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Hist 195 - Selected Themes and Topics in History
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HIST 195 Selected Themes and Topics Fall 2004 Multicultural Japan Instructor Jason Webb Office SOS 173 Classroom VKC 107 E mail jasonweb usc edu Office hours Mondays 3 30 4 30 or by appt Class Monday and Wednesday 2 00 3 20 This course aims to call into question the popular misconception of Japan as a society possessing ethnic cultural and linguistic homogeneity To that end we will begin the semester by examining various assertions of the unique identity racial purity and cultural uniformity of the Japanese people and then proceed to consider four currently recognized minority populations of modern Japan 1 ethnic Korean noncitizen residents 2 burakumin outcastes 3 Ainu and 4 Okinawans In each case we will investigate the historical circumstances sometimes extending as far back as archaeological records that have caused these groups to exist in very complex ways on the margins of mainstream Japanese culture Such discussions inevitably will lead to larger questions how is ethnic identity constructed and maintained Who are the custodians of ethnic heritage What is the relationship between ethnic identity and the modern nation state What are the costs and benefits of assimilation What does it mean for an individual to be multiethnic We will consider these and other issues of Japanese diversity via readings in history sociology archaeology and literature Grading policy Quizzes 20 Eleven unannounced quizzes will be given during the course of the semester Each quiz will consist of one or two brief questions regarding some fundamental aspect of the assigned reading and should take less than five minutes to complete The purpose of these quizzes is simply to verify students adequate preparation for class For those who have done the reading they should present no difficulties whatsoever Quizzes are graded on a pass fail basis One low grade will be dropped Weekly Posts 20 Students are required to post on the course website once a week a response to some aspect of the readings assigned for the upcoming session This response should be one or two paragraphs in length and end with a question to be posed to the group for consideration in class Half the seminar members will post for the Monday session the other half for the Wednesday session Students are expected to read each other s posts before coming to class Posts must appear on the web page by 9 AM on the day of class in order to ensure that your classmates have sufficient time to appreciate your thoughts Except for the first round all posts will be assigned a letter grade Late posts will be docked one letter grade Class Participation 20 This course is designed as an intensive discussion oriented seminar driven by student participation Aside from a few remarks at the beginning of each class session the instructor will take the role of a facilitator of discussion rather than a lecturer It therefore is the responsibility of each of you to come to class meetings having achieved a firm grasp of the assigned reading and eager to contribute within the context of an improvisational discussion your own impressions opinions and analyses A missed class cannot be made up simply by looking at a classmate s notes or by asking the instructor to recapitulate the main points of the discussion Any absence no matter the reason will be cause for the student to write a one to one and a half page essay demonstrating full engagement with the materials that were assigned for the session missed The specific topic and deadline for submission are negotiable Final Papers 40 The final project will be tailored to the particular interests of the individual student and may be formulated in the mode of historical research literary criticism or sociological analysis The length required for the final paper is 12 15 pages Individual conferences to be held in the first week of November will initiate a dialogue between student and instructor regarding the nature of the final project A bibliography and detailed outline of the argument is required of all students by Nov 22 followed by a second individual conference intended to fine tune the topic and approach All students have the further option to turn in a draft of their paper and discuss their writing with the instructor before making a final submission for grading Consultations during this draft stage if followed up by substantial efforts to improve one s writing often result in a higher grade and therefore are strongly recommended The deadline for submitting a rough draft is Dec 3 University fiat stipulates that all final papers for this course are due by 1 PM on Friday Dec 10 No extensions can be granted Required Materials Lie John Multiethnic Japan Cambridge Harvard UP 2001 Kayano Shigeru Our Land Was a Forest An Ainu Memoir Boulder Westview Press 1994 Molasky and Rabson Southern Exposure Modern Japanese Literature from Okinawa Honolulu University of Hawai i Press 2000 Fukuoka Yasunori Lives of Young Koreans in Japan Melbourne Trans Pacific Press 2000 Shimazaki T son The Broken Commandment Tokyo University of Tokyo Press multiple printings HIST 195 Multicultural Japan Course Reader Reserves available at Leavey Library for 3 hour loan Befu Harumi Hegemony of Homogeneity Farris Wayne Sacred Texts and Buried Treasures Fitzhugh William and Chisato Dubreuil eds Ainu Spirit of a Northern People Denoon Donald et al eds Multicultural Japan Paleolithic to Postmodern De Vos George and Hiroshi Wagatsuma Japan s Invisible Race Hane Mikiso Peasants Rebels and Outcastes Hein Laura and Mark Selden eds Islands of Discontent Hong Wontack Paekche of Korea and the Origin of Yamato Japan Kerr George Okinawa Lie John Multiethnic Japan Molasky Michael and Steve Rabson Southern Exposure Nathan John Japan Unbound Neary Ian Human Rights in South Korea Japan and Taiwan Philippi Donald L Songs of Gods Songs of Humans The Epic Tradition of the Ainu Ryang Sonia North Koreans in Japan Siddle Richard Race Resistance and the Ainu of Japan Weiner Michael The Origins of the Korean Community in Japan 1910 1923 Yoshino Kosaku Cultural Nationalism in Contemporary Japan SCHEDULE 1 Mon Aug 23 Unit 1 Introduction to major issues and course practicalities Formulation s of Japanese Identity 2 Wed Aug 25 John Nathan Introduction Japan Unbound Reader John Lie Introduction The Second Opening of Japan Multiethnic Japan 1 26 3 Mon Aug 30 Lie The Contemporary Discourse of Japaneseness Multiethnic Japan 27 52 Kosaku Yoshino The Nihonjinron thinking elites ideas of


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