The pace and scale of changes that Japan witnessed in the twentieth century were nothing short of breathtaking. Capturing that history, whether it be in a short essay like this one, in a social studies class, or in a full semester-length course, can be a daunting challenge for any teacher, at any level. What themes should be stressed?
The gradual decline of the Qing Dynasty led to a long period of political unrest and turmoil. International contacts, particularly with the West, led, however, to new kinds of experiments and innovations in the big metropolises. As in most of the Asian cultures, no tradition of spoken drama existed in China either, prior to the era of the arrival of Western influence at the end of the 19 th and at the beginning of the 20 th centuries.
The Dream of the Red Chamber. With a cast of more than characters, this episodic novel written in the vernacular rather than classical Chinese tells of two branches of an aristocratic family with a tragic love story at its humane heart. Chairman Mao admired its critique of feudal corruption.
The Literature of Asia The library's very rich stocks of books, periodicals and newspapers in Oriental languages are concentrated in the Department of the Literature of Asian and African Countries, totalling more than two million items. The best represented language is Chinese with almost 50, publications. These embrace the complete corpus of Chinese classical literature, a very broad range of works by modern writers, as well as books on history, art, linguistics and medicine. There are quite a number of rare, unique publications: a complete encyclopaedia of Chinese culture — the 1,volume Tu shu chi ch'eng 18th centurytwo large "universal library" series known as Ssu pu ts'ung k'an and Ssu pu pei yao, a celebrated history of the Ch'ing dynasty in some volumes, and more.
Japanese Popular Culture: critical concepts in Asian studies, 1. Routledge, London, UK. Japanese popular culture has developed in many unexpected and fascinating ways.
Long before Asian Americans settled in the United States in significant numbers, images of Asia and Asians had already taken root in American popular culture and consciousness, thanks to the influence of Indian and Chinese trade in the late 's and later at the turn-of-the-century with the forced annexation of the Philippines in Trade relations and colonialism have both historic significance and contemporary impact on the status of Asian Americans in relation to the United States and Asian homelands. Moreover, foreign policy concerns and international relations between the United States and Asia have profoundly influenced the experiences of Asian Americans.
Asian American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of Asian descent. Asian American literature became a category during the s but didn't see a direct impact in viewership until later in the s. An Anthology of Asian-American Writers
Asian Studies Chinese Japanese. Prerequisite s : RELI or permission of instructor. Cross-Listed as: ART Prerequisite s : No prior knowledge of musical instrument, notation, or Chinese languages is assumed.
Educational pursuits run like a rich thread through the fabric of China's turbulent twentieth century. From the founding of China's first modern school system in the late Qing dynasty through the republican era to the latest educational developments in the People's Republic of China, this book seeks to understand how developments in education contributed to, and were in turn influenced by, cultural patterns and the ongoing search for identity by individuals, collectivities, and states. Its sixteen contributors explore three themes that have enlivened China studies in recent years: sino-foreign interactions, state-society relations, and gender representation and identification.
The history of Asian art or Eastern artincludes a vast range of influences from various cultures and religions. Developments in Asian art historically parallel those in Western artin general a few centuries earlier. Buddhist art originated in the Indian subcontinent in the centuries following the life of the historical Gautama Buddha in the 6th to 5th century BCE, before evolving through its contact with other cultures and its diffusion through the rest of Asia and the world.