This course engages a new methodological approach to Asia that expands beyond the spatial concept of the region as a set of political entities occupying a specific part of the world. Global Asias seeks to open up avenues of inquiry to accommodate the study of flows of people, ideas, and practices across Asia and throughout the world. It provides the opportunity to consider Asian communities as they manifest themselves in different places and different ways. We begin with a survey of past attempts to define, understand, and manage Asia, which resulted in an area studies approach. We then engage transnational and interdisciplinary efforts, and we conclude by considering the possibility that Global Asias can challenge and perhaps unseat the reigning epistemologies that exist today.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM; AS SC