Fall 2023

  • CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese

    Introduction to Chinese sentence structure and writing system, together with the development of basic aural/oral skills, with attention to the cultural context. Students who have learned spoken Mandarin Chinese at home or in another context, but who are unable to read or write, are encouraged to register for Chinese 280. 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Shaohua Guo
  • JAPN 101: Elementary Japanese

    Introduction to the Japanese sentence structure and writing system, together with the development of basic aural/oral skills, with attention to cultural context. 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Noboru Tomonari
  • JAPN 101: Elementary Japanese

    Introduction to the Japanese sentence structure and writing system, together with the development of basic aural/oral skills, with attention to cultural context. 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Noboru Tomonari
  • CHIN 204: Intermediate Chinese

    Expansion of vocabulary and learning of complex sentence forms, with equal emphasis on the development of the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Prerequisites: Chinese 103 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Lin Deng, Lei Yang
  • CHIN 204: Intermediate Chinese

    Expansion of vocabulary and learning of complex sentence forms, with equal emphasis on the development of the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Prerequisites: Chinese 103 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Lin Deng, Lei Yang
  • JAPN 204: Intermediate Japanese

    Emphasis is on the development of reading skills, especially the mastery of kanji, with some work on spoken Japanese through the use of audiovisual materials.

    Prerequisites: Japanese 103 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Miaki Habuka
  • JAPN 204: Intermediate Japanese

    Emphasis is on the development of reading skills, especially the mastery of kanji, with some work on spoken Japanese through the use of audiovisual materials.

    Prerequisites: Japanese 103 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Miaki Habuka
  • CHIN 364: Chinese Classic Tales and Modern Adaptation

    This course introduces to students influential Chinese classic tales and their modern adaptation across media platforms. Students improve their listening and speaking skills through viewing and discussing visual materials. Students develop their reading and writing proficiencies through analyzing authentic texts, formulating their own arguments, and writing critical essays. The overarching goal of this course is to increase students’ fluency in all aspects of Chinese language learning and to deepen students’ understanding of the role that cultural tradition plays in shaping China’s present.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent (students who have taken one 300-level course at Carleton are qualified to register) 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2023 · Shaohua Guo

Winter 2024

  • CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 101. Prerequisites: Chinese 101 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Lin Deng
  • JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 101. Prerequisites: Japanese 101 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Noboru Tomonari
  • JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 101. Prerequisites: Japanese 101 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Noboru Tomonari
  • CHIN 205: Intermediate Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills the language requirement.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 204, Chinese 280 or placement 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Lei Yang, Lin Deng
  • CHIN 205: Intermediate Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills the language requirement.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 204, Chinese 280 or placement 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Lei Yang, Lin Deng
  • JAPN 205: Intermediate Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills language requirement. Prerequisites: Japanese 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Miaki Habuka
  • JAPN 205: Intermediate Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills language requirement. Prerequisites: Japanese 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Miaki Habuka
  • CHIN 239: Digital China: Media, Culture, and Society

    This course invites students to critically examine digital media technologies in relation to social change, cultural innovation, and popular entertainment. Drawing on literature from media, literary, and cultural studies, the course engages in topics such as new media institutions, Internet businesses, global activism, gender and sexuality, and mobile applications. Special attention is paid to the implications that digital media bring forth within particular social and historical contexts, as well as the ways in which the Internet serves as the site for the negotiation of various political, economic, and cultural forces. In translation.

    6 credits; International Studies, Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2024 · Shaohua Guo
  • JAPN 241: Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature

    The course offers a historical survey of modern Japanese literature that covers the period from 1868 to 1945. The course engages in analysis and appreciation of major works, genres, and authors such as a Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari. In parallel with this, the course explores the intellectual history behind the formation of literature as a new field of knowledge in the late nineteenth century and examines its role and value in modern times. All readings are in English. No prior knowledge of Japanese language, literature, or history is necessary. Taught in English.

    6 credits; International Studies, Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2024 · Chie Tokuyama
  • JAPN 355: Advanced Reading: Contemporary Japanese Prose

    This course explores various aspects of contemporary Japanese culture and society through an intensive reading of a variety of texts written in Japanese. Students become familiar with diverse genres of writing and formality of styles by analyzing authentic materials, which include popular fiction, newspaper articles, and scholarly essays. The course aims to develop all aspects of communicative skills (reading, speaking, listening, and writing) in addition to enhancing academic skills such as close-reading, summarizing, and critiquing texts.

    Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or equivalent 6 credits; International Studies, Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2024 · Chie Tokuyama
  • CHIN 361: Advanced Chinese: Readings in Twentieth Century Literature

    Students will read, discuss, and write about major literary works from twentieth century China in order to both improve their language abilities and increase their understanding of the artistic and intellectual milieu in which the works were produced. Readings will include selections from modern and contemporary Chinese literature, including poetry, fiction, novels, and letters in the original Chinese.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2024 · Lei Yang

Spring 2024

  • CHIN 103: Elementary Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 101, 102. Prerequisites: Chinese 102 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Lei Yang
  • JAPN 103: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 102. Prerequisites: Japanese 102 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Chie Tokuyama
  • JAPN 103: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 102. Prerequisites: Japanese 102 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Chie Tokuyama
  • CHIN 206: Chinese in Cultural Context

    This course advances students’ proficiency in oral and written Chinese, at the same time integrating elements of traditional Chinese civilization and modern Chinese society. Emphasis is on cultural understanding and appropriate language use. Prerequisites: Chinese 205 or equivalent 6 credits; offered Spring 2024 · Lin Deng
  • JAPN 206: Japanese in Cultural Context

    This course advances students’ proficiency in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Japanese. The course also integrates elements of traditional Japanese civilization and modern Japanese society, emphasizing cultural understanding and situationally appropriate language use.

    Prerequisites: Japanese 205 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Miaki Habuka
  • CHIN 245: Chinese Vision of the Past in Translation

    China—the modern nation—never escapes the influence of the past. But why do Chinese literature and movies like discussing and presenting the past? Do these works truly reflect the past? How is the past presented? What techniques impact the narration of the past and the audience’s perceptions? Through comparison of historic texts and fictional retellings of the same stories, students will gain a better understanding of representation of the past and develop critical reading, analysis, discussion, and writing skills. Sources include historical narratives and biographies, classical texts, poems, fiction, and film. No knowledge of Chinese language required.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2024 · Lei Yang
  • CHIN 349: Tasting China: Regional Geography and Food Culture

    This course creates a virtual journey that enriches students’ knowledge and understanding of Chinese food culture in geographical context through a range of textual and non-textual materials including essays by renowned writers and food critics, illustrated book chapters and magazine articles and reports, and acclaimed documentary films and videos. The course will familiarize students with culturally authentic and stylistically appropriate vocabulary and structures commonly found in cultural narratives, increase their ability to converse with extended discourse in topics relating to food culture, and enhance their comprehension and writing skills of literary and written Chinese.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 6 credits; International Studies, Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2024 · Lin Deng
  • JAPN 357: Puppets, Dolls, Robots, and Vocaloids in Japanese Culture

    This course examines the representations and meanings of puppets, dolls, robots, and vocaloids in Japan from the seventeenth century until the twenty-first century. The Japanese developed their own strands of puppet cultures, starting in early modern Japan where the Japanese came to privilege puppets in the form of bunraku theater. Puppets functioned as a useful means for Japanese rhetoric and self-expression, and this has been the case especially in popular culture. We will watch films, videos, and read works of fiction and manga to interpret Japan through puppets and their recent equivalents.

    Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or equivalent 6 credits; International Studies, Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2024 · Noboru Tomonari