The Asian Studies Program will offering the following in Fall 2017.
Course: ASIA2850 (Japan, Asia and the World)
Instructor(s): Prof. Aki Kinjo (Professor of Management & Business History, Gakushuin University, Tokyo) and Prof. Ian MacLachlan (Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Lethbridge)
Day/Times: MW 6:00 - 7:45 p.m. (until November 5, 2017). Note: after November 5, 2017 the class will run 5:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Location: B-716 (University Hall)
Course Description: Based on state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology, Asian Studies 2850 brings together students and profs from Gakushuin Women’s College in Tokyo and the
University of Lethbridge to engage in interactive lectures and discussion in real time! Why? Because it’s 2017.
Dr. Aki Kinjo, a multicultural business executive turned business historian, will be leading half of this course from Gakushuin in Tokyo—a school established to educate
members of Japan’s imperial family and aristocracy. Dr. Ian MacLachlan, an economic geographer who divides his time between University of Lethbridge and Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School will handle the other half.
Topics include the emergence of the Japanese nation state, demographic challenges, wartime relations, indigeneity and assimilation, international trade, foreign investment, globalization of Japanese enterprise; environmental calamities, and popular culture in Japan.
Japan is on the leading edge of new media yet nothing is totally new. Manga and anime have deep roots in Japanese culture. Pokemon would feel right at home with the comic animals drawn by medieval Buddhist monks nearly a millennium ago (no wonder Nintendo resides in the ancient capital of Kyoto)!