Course Credits: 3

Semester(s) Offered

  • Spring 2019

Topic: Japan in the Modern World. This course will assess Japan’s relations with the outside world from the late nineteenth century to the present, through the lenses of individual human experience as articulated in a variety of sources: diaries, memoirs, letters, biographies, and autobiographies. From the letters of a young girl sent by the Japanese government in 1870 to be raised in the U.S., to the writings of a Japanese woman journalist traveling in northern China in the 1930s, to the diaries of a Japanese-born Stanford University professor imprisoned with thousands of other Japanese immigrants and Americans of Japanese descent in a “relocation center” in southern Colorado, we will examine how experiencing the “foreign” has shaped Japan’s modern experience.

Catalog Description

Covers specialized topics in the history of World Areas outside of Europe and/or North America, usually focusing on one country or region. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

Contact instructors to see if the course is Asia related for specific semesters. 

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