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2018 Summer
* GLS 331 / AAS 334 (SA)   na, npdf

Japan and Black America: A Long Road of Discovery

Imani Perry


According to popular imagery there are hardly two cultures that are more different than those of the Japanese and Black Americans. And yet, despite these perceived differences, for over a century there has been abundant and complex cultural sharing, borrowing, and exchange between them. This interdisciplinary course will explore this tradition from the early 20th century to the present. In addition to investigating creative cultural pairings, we will explore vexing issues that frequently appear when people with distinct histories and traditions imagine each other.

Sample reading list:
Eds. Bill Mullen and Kathryn Watson, W.E.B. DuBois on Asia: Crossing the World's Color Line
E. Taylor Atkins, Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan
Eds. Heike Raphael Hernandez and Shannon Steen, AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History and Politics
Ian Condry, Hip Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization
Iona Rozeal Brown, (Art Institute of Chicago Catalog)
Angel Kyodo Williams, Being Black, Living In Zen
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be expected to keep a weekly course journal of 250-500 word entries. In the third week rather than a journal a midterm paper is due, and in the final week, a final paper is due. Each of those papers will be 5-7 pages.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Other information:
This class will be offered from 06/18/2018 - 07/27/2018, days/times TBA. In addition to the seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a Japanese language course that will complement the content of the seminar. If interested in applying, please see GPS application.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10079 S01 TBA        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed