Introduction to Korean Culture  (574-210)  Fall 2003

MTh 1:10-2:30

Scott Hall 221

 

Instructor: Prof. Young-mee Yu Cho (yucho@rci.rutgers.edu)

Office Hours: Wed. 10:20-11:20 & by appointment

Office: Scott Hall 339 (932-5603)

Textbooks:       Yi In-Hwa (2002) Everlasting Empire. New York: East Bridge

                        A reading packet           

 

Mon.

 

Thurs.

9/4

Introduction

9/8

The Land and the People

9/11

Korean Language

9/15

Korean Language

9/18

Native and Adopted Beliefs

9/22

Koryǒ Dynasty and Buddhism

9/25

Koryǒ Dynasty and Buddhism

9/29

Chosǒn Dynasty and Confucian Orthodoxy

10/2

Chosǒn Dynasty and Confucian Orthodoxy

10/6

Chosǒn Dynasty and Confucian Orthodoxy

10/9

Chosǒn Dynasty and Confucian Orthodoxy

10/13

Chosǒn Dynasty and Confucian Orthodoxy

10/16

 Midterm 1

10/20

Colonialism and Modernity

10/23

No Class

10/27

Colonialism and Modernity

10/30

Colonialism and Modernity

11/3

Korean War

11/6

Korean War

11/10

Midterm 2

11/13

Industrialization

11/17

Contemporary Korea and Wider World

11/20

The Korean Diaspora

11/24

Individual meetings

11/27

Thanksgiving Recess

12/1

 Presentations

12/4

 Presentations

12/8

 Presentations

 

 

 

 

 

References:

 

Clark, Donald. Christianity in Modern Korea

Cumings, Bruce.  Korea’s Place in the Sun

Eckert, Carter et. al. Korea Old and New:  A History

Guisso, Richard W.L.  and Chai-shin Yu ed., Shamanism:  The Spirit World of Korea

Haboush, JaHyun and Martina Deuchler. Culture and the State in Late Choson Korea.

Kendall, Laurel. Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman

Koo, Hagen. State and Society in Contemporary Korea

Lewis et.al., Introduction of Buddhism to Korea

Lee, Peter H. Modern Korean Literature

__________, Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, volumes 1 and 2

Lett, Denise P. In Pursuit of Status: The Making of South Korea’s “New” Urban

Middle Class.

Nelson, Laura. Measured Excess: Consumer Nationalism in South Korea

Park. K-Y. The Korean American Dream

Takaki, Ronald. From the Land of Morning Calm.

 

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Week 1: Introduction    

       Korea” The World Book Encyclopedia

                  Video: Korea: “The land and the People”

 

Week 2: Korean Language

                Kim-Renaud  (2000) “Korean Language.” Encarta. Microsoft@

    Cho (2003) “Diglossia in Korean Language and Literature: A Historical Perspective”

                Video: “Hangeul”     

 

Week 3: Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla:  Native and Adopted Beliefs

                  “Shamanism and the Korean World View”

       Video:  “Initiation ‘kut’ for a Korean Shaman”

 

Week 4:  Koryǒ Dynasty and Buddhism

                     “Karma and Rebirth”; “The Four Noble Truths”

                    Film: “Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?”

 

Week 5:  Chosǒn Dynasty and Confucian Orthodoxy

                   JaHyun Kim Haboush, “The Confucianization of Korean Society”

                  Everlasting Empire pp. 3-79

      Film: “Ch’unhyang  and “The Surrogate Mother”

 

Week 6:  Chosǒn Dynasty

                 Don Baker, “From Pottery to Politics: The Transformation of Korean Catholicism”

                 Everlasting Empire pp. 83-168

                 Video: “The Palaces in Seoul

 

Week 7: Chosǒn Dynasty

                 Everlasting Empire pp. 169-259

 

 

Week 8: Colonialism and Modernity

                  Ch. 15, Korea Old and New

                  Chae “A Ready-Made Life”

 

Week 9: Colonialism and Modernity

                 Toshiyuki “The Clan Records”

                 Film: “Comfort Women”

                

Week 10: Korean War

                 Ch. 18, Korea Old New

                 Pak Wansǒ, “Winter Outing”

     Video: “Korea:  McArthur’s War”

 

Week 11: Contemporary Society (Industrialization  and Democratic Movements)

     John Duncan, “Confucian Social Values in Contemporary South Korea”

     Steinberg (1998) “Korea: Triumph and  Turmoil”

                  Film: “Sǒp’yǒnje”

 

Week 12: The Korean Diaspora

      Takaki (1989) From the Land of Morning Calm

       Park (1997) The Korean American Dream

       Clark  (1991) “Bitter Friendship”

                   Younghill Kang, from East Goes West: The Making of an Oriental Yankee

       Cathy Song’s “Picture Bride” and “Easter:  Wahiawa, 1959”

       Video: “Sa-I-Gu”

                    Film “First Person Plural”

 

 

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Evaluation:

Midterms: 25 x 2 = 50 %

Quizzes: 10%

Homework: 10 %

Presentations and Final Paper: 20 % (paper due 12/10/03)

Attendance and Class Participation: 10%

 

Class Policy:

  1. No make-up (or late homework) will be permitted.
  2. With 5 absences, you will fail the class.