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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Asian Studies Senior Seminar Syllabus 2016

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Syllabic Cycles"
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On this date in Round and Square History
13 January 2015—China's Lunar Calendar: 2015 01-13
13 January 2014—China's Lunar Calendar: 2014 01-13
13 January 2013—Channeling Liam: Soft Dental Care
13 January 2012—Heian Japan: Work
13 January 2011—Ponder College: Resource Center
[a] Capstone [RF]
Asian Studies Senior Seminar
ANST 351
Spring 2016
Tuesdays 7:10-11:00

Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 111                                                                 Tuesday           12:00-1:30
363-2005                                                                                   Thursday         12:00-1:30 lafleur@beloit.edu                                                                    …or by appointment 

Required Books         
New York Review of Books (copies available at Turtle Creek Bookstore)
Fairbank, John King. Chinabound.
Reischauer, Edwin. My Life Between Japan and America.
An academic memoir of your own choosing in your MAJOR field of study.*
An academic book published AFTER 2012 dealing with some are of your expertise.
*i.e. Biochemistry, psychology, or histosry (if your sole major is Chinese or Japanese, we'll discuss details).
The Fairbank and Reischauer books are on library reserve.

Evaluation  
Quizzes/attendance                   15%
Midterm Exam                            25%     
Research Proposal                    15%    
Research Paper                         45%                       
Daily attendance and class participation are expected; absences during the semester will affect your grade. Late assignments will be penalized. 

ANST 351
Asian Studies Senior Seminar
Spring 2016

Week I
Wrapping Up Majors and Minors
Tuesday, January 19
Handout in class
Week II
Fairbank and Reischauer I
Tuesday, January 26
       Part One Tooling Up: Education in Five Places
            How I Became Oriented
            Getting to China
       Part Two Our Discovery of China, 1932-35
            Moving to Peking
            Beginning to See the Land and People
            Harold Isaacs and the Terror
            T.F. Tsiang and Modernization
            Becoming a Specialist; Teaching at Tsing Hua
            Chinese Friends
            Seeing the Old Ports
            Leaving China the First Time
       Part Three Learning to Be a Professor, 1936-1940
            An Oxford D. Phil
            Starting In at Harvard
            War and Policy Problems
Reischauer, My Life Between Japan and America, 1-109
       Part One Growing Up in Japan: 1910-1927
            On Being a B.I.J
            A Small Boy in Japan
            American Roots: A Missionary Heritage
            Early School Days
            High School
       Part Two Studying Around the World: 1927-1938
            College Years at Oberlin
            Graduate Study at Harvard
            A Student in Paris
            Living in Europe
            Tokyo
            Kyoto
            Korea 
            China
       Part Three The War Years: 1938-1946
            Getting Started at Harvard
            The Coming of War
            The Army School at Arlington Hall
            In Uniform
            Planning for the Future of Japan
[b] Capstone [RF]
Week III
Fairbank and Reischauer II
Tuesday, February 2
       Part Four: Washington, Chungking, and Shanghai
            Moving to Washington
            Going to China in Wartime
            Getting Set Up in Chungking
            Mary Miles and OSS
            Academic Centers and the American Interest
            1943—CKS Begins to Lose he Mandate
            Discovering the Left
            With the Office of War Information in Washington
            In Postwar China
Reischauer, My Life Between Japan and America, 113-237
       Part Four The Golden Years at Harvard: 1946-1960
            A Second Start in Academia
            Government Contacts
            Family Matters
            A Fresh Beginning
            Director of the Harvard Yenching Institute
            The Broken Dialogue
       Part Five Ambassador to Japan: 1961-1966
            Lightning Strikes
            The Tokyo Embassy
            Getting Acquainted
            An Ambassador's Job
            Setting to Work
            Getting into Stride
            Renewing the Dialogue
            Bobby Kennedy in Japan
            Squalls and Smooth Sailing
            Relations with the Military
            The Years Stretch Out
            From Kennedy to Johnson
            The Hazards of Life in the Limelight
            Back in the Saddle
            Vietnam to the Fore
            Coming Down the Home Stretch

Week IV
Fairbank and Reischauer III
Tuesday, February 9
      Part Five The Fallout From World War II
           China Policy and Area Study
           Fighting McCarthyism
      Part Six Developing the China Field, 1953-1971
           Buidling a Research Center
           Interacting Around the World
           Vietnam and American-East Asian Relations
      Part Seven Turning Some Corners
           New and Old in the People's Republic
           Failure with the Soviets
           Ups and Downs as a Friend of China
           Epilogue
 Reischauer, My Life Between Japan and America, 238-355
       Part Five Ambassador to Japan: 1961-1966
            Lightning Strikes
            The Tokyo Embassy
            Getting Acquainted
            An Ambassador's Job
            Setting to Work
            Getting into Stride
            Renewing the Dialogue
            Bobby Kennedy in Japan
       Part Six Widing Down: 1966-
            Reentry
            Getting Back to Work
            Contacts with Washington and Japan
            A Time of Troubles
            New Activities
            Slowing Down
            Retirement
            Epilogue
[c] Blooming knowledge RF
Week V
Major Memoir I
Tuesday, February 16
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus)
Read and present in class about the memoir you have chosen.

Week VI
Major Memoir II
Tuesday, February 23
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus)
Read and present in class about the memoir you have chosen.

Week VII
Planning
Tuesday, March 1
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus)
Readings TBA
Week VIII
Autumn Break

Week IX
Review Article Proposals (no class)
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus)
Review article proposals due on Tuesday, March 15 (my office—MI 111) by 11:00 p.m.

Weeks IX-XIII
Work on Review Articles—no class
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus) 

Week XIV
Review Article Proposals (no class)
New York Review of Books (click for NYRB syllabus)
Round and Square Syllabus (click for RSQ syllabus)

Week XV
Review Article Presentations
Tuesday, April 26
Meet at 4:00 to discuss presentations.

Friday, April 29
Asian Studies Student Research Seminar 
SC 150 at 4:00 (bring your friends).

Final review articles due on Tuesday, May 10 (my office—MI 111) by 5:00 p.m.
[d] Study...I'm watching. [RF]

 

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