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ART 4420: Modern Asian Art, MWF 10:40-11:30, Dr. Michelle C. Wang.

Course description:
This course will analyze art in Asia from the late 19th century to the present-day in a variety of media including painting, print-making, photography, sculpture, installation, and performance art. Some of the questions we will examine are: how was art-making connected to larger issues of political and social change and military confrontation with western nations? How was art transformed by debates regarding the value of traditional art styles and techniques? What was the nature of the dialogue not only between Asian artists and Western concepts of aesthetics and the arts, but also between artists and thinkers from different Asian nations? Lastly, what does it mean to be “modern?” This course is certified as communication-intensive in the writing and speaking modes.

ART 4499: The Reception of Asian Art in the West, W 3:10-6:00, Dr. Michelle C. Wang

Course description:
This undergraduate seminar focuses upon historical moments and figures in the introduction of Asian art to audiences and scholars in the United States and Europe. Some of the issues we will consider are chinoiserie and japonisme, as well as the roles played by colonialism, war, international exhibitions, art dealers, and aesthetes in the transmission of Asian art and the shaping of connoisseurial taste. We will also examine the practices of art collecting, curatorship, and the shaping of academic curricula relating to Asian art. This course is certified as communication-intensive in the writing and speaking modes.

HIS 2096: East Asian Civilization Since 1800, TTh 12:00-1:30, Dr. Margherita Zanasi

Course description:
This course examines the interrelated histories of China, Japan, and Korea, focusing especially on the forces that brought to the formation of modern East Asian nations in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries: wars, colonialism, imperialism, Cold War geopolitics, nationalism and socialism. This course aims at understanding the historical origins of problems that continue to impact East Asia today and at placing the national history of China, Japan, and Korean within a wider East Asian regional framework.
HIST 2096 can be used to meet three hours toward the General Education requirements for the humanities. See the LSU general catalog and your curriculum advisor for your degree requirements.
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HIS 3117: Gender and Sexuality in China, T 3:00-6:00, Dr. Margherita Zanasi

Course description:
This course examines a wide range of gender issues in Chinese cultural tradition, including gender/role constructions and cultural perspectives on sexuality and sexual behavior. It also traces the changing roles of women and men from the the Late Imperial period to the the early women liberation movements in the Republican years (1911-1949) and finally turns to the Maoist regime (1949-1987) and the post-Mao period.
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REL 2027: Asian Religions, TTh 9-10:30, Dr. Paula Arai

Course description:
The rationale for this course is to become more culturally literate in a multicultural world. Asian civilizations have a long history with far-reaching impact and influence on our global community today. One does not need to even travel to Asia to be affected by Asian people, economic and political activities, cuisine, arts and entertainment, health treatment options, and religious orientations. Despite the increased interaction between civilizations around the world, greater knowledge and understanding about each other is needed. A well-rounded education that will prepare you for navigating in a multicultural world requires basic understanding of various civilizations, including Asian civilizations.
Moreover, to understand Asian civilizations, one must know the contours of the religious landscape. To that end, the course will enable you to acquire knowledge about a variety of Asian religious traditions that includes fundamental teachings of Hindu, Confucian, Taoist, Shinto, and Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese Buddhist traditions. We will read primary scriptures, poetry, and secondary scholarship. Viewing documentaries and art images will enhance our insight into these traditions, including the dynamics of ritual practices. This course will deepen one’s understanding of the cross-cultural interaction and transformation of religious traditions. It will provide a broader base from which to do further study of religion and human experience, especially in comparative perspective.
As we study the historical and cultural developments of Asian religious traditions, we will have opportunities to explore how their religious values influence decision-making processes in personal and public spheres. The aim is to engage you in active application of concepts and values derived from Asian religious traditions as the method to learn the significance of religions in shaping cultures, societies, and worldviews.


Fahui Wang
Professor of Geography
Director of Chinese Culture and Commerce Program
E113 Howe-Russell
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225)578-6629
Fax: (225)578-4420

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