Category Archives: Asian Studies

Listening notes for 11/16/10

The Wisdom Books (iTunes, website) In this episode of the San Francisco public radio program Forum, UC Berkeley biblical scholar Robert Alter discusses his new translation of the biblical wisdom books Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Alter’s mission is to give … Continue reading

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Lyric poetry reveals China’s individualistic side

Want to really annoy a Harvard professor? Just tell Comparative Literature Professor Stephen Owen that Western tradition is individualistic while Chinese tradition is collective. “I thought I’ve told people for 20 years this is not true, and it keeps coming … Continue reading

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UCSD, UCLA classes begin this week

New class rosters are up at the UCSD and UCLA podcast websites. A few of my old favorites have returned. You might want to check out these: Introduction to Political Theory (feed) Brian Walker, UCLA. UCLA Professor Brian Walker has … Continue reading

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China: Traditions and Transformations

While cyberspace abounds in free American and European history courses, until recently there has been no free online course devoted to Chinese history. But now we have China: Traditions and Transformations (website) from Harvard Extension’s new Open Learning website. (The … Continue reading

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Great Recessions-Lessons Learned from Japan

Economist Richard C. Koo thinks he has seen the future of the American economy, and it looks a lot like Japan’s “lost decade” of the 1990s. That’s what he argues in a recent lecture, Great Recessions-Lessons Learned from Japan (website), … Continue reading

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More East Asian political thought from UCSD

If you missed Professor Victor Magagna’s great summer class on East Asian Political Thought (see East Asian Thought from UCSD), you now have another chance. Magagna is teaching the class again for the fall 2008 term, and you can download … Continue reading

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The role of ritual in Confucianism

Our modern, informal American culture greatly de-emphasizes the role of ritual.  Beyond handshakes or hugs, we have no greeting rituals, and we have few ceremonies in our daily lives. In lecture 10 of Introduction to Political Theory, (website), Prof. Brian … Continue reading

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The return of Confucianism

Not too long ago, anyone suspected of promoting Confucian ideas in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) would be at great risk of arrest, public humiliation and being sentenced to a long period in the countryside at hard labor. But … Continue reading

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Lectures to raise your China IQ

Just in time for the Beijing Olympics, here are some web resources to help you better understand China’s history and its place in the modern world. Landscapes of China (iTunes) These 15 short lectures sponsored by the Asia Society are … Continue reading

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