Fall 2018 Courses


AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES 236: History of the Civil Rights Movement (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Traci Parker


ART HISTORY 348: Islamic Art & Architecutre II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Walter Denny


ASIAN STUDIES 197B: Beginning Korean I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM, 11:15AM - 12:05PM, or 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 297B: Intermediate Korean (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Chan Young Park


ASIAN STUDIES 397B: Bridging Asia & Asian America Colloquium (Required Certificate Course)

  • Time & Location: Wed. 6pm-8pm, Lewis Hall 124
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This is one of the two required courses that all Certificate students must eventually take. Meeting in Lewis Hall (the location of the Asian & Asian American Rresidential Community), this two-credit, once-a-week seminar combines class discussions, guest speakers, film screenings, and small-group activities to focus on the political, economic, and cultural connections between Asia and Asian America. There are NO textbooks and NO exams -- instead, course requirements include class participation and discussion, biweekly journal entries, a group project, and a final project.


CHINESE 120: Non-Intensive Elementary Chinese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM, MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM, or MoWeFr 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 126: Intensive Elementary Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 127: Intensive Elementrary Chinese I: Reading and Writing (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yi Feng


CHINESE 136: Introduction to Chinese Cinema (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Enhua Zhang


CHINESE 140: Chinese Script I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Zhongwei Shen


CHINESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Ping Geng


CHINESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yu Liu


CHINESE 375: Intro to Chinese Linguistics (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Zhongwei Shen


CHINESE 394WI: Women in Chinese Cultures (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Elena Chiu


CHINESE 426: Advanced Modern Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Yu Liu


CHINESE 450: Elementary Classical Chinese (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: David Schneider


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 141: Good & Evil: East-West (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Several days and times available
  • Instructor: TBA


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 233: International Fantasy (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Maria Tymoczko


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 391A: International History of Animation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: N. Couch


ECONOMICS 322: International Trade (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: TBA


EDUCATION 115: Embracing Diversity (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 11:40AM - 12:55PM or MoWe 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Benita Barnes


EDUCATION 229: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Jacqi Mosselson


EDUCATION 392B: Racism Global Context (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: SaSu 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Oscar Collins


EDUCATION 396E: International Education (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: TBA


ENGLISH 117: Ethnic American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


ENGLISH 204: Introduction to Asian American Literature (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Caroline Yang
  • Description: This course will introduce students to literature and film by, for, and about Asian Americans. Students will learn a reading and viewing practice that consists of contextualizing the texts in their historical production as well as close analysis and critical thinking. Through reading, writing, discussions, and a final group video project, students will explore how Asian American literature shapes the construction of heterogeneous, diasporic, and transnational subjectivities that challenge the very notion of "Asian American" as a uniform identity and object of knowledge.


FIVE COLLEGE CENTER WORLD LANGUAGES (Asian Studies)


HISTORY 114: History of China: Origins to 1600 (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Sigrid Schmalzer


HISTORY 116: History of Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington


HISTORY 130: Middle East History I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


HISTORY 131: Middle East History II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 10:10AM - 11:00AM
  • Instructor: Kathryn Schwartz


HISTORY 250: Introduction to South Asian History and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Priyanka Srivastava
  • Description: This lecture and discussion-based course is designed to introduce students to the history of South Asia from the earliest periods of recorded history to the present. In addition to tracing major political events, this course will explore special topics such as the institution of caste, the emergence of various religious traditions, the development of early-centralized empires, and the expansion of Mughal power in the subcontinent. We will then investigate the expansion and working of the British colonial state and the transformations affected in administrative, political, economic, and cultural spheres due to colonialism. Simultaneously, we will examine themes and issues that informed the anti-colonial Indian nationalist movement and the communal, caste, and gender dimensions of politics. We will then discuss the attainment of freedom from colonial rule in 1947, the partition of the subcontinent and the development of the independent nation states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.


HISTORY 253H: Asian Pacific American History: 1850-Present, Honors (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Richard Chu


HISTORY 345: China in the 19th Century (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Platt


HISTORY 358: Immigration and Migration in U.S. History (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Jennifer Fronc


HISTORY 394EI: Human Rights & Energy in Eurasia (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Audrey Altstadt


HISTORY 397GGH: Gandhi: Myth, Perspective, and Politics (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Priyanka Srivastava


HISTORY 397MJ: The Woman in Modern Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington
  • Description: In this course students will learn about the history of women in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Japan. We will examine the constantly shifting ways in which Japanese society defined womanhood and study the actual ideas and actions of Japanese women. This course in gender history course will introduce students to the legal, political, intellectual, social, and cultural developments that have shaped the place of women within Japan. Since there no textbook and no primary source reader exist for women’s history in Japan, we will be building our own versions of the narrative using a variety of secondary and primary sources. Through scholarly articles and book chapters, students will learn about women participating in the bloody Meiji Restoration (1868), fighting for women’s rights and against licensed prostitution (1900), writing and reading about the controversial, urban, liberated “modan gaaru” or modern girl (1920), raising morale and patriotism in wartime (1940), and protesting labor injustice and social inequality in Japan’s economic miracle (1969), among other topics. We will supplement this information with the voices of Japanese women ranging from the songs of exploited textile mill workers (1910s) to the tales of fisherwomen (1930s) to the speeches of politically active women (1880s and 1950s) to the recollections of newly enfranchised women voting for the first time (1946) to the gendered anti-nuclear pleas of atomic bomb survivors (1990s). Taken together, these perspectives will allow students to counter the stereotyping, essentializing, and simplification that has largely obscured the complexity and significance of women’s history in Japan. This exercise will empower students to think and communicate more critically about the place of women as objects and subjects within dynamics of social change well beyond the Japanese context.


HISTORY 397MV: Islamic Movements in History (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Anne Broadbridge


HISTORY 491MMH: Mass Migrations in the Middle East (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Kathryn Schwartz


JAPANESE 120: Non-Intensive Elementary Japanese II (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 10:10AM - 11:00AM or 11:15AM - 12:05PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 126: Intensive Elementary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Mako Koyama


JAPANESE 135: Japanese Art and Culture (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Miller


JAPANESE 144: Introduction to Religion in Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono


JAPANESE 144: Japanese Modern Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time : MoWe 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 197M: Study Abroad in Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Fr 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Stephen Forrest


JAPANESE 197TK: Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 235: Performing Arts of Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 285: Language Suite Conversation (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: Yuro Takahashi


JAPANESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Yasuko Shiomi


JAPANESE 397N: Recreating Edo in NYC (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TBA
  • Instructor: TBA


JAPANESE 397TK: Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese III (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


JAPANESE 497A: Readings in Modern Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM
  • Instructor: Bruce Baird


JAPANESE 497B: Contemporary Japanese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 12:20PM - 1:10PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono


JAPANESE 497TK: Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese IV (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Yuki Yoshimura


LEGAL STUDIES 293R: Race, Citizenship, and the American Constitution (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Rebecca Hamlin


LEGAL STUDIES 397RE: Law and Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Online
  • Instructor: Lisa Solowiej


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 220: The Middle East and the World: 1400-1800 (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Malissa Taylor


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 290C: Environmental History of the Middle East (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Malissa Taylor


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 360: Arabic and Hebrew in their Social Settings (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Shmuel Bolozky


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 361: Sufism: Islamic Mystical Traditions and Legacies (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Malissa Taylor


POLITICAL SCIENCE 252: Globalization, Governance, and World Order (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Peter Haas


POLITICAL SCIENCE 391PC: Immigration: Politics and Policy (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Scott Blinder


SOCIOLOGY 240: The Asian American Experience (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: C.N. Le
  • Description: This course -- required for the AAAS Certificate, Asian American Studies Concentration -- explores both the similarities and differences in the histories, experiences, and cultures within the Asian American population, using a mix of lecture, readings, class discussions, films & videos, and student-designed projects. We will also examine specific issues including immigration to the U.S., assimilation and ethnic identity, media images and popular culture, demographic trends, ethnic enclaves, anti-Asian discrimination, socioeconomic mobility, gender dynamics, cross-racial relationships, and emerging connections between Asia and Asian Americans.


SOCIOLOGY 244: Sociology of Immigration (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Ide O'Carroll


SOCIOLOGY 245: Race & Society (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Ashley Garner


SOCIOLOGY 262: Globalization and Inequality (Asian Studies or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Lucius Couloute


SOCIOLOGY 343: Hate Crimes in America (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Richard Carbonaro


THEATER 130: Contemporary Playwrights of Color (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: 10:00AM - 11:15AM
  • Instructor: Priscilla Page


WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES 394H: Critical Race Feminisms (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Alexandria Deschamps


Courses at other Five College Campuses

Please search the Five College Course Catalog for possible courses taught at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, and/or Smith College related to Asia or Asian Americans and then contact Prof. C.N. Le at to confirm that it counts toward the UMass Amherst Asian/Asian American Studies Certificate.


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