Sep 21, 2021
Asian Studies Overview
Asian Studies is located in the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies (CGRAS) as an interdisciplinary program which explores the intersections of the social sciences, humanities and arts, in conjuction with Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). At Clark, students who major in Asian Studies develop their analytical skills and an in-depth knowledge concerning the history, politics, and culture of different Asian countries. Students are encouraged to develop linguistic proficiency in an Asian language, usually, but not limited to, Chinese or Japanese. Our core program faculty includes experts on China, Japan, mainland Southeast Asia, and the Asian-American experience. The program reflects both the geo-political importance of Asia and the increased interest in Asian and Asian-American identity issues.
For more information, please visit the Asian Studies Program website.
Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that can be taken as a complement to any major. The minor requires six Asian studies courses. Of these six courses, three may be selected from language courses; the other three must be selected from non-language courses. The minor further requires that two of the non-language courses must be 200-level courses and one course must include a significant research component. Students minoring in Asian Studies are encouraged, though not required, to take at least one year of Chinese or Japanese language, and to study abroad one semester in Asia.
Asian Studies minors are encouraged, though not required, to study abroad for at least one semester in a Clark approved program in Asia. Currently, these include, but are not limited to, the following programs:
- Kansai Gaidai University near Osaka, Japan,
- CET Language Program in Beijing, China,
- CET Internship Program in Shanghai, China, or
- CET in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Interested students should inquire with the Study Abroad and Study Away Programs offices about the language prerequisites and availability of appropriate programs, in discussion with their advisor.
Asian Studies Faculty
Lex Jing Lu, Ph.D.
Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Joanne Qu, Ph.D.
Suzanne Scoggins, Ph.D., Director
Alice Valentine, M.A.
Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
C. Wesley DeMarco, Ph.D.
Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
Tyran Grillo, Ph.D.
Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Douglas Little, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Nicolyn Woodcock, Ph.D.
Asian Studies Courses
Courses offered within the last 2 Academic Years
- CHIN 101 - Elementary Chinese I
- CHIN 102 - Elementary Chinese II
- CHIN 103 - Intermediate Chinese I
- CHIN 104 - Intermediate Chinese II
- CMLT 130 - The National Imagination
- CRES 220 - Special Topics in CRES Soc Science
- CRES 230 - Difficult Dialogues on Race and Racism
- ENG 275 - Fictions of Empire: Studies in Global English Literature
- ENG 276 - Ethnic America: Literature, Theory, Politics
- ENG 279 - Fictions of Asian America
- HIST 080 - Introduction to Modern East Asia
- HIST 181 - Chinese Civilization
- HIST 182 - Modern China
- HIST 233 - Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism: Intellectual History of China
- HIST 240 - Love, Memory, and Violence: The Cultural Revolution
- HIST 253 - Beauty, Gender, and Power around the World, 1800 to the Present
- HIST 269 - The History and Culture of Business in East Asia
- HIST 281 - China since 1949: State, Economy and Family in the People’s Republic
- HIST 286 - The Vietnam War
- ID 235 - Trafficking: Globalization and Its Illicit Commodities
- ID 243 - Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency
- IDND 200 - Advanced Topics in Gender, Race, and Area Studies
- AS 210 - Disability in East Asia and Beyond
- AS 299 - Directed Study
- JAPN 101 - Elementary Japanese I
- JAPN 102 - Elementary Japanese II
- JAPN 103 - Intermediate Japanese
- JAPN 104 - Intermediate Japanese II
- JAPN 110 - Japanese Pop Culture: Narratives of National Identity
- JAPN 190 - Japanese Women Writers
- JAPN 220 - Remaking Japan: Hollywood and Japanese Cinema
- JAPN 275 - The Japanese Warrior Tradition
- JAPN 280 - Memory and National Identity in Post-War Japanese Fiction and Film
- PHIL 165 - Asian Philosophy
- PSCI 179 - Asian Politics
- PSCI 193 - International Relations of Asia
- PSCI 232 - Chinese Politics
- PSYC 245 - TRUE CRIME: Gender, Race, and Sexuality as Lenses
- SOC 160 - Global Cultures and Identities