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ASST 220
Being Korean in Japan Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed ASST 220 / JAPN 220

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Who are Zainichi Koreans (Koreans in Japan)? How are they different from Koreans in Korea or in the United States? Contemporary Korean TV dramas and films have depicted Koreans as attractive and successful people appealing to Hallyu (Korean Wave) fans around the world. However, Zainichi Koreans, who are the largest ethnic minority in Japan, have been frequently portrayed as abusive husbands/fathers, pitiful wives/mothers, or juvenile delinquents in both Japanese and Korean cinema and literature. Through close readings of films, novels, and short essays, we will explore little-known yet significant representations of Zainichi Koreans by focusing on Japanese and Korean historical contexts. By doing so, we will discover new aspects of transnational exchange not only between Japanese and Koreans, but also between South and North Koreans in Japan. All class materials will be available in English translation or with English subtitles.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 3997
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance/participation; short written responses; midterm exam; group presentation; final essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASST 220 Division I JAPN 220 Division I

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