Courses

EAS Courses (Spring 2022)

Intermediate Vietnamese II
This course will expand your structures and knowledge of the Vietnamese language and multifaceted culture through idioms, proverbs, dialogues, and stories. Classroom activities and practices will help you communicate effectively and absorb meaning through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Instructors: Anna Shields
The Three Kingdoms Across Media: Characters in History, Fiction, and Video Games
How does a historical general become a god? How does an exemplary emperor turn into an evil villain? Is a warrior in a novel the same as a figure made of pixels in a video game? This course investigates the central element to animate the famous Chinese tale Romance of the Three Kingdoms: its heroes. We explore these characters in terms of political ideology, gender norms, and religious needs. We compare how a character's physical attributes, personality, and life stories change across media, from storyteller tale, to novel, to video game. By doing so we ask how notions of individuality and identity change across times and cultures.
Instructors: Paize Keulemans
Fashion and East Asia
This class expands the conceptual boundaries of fashion beyond designer labels and celebrity trends toward an address of the socio-technological function of fashion in East Asia. The central aim of the course is to engage thinking about fashion as a multilayered site where East Asia's media infrastructure, gender politics, labor systems, and non-human entities intersect. Scrutinizing the role of the state as well as the industry's racialized grammars, we will examine how fashion articulates with presumed binaries of class, ideology, gender, age and race in understanding East Asian national and diasporic formations.
Instructors: Chan Yong Bu, Steven Chung
The Law in Action in Premodern Japan: A Comparative Perspective
This seminar explores law in Japan, and the social, administrative, and judicial functions of law across different premodern societies. It uses centuries-old records of divorces, inheritance conflicts, and even murders as case studies mainly from precedent-based legal systems in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries. The chief focus is medieval Japan, seen in comparison to medieval England, whose 1215 Magna Carta inspires analogies to Japan's classic 1232 code (The Joei Formulary), and to the Mongol Yuan legal system in China.
Instructors: Thomas Conlan, Megan Gilbert
Dangerous Bodies: Cross-Dressing, Asia, Transgression
This course examines "dangerous bodies" - bodies that transgress existing gender and racial norms in Chinese and Sinophone cultures. Situated at the intersection of literary, film, performance, gender and ethnic studies, this course provides an introduction to the shifting social meanings of the body in relation to historical masculinity, femininity, and Chineseness. We examine different cross-dressed figures, ranging from Mulan, cross-dressed male opera singer, WWII Japanese/Chinese spy, to experimental queer cinema, in a study that unpacks whether these transgressive bodies represent social change or a tool for restoring traditional norms.
Instructors: Erin Huang
Brainwashing, Conversion and Other Technologies of Belief Contagion
The seminar explores brainwashing and conversion in media discourses and practices, with a focus on Asia. Brainwashing and conversion are approached as contingent and exploitable figures spanning religious doctrine, forces of economic mobility, cross-cultural encounters, states of political subjectivity and gender and sex formations. Media forms include portrayals of brainwashing, control of networks and content, and ideas about media's hypnotic power.
Instructors: Steven Chung
Everyday Life in Mao's China
For three decades, Mao Zedong presided over one of the most ambitious social experiments in human history. This course explores everyday life in China in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s: the radical reordering of economic, political, and social relations; the shattering experiences of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution; and the evolution of a party-state which governs China up to the present. While Maoist ideology and policies were homogenizing in intent and often in effect, this course will emphasize the ways in which the experiences of the Mao era were mediated through categories like gender, social status, and ethnicity.
Instructors: Joshua Freeman
Pro-Sem in Chinese & Japanese Studies: Literary Theory and Intellectual History of East Asia
EAS 502 examines problems and possibility of research peculiar to the fields of East Asian Studies across the macro-region of East Asia, in an attempt to overcome nation-centric narratives and scholars' isolation in hyper-specialized research. The seminar maintains a transnational and transcultural approach, but also explores the possibility of methodological and theoretical reflection that transcends disciplinary divisions among students in East Asian Studies independently of their specialization.
Instructors: Paize Keulemans, Federico Marcon
Early China: Early Chinese Historiography
Readings in the major historiography texts of early China, including Shangshu, Zuo zhuan, Shiji, and Hanshu, with further attention to recently excavated texts. Analysis of the defining features of early Chinese historiography in relation to early intellectual history. Comparison with selected works from ancient Mediterranean historiography (Thucydides, Herodotus, Sallust), and discussion of historiographic thought.
Instructors: Martin Kern
Research Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Japanese History
This course is a research and writing seminar that introduces major historical methods of research in ancient and medieval Japan. In addition to weekly research assignments, students identify a research topic by the third week of the class, and complete a research paper at the end of the semester (entailing 15-20 pages). Instruction focuses on research methods and topics, although some reading of sources also occurs.
Instructors: Thomas Conlan
Introduction to Kanbun
Introduction to the basics of reading Chinese-style Classical Japanese and its related forms. Texts: Literary and historical texts from both China and Japan.
Instructors: Keiko Ono
The Quest for Health: Contemporary Debates on Harm, Medicine, and Ethics
The course explores issues in medicine and global health with a focus on ethics. We address both ethics in the context of clinical decision-making and also the social, cultural, and economic "ethical field" of health care. Ever-expanding technological possibilities re-shape our social lives, extending them, giving greater control but taking it away. Treatments such as living donor organ transplantation, stem cell therapies, and physician-assisted suicide transform our understandings of life, death and what we expect from one another. Technologies such as glucometers bring new inequalities.
Instructors: Amy Borovoy
Readings in Japanese Academic Style II
The second half of the two-semester course, which trains students in reading the particular style of Japanese academic writing. The second semester particularly focuses on academic writings from Meiji to the 1950s, including brief introduction of necessary Classical Japanese Grammar for this purpose. Course conducted in English.
Instructors: Keiko Ono
Photographic Thought/Sensation/Materiality in Japanese Literary and Visual Media
As a vital medium of relation and exchange among mental and material worlds, photography has inflected the entangled conditions of possibility for literary and visual media in Japan in untold ways. This course examines the evolving contours of thought, sensation, and materiality provoked by the photographic encounters among a diverse set of textual and visual practices. Drawing on primary materials and criticism from literary and artistic contexts as well as secondary scholarship, this course explores the changing relations among media and moments of critical reflection afforded by photography in Japan.
Instructors: Franz Prichard

Chinese-language courses (Spring 2022)

Introductory Chinese I
Introductory Chinese, (CHI 1001) and its subsequent course (CHI 1002), are introductory Chinese courses for true beginners. This course will be taught at half the pace of instruction compared to Elementary Chinese (CHI 101/CHI 102). The goal is to develop students' competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Both the Pinyin Romanization system and simplified characters will be used in class. After taking CHI 1001 and CHI 1002, students will develop basic abilities to handle simple survival situations in Chinese, to read and write over 300 Chinese characters, and be well prepared for more advanced and intensive study in Chinese.
Instructors: Ying Ou
Elementary Chinese II
Continuation of Chinese 101. To develop basic competence in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese.
Instructors: Qi Qi
Intermediate Chinese II
Continuing the intensive study of modern spoken and written Chinese, this course shifts the emphasis to the reading of modern cultural and social issues.
Instructors: Jieyun Zhu
Intensive Intermediate Chinese
An intensive course covering 105 and 107 in one semester for students who have finished 103 which covers 101 and 102. The course will emphasize reading and writing skills and the analysis of grammar. After 108, students are ready for third year courses.
Instructors: Yinqiu Ma
Introduction to Classical Chinese II
The purpose of this course is, first and foremost, to introduce the fundamental grammar of classical Chinese and to read short, original texts, from different periods and genres. It also provides theme-based readings about important cultural aspects of pre-modern China, such as conceptions of filial piety, warfare, conflicts between righteousness and profit. Questions such as these were at the heart of Chinese intellectual debates.
Instructors: Jue Lu
Third-Year Modern Chinese II
A continuation of CHI 303, designed to improve the student's facility in written and oral expression through a close study of newspaper essays and commentaries.
Instructors: Ying Ou, Jing Wang
Intensive Third-Year Modern Chinese II
A continuation of 305, designed to further improve the student's facility in written and oral expression through a close study of essays published in contemporary Chinese newspapers and magazines.
Instructors: Yu Zhang, Xin Zou
Fourth-Year Modern Chinese II
A continuation of 403. This course consists of reading and discussion of selections from Chinese media on contemporary Chinese political, economic, and social issues.
Instructors: Luanfeng Huang
Intensive Fourth-Year Modern Chinese II
This course consists of reading and discussion based on newspaper articles and essays by famous Chinese intellectuals on contemporary Chinese political, economic, and social issues. Students will also be exposed to literary writings.
Instructors: Fang-Yen Hsieh
Readings in Classic Chinese Short Stories
Focuses on reading and discussing selections from Feng Menglong's Sanyan, the most popular and well-known collection of Classic Chinese short stories published in the late sixteenth century. One class, two hours of discussion, conducted in Chinese.
Instructors: Jieyun Zhu, Xin Zou

Japanese-language courses (Spring 2022)

Elementary Japanese II
Continuation of JPN 101, which emphasizes the basic four skills to achieve survival proficiency level.
Instructors: Hisae Matsui, Shinji Sato, Tomoko Shibata, Yukari Tokumasu
Intermediate Japanese II
The course aims at a thorough mastery of modern colloquial Japanese by consistent review and reinforcement of major grammatical points covered in JPN 101, 102, and 105. It is also intended to give students advanced vocabulary and expressions through aural-oral drills, readings, and written exercises. Emphasis will increasingly be on reading, but oral work will still comprise a fundamental aspect of the course.
Instructors: Hisae Matsui, Megumi Watanabe
Advanced Japanese II
The course is designed to further students' proficiency in the four language skills aiming for ACTFL-ETS advanced level. Learning materials include the Japanese anime "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)" and selected readings from works in the original language.
Instructors: Yukari Tokumasu, Megumi Watanabe
Integrative Advanced Japanese II
Four skills approach to advanced Japanese with a focus on reading, listening and speaking. Reading materials include novels, essays, etc. Video materials are also used to enhance listening skills. The goal of this course is "advanced" level according to the ACTFL/ETS guidelines.
Instructors: Tomoko Shibata
Readings in Modern Japanese II
This course is targeted to students whose Japanese proficiency is at an advanced or superior level. While reading is under focus, speaking, listening, and writing are intensively practiced. Materials include novels, essays, articles, and films.
Instructors: Yukari Tokumasu
Readings in Classical Japanese
Selections from outstanding works of Classical Japanese prose and verse from Nara to early Showa period, particularly in the genres of history, philosophy, and poetry.
Instructors: Keiko Ono
Contemporary Japanese Language and Culture II
This course emphasizes continued development of four skills used in academic or professional settings. Materials include novels, essays, reports, films, and documentaries. The goal of this course is "superior" level according to the ACTFL/ETS guidelines.
Instructors: Shinji Sato, Tomoko Shibata

Korean-language courses (Spring 2022)

Elementary Korean II
A continuation of KOR 101. Continued development of proficiency in basic communication by balancing four language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Instructors: Susie Kim, Hwichan Oh, Namseok Yong, Yuseon Yun
Intermediate Korean II
A continuation of KOR 105. Continued development of four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in Korean. Complex grammatical structures are taught while the basics are reviewed. Idiomatic expressions are introduced. Journals are kept for writing practice.
Instructors: Susie Kim, Hwichan Oh, Namseok Yong
Intensive Korean II
A continuation of Korean 103. This course covers Intermediate Korean material, focusing on complex grammatical structures, reading, and writing. Journals are kept for writing practice. Students who have successfully completed KOR 103 and 108 are placed in KOR 301 for further practice of conversation. Those with strong conversational skills may also test into KOR 303, Integrative Korean, which focuses more on literacy.
Instructors: Seung Hee Cho, Yuseon Yun
Advanced Korean II
A continuation of KOR 301. Continued development of proficiency in speaking and reading through short readings and class discussion. Vocabulary learning and discourse skills are emphasized.
Instructors: Seung Hee Cho, Susie Kim
Integrative Korean II
This course is a continuation of KOR303, focusing on stabilizing literacy development through a variety of authentic reading materials, class discussions, presentations and various writing assignments. Expanding advanced-level vocabulary based on Chinese characters is also emphasized.
Instructors: Namseok Yong
Contemporary Korean Language and Culture II
Reading and discussion of thoughts and issues within contemporary Korean society. Readings are drawn from a variety of sociocultural and historical as well as sociolinguistic topics including family, marriage, gender issues, education, technology, and the changes of the language in both South and North Korea. Class discussions are conducted in Korean.
Instructors: Seung Hee Cho

EAS Courses (Fall 2021)

Medieval Asian Worlds: Korea, Japan, China, Inner and South Asia 300 CE-1700 CE
This course explores the Middle Ages (300-1700) of the East Asian world (China, Japan, and Korea) as well as the varying links between these polities and Inner and South Asia. Particular focus will be devoted to the rise of Buddhist notions of kingship in South Asia and their transmission to the major states of Inner and East Asia, as well as the rise of notions of ethnicity, and the creation of distinct states and cultures of China, Korea and Japan. Topics will be chronological, emphasizing the movements of ideas and peoples, with a framework centered on influential figures who propagated the spread of goods and ideas across borders.
Instructor/s: Sooji Han
Instructors: Thomas Donald Conlan
Writing and Culture of Premodern Korea
This course is an introductory survey of the cultural history of premodern Korea-from early times until the turn of the twentieth century-focused on the primary sources. We will read various original materials (in English translation): myths, state histories, diaries, travelogues, and works of fiction, among others. Topics covered in this course include the imagination of the origins in myth, the idea of Confucian governance, everyday life and entertainment in Choson (1392-1910), and Korea's opening to the west in the late nineteenth century.
Instructors: Ksenia Chizhova
Japanese Society and Culture
Japan became the first non-Western nation to industrialize and modernize in the late 19th century, determined to fend off foreign invasion. Decades later, Japan challenged Americans to imagine alternative futures through its economic success and later its "soft power." The course will consider change and continuity in Japan and how Japan's current status as a stable, slowly growing economy informs our views of capitalism and society in the current era. Topics include gender, labor, and corporate welfare; youth socialization; marriage and divorce; race, "Japaneseness" and citizenship; diasporic identities; sub-cultures and popular culture.
Instructors: Amy Beth Borovoy
Chinese Cinemas
This course is an introduction to contemporary Chinese cinemas in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. From postwar musicals and pan-Asian blockbusters, to new wave avant-garde films and experimental documentaries, the diversity of Chinese cinemas reflects cinema's relations to global capitalism, Asia's democratization movements, financial crises, and the arrival of (post)socialism. Creating urban nomads, songstresses, daydreamers, travelers, and terrorists, Chinese cinemas put on full display the forces of globalization in shaping the aesthetics and politics of film. Selections broadly include popular commercial films to rare art house productions.
Instructors: Erin Yu-Tien Huang
Japan's Media Mix: Anime/Cinema/Gaming
This course surveys Japan's vibrant media mix cultures spanning the histories of anime, cinema and gaming through the intersections of film and media studies. Charting the emergence of media mix cultures and "new" media technologies from silent film to augmented reality in Japan, this course introduces students to major works of anime (animated feature films, television series, and other formats), cinema, and video games. We will examine the changing contours of work and play, sentiment and sensation, thought and materiality, and the forms of mediation and social relation that defined Japan's modern media mix ecologies and platforms.
Instructors: Franz K. Prichard
Junior Seminar
This seminar teaches the research and writing skills needed to produce a thesis as an East Asian studies major. Through mini-projects and guest lectures, the class introduces the various disciplines and methodologies used to study East Asia, including history, anthropology, political science, history, literature, and media studies. In addition, the class teaches techniques of research and writing: how to formulate a research question, find and use appropriate sources, write a research proposal, craft a compelling introduction and convincing conclusion.
Instructors: Amy Beth Borovoy
Japanese Film & Media Studies
Study of contemporary Japan through major works of film, photography, and visual culture. The course will explore defining transformations in urban and media ecologies, experiences of development and disaster, and the contentious environmental histories that inform contemporary Japan. The course will foster critical skills in interdisciplinary methods and transnational approaches to the study of film and visual media from Japan in regional and global contexts.
Instructors: Franz K. Prichard
Postwar Japanese Narrative: Modern to Postmodern
This course examines postwar Japanese experience through major literary, cinematic, and intellectual achievements. The objective is first to analyze a multitude of struggles in the aftermath of the Asia-Pacific War, and then to inquire into the nature of post-industrial prosperity in capitalist consumerism and the emergence of postmodernism. The course will cover representative postwar figures such as, Oe Kenzaburo, Dazai Osamu, Mishima Yukio, as well as contemporary writers such as Murakami Haruki. Topics include the rise of democratic ideas, unsolved issues of war memories, and the tension between serious and "popular" fiction writing.
Instructors: Atsuko Ueda
Strange Korean Families
Using family as a lens and a theme that brings together an array of vastly different literary, filmic, and theoretical works, this class will examine key moments in the history of Korea from 2019 to old times. We will look into disenchanted families, violent families, cyborg families, mixed race families, immigrant families, South and North Korean families, royal families, and more. Maintaining the longue-duree historical perspective, we will ponder on the ethical and aesthetic premises of kinship and family as modes of configuring human reciprocity and ways to imagine and live life.
Instructors: Ksenia Chizhova
The Warrior Culture of Japan
This course explores the 'rise' of the warrior culture of Japan. In addition to providing a better understanding of the judicial and military underpinnings of Japan's military 'rule' and the nature of medieval warfare, this course shows how warriors have been perceived as a dominant force in Japanese history, and will explore how the samurai myth was created in more recent times. This course culminates in an extended research paper. The goals of this course are to examine the role of warriors in Japanese history, to introduce historical debates concerning this topic, and to explore the use of primary sources in translation.
Instructors: Thomas Donald Conlan
Early China: The Anhui University Shijing Manuscript
In this seminar, we read selected poems from the Anhui University Shijing bamboo manuscript from ca. 300 BCE that was published in 2019 and includes 57 poems known from the ancient Classic of Poetry. In closely comparing these poems to those in the received Shijing as well as to other manuscript evidence, we analyze the manuscript text in detail from the perspectives of paleography, historical phonology, and codicology. Thus, the seminar introduces students to the principal technical disciplines in reading an ancient Chinese manuscript while at the same time exploring the formation of early Chinese poetry and of the Shijing anthology.
Instructors: Martin Kern
Literature in Medieval Zen
Over the 14th-16th centuries, Zen monasteries were the most prolific centers of learning in Japan, patronized by the warrior elite as pundits of continental high culture. However, much of their vast written output has fallen between the cracks of modern academic disciplines. This course introduces the major literary genres associated with this milieu: verse (including gatha and painting inscriptions), tracts, shomono (vernacular commentaries), and formal epistles. Particular attention is devoted to continuities and differences with continental precedent, and to the interaction between aesthetic, devotional, and pedagogic frames of meaning.
Instructors: Brian R. Steininger
Sources in Ancient and Medieval Japanese History
This course provides an introduction to the written sources of Japanese history from 800-1600. Instruction focuses on reading and translating a variety of documentary genres, although court chronicles and some visual sources are introduced in class as well. Each week entails the translation of several short documents. Some research resources are also introduced. Weekly assignments include documents which are published on Princeton's komonjo website. In a presentation of the final translation project and analysis is required during the final class and a 12-15 page paper is due on Dean's Day.
Instructors: Thomas Donald Conlan
Readings in Chinese Literature: Poetry of the Northern Song
This course surveys Northern Song poetry, focusing on new styles and genres appearing in the 11th century. Genres include: regulated verse; song lyrics; remarks on poetry (shihua); yuefu and other musical texts. Authors include Ouyang Xiu, Mei Yaochen, Su Shi, Huang Tingjian, Yan Shu, Liu Yong, Wang Anshi, Sima Guang. Secondary scholarship in Chinese, Japanese, and English focus on genres and writers. We consider Song poetry in the framework of Chinese literary history, aesthetics of song lyrics, and new poetic styles.
Instructors: Anna Marshall Shields
Readings in Chinese Literature: Chinese Theater, 900-1900
An introduction to Chinese opera from the Song until the Republican period. Opera texts are read in conjunction with issues pertinent to cultural history: the architectural history of the stage, the urban and rural environment of opera, the global circulation of opera, the relationship between religious ritual and literary performance, as well as issues of physicality, sexuality, gender, patronage, and class. Primary texts include the Yuan opera Zhao shi gu er (and the Voltaire play Orphelin de la Chine), Tang Xianzu's Mudan ting, Li Yu's Qingzhong pu, Kong Shangren's Taohua shan, and Chen Sen's novel Pinhua baojian.
Instructors: Paize Keulemans
Modern Japanese Prose
A study of selected major authors and literary trends in modern Japan, with an emphasis on the Meiji and Taisho periods.
Instructors: Atsuko Ueda
Readings in Kanbun
This course focuses on various types of Japanese kanbun, including waka kanbun (Japanese vernacular kanbun) from Nara to Meiji era. Basic knowledge of classical Japanese grammar and kanbun kundoku reading is required.
Instructors: Keiko Ono
Readings in Japanese Academic Style
The two-semester course is designed for students in Chinese studies, who already possess reading fluency in Chinese. Its goal is to train these students in reading the particular style of Japanese academic writing; at the end of the year, students will be able to independently read modern Japanese scholarship on China. Students take this course after at least one year of modern Japanese (JPN 101/102). The course does not train all four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening; instead it is devoted entirely to rapidly develop the necessary reading skills in Japanese academic style. The course is conducted in English.
Instructors: Keiko Ono
Critical Trespasses: Theorizing Political and Intellectual Borders
This seminar structures an encounter with theoretical writings about nation, subjectivity, power and culture, which are assembled for their relevance to "East Asia." The collection is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather intended to facilitate discussion of work that has shaped and revised active intellectual traditions. It starts with reflection on "area studies" as an academic discipline and moves to considerations of national identity and nationalism. It proceeds to reflections on politics and aesthetics and finally turns to practices - writing, media, technology - that embody and inflect these conceptual formations.
Instructors: Steven Chung

Chinese-language Courses (Fall 2021)

Introductory Chinese II
Introductory Chinese (CHI 1002) is a continuation of CHI 1001, an introductory course for true beginners. It is taught at half the instructional pace of First Year Chinese (CHI 101). The goal of this course is to develop students' four basic communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, using both the Pinyin Romanization phonetic system and simplified (modern) Chinese characters. By the end of this course, students will be able to handle simple "survival situations" in Chinese, read and write over 300 Chinese characters, and engage in more advanced and intensive study of Chinese in the future.
Elementary Chinese I
An introductory course in modern spoken and written Chinese, emphasizing oral-aural facility and the integration of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Intensive Elementary Chinese
Chinese 103 is designed for students who already have some familiarity with spoken Mandarin or any Chinese dialect. This course will emphasize the integration of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Intermediate Chinese I
While reinforcing the knowledge students have acquired thus far, this course will further develop the students' audio-lingual proficiency and bring their reading and writing ability to a higher level.
Introduction to Classical Chinese I
Chinese 301 provides basic training for students in classical Chinese and introduces students to theme-based readings about important cultural aspects of pre-modern China, such as the concept of Dao, life and death, Confucian ethics, etc. Each theme consists of passages selected from Chinese classics and short essays or stories full of wisdom and wit from later dynasties. This course will not only improve your four skills in Chinese language (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) but also enhances your general understanding of traditional Chinese philosophy and culture.
Third-Year Modern Chinese I
This course is designed to further develop students' overall language skills through reading and discussion of contemporary issues published in Chinese media.
Intensive Third-Year Modern Chinese I
Chinese 305 will further develop student's overall language skills through readings and discussion of contemporary issues published in Chinese media. This course is designed for students who have familiarity with spoken Mandarin or any Chinese dialect.
Fourth-Year Modern Chinese I
This course consists of reading and discussion of selections from Chinese media on contemporary Chinese political, economic, and social issues.
Intensive Fourth-Year Modern Chinese I
This course consists of reading and discussion based on newspaper articles and essays by famous Chinese intellectuals on contemporary Chinese political, economic, and social issues. Students will also be exposed to literary writings.
Readings in Modern Chinese Intellectual History
This course is designed for students who have had advanced training in modern Chinese. The focus of readings is modern Chinese intellectual history. Topics that will be discussed include language reform, women's emancipation, the encounter of western civilization, the rise of communism, etc.

Japanese-Language Courses (Fall 2021)

Elementary Japanese I
An intensive introduction to modern Japanese stressing oral-aural facility, but including an introduction to written Japanese.
Instructors: Hisae Matsui, Shinji Sato, Tomoko Shibata, Yukari Tokumasu
Intermediate Japanese I
This course aims to give a thorough mastery of modern colloquial Japanese (Tokyo speech) by consistent review and reinforcement of major grammatical points and more advanced vocabulary and grammar. Students will reinforce four major skills by using speaking - listening drills, readings, and written exercises.
Instructors: Hisae Matsui, Megumi Watanabe
Advanced Japanese I
This course is designed to further students' reading ability. Students will have ample opportunity to hear and use increasingly more sophisticated vocabulary and grammatical constructions through discussion and composition. Japanese video will also be incorporated into the course. Reading materials include "Tobira" and selected readings from works in the original language.
Instructors: Yukari Tokumasu, Megumi Watanabe
Integrative Advanced Japanese I
This course focuses on speaking, reading, listening, and writing with the goal of preparing students to continue on to JPN 306 in the Spring. Reading materials include novels, essays, etc. Video materials are also used to enhance listening skills. The goal of this course is "advanced" level according to the ACTFL/ETS guidelines.
Instructors: Tomoko Shibata
Readings in Modern Japanese I
This course is targeted to students whose Japanese proficiency is at an advanced or superior level. Students will (1) discuss various issues using dramas, short novels and editorials, and (2) learn business Japanese. Through these activities, students will develop critical thinking skills as well as Japanese language skills.
Instructors: Yukari Tokumasu
Introduction to Classical Japanese
Introduction to the fundamentals of classical Japanese grammar. This course trains students to read premodern Japanese historical and literary texts. Texts: Makura no Soshi, Taketori Monogatari, Ujishui Monogatari, Hyakunin Isshu, etc.
Instructors: Keiko Ono
Contemporary Japanese Language and Culture I
This course emphasizes continued development of the four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) used in academic or professional settings. Materials include novels, essays, reports, films, and documentaries. The goal of this course is "superior" level according to the ACTFL/ETS guidelines.
Instructors: Shinji Sato, Tomoko Shibata

Korean-language Courses (Fall 2021)

Elementary Korean I
Elementary Korean is designed for beginning students who intend to build a solid foundation for further study in the Korean language. The course provides four balanced language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - needed for basic communication. It emphasizes the ability to use Korean appropriately and introduces students to useful information concerning culture and daily life in Korea.
Instructors: Ho Jung Choi, Susie Kim, Namseok Yong
Elementary Korean I
Elementary Korean is designed for beginning students who intend to build a solid foundation for further study in the Korean language. The course provides four balanced language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - needed for basic communication. It emphasizes the ability to use Korean appropriately and introduces students to useful information concerning culture and daily life in Korea.
Instructors: Ho Jung Choi, Susie Kim, Namseok Yong
Intensive Korean I
The first part of Intensive Korean is designed for heritage students who have already had considerable amount of exposure to the Korean language and culture but have not received any formal instruction before their arriving at Princeton. It covers the Elementary Korean material focusing on vocabulary building, grammar, reading and writing.
Instructors: Yuseon Yun
Intensive Korean I
The first part of Intensive Korean is designed for heritage students who have already had considerable amount of exposure to the Korean language and culture but have not received any formal instruction before their arriving at Princeton. It covers the Elementary Korean material focusing on vocabulary building, grammar, reading and writing.
Instructors: Yuseon Yun
Intermediate Korean I
Intermediate Korean is designed for students who have learned the basics of the Korean language and want to improve their language skills. Complex sentences and grammar are covered while the basics are reviewed. Balancing four language skills -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing -- is emphasized. Journals are kept to practice better self-expression in Korean. Cultural aspects of language learning are reinforced through readings, media, and virtual reality contents.
Instructors: Seunghee Cho, Susie Kim, Namseok Yong
Intermediate Korean I
Intermediate Korean is designed for students who have learned the basics of the Korean language and want to improve their language skills. Complex sentences and grammar are covered while the basics are reviewed. Balancing four language skills -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing -- is emphasized. Journals are kept to practice better self-expression in Korean. Cultural aspects of language learning are reinforced through readings, media, and virtual reality contents.
Instructors: Seung Hee Cho, Susie Kim, Namseok Yong
Advanced Korean I
Advanced Korean is designed to develop fluency in both oral and literary skills. Expansion of vocabulary, practice in reading comprehension as well as active skills of conversation and writing are stressed through short readings and class discussion. Readings include different styles of writings on various topics including Korean culture, society, and history.
Instructors: Seunghee Cho, Susie Kim
Advanced Korean I
Advanced Korean is designed to develop fluency in both oral and literary skills. Expansion of vocabulary, practice in reading comprehension as well as active skills of conversation and writing are stressed through short readings and class discussion. Readings include different styles of writings on various topics including Korean culture, society, and history.
Instructors: Seung Hee Cho, Susie Kim
Integrative Korean I
This fourth-year Korean course is designed to promote students' proficiency to the advanced-mid level and to enhance their continued development of literacy skills in Korean. Various authentic reading and audiovisual materials are reviewed in class discussion, presentation skills are emphasized, and a wider range of formal vocabulary is introduced.
Instructors: Namseok Yong
Integrative Korean I
This fourth-year Korean course is designed to promote students' proficiency to the advanced-mid level and to enhance their continued development of literacy skills in Korean. Various authentic reading and audiovisual materials are reviewed in class discussion, presentation skills are emphasized, and a wider range of formal vocabulary is introduced.
Instructors: Namseok Yong