Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

COM 325 East Asian Popular Culture(RLA)

Also CIN 325. This course examines different forms of popular culture in East Asian from historical, sociological, anthropological and media studies perspectives. Looking at TV drama, cinema, animation, music, fashion and fast food, the course investigate how popular culture works and how it shapes peoples lives. In particular, how are cultural forms communicated and circulated in different places, in regional as well as global contexts and how do local dynamics re-shape the forms? Seeing popular culture as terrains of power struggles and articulation, we will explore how class, gender and national identities are constructed and contested through popular culture that is in turn shaped by these social relationships in specific political and historical contexts.Prerequisite: ENG 151 and (HST 204 or COM 203 or CIN 210 or CIN 220)