East Asian Languages and Cultures | Topics in East Asian Studies: East Asian Regionalism
E505 | 28112 | Jung, H.


This course open to graduate students only
3 credits

This course will examine the political dynamics surrounding the rise
of East Asian regional cooperation. A major objective will be to
examine diverse theories of regionalism and their applications to
the East Asian experiences.

The rise of East Asian regionalism is complex and various theories
have been presented to explain its sources, uniqueness,
developments, and future prospects. We will examine these theories
surrounding regionalism and then explore the dynamic
of “regionalization” (the de facto integration of trade and
economies) vs. “regionalism” (the formalization of institutions and
development of a shared identity).

We will then investigate the East Asian historical legacy, comparing
and contrasting this legacy with that of Europe. We will turn next
to look at the various catalysts for regionalism in recent decades,
including the rise of regionalism in Europe and the Americas and the
Asian financial crisis in 1997-98.

Finally, we will investigate potential areas for further regional
cooperation, such as cultural exchange, energy security and the
development of an Asian bond market. In doing so, we will grapple
with the hurdles the region faces in realizing these and some of its
other articulated objectives.

By the end of the course, students would be able to: (i) identify
the theoretical assumptions that underpin certain statements about
or analyses of East Asian regionalism; (ii) identify pertinent
theoretical puzzles that particular observations about regional
cooperation in East Asia might pose; and (iii) use theoretical
debates to frame and structure arguments and events concerning East
Asian regionalism.

Course requirements will include discussion leading, three short
response papers and to complete a research paper at the end of the
semester.