J495 /H425 Local Cultures and Global Communities

Diana Lin/Fall 2012

Office: Hawthorn Hall 206A
(O)980 6981
Email: dchenlin@iun.edu
Website: www.iun.edu/~hisdcl
Office hours: MW 8:30-10am, 11:30am-1pm or by appt.

Objective:

This course examines the interactions of local cultures and identities in the context of a globalizing world community, from historical narraitves to music, food, and popular culture. The goal is to cultivate a critical view toward the interactions between local cultures in a globalizing world.

Books and Required Readings:
The following book is required and available at the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore.

John K. Fairbank & Merle Goldman, China: A New History. Harvard College, 2006.

Other required readings are available on Oncourse weekly modules.

Learning Materials Available via Oncourse:

Requirements:

This course requires weekly reading reports and small research reports at the end of each reading unit. The smaller reports will help aid you in search of your own research topic on cultural interactions in the global era that will culminate in a 15 page research paper by the end of the semester.

The forum questions are to be posted in the Oncourse Forums. They are due by the time of class. The small research reports are due as indicated on the syllabus. The reports are research notes focused on the theme(s) covered in each unit.

Grade distribution:

Class attendance and participation: 10%

Forum questions: 20%

Small research reports: 30%

Research proposal: 3%

Final research paper: 37%

All grades will be shown in your Online Gradebook, accessible via Oncourse. You need to have an IUN ID and password to access Oncourse. If you do not have an IUN email account, you can set up one here at https://itaccounts.iu.edu/. Oncourse is also accessible through the IUN homepage: www.iun.edu. You should send all your homework to me via Oncourse. I will also use the "Announcement" and class email functions of Oncourse to correspond with you.

Class Schedule:

Unit 1. How to narrate the history of a people or a culture?

Week 1 (Aug.27-Sept.2)

Aug.27 Introduction

Aug.29 The influence of cultural anthropology on history. Online reading: "What Is New in Science and Race in the 1930s? Anthropologists and Racial Essentialism," (in Oncourse Week 1 Module. Unless otherwise indicated, all online readings are available through the weekly modules on Oncourse)

Forum question 1: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 2 (Sept.3-9)

Sept.3 Labor Day. No class.

Sept.5 John Fairbank and Chinese history. Fairbank, "Introduction." (You should try to read as much Fairbank as you can beyond the introduction, as several readings below require a working knowledge of Chinese history)

Forum question 2: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 3 (Sept.10-16)

Sept.10 Orientalism. Edward Said, Online reading: excerpt from "Orientalism, an Introduction," (in Oncourse Week 3 Module). Edward Said, On Orientalism (Lecture on Youtube)

Forum question 3: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Sept.12 Occidentalism. Online Youtube viewing: Occidentalism.

Class discussion: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 4 (Sept.17-23)

Sept. 17 Occidentalism. Online reading: Ian Buruma, "Occidentalism." (in Oncourse Week 4 Module).

Forum question 4: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Sept.19 River Elegy (video). Optional online reading: The Visual Imagined Communities: Media State, Virtual Citizenship and Television in Heshang (River Elegy).

Class discussion: Which historical approaches discussed above have been employed in the making of River Elegy?

Week 5 (Sept.24-30)

Sept.24 Class discussion on research report on approaches to history writing.

Unit 2. Local sports and global identities

Sept.26 Online reading: Is Baseball a Global Sport? Optional reading: Baseball and American Perception of Japan in the 1930s

Forum question 5: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 6 (Oct.1-7)

Oct.1 Online reading: A Century of Olympic Consciousness and National Anxiety in China. Background reading: Fairbank: China, a New History.

Forum question 6: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Oct.3 Online reading: Sports and Its Remaking cultures.

Forum question 7: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 7 (Oct.8-14)

Oct.8 Discussion of research essay for unit 2.

Unit 3. Food and globalization

Oct.10 Online reading: Hayford, "Confucianism and Cookery, Does Chinese Food Make the World Chinese?"

Forum question 8: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 8 (Oct.15-21)

Oct.15 Online reading:The true originsĀ  of pizza: Irony, the Internet and East Asian Nationalisms

Forum question 9: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Oct.17 Online readings: Starbucks Closes Shop in Forbidden City. Starbucks no threat to Chinese culture.

Forum question 10: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 9 (Oct.22-28)

Oct.22 Discussion of research essay for unit 3.

Unit 4. Music and global identities

Oct.24 Online reading: Glocalization of Rock in South Korea 1964-75.

Forum question 11: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 10 (Oct.29-Nov.4)

Oct.29 Online reading: Henna and Hip Hop.

Forum question 12: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Oct.31 The 12 Girls Band.

Forum question 13: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 11 (Nov.5-11)

Nov.5 Discussion of research essay for unit 4.

Unit 5. Memory and pouplar culture

Nov.7 Online reading: Globalizing Manga.

Forum question 14: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 12 (Nov.12-18)

Nov.12 The Latino culturescape in Japan

Forum question 15: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Nov.14 Online reading: Global Chinese Migrants and Performing Chineseness

Forum question 16: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 13 (Nov.19-25)
Nov.19
Online reading: Native Peoples at the Smithsonian.

Forum question 17: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Nov.21 Online reading: Translatability of Memory in an age of globalization

Forum question 18: Briefly summarize the content. Give one or two examples from other sources to support or rebut the arguments here. Is the reading potentially relevant to your research paper?

Week 14 (Nov.26-Dec.2)

Nov.26 Discussion of research report for unit 5 and research paper topics

Nov.28 Discussion of paper topics

Week 15 (Dec.3-9)

Dec. 3 Discussion of paper topics.

Dec.5 Discussion of paper topics. Last day of class.

Week 16 (Dec.10-16)

Research paper due on Dec.14 via Oncourse Assignments.