2013-2014

Japanese and Chinese Studies

The Department of Japanese and Chinese houses two interdisciplinary studies programs, the Chinese Studies program and the Japanese Studies program, offering a major and a minor in Chinese Studies, a major in Japanese Studies, and a minor in Japanese language. The goal of these programs is to provide a quality opportunity for interdisciplinary teaching and learning about the language and culture of China and Japan. We expect our students to acquire the language skills and the analytical abilities to operate effectively in an increasingly complex and diverse world. It is our belief that as students apply what they learn in our classes they will gain an understanding and appreciation of other peoples and cultures.

Japanese Studies Major

The Japanese Studies major is an interdisciplinary major combining language study with cultural studies. Students majoring in Japanese Studies are required to take courses in Japanese language at all levels and courses on the history, literature, art, religion and culture of Japan. Majors students are strongly recommended to study abroad in Japan for one or two semesters through the Japan Study Program (JSP) at our sister university, Tokyo International University, Kawagoe, Japan. The majors are also encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities fro language and cultural exchange offered by Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) on our campus.

The Japanese Studies major is structured to include: (1) a broad introduction to East Asian civilization (one credit); (2) the study of Japanese language through the fourth year (four credits); (3) courses on Japanese literature, culture and history (three credits); (4) an elective concentration consisting of courses on history, religion, art and culture of Japan and/or China (three credits); and 5) a Senior Year Experience (one credit) involving a writing project which will integrate and consolidate knowledge and understanding of Japan which the student has gained through the program's course of studies. Credits from study in Japan will be transferred upon faculty approval.

A variety of career opportunities are available to students who graduate with a strong grounding in the study of Japanese. These include the JET program, foreign service, international trade, graduate study, and teaching of English as a second language.

Requirements for the Japanese Studies Major (12 Credits)

Two credits from the following Core courses (2)

Four credits from the following (4)

  • JAPN 331 Third Year Japanese (1)
  • JAPN 332 Third Year Japanese II (1)
  • JAPN 430 Japanese Reading and Composition I (1)
  • JAPN 431 Japanese Reading and Composition II (1)
  • JAPN 432 Conversational Japanese I (1)
  • JAPN 434 Conversational Japanese II (1)
  • JAPN 490 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)
  • JAPN 491 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

Two credits from the following (2)

  • JAPN 314W (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Japanese Literature in Translation (1)
  • JAPN 340 (4th Sem Lang Req) The Japanese Cinema (1)
  • HIST 381 (TH) History of Modern Japan (1)
  • HIST 445 Postwar Japan (1)

Four credits from the following (4)

  • ARTH 113 (IT) Introduction to Chinese Art History (1)
  • ARTH 114 (IT) Introduction to Japanese Art History (1)
  • ASIA 258 Topics in Asian Studies (1)
  • ASIA 352 Field Study in Asia (1)
  • CHNSE 232 Intermediate Chinese II (1)
  • CHNSE 254 Language, Ethnicity, and Folklore in China (1)
  • CHNSE 332 (IT) Third Year Chinese II (1)
  • CHNSE 431 Reading the Humanities (1)
  • CHNS 432 Introduction to Classical Chinese Texts and Thoughts (1)
  • HIST 118 (TH) East Asian Civilization Since 1800 (1)
  • HIST 383 Mao's China (1)
  • IDS 230 (US) Rites of Passage in Japan and US (1)
  • JAPN 201W Modern Japanese Society & Culture (1)
  • JAPN 240 Japanese Language and Culture (1)
  • REL 135 (IT) Religions of Asia (1)
  • REL 262 Japanese Religions (1)

* Only one of these China-focused courses may be counted toward Japanese Studies Major

Requirements for the Japanese Minor (5 Credits)

Five courses from the following (5)

  • JAPN 232 Intermediate Japanese II (1)
  • JAPN 331 Third Year Japanese I (1)
  • JAPN 332 Third Year Japanese II (1)
  • JAPN 430 Japanese Reading and Composition I (1)
  • JAPN 431 Japanese Reading and Composition II (1)
  • JAPN 432 Conversational Japanese I (1)
  • JAPN 434 Conversational Japanese II (1)
  • JAPN 490 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)
  • JAPN 491 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

Chinese Studies Major

The Chinese Studies major is an interdisciplinary major combining language and culture courses on China. Students majoring in Chinese Studies are required to take courses in Chinese language at all levels, and are required to take courses in other departments and programs that focus on China in such areas as economics, politics, religion, history, art history, communication, anthropology, and folklore. Study abroad in China is required.

The Chinese Studies major is structured to include four areas: 1) core courses on Chinese and Asian cultures (two credits); 2) Chinese language (three credits); 3) introductory and intermediate level courses on or related to Chinese Studies offered through different departments and programs (four credits); and 4) upper level courses on or related to Chinese Studies offered by different departments and programs (three credits).

The Chinese Studies major requires that the student earn 12 credits from courses with at least three different prefixes. Substitutions can be made with faculty approval. Credits from study in China will be transferred with faculty approval.

Two credits from the following (2)

Three credits from the following (3)

Three credits from the following (3)

Four credits from the following (4)

  • ANTH 233 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Asia (1)
  • ARTH 113 (IT) Introduction to Chinese Art History (1)
  • ARTH 114 (IT) Introduction to Japanese Art History (1)
  • ASIA 258 Topics in Asian Studies (1)
  • CHNSE 235 Chinese Language Practicum (.25)
  • CHNSE 252 (US) Rites of Passage in Chinese Societies (1)
  • CHNSE 254 Language, Ethnicity, and Folklores in China (1)
  • CHNSE 258 (US) Gender and Mass Media in China (1)
  • CHNSE 269 Chinese Society and Media (1)
  • HIST 118 (TH) East ASian Civilization since 1800 (1)
  • HIST 131 (TH) Gender and Society in East Asia (1)
  • HIST 233 (TH) Asian Empires on the Silk Road (1)
  • HIST 265 (TH) Late Imperial China (1)
  • HIST 282 (TH) China in Revolution 1911-1949 (1)
  • JAPN 201W Modern Japanese Society and Culture (1)
  • JAPN 240 Japanese Language and Culture (1)
  • REL 135 (IT) Religions of Asia (1)
  • REL 233 (TH) Religions Along the Silk Road (1)
  • REL 239 Introduction to Chinese Religion (1)
  • REL 256 (IT) Goddesses and Ghosts: Images of Women in Chinese Tradition (1)
  • REL 262 Japanese Religions (1)

*Only one of the Japan-focused courses may be counted toward Chinese Studies Major.

Requirements for Chinese Studies Minor (5 credits)

Three credits from the following (3)

Two credits from the following from at least two different departments (2)

  • ANTH 233 (US) Peoples and Cultures of Asia (1)
  • ARTH 113 (IT) Introduction to Chinese Art History (1)
  • ARTH 114 (IT) Introduction to Japanese Art History (1)
  • CHNSE 252 (US) Rites of Passage in Chinese Societies (1)
  • CHNSE 254 Language, Ethnicity, and Folklore in China (1)
  • CHNSE 258 (US) Gender and Mass Media in China (1)
  • HIST 233 (TH) Asian Empires on the Silk Road (1)
  • HIST 265 (TH) Late Imperial China (1)
  • HIST 282 (TH) China in Revolution, 1911-1949 (1)
  • HIST 383 Mao' China 1949-1979 (1)
  • HIST 445 Postwar Japan (1)
  • JAPN 240 Japanese Language and Culture (1)
  • JAPN 314W (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Japanese Literature in Translation (1)
  • JAPN 340 (4th Sem Lang Req) The Japanese Cinema (1)
  • REL 233 (TH) Religions along the Silk Road (1)
  • REL 239 Introduction to Chinese Religion (1)
  • REL 356 Taoism (1)

Indicators of Achievement

We have identified three Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that we expect our major students gain during their course of study in Chinese Study or Japanese Study at Willamette University.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Japanese and Chinese Major

  1. Obtain Advanced level of language proficiency defined by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  2. Gain a broad knowledge of the cultures of China or Japan through interdisciplinary approaches
  3. Demonstrate their interdisciplinary understanding of China or Japan by completing a project in the Senior Seminar

Faculty

Part-Time and Visiting Faculty

  • Satomi Hayashi

Course Listings

JAPN 131 Elementary Japanese I (1)

Introduction to the fundamental structure of Japanese. Classroom instruction will consist of intensive aural-oral drills as well as reading and writing based on assigned texts. Approximately 100 kanji in addition to hiragana and katakana will be introduced. There will be periodic quizzes, a midterm and the final exam.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Koishi, Loftus

JAPN 132 Elementary Japanese II (1)

Introduction to the fundamental structure of Japanese. Classroom instruction will consist of intensive aural-oral drills as well as reading and writing based on assigned texts. Approximately 100 kanji in addition to hiragana and katakana will be introduced. There will be periodic quizzes, a midterm and the final exam.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Koishi, Loftus

JAPN 201W Modern Japanese Society and Culture (1)

An introduction to modern Japan through its social institutions, beliefs and cultural practices. Representative topics include: marriage and family life, child-rearing, education, religion, the role of women, attitude toward work and leisure, organization of the workplace, and social issues such as environmental and sustainability issues. Writing-centered. Conducted in English.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Fujiwara

JAPN 231 Intermediate Japanese I (1)

Improvement of the basic skills acquired in Elementary Japanese. Three hundred new kanji will be introduced. The emphasis is primarily on speaking, but reading and writing will also be included. A systematic review of the fundamental structure of the Japanese language will be made. Periodic quizzes, tests and the final exam will be expected.

  • Prerequisite: JAPN 131 and JAPN 132 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Koishi, Loftus

JAPN 232 Intermediate Japanese II (1)

Improvement of the basic skills acquired in Elementary Japanese. Three hundred new kanji will be introduced. The emphasis is primarily on speaking, but reading and writing will also be included. A systematic review of the fundamental structure of the Japanese language will be made. Periodic quizzes, tests and the final exam will be expected.

  • Prerequisite: JAPN 131 and JAPN 132 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Koishi, Loftus

JAPN 240 Japanese Language and Culture (Intercultural Communication) (1)

This course explores how Japanese language and communication styles offer insights which enhance our understanding of Japanese culture, society, and the Japanese way of thinking. What are the key aspects of the structure of Japanese language and the accompanying communication style which affect intercultural communication? What does it mean to say that Japanese is a high-context language or features a socially oriented mode of communication? Why do some attempts to communicate between cultures turn out successfully while others do not? In exploring Japanese language, this course will draw on examples of cross-cultural misunderstandings between Japanese and non-Japanese in social, political, and economic contexts. Taught in English.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Fujiwara

JAPN 242 (4th Sem Lang Req) From Basho to Banana -- Japanese Popular Literature Past and Present (1)

Edo Period readings: Haiku poetry (including the popular versions of senryu), kabuki and puppet plays, and illustrated fiction. The class will investigate patterns of creation and participation in these forms, and their connections to public and private performances and to ukiyo-e or woodblock prints. Part 2: Modern era readings: fiction and poetry. Curriculum also includes the development of film, magna, and anime, and investigates their relationships with indigenous and foreign antecedents, as well. Assignments include at least one creative writing assignment, i.e. an original illustrated essay or diary etc. as well as several topical essays, and participation in and leading of discussion.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Fourth Semester Language Requirement
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Loftus, Kominz

JAPN 314W (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Japanese Literature in Translation (1)

The course examines selected works in novels, essays, drama and poetry from the classical and modern periods. Emphasis will be on 19th- and 20th-century novels, novellas and short stories. The works are viewed in their historical context so that the unique aspects of Japanese literature can be appreciated.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Interpreting Texts; Fourth Semester Language Requirement; Asia Cluster
  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Loftus

JAPN 331 Third Year Japanese I (1)

Third Year Japanese I begins with a comprehensive pattern review with an emphasis on speaking. Chinese characters are learned, approximately 20 per week, and students are tested regularly. In Third Year Japanese II, more attention will be given to reading. Students will be expected to read materials in Japanese and discuss them in class in Japanese. Students should be able to read and recognize approximately 900 Chinese characters by the end of the year.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Loftus, Fujiwara

JAPN 332 Third Year Japanese II (1)

Third Year Japanese I begins with a comprehensive pattern review with an emphasis on speaking. Chinese characters are learned, approximately 20 per week, and students are tested regularly. In Third Year Japanese II, more attention will be given to reading. Students will be expected to read materials in Japanese and discuss them in class in Japanese. Students should be able to read and recognize approximately 900 Chinese characters by the end of the year.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Loftus, Fujiwara

JAPN 340 (4th Sem Lang Req) The Japanese Cinema (1)

A survey of major Japanese films and film directors from the "golden age" of Japanese cinema in the 1950s - 1960s to the present. Emphasis will be on the style and feel of Japanese films, and how stylistic elements embody and reflect traditional aesthetics, the social and political contexts of the films and aspects of their production and consumption will be examined as well. Conducted in English.

  • Prerequisite: Introductory Literature or Film course, or a course on Japanese History, Society, or Literature
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Fourth Semester Language Requirement
  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Loftus

JAPN 380 Practicum in Japanese Language Facilitation (.25-.50)

Open to native speakers or advanced students of Japanese. Native/advanced speakers will attend some class sessions and work under the supervision of a faculty member, assisting students enrolled in Japanese language classes. Native/advanced speakers will keep a journal of their observations and their application of pedagogical principles as they assist students in developing their language skills. A weekly session with the instructor will be an integral part of this course. Credit/NC only.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Loftus

JAPN 430 Japanese Reading and Composition I (1)

Emphasis on vocabulary, reading, writing and kanji expansion. Grammar will be reviewed through various short formal and informal writing assignments and readings will be selected from a variety of materials including authentic texts.

  • Prerequisite: JAPN 332 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Loftus, Fujiwara

JAPN 431 Japanese Reading and Composition II (1)

Emphasis on vocabulary, reading, writing and kanji expansion. Grammar will be reviewed through various short formal and informal writing assignments and readings will be selected from a variety of materials including authentic texts.

  • Prerequisite: JAPN 430 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Loftus, Fujiwara

JAPN 432 Conversational Japanese I (1)

Emphasis on development of practical conversational proficiency in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way in both formal and informal styles. Intensive training in oral expression and listening comprehension exercises, including authentic listening materials and vocabulary enlargement.

  • Prerequisite: JAPN 332 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Loftus, Fujiwara

JAPN 434 Conversational Japanese II (1)

Emphasis on development of practical conversational proficiency in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way in both formal and informal styles. Intensive training in oral expression and listening comprehension exercises, including authentic listening materials and vocabulary enlargement.

  • Prerequisite: JAPN 432 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Loftus, Fujiwara

JAPN 490 and 491 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1 each)

Designed to enable students who have a sound grasp of Japanese grammar to develop reading skills and to extend their knowledge of Chinese characters. Students must have completed two years of college Japanese and/or studied Japanese in Japan.

  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Loftus, Fujiwara

JAPN 499W Senior Seminar (1)

[Crosslisted with CHNSE 499W]

Provides a framework for students to develop a research project or other equivalent activity in consultation with faculty. The objective of the Senior Year Experience will be to consolidate and integrate the student's knowledge of Japan and/or China and the fields of Japanese Studies and/or Chinese Studies. Conducted in English.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

CHNSE 131 Elementary Chinese I (1)

Introduction to the fundamentals of spoken and written modern Mandarin Chinese. Classroom activity will center on oral-aural pattern drilling with student participation required. Emphasis will be on spoken Chinese but a romanized writing system and Chinese characters will also be introduced. Language tapes will be available in the language lab and their regular use by students will be required.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 132 Elementary Chinese II (1)

Introduction to the fundamentals of spoken and written modern Mandarin Chinese. Classroom activity will center on oral-aural pattern drilling with student participation required. Emphasis will be on spoken Chinese but a romanized writing system and Chinese characters will also be introduced. Language tapes will be available in the language lab and their regular use by students will be required.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 231 Intermediate Chinese I (1)

Continued emphasis on speaking and listening with an increasing emphasis on reading and writing. Classroom time will be spent on oral-aural drills, dialogues, reading aloud, listening comprehension, and the production and recognition of Chinese written characters. Students will be required to do tape work and written assignments outside of the class as well as in-class presentations in Chinese.

  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 131 and 132 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 232 Intermediate Chinese II (1)

Continued emphasis on speaking and listening with an increasing emphasis on reading and writing. Classroom time will be spent on oral-aural drills, dialogues, reading aloud, listening comprehension, and the production and recognition of Chinese written characters. Students will be required to do tape work and written assignments outside of the class as well as in-class presentations in Chinese.

  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 131 and 132 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 235 Chinese Language Practicum (.25)

This class has a two-fold purpose: to continue to develop proficient language skills in all aspects and to practice these skills through teaching or tutoring. In learning, we emphasize proficiency, and in teaching or tutoring, we stress accuracy and pedagogy. Various pedagogical approaches will be studied. Practice is carried out through various teaching opportunities on and off campus. May be repeated 2 times for credit.

  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 232 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 252 (US) Rites of Passage in Chinese Societies (1)

This course focuses on the rites of passage practiced by the Chinese in and outside China. The rites of passage includes the life-cycle rituals of birth-marriage-death, seasonal festivals, and other types like the rite of "first." Chinese ritual symbols like bell, flute, pig and cloud will be analyzed. Related issues like beliefs, tales, gender, age, and ethnicity will be studied in depth. Participants will learn and apply related ideas from various disciplines like folkloristics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, linguistics, history and religious studies. The readings include translations of the ancient ritual books and contemporary studies. Historical and cultural context will be emphasized in understanding the Chinese everyday ritual practices. The goal of the course is to provide the students a platform to learn the subject as a body of knowledge, and as a disciplinary field, and to be equipped with some theories in understanding the making and maintaining of identity in multicultural environments.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding Society
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 254 Language, Ethnicity, and Folklore in China (1)

This course examines the formation and development of Chinese language, ethnicity, and culture as well as their interactive relations throughout Chinese history. By surveying the topics, analyzing the key texts and realities, the participants will learn to understand ethnicity and culture within its social contexts as expressed through the language. Topics range from the formation of the language, standardization, dialects, identity, ethnicity, ethnic identification, ethnic customs, to the use of language in today's popular culture. The course will also include discussion about overseas Chinese and their sense of ethnic identity. Different disciplinary perspectives and historical contexts will be introduced and discussed.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 258 (US) Gender and Mass Communication in Asia (1)

This course is an introduction to the study of gender and media cultures, with a focus on the Chinese cultural context. It provides an introduction to historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches involved in such study. It aims at encouraging comparative cultural studies through analysis and comparisons of gender in the Chinese culture with gender in non-Chinese cultures. No prior experience required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding Society
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Wen

CHNSE 269 Chinese Society and Media (1)

This course offers an introduction to the history, theory, economy, technology, and regulation of various forms of mass media in Chinese society. The distinctive characteristics of mass media in China will be interpreted in the Chinese context; students will also be introduced to comparative studies of media in other cultures. Students will explore the relationships between media and society as a means of better understanding Chinese culture as well as the relationship between cultures in a globalizing world.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Wen

CHNSE 331 (IT) Third Year Chinese I (1)

Continued development of proficient language skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and translating. In addition, interpreting and analyzing text from cultural studies and media studies perspectives are strongly emphasized. Comparative analysis of translations will be integrated in the interpretation of text. Rapid vocabulary expansion, correct use of grammar points, proficient use of the language in spoken and written forms, critical views in understanding the content and means of media, and cultural analysis of the text are the major goals.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Interpreting Texts
  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 232 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Fischer/Zhang

CHNSE 332 (IT) Third Year Chinese II (1)

By reading the selections from Chinese classics of different philosophical and literary schools, and by translating and comparing translations, participants will continue improving their language proficiency, meanwhile learning to read the original text, understand the interpretation, gain their own perspectives, and analyze the interpretation of the text through historical and social context. Readings include texts of such ideas a confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, classic poetry, and modern fictions and non-fictions.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Interpreting Texts
  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 331 or consent
  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 431 Reading in Humanities (1)

Continues to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing Chinese with materials on various subjects in physical and social sciences, as well as in humanities. Emphasizing a solid mastery of basic grammar and vocabulary, this course also focuses on improving linguistic competence and deepening the understanding of Chinese culture.

  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 332
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

CHNSE 432 Introduction to Classical Chinese Texts and Thoughts (1)

Continues to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing of modern Chinese. Learn classical Chinese grammar, and read various classical texts. Translating classical Chinese into modern Chinese is daily exercise. Communicative competence and cultural understanding are emphasized. Different ancient thoughts are introduced along with the texts from Confucian, Daoist, Legalist, Yin-Yang, and other schools.

  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 431
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

CHNSE 490-491 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1 each)

Designed to enable the participants to function with modern Chinese in various areas, and to introduce classic Chinese. The in-depth reading, discussion, conference, and composition cover topics such as literature, history, philosophy, religion, and folklore. In addition to the textbooks, materials from the media on current issues as well as films will also be included.

  • Prerequisite: CHNSE 331 or consent
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Zhang

CHNSE 499W Senior Seminar (1)

[Crosslisted with JAPN 499W]

Provides a framework for students to develop a research project or other equivalent activity in consultation with faculty. The objective of the Senior Year Experience will be to consolidate and integrate the student's knowledge of Japan and/or China and the fields of Japanese Studies and/or Chinese Studies. Conducted in English.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

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