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New Classes for Spring 2019!

‘Tis the season to register for Spring 2019 classes!

Please see the flyers below for special offerings in the Asian Studies Program for the upcoming semester.

Click on the flyers for each class to see more detailed information.

Asian Studies 201: Intro to Asian Studies: East Asia
MWF, 12:30 – 1:20
ASAN 201 Spring 2019 Flyer
This course covers a broad range of disciplines in examining the parts of Asia currently known as Japan, China, Korea (North and South) and Taiwan.

Asian Studies 312: Contemporary Asian Civilizations
TR 12:00 – 1:15
ASAN 312 Spring 2019 Flyer
Put current events into the context of major economic, political and security trends in Asia. Also covers transnational topics like trade, territorial disputes, migration, crime, environment and more.

Asian Studies 320C: Asian Nation Studies: China
MW 1:30 – 2:45
ASAN 320C Spring 2019 Flyer
Trace the evolution of political and economic institutions in contemporary China, with special emphasis on developments from the 1980s to today.

Asian Studies 320O: Asian Nation Studies: Okinawa
MWF 9:30 – 10:20
ASAN 320O Spring 2019 Flyer
An in-depth interdisciplinary introduction to various aspects of Okinawa including geography, history, society, traditional culture, contemporary arts, the base issue and emigration.

Asian Studies 320Z: Pop Divas in Asia
TR 10:30 – 11:45
ASAN 320Z Spring 2019 Flyer
Larger-than-life characters with talent, styling and attitude!

Asian Studies 600Z: Approaches to Asia: Inter-Asia Connections
R 2:30 – 5:00
ASAN 600Z Spring 2019 Flyer
New in Spring 2019!

Asian Studies 651: East Asia Now
F 2:30 – 5:30
ASAN 651 Spring 2019 Flyer
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of social, economic and political development, as well as foreign relations among the major countries in East Asia.

Asian Studies 750 C/J/K: Writing & Research Seminar: China, Japan and Korea
M 4:00 – 6:30
ASAN 750 Spring 2019 Flyer
An interdisciplinary seminar to support students in completing a research paper on a topic of their choice, while providing a structured overview of the writing and research process.

Job Talk: (Re)Figuring South Asian Coolie Identities

The Asian Studies Program invites the UH Manoa community to a talk by Dr. Arunima Datta, candidate  for the Assistant Professor position in Asian Studies, from 1:30-2:30 pm on Friday February 24, at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

(Re)Figuring South Asian Coolie Identities: Gender, Labor Migration and the Empire

ABSTRACT: Recently literature has been flourishing on the “colonial” manipulations of intimate relations, morality and domestic arrangements in the making of the Empire. This body of scholarship remains limited by its preoccupation with relations between European men and native women, rendering some bodies and relations more relevant than others. Colonial construction of migrant Indian coolie households often depicts coolie women either as immoral beings or as passive victims of skewed native patriarchy, while coolie men have been figured as irresponsible and violent partners. Such sweeping depictions homogenized all coolie women into a single category of ‘victims’ and likewise all coolie men as perpetrators of violence against their wives or mistresses, thereby disregarding the plethora of relations and identities coolie men and women experienced. This talk explores such neglected intimacies of Indian coolie households in British Malaya. In doing so, it introduces the concept of “situational agency” and in the process contributes to ongoing discussions in fields of gender, migration and labour studies by problematizing the dichotomous understanding of “agent” and “victim” as mutually exclusive categories.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr Arunima Datta is a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore(NUS) and simultaneously lectures for the South Asian Program, NUS. Datta received her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from NUS and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for her research. She maintains an active interest in the related fields of South Asian and Southeast Asian history/studies, women’s and gender history, race, gender and sexuality studies, colonial and postcolonial studies. She has authored articles on colonial law, Indian coolie women in Malaya during British Rule and during Japanese Occupation. She is currently working on two book projects, viz., Indian Coolie Women in Malaya, Travelling Indian Ayahs in Britain. Datta recently organised the Gender Perspectives on Colonial Inter-Asian Labour Migration; the first conference in the field of Inter-Asian studies to focus on gender and labour migration history. She also serves as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Malaysian Branch of Royal Asiatic Society and is also a member of the editorial board of Asian Journal of Social Science Studies.