East Asian Studies
Sohail Hashmi, Chair
Denise Falk, Academic Department Coordinator
112 Ciruti Center
Overview and Contact Information
One of four interdisciplinary majors within the Asian Studies program, East Asian studies allows students to specialize in the history, languages, cultures, and politics of East Asia. Complementing course work at Mount Holyoke are extracurricular activities and study abroad programs that broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Asia.
Language study is the core component of the major. We offer four levels of instruction in Chinese, two in Japanese, and two in Korean. Our students are expected to incorporate the humanities and the social sciences fully into their studies with classes at Mount Holyoke and the other colleges in the Five College Consortium.
On campus, our students experience regional culture at many levels, including language tables and clubs, guest lectures, performing and visual arts, film, festivals, and regional cuisine. These activities are often initiated by and benefit greatly from the diverse student population of Mount Holyoke and particularly the large numbers of students from Asian countries or with an Asian background.
Most of our students spend a semester or a summer in study abroad programs. Mount Holyoke College has affiliated programs or exchanges in China at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Peking University (summer), and University of Hong Kong; in Japan at the Associated Kyoto Program (year) and the Japan Women’s University; and in South Korea at the Ewha Womans University and the Sookmyung Women’s University.
Asian studies majors and minors graduate to pursue careers in fields as varied as law, education, business, NGOs, journalism, the arts, government service, and graduate study.
Minors in Chinese and Japanese are available; see their own sections of the catalog.
This area of study is administered by the Asian Studies Committee:
Satyananda Gabriel, Professor of Economics
Rie Hachiyanagi, Professor of Art
Sohail Hashmi, Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics
Kavita Khory, Professor of Politics
Susanne Mrozik, Professor of Religion
Naoko Nemoto, Professor of Asian Studies, Teaching Spring Only
Joshua Roth, Professor of Anthropology
Ajay Sinha, Professor of Art History
Ying Wang, Felicia Gressitt Bock Professor of Asian Studies
Calvin Chen, Associate Professor of Politics
Amina Steinfels, Associate Professor of Religion
Elif Babul, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Lan Wu, Assistant Professor of History
Lisha Xu, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies
Heba Arafah, Five College Lecturer in Arabic, On Leave 2017-2018
Kyae-Sung Park, Five College Lecturer in Korean
Lei Yan, Lecturer in Chinese
Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History
Mohamed Hassan, Five College Senior Lecturer in Arabic
Suk Massey, Five College Lecturer in Korean
Chihiro Hanami, Visiting Instructor in Japanese
Syonara Tomoum, Five College Visiting Instructor in Arabic
Alice Kao, Visiting Lecturer in Asian Studies
Requirements for the Major
A minimum of 40 credits:
|Four courses (16 credits) in, equivalent to two years of college-level study of, an East Asian language: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean 1||16|
|HIST-137||Modern East Asia, 1600-2000||4|
|At least three non-language courses (12 credits) on East Asia, including at least one from each of the following two groups:||12|
Group One: Humanities (literature, art, history, philosophy, and religion and interdisciplinary courses in these areas) 2, 3
Group Two: Social Sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, linguistics, politics, and sociology interdisciplinary courses in these areas)
|Two additional courses (8 credits) to complete the major||8|
|At least three of the courses above must be 300-level. One of these three 300-level courses must be a non-language course. 4|
Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are taught at Mount Holyoke and elsewhere in the Five Colleges. A maximum of 16 lower-level language credits and a total of 24 language credits can be counted toward the major.
Language courses are not included in this group
In order to count toward the major, Studio Art or performance courses must be supplemented with analytical written work
Any course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course.
- Any course that devotes 50 percent or more of its substance to East Asian countries, peoples, or issues may be included in the major.
- One course on East Asian diasporas (e.g., Asian American studies) may count toward the major.
Related Courses Counting toward the East Asian Studies Major
Most East Asian studies courses at Mount Holyoke are listed below, but students should also consult the catalog entries or websites of other departments, including art history, history, international relations, politics, and religion. East Asian Studies majors should also plan to use the rich resources of the Five College Consortium in selecting their courses (listings are available through the Five College Class Schedule or individual college websites).
Please consult the chair of Asian Studies for guidelines regarding Asian languages not taught in the Five Colleges.
|ANTHR-204||Anthropology of Modern Japan||4|
|ARTH-262||Arts of Japan||4|
|ASIAN-110||First Year Chinese I||6|
|ASIAN-111||First Year Chinese II||6|
|ASIAN-120||First Year Japanese I||6|
|ASIAN-121||First Year Japanese II||6|
|ASIAN-160||First Year Korean I||4|
|ASIAN-161||First Year Korean II||4|
|ASIAN-212||Second Year Chinese I||6|
|ASIAN-213||Second Year Chinese II||6|
|ASIAN-215||Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater||4|
|ASIAN-222||Second Year Japanese I||6|
|ASIAN-223||Second Year Japanese II||6|
|ASIAN-229||Analyzing Japanese: Intro to Linguistics||4|
|ASIAN-247||Chinese Women Writers in the 20th and 21st Centuries||4|
|ASIAN-248||Contemporary Chinese Fiction: From 1949 to the Present||4|
|ASIAN-262||Second Year Korean I||4|
|ASIAN-263||Intermediate Korean II||4|
|ASIAN-270||Arts of Japan||4|
|ASIAN-310||Third Year Chinese I||4|
|ASIAN-311||Third Year Chinese II||4|
|ASIAN-312||Newspaper Reading and Journalistic Practice in China||4|
|ASIAN-314||Learning Chinese Through Film||4|
|ASIAN-315||Business Culture and Communication in China||4|
|ASIAN-316||Introduction to Translation Between Chinese and English||4|
|ASIAN-317||Media and Translation||4|
|ASIAN-340||Love, Gender-Crossing, and Women's Supremacy: A Reading of The Story of the Stone||4|
|Critical Social Thought|
|CST-249FD||Topics in Critical Social Thought: 'Eating Asian America: Thinking through Food in Literature and Culture'||4|
|CST-349AX||Advanced Topics: 'Making Waves: Gender and Sexuality in Asian America'||4|
|GNDST-204CW||Women and Gender in the Study of Culture: 'Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater'||4|
|GNDST-333AX||Advanced Topics: 'Making Waves: Gender and Sexuality in Asian America'||4|
|GNDST-333HH||Advanced Seminar: 'Love, Gender-Crossing, and Women's Supremacy: A Reading of The Story of the Stone'||4|
|HIST-137||Modern East Asia, 1600-2000||4|
|HIST-224||The Busy Silk Roads: Cultural Exchange in Pre-modern Eurasia||4|
|HIST-238||The Qing Empire||4|
|HIST-239MC||Topics in Asian History: 'Borderlands and Ethnicity in Modern China'||4|
|HIST-239ME||Topics in Asian History: 'Cities in Modern East Asia'||4|
|PHIL-212||Philosophical Foundations of Chinese Thought: The Ancient Period||4|
|POLIT-228||East Asian Politics||4|
|POLIT-359||Democratization and Civil Society in East Asia||4|
|POLIT-373||The Politics of Transformation in China and India||4|
|RELIG-163||Introduction to Buddhism||4|
|RELIG-241||Women and Buddhism||4|
|RELIG-329||Buddhism in North America||4|
|THEAT-234CW||Topics in Theatre Studies: 'Androgyny and Gender Negotiation in Contemporary Chinese Women's Theater'||4|