Published: Nov. 9, 2020

Check out these Asia-related courses being offered in the Spring!

ASIA 1000: Origins of Contemporary Southeast Asia (new course!)
Dr. Lauren Yapp (
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:55-5:10pm
Explores the dynamic present of postcolonial Southeast Asia in light of its complex past. Traces the shared historical experiences that have shaped diverse Southeast Asian societies, with a focus on the legacies of imperialism, decolonization, nationalism, and globalization in the region. Examines key issues facing contemporary Southeast Asian communities, including current debates around social inequality, gender and sexuality, human rights, political activism, cultural heritage, and diaspora. Engages with Southeast Asian literature, film, art, journalism, and museum collections from a postcolonial and transdisciplinary perspective.

ASIA 2000: Gateway to Asian Studies 
Dr. Lauren Yapp (
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:10am-12:25pm
This course introduces the main themes and intellectual approaches of Asian Studies from a transdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is on the interactions and links between geographic sub-regions and across national boundaries in the past and present. Through lectures, readings, and films, Asia is presented as both a powerful imaginary geography and a diverse, dynamic region that has shaped and been shaped by global patterns of colonialism, war, nation building, economic development, cultural exchange, and aspirations for better lives. (Please note that the version of this class being taught in Spring 2021 is open to first-year students only as part of the First Year Experience Global Studies program; the version of this class open to all students will be taught again in the Fall 2021 semester).

ASIA 4830: Senior Seminar in Asian Studies
Dr. Lauren Yapp (
Monday and Wednesday, 4:10-5:25pm
This discussion seminar guides students in conducting independent research and writing final papers (or creating a final projects) on an approved Asian Studies topic. Required for Asian Studies majors but open to Asian Studies minors and other majors from different departments.

INDO 1120: Beginning Indonesian 2
Dian Sawitri (
TTh 9:35am-10:50am
Hybrid/In person
A continuation of Beginning Indonesian 1 (INDO 1110), this is an integrated course. Classes are offered in person or remotely using the Directed Independent Language Study method. Classes will employ "flipped" task-based learning approaches. Coursework includes reading, listening, grammar, answering questions, and speaking practice. Grades are based on demonstrated proficiency of written and spoken Indonesian through in-class performance and examinations.

ARAB 3360 Tradition, Authenticity, and Reform in Islam
ARAB 3410 Gender, Sexuality and Culture in the Modern Middle East
contact Prof. Naseem Surhio ( if you have questions, if you do not see the course listed, or if you are interested in the co-seminar.

ASIA 4001 Advanced Language Co-Seminar
This class will be taught synchronously as a remote section, which means classes will be held virtually. Class will meet for 2 hours every other week.
It is a co-seminar with both of the above classes. 

CHIN 3331: Culture and Literature of Late Imperial China
Dr. Katherine Alexander (Katherine.Alexander@Colorado.EDU)
T/Th 12:45-2pm Remote
Focus on retelling and adaptation, exploring how popular tales travel through time.

HIST 1618 Introduction to Chinese History to 1644
Professor Kim, T/TH 2:20-3:35, REMOTE
Introduces students to the history of China from Neolithic period to Ming period (1368-1644). Investigates the social patterns, gender relations, economic structure, intellectual trends, and political developments of China. Pays special attention to China's long-standing interaction with the rest of the world, which played a crucial role in the historical development of Chinese society. 

HIST 2629: Chinese – American Relations in Historical Perspective
T/TH 12:45 Hybrid
Dr. Timothy B. Weston (
In this course we will study the dramatic, twisting and turning, history of Sino-American relations, which reach back to the middle of the eighteenth century. Students will gain an understanding of the extraordinary drama, growth and pain that China has endured since the Communist Revolution and how the nation has developed into a rising world power over the past quarter century.


CHIN 2441: Film Dynamics and Chinese Culture
MWF 10:20-11:10 Remote
Dr. Evelyn Shih (
Film culture has been an inextricable part of Chinese modernity since the early 20th century. This course will survey the classics of Chinese cinema, pairing early films with more contemporary offerings to reveal continuities in cinematic form and aesthetic. You will learn how to write about film in the Chinese context in this introductory course.

RLST 3070 - Sufism
T/Th 12:45-2pm Remote
Dr. Patrick D'Silva (
Students will explore the world of Islamic Mysticism or Sufism. We will examine the historical development of Sufism from an early piety movement to a full-fledged social institution. Students will learn how Sufism differs across cultural contexts (including West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and North America), and how it compares to other great mystical traditions.

RLST 3040:The Quran
TTh 2:20pm-3:35pm Remote
Dr. Patrick D'Silva (
What is the Quran? Muslims and non-Muslims alike often think of the Quran as a book, one that people can read, in Arabic or in translation, to understand Islam. While there is certainly some truth to that, this course will introduce students to other, arguably more important, aspects of the Quran. Students will read the Quran, learn about its history, and see how it is connected to modern debates.

RLST  3750 Women in Buddhism
T/Th 11:10-12:25 Remote
Dr. Holly Gayley (
Through case studies that traverse Buddhist Asia, we delve into the life stories of Buddhist women, monastic views of gender and the female body, idealized images of the feminine, philosophical discussions of gender, and contemporary issues such as the nun's revival moment. 

ANTH 4760 Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Offered remotely
Professor Carla Jones (
Join us as we discover the anthropological scholarship on Southeast Asia, a region with some of the highest ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity in the world. From the Buddhist cosmological origins of modern Thailand, to the gendered dynamics of market trade in Java, the politics of reproduction in Singapore, the allure of pop music in English, the socialist and spiritual aesthetics of apartment design in Vietnamese apartments, and the globalization of mass manufacturing to export processing zones, Southeast Asia provides fascinating examples of cultural vibrancy. Welcome!

CHIN 5820 – Contemporary Literature  
Subtitle: Affect Theory and Sinophone Literature 
Dr, Evelyn Shih (

T/TH 2:20pm-3:35pm | Z. Rubi Sanchez Lozoya (

HIST 1708: Introduction to Japanese History
T/TH 9:35-10:50 am
Dr. Miriam L. Kingsberg (

HIST 2500: Fact and Fiction in History: Investigating Modern Japan
MWF 1:50-2:40, Hybrid
Prof. Marcia Yonemoto, Department of History (

HIST 4349: Decolonization of the British Empire
MWF 1:50-2:40 Hybrid
Dr. Lucy Chester (

HIST 4638: Contemporary China: Radicalism and Reform, 1949 to the Present
T/Th 3:55-5:10 Hybrid
Dr. Timothy B. Weston (

HIST 5129: Graduate Colloquium in East Asian History
 M 4:10-6:40, In-person
Prof. Marcia Yonemoto, Department of History (

RLST 4/5250 Buddhist Ethics
W 4:10-6:40 Remote
Dr. Holly Gayley (