and Cambodia and communal riots often targeting the ethnic Chinese community, religious minorities, or highland peoples like the Hmong. Topics include cultural genocide, ideological pressure, and ethnic intolerance. An interdisciplinary literature will interpret the causes and conditions while introducing students to the diverse societies and cultures of Southeast Asia.

ASIA 195.     Internship: Asian Studies. 1 - 3 Units


Supervised work experience on topics related to the study of Asia's art, culture, economics, geography, environment, politics, and government and social issues.

Credit/No Credit

ASIA 198.     Asia in the World Today. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.


Senior seminar in recent scholarship and current issues concerning Asia in the world today. A capstone course for Asian Studies majors, as well as graduate students interested in Asia.

ASIA 199.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units


Individual research projects, including directed readings, under the direction of an Asian Studies faculty person.

Credit/No Credit