East Asian Languages and Cultures | U.S.-East Asian Relations
E386 | 1489 | Kennedy
The United States and East Asia have had a love-hate relationship.
The US found itself at war in East Asia several times during the
twentieth century and still has 100,000 soldiers stationed in the
region. Apart from Cuba, the world's only surviving Communist states
are in East Asia. The level of the US's trade with its Pacific
partners now outpaces that with its Atlantic partners; while
generally beneficial, the fruits of these economic links have not
been distributed evenly. And while East Asia has enriched the US's
culture, many East Asians resent America's attempt to "force" its
values on them. This course provides a broad overview of the zigs
and zags in US-East Asian security, economic, and political
relations, with an emphasis on ties since World War II. We will
examine the influence of identity formation and culture, economic
and security interests and power, and formal institutions on both
the US's bilateral relations with some key countries (Japan, China
and Korea) and US relations with the region generally.
Students should already have taken a course on either East Asia or
international relations. Tentative requirements include 75-100 pages
of reading per week, 2 papers, a quiz, a midterm, and a final exam.