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ASIA201 Asian Popular Cultures

An exploration of contemporary Asia through the analysis of popular culture, with a focus on the media’s role in constructing transnational Asian modernities.

Both from the economic and the cultural points of view, Asia has become a vital part of New Zealand life. Why do we consider this to be the "Asian century"? How does popular culture crucially contribute to Asia's changing and growing role in the world? What is "popular culture" and what is its relation to "soft power"? How do Asian celebrities, popular film genres, and music phenomena contribute to cultural, economic, and political changes in Asia and beyond? Through an analysis of different media and different regions, this paper will help students gain a better understanding of Asia and its relevance in the global context.

Paper title Asian Popular Cultures
Paper code ASIA201
Subject Asian Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: paola.voci@otago.ac.nz
Textbooks
All required readings are available for you as electronic reserve at the University of Otago Library as well as on Blackboard.
Paper Structure
The course analyses the role and the significance of popular culture in Asia. The first part of the class is structured on country-focused units on China, India and Japan; the second part explores Asian popular cultures' transnational and global issues via an analysis of popular film genre (martial arts, action/thriller, horror), remakes (e.g. Infernal Affairs/The Departed, Ringu/The Ring), celebrities (e.g. Jackie Chan, Salman Khan, Hayao Miyazaki), and media convergences (TV and internet popular culture).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By participating in lectures, tutorials, and screenings, students will gain:
  • An appreciation of various forms of popular cultures (e.g. cinema, music, TV) in the Asian region and their national/transnational features
  • A critical understanding of mainstream as well as marginal and countercultures practices
  • An awareness of the complex issues involved in "cultural translations" and how an interdisciplinary approach can enhance the study of the region within and beyond the "East-West" problematic opposition
By reading the assigned material and completing the assigned tasks, student will develop:
  • A capacity for critical analysis of scholarship on issues related to Asian popular cultures and Asian studies more broadly
  • An ability to independently investigate a specific particular cultural form in the Asian region, understand its meaning in context and explain its role and importance within and beyond the Asian geopolitical and cultural boundaries

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 17:00-19:50 28-34, 36-41

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

An exploration of contemporary Asia through the analysis of popular culture, with a focus on the media’s role in constructing transnational Asian modernities.

Both from the economic and the cultural points of view, Asia has become a vital part of New Zealand life. Why do we consider this to be the "Asian century"? How does popular culture crucially contribute to Asia's changing and growing role in the world? What is "popular culture" and what is its relation to "soft power"? How do Asian celebrities, popular film genres, and music phenomena contribute to cultural, economic, and political changes in Asia and beyond?

Through an analysis of different media and different regions, this paper will help students gain a better understanding of Asia and its relevance in the global context.

Paper title Asian Popular Cultures
Paper code ASIA201
Subject Asian Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: paola.voci@otago.ac.nz
Textbooks
All required readings are available for you as electronic reserve at the University of Otago Library as well as on Blackboard.
Paper Structure
The course analyses the role and the significance of popular culture in Asia. The first part of the class is structured on country-focused units on China, India and Japan; the second part explores Asian popular cultures' transnational and global issues via an analysis of popular film genre (martial arts, action/thriller, horror), remakes (e.g. Infernal Affairs/The Departed, Ringu/The Ring), celebrities (e.g. Jackie Chan, Salman Khan, Hayao Miyazaki), and media convergences (TV and internet popular culture).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By participating in lectures, tutorials, and screenings, students will gain:
  • An appreciation of various forms of popular cultures (e.g. cinema, music, TV) in the Asian region and their national/transnational features
  • A critical understanding of mainstream as well as marginal and countercultures practices
  • An awareness of the complex issues involved in cultural translations and how an interdisciplinary approach can enhance the study of the region within and beyond the East-West problematic opposition
By reading the assigned material and completing the assigned tasks, students will develop:
  • A capacity for critical analysis of scholarship on issues related to Asian popular cultures and Asian studies more broadly
  • An ability to independently investigate a specific particular cultural form in the Asian region, understand its meaning in context and explain its role and importance within and beyond the Asian geopolitical and cultural boundaries

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None