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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Asian Studies Senior Seminar Syllabus, Spring 2019

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 2017—China's Lunar Calendar: 2017 01-13
13 January 2016—China's Lunar Calendar: 2016 01-13
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 2019
Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Robert André LaFleur                                              Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 206                                                  Tuesdays 5:30-7:00
363-2005                                                                    Thursdays 4:00-5:30             
                                                                                   lafleur@beloit.edu                                                           
Required Books         
New York Review of Books (copies available at Turtle Creek Bookstore)
Fairbank, John King. Chinabound.
McPhee, John. Draft No. 4.
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 in 2016 or later dealing with some area of your expertise.
*i.e. Biochemistry, psychology, or history (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% 
Research Proposal                    25
Research Presentation              25%   
Research Review Article           35%                       
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 2018
Week I
Wrapping Up Majors and Minors
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Reading TBA
1,000-word "miniature" review essay examining one question:
"What has been the biggest Asian Studies influence upon you up until now?"
This should be written as a brief, but well-structured 
academic essay, and not an informal work.
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27
See the Late Assignment Policy
Week II
Fairbank and Reischauer I
       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
Due in My Office (MI 206)
by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 
[b] Capstone [RF]
Week III
Fairbank and Reischauer II
       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 the 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
Week I Rewrite Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10
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Due in My Office (MI 206)
by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 

Week IV
Fairbank and Reischauer III
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
LaFleur, "Korean Civilization and East Asian Studies" (.pdf file)
Fairbank, Chinabound, 315-459
      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 (con't)
            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
       Part Six Winding Down: 1966-
            Reentry
            Getting Back to Work
            Contacts with Washington and Japan
            A Time of Troubles
            New Activities
            Slowing Down
            Retirement
            Epilogue
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Due in My Office (MI 206)
by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 
[c] Blooming knowledge RF
Week V
Writing Week
Duckworth, Grit (entire book)
LaFleur, Writing, History, and Culture (.pdf handout)
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Due in My Office (MI 206)
by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24 

Week VI
Major Memoir I
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
No class meeting this week (work on the "review letter" and read your "major memoir"). 
I will e-mail you the quiz.
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Read the "Review Essay Proposal" Assignment
Due in class on March 19

Week VII
Major Memoir II
Round and Square Click for separate Round and Square Syllabus
Finish your "major memoir" and prepare a five-minute final presentation for class.
See the Late Assignment Policy

Week VIII
Spring Break

Week IX
Presenting Your Research I
Tuesday, March 19
Work on Review Essay Proposals (no class)
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Review Essay Proposal Due by 5:00 p.m.
on Sunday, March 24 (my office—MI 206)
Week X
Presenting Your Research II
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus
Finish your review essay book, and prepare your proposal for class on March 26.
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Bring to Class:
1,000 words, maximum (three pages...maximum...when does Rob ever say that?)
Write the title of  the book you are reviewing (just as in the NYRB).
Write the title (provisional) of your essay (just as in the NYRB.
Write an outline for your introduction (just try).
Note three-to-five key points you would like to cover in the middle of your essay.
Write a provisional outline for your conclusion (just try).
See the Late Assignment Policy

Week XI
Presenting Your Research III
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus
Look again through your review essay book, start writing your paper/project, and prepare a three-minute presentation for class.
Week XII
Presenting Your Research IV
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus
Keep working through your book and your project, and prepare a five-minute final presentation for class.
See the Late Assignment Policy

Week XIII
Presenting Your Research V
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus
"Dress-rehearsal" presentations in class.
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Final Review Essay (5,000 words) Due by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2018
See the Late Assignment Policy
 
Week XIV
Presenting Your Research VI
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus
Final crafting of presentations for Friday.
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Presentation in SC 150 on Friday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Followed by a Reception at Bushel and Peck's at 5:30!...
and then...Congratulations...Graduate!


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