East Asian Languages and Cultures | Seminar in East Asian Studies
E600 | 1599 | Robinson


Topic:  Nationalism and Cultural Identity in East Asia

This seminar will explore the issues of nationalism and cultural identity in
East Asia during modern times.  We will be interested in Western
representations of nation and cultural identity in East Asia and how these
representations have affected the way the East Asians see and represent
themselves.  We will begin by discussing nationalism theory in its
political, sociological and cultural guises.  This examination leads us
directly to a critical appraisal of how Western biases within this theory
shaped (until recently) and skewed our understanding of East Asia in
general.  Complex issues---identity formation, the role of traditional
culture and social structure in political movements, the creation and
signification of national symbolism, as well as our understanding of ethnic
and class diversity in East Asia---all have been affected by the metaphor of
nation and the narrative strategies it produces.

This course meets with CULS C701; credit is given for only one of EALC E600
and CULS C701 on this topic.