Course Credits: 3
Asian Studies Major/Minor Course
- Spring 2019
Modernity came to East Asia in the nineteenth century on the ships of European colonial powers, forcing a confrontation with the scientific world view, industrialization, urbanization, neoliberal capitalism, and globalization, and prompting a radical re-centering of their place in the world community. Under all these pressures, East Asians created a plethora of new religions, founded upon ancient traditions like Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto, often inspired by Christianity and its weekly worship cycle, sometimes incorporating unusual elements borrowed from foreign faiths, ancient legends, or even science fiction. In this seminar we will explore primarily new religions created in China, Japan, Korea since the middle of the nineteenth-century up until today. For their personal research topic, class members are welcome to choose any movement in or derived from an East Asian country, or to do a comparative study bringing in a new religion from another part of the world. We will also try to fit in a field trip to East Asian new religion sites in the Front Range area.
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