East Asian Languages and Cultures | Seminar in East Asian Studies
E600 | 21325 | M. Robinson


The Culture of Colonialism in East Asia

Much has been said of late about the emergence of a unique East
Asian path toward modernity.  Behind such thinking lurks the
assumption that East Asia's pre-WW II experience with Japanese
colonialism had an important constitutive effect on the evolution of
East Asia's post-war modernity.  This course will explore the
relationship between colonialism and modernity in East Asia in the
first half of the twentieth century.  The principal focus will be on
the Japanese imperium and its role in shaping the emerging modernity
of East Asia.  We will study the direct effect of colonialism on
Japan's main projects in Korea, Taiwan, and Manchuria and, at the
same time, pay close attention to how the Japanese colonial
experience retuned to affect identity formation and thought in Japan
itself.  Where relevant, we will consider comparatively French and
British colonial models in other parts of Asia.

Students will prepare weekly reading response papers (2-3 pages) and
a final paper (20-25 pages) on readings from the course and outside
works of your choosing that speak to the course themes.