East Asian Languages and Cultures | Government and Business in East Asia
E204 | 1588 | Kennedy


This course provides an introduction to the relationship between government
and business in countries in East Asia since the end of World War II. The
class first examines the role of the state and other factors in promoting
economic development, and then considers the extent to which economic
development (or the lack of it) has been responsible for the recent wave of
democratization in the region. The course considers countries in Northeast
Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan) and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines) in comparative perspective, but
also looks at international and transnational factors. Lectures are
supplemented with discussions and audio-visuals. Readings combine secondary
sources, primary documents, and journalistic accounts. Assignments include
four short papers, a midterm, and a final. No prior background in East Asian
studies is required.