We study the languages, societies and cultures of major civilizations that stretch from the Arab World to Japan. Students expand their knowledge and challenge assumptions about this large and vital part of the world.
Survey the literary and cultural milestones in late nineteenth-century to twentieth-century China while exploring a wide range of works from mainland China and the Sinophone world.
We will examine Ramayana stories both in print and beyond—as performances, songs, and television shows that circulate and influence the world in Bengali, English, Hindi, Tamil, Thai, and Old Javanese.
The course examines key issues that have shaped the development of modern Buddhism across East Asia, while fostering a critical assessment of some fundamental assumptions in the making of the modern age.