Fall 2019 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 347: Islamic Art & Architecture I (Asian Studies)

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


ART HISTORY 355: Chinese Painting (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Christine Ho


ART HISTORY 388: Special Topics in Asian Art (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 4:00PM -52:15PM
  • Instructor: Christine Ho


ASIAN STUDIES 135: Buddhism East and West (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Reiko Sono
  • Description: Buddhism has existed for more than 2,500 years and has undergone significant historical transformations in various parts of the world. In order to gain understanding of it, one needs not only to study its teachings, but also to examine its historical background and developments. At the same time, one should strive to see, from the perspective of its followers, how it has helped people. In this course, we will first examine the basic teachings of early Buddhism and then follow the trajectories of Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism in Japan and Tibet respectively. In the third and final unit of the course, we will try to understand how Buddhism adapted itself to American society and came to have the images it has now with the focus on Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism.


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: Robert Canning, Yi Feng, Yuan Ke


CHINESE 126: Intensive Elementary Chinese I (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM or 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 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 397F: Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (Asian Studies)

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


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


COMMUNCATION 286: Race, Inequality, and Representation (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWeFr 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Sut Jhully


COMMUNCATION 394EI: Performance and the Politics of Race (Asian American Studies)

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


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

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


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 261: Modern Arabic Literature (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Rachel Green


COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 337: International History of Animation (Asian Studies)

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


ECONOMICS 121: International Economy (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Ertugrul Tonak


ECONOMICS 371: Comparative Economic Systems (Asian Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: TBA


EDUCATION 115: Embracing Diversity (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 1:25PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Benita Barnes


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


FIVE COLLEGE CENTER WORLD LANGUAGES (Asian Studies)


HISTORY 116: History of Japan (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Garrett Washington


HISTORY 117: Science and Society in Modern China (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 130: Middle East History I (Asian Studies)

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


HISTORY 247: Empire, Race, and the Philippines (Asian Studies)

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


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

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


HISTORY 269: The American War in Vietnam (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 9:05AM - 9:55AM
  • Instructor: Christian Appy


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

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Jennifer Fronc


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: MoWeFr 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • 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 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 297TK: Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese II (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 326: Intensive Intermediate Japanese I (Asian Studies)

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


JAPANESE 391T: Tokyo Through Literature & Film (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
  • Instructor: Amanda Seaman


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


KOREAN 115: Beginning Korean I (Asian Studies)

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


KOREAN 235: Intermediate Korean I (Asian Studies)

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


LABOR STUDIES 204: Labor and the Global Economy (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Liana Foxvog


LEGAL STUDIES 253: Race, Citizenship, and the U.S. Constitution (Asian American Studies)

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


LEGAL STUDIES 375: Human Rights & Wrongs (Asian or Asian American Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Jamie Rowen


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 344: Film and Society in Israel (Asian Studies)

  • Time: Tu 4:00PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Olga Gershenson


MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 377: Popular Culture in Israel ad Palestine (Asian Studies)

  • Time: We 4:00PM - 6:45PM
  • Instructor: Olga Gershenson


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

  • Time: MoWeFr 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Peter Haas


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

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


SOCIOLOGY 204: Labor and The Global Economy (Asian Studies)

  • Time: TuTh 2:30PM - 3:20PM
  • Instructor: Liana Foxvog


SOCIOLOGY 330: Asian Americans and Inequalities (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: MoWe 2:30PM - 3:45PM
  • Instructor: Moon-Kie Jung


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

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


WOMEN, GENDER, SEXUALITY STUDIES 392AA: Asian American Feminisms (Asian American Studies)

  • Time: Mo 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Miliann Kang
  • Description: How have figures such as the tiger mother, the Asian nerd, the rice queen/king, the trafficked woman, the orphan, the Chinese bachelor, the geisha, the war bride, and the hermaphrodite shaped understandings of Asian Americans, and how have these representations been critiqued by Asian American feminist scholars and writers? Is there a body of work that constitutes "Asian American feminism(s)" and what are its distinctive contributions? How does this body of work illuminate historical and contemporary configurations of gender, sexuality, race, class, nation, citizenship, migration, empire, war, neoliberalism and globalization? How are transnational Asian and Asian American feminist scholars destabilizing and complicating fixed, U.S.-centric notions of identity, difference, history and politics? In exploring these questions, this course examines Asian American histories, bodies, identities, diasporic communities, representations, and politics through multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, including sociology, literature, popular representations, film, poetry and art. Topics will include: constructions of Asian American identities; immigration and settlement; labor history and contemporary employment patterns; dating and marriage; family and career choices; inter-generational relations; representations of Asian American femininities and masculinities; violence against women; and movements for social change. We will give particular attention to sexual and reproductive politics and gender, work and family issues.


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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