In this course, we will explore the meaning and impact of inter-Asia cultural flows. Japan has been a cultural center of power in Asia since the early 1990s; however, since the late 1990s, the interaction of cultural flows has become ubiquitous in Asian contexts. How do the ways that recent researchers and scholars propose to explain the complex phenomena of the recent transnational flows based on historical/political discourses (e.g. “The Greater Asia,” “Post-colonialism,” “Culture Imperialism”)? What do we need to learn in order to better understand the inter-Asia cultural flows through multi-disciplinary and integrative perspectives? With the rise of media globalization, the development of digitalized communication technologies, the continuous opening policy towards cultural products in some Asian countries, and the emergence of Korean, Taiwanese and Hong Kong popular cultures, the whole picture has been changed drastically.
The study of cultural flow in the East Asian context shall enhance students’ understanding of their own culture and develop sensitivity toward and an appreciation of diversity in today’s transnational cultural environments. Apart from traditional classroom teaching, audio teaching materials will be used to help students towards a better understanding on particular concepts or theories. Students will be given chances to search on the Internet to find updated information on the taught topics during tutorials. Other learning activities such as guest seminars, evaluation of selected texts for in-class group discussion and a group presentation are also included to facilitate interactive and self-discovery learning.