This class applies an historical lens to the categories of race and ethnicity as they developed in China, Japan, and Korea from 1800 to the present, drawing as well upon the experience of Southeast Asia for comparison. At its core, this class will approach race and ethnicity not as a priori concepts, but as historically contingent categories that emerge, evolve, and, most importantly, have the capacity to transform reality. We will investigate ethnicity and race from multiple perspectives-from the local and regional, to the national and global-as well as how they intersected with other subjectivities, such as gender, class, and national identities. (Offered every other year).
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