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Andrea G. Arai
ANTH 407
Seattle Campus

Global Futures in East Asia

Explores interlinked modernity projects in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan and how the education of youth figures in projects of national development and international economic competition. Recommended: prior courses in socio-cultural anthropology and East Asian studies. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 407; AWSpS.

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This course will explore the interlinked modernity projects in China, Japan, and Korea and the historical, political, and economic forces that link national development and international economic competition. We will look at how projects of national development are informed by pedagogies of citizenship and programs of human engineering in the reform of populations. We will also be concerned with how powerful ideas such as: modernity, culture, development, and globalization touch down and take route in different national contexts in ways that are specific to each location in East Asia but also complexly connected to each other. Our explorations will pivot on three key periods, during which East Asian populations were synchronized into the universalizing conceptions of modernity, progress and development and its structures of comparison. The first is in the late 19th and early 20th century under the banner of “civilization and enlightenment.” The second centers on the modernization projects and modernization theory debates of mid-century, and the third looks at the range of promises, prognostications, and on-the-ground concerns over the loss of certainty of the age of “globalization” and neoliberal reform.

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Last Update by Andrea G. Arai
Date: 11/11/2008