Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.047J: Cultures of East Asia

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Explores diverse cultures, everyday lived experiences, and political economies in East Asian countries, such as China, Japan, Korea, and Singapore, with additional examples from the surrounding regions. Examines the different ways people in these regions experience and make sense of globalization, and the changing structures of kinship and family, work and organizational culture, media, consumption,and the role of government. Readings include ethnographic studies of the world's largest seafood market in Tokyo, the effect of the Asian financial crisis on South Korea, the role of science in formulating China's one child policy and its economic and social implications, and the state and ethnic diversity in Singapore. Taught in English.

Prereqs:  None

Units: 3-0-9(U)


Same As  21A.140J


Spring 2014

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 M. Buyandelger M 2-5 66-160


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