T EAS Traditional China and Its Modern Fate 3 This course introduces the major social, intellectual, and political components of pre-modern China and describes the changes to those components that have occurred in China since the beginning of the 20 th century. Open to Honors College students only. Lectures and class discussions will focus on the interpretation of cinematic texts, especially as they relate to cultural dynamics and social change.
Students whose interest in East Asian civilization is primarily historical in character should consider concentrating in East Asian History. It aims to take advantage of the strengths of both concentrations though students will need to decide at the beginning of their senior year which of the two concentrations will be the lead concentration the evaluations stemming from that concentration will be weighted more in case of disagreement. The goal of the program is to introduce students to the craft of historical study—the ways historians make sense of the past, and the skills of historical analysis, writing, and research—as well as to promote a critical understanding of the historical experience of East Asian societies.
East Asian Studies is one of the largest and most interdisciplinary fields of study at Oberlin, focusing on the region that includes China, Japan, and Korea. Students study languages coupled with East Asian history, literature, religion, art history, politics, and anthropology. Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research.
For optimal performance, it is recommended that you use either Chrome or Firefox for any transactions, including the membership renewal page. Bodies and Structures is a platform for researching and teaching spatial histories of East Asia and the larger worlds of which they were a part. The site combines individually-authored, media-rich content modules with conceptual maps and visualizations.
The East Asian Studies major is an interdisciplinary approach to the languages, deep history, and rich culture of this important part of the world. Students in this major study Chinese, Japanese, or Korean for at least two full years, and they must take classes in at least three—and they can take classes in four—departments in order to achieve a broad and deep understanding of East Asia. Students begin their study of East Asia by taking three introductory courses, arranged historically, on the literature, history, religions, visual culture, and other foundational aspects of the region.
Explore the rich cultural heritage and the political and economic significance of the region through courses in anthropology, history, government, art history, literature and religious studies. Prepare intellectually, linguistically, and personally for further graduate work or professional careers as East Asian specialists. Education, business and finance, diplomacy, global health and development, translation, information technology, study abroad programming, community and social services, entrepreneurship.
Our program has distinguished faculty in each of these areas, and our alumni hold positions in the major universities in the United States and abroad. Students and faculty also work across national boundaries in the East Asian field as a whole. For instance, students in Japanese history will often have a Chinese or Korean historian on their committees and vice versa and our workshops and courses are often designed cross-nationally with the wider region in mind.
The East Asian Studies major and minor focus on developing an integrated multidisciplinary understanding of the diverse but related historical and cultural traditions of East Asia, starting with a foundation in Chinese language and history, and extending that focus across the East Asian region to Japan, and across multiple disciplinary approaches to understanding China, Japan, and East Asia, broadly. The East Asian Studies major and minor are offered through the interdepartmental program in East Asian Studies which also offers the Chinese Studies major and minor. Eight faculty members from five departments six disciplinary areas contribute to the multidisciplinary approach to East Asian Studies.
Organized according to the time periods of the National Standards in World History and the College Board, these documents highlight major developments that educators may wish to focus upon in courses on East Asian history. The themes are reprinted here for educators seeking new perspectives to bring to bear on the individual histories of each of the East Asian countries — China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam — and of South and Southeast Asia also. Southeast Asia and America since
East Asia is the eastern subregion of Asiadefined in both geographical  and ethno-cultural  terms. The region was the cradle of various ancient civilizations such as ancient Chinaancient Japanancient Koreaand the Mongol Empire. For thousands of years, China largely influenced East Asia as it was principally the leading civilization in the regionexerting its enormous prestige and influence on its neighbors.