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METHODS IN ASIAN STUDIES FALL 2014

-QUESTIONS=WEEKLY ONE-PAGE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS DUE
ON TUESDAY (except Presenters for that Week)
-PRESENTATIONS=10-MINUTE POWER POINT FOR ASSIGNED STUDENTS THAT CLASS

(these students are excused from the Questions assignment for that week only)
8/26 (Week 1): Introduction to Methods and to our case study in Zen Buddhism
9/2 (Week 2): Methods: Pre-Modern vs. Modern: Traditional China in History
Questions
1) Discuss early Chinese contacts with other lands in the first two chapters
2) Discuss the role of the Silk Road and Chinese incorporation of Buddhism
3) Discuss China in the Age of Commerce and add some comments on China today
Presentations
-Team Leader for PRE-MODERN VS. MODERN
-Discuss an example of Pre-Modern Encounter of China with Japan and Korea in East Asia
-Discuss an example of Pre-Modern Encounter of China with India and Southeast Asia
-Assess current state of Post-Colonial, Post-Orientalist academic studies and research
9/9 (Week 3): Methods: Language vs. Area Studies, “Sources” and “Tale of Genji”
Questions
1) Briefly compare the three translations of the passage from Tale of Genji
2) Brief overview of the Heian Period in Japanese history based on “World of Shining Prince”
3) Describe the ancient city of Heian (Kyoto) based on Chapter II of this handout
Presentations
-Team Leader for LANGUAGE VS. AREA STUDIES
-Murasaki Shikibu and examples of literary works as representative of classical Japanese culture
-Tale of Genji analyzed in terms of language/linguistic/literary/translation factors
-Modern influences and impact of translations of Tale of Genji in literature and Anime
9/16 (Week 4): Methods: Fieldwork vs. Deskwork, “Fieldwork”: Various Readings
Questions
1) Describe Ted Bestor’s approach to fieldwork - what can be learned from his account?
2) What does Paula Arai contribute to an understanding of the challenges of conducting
fieldwork?
3) Compare Ohnuki-Tierney's approach to "Illness" with Heine’s approach to "Sacred Space" who is closer to Bestor or Arai?
Presentations
-Team Leader for FIELDWORK VS. DESKWORK STUDIES
-Visit to two Sites (Get Approval in Advance) for Fieldwork studies
-Role of “Participant-Observer” in fieldwork
-Constructing the “Literature Review” as a key to research
9/23 (Week 5): Theoretical vs. Applied: Zen in the Art of Archery
Questions
1) What is Herrigel’s view of Zen in relation to Japanese society?
2) What does Herrigel learn from his teacher, Awa Kenzo?
3) How does the Yamada article criticize Herrigel’s whole interpretation?
Presentations
-Team Leader for THEORETICAL VS. APPLIED: Various Readings
-History of relation between Zen and martial arts, like Shaolin monks and archery metaphor
-Zen and military endeavors from traditional samurai times….
-…leading to the present including worldwide influences
9/30 (Week 6) – First Exam In-class from 5-6:30 (no class after exam)

like “Recorded Sayings.10/7 (Week 7): Zen Buddhism History: Seeing Through Zen. Confucianism and the literary and popular culture -Differences between two main Zen sects in Japan: Rinzai (Ch. and 3. such as painting. 11/25. calligraphy. 3) Explain key elements in the symbolism of Bodhidharma in Japanese culture Presentations -Team Leader for ZEN TRANSLATION -Main genres of Zen texts. Plus Questions 1) What are the TZN and HCC standpoints? 2) Discuss the significance of Zen “writes” based on the temple structure/layout 3) Discuss the significance of Zen “rites” based on the temple structure/layout Presentations -Team Leader for ZEN FIELDWORK -Discuss the significance of the Mad Monk Ji Gong -Discuss the significance of “sacred economy” at Tiantong Temple -Discuss the impact of Zen on Japanese baseball 10/28 (Week 10) Zen Buddhism Applied: Zen Skin. Zen Marrow. gardening. chapters 1-4 Questions 1 )Explain why McRae discusses 4 Rules—give some examples from the main part of the book. chapters 1.” “Koan collections” and “Poetry collections” -Select and analyze some examples where a specific Zen text has been translated differently -To what extent are Zen arts. 2. Linji) and Soto (Ch. 12/2. Caodong) 10/14 (Week 8): Zen Buddhism Translations: Three Zen Masters plus Other Readings Questions 1) Pick and one of the main expressions of Hakuin according to the chapter? 2) Pick an example from Ikkyu OR Ryokan and explain its meaning. to be considered “text”? 10/21 (Week 9): Zen Buddhism Fieldwork: Zen Skin. 12/9 – FINAL PRESENTATIONS . pro and con Presentations -Team Leader for ZEN APPLIED -Recent post-WWW II criticism of “Zen at War” in the work of Brian Victoria’s work -Zen in the business world as in the case of Steve Jobs -Zen applied to business in the “White Collar Zen” approach 11/04 EXAM In-class from 5-6:30 (no class after exam) 11/11 (NO CLASS) 11/18. 2) What is the concept of “lineage” according to his analysis of Zen? 3) What is the significance of “encounter” according to his analysis of Zen? Presentations -Team Leader for ZEN HISTORY -Mahayana Buddhism and its influences on the development of the Zen school -Other Chinese influences from Daoism. chapters 4 and Epilogue Questions 1) Discuss the role of social discrimination in Zen 2) Discuss the role of imperialism and nationalism in Zen 3) Explain the significance of repentance from a Buddhist standpoint. Zen Marrow.