Spring 2022 - GA 101 D100

Introduction to Global Asia (3)

Class Number: 4628

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    Thu, 11:59–11:59 p.m.



Introduces developments in Asia from a comparative and transregional perspective, focusing on economic interactions, cultural influences, as well as migrations. Surveys various issues, both historical and contemporary, including those involving diasporic Asian communities. Students with credit for ASC 101 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to global Asian studies through five units designed to introduce you to different aspects of Asia’s global story. In Unit 1, we will explore BC’s history as a point of departure for encounters with Asia as well as a site of settlement by people of Asian descent from all over the globe. Next, we will attend to the movement of Asian people within and beyond Asia as part of translocal projects of nation-building, empire, (settler) colonialism, war, and capitalism, with a focus on the experiences of migrant workers, refugees, and other marginalized subjects. In Unit 3, we will revisit these histories from another angle by tracking how food travels globally and what this tells us about how people’s sense of self and community shifts as they move around; while in Unit 4, we will take up Hallyu (the new Korean wave) as a way to think about the global circulation of Asian cultural goods. Finally, in Unit 5, we will ask how Asian and Asian diasporic subjects have sought to transform the modern global order, including through cultivating relationships of solidarity, aspiration, or redress with differently situated others. Throughout the course, you will gain practice thinking with and writing about cultural texts, scholarship, and key concepts in the field; there will also be opportunities to interact with Asian and Asian diasporic artists and scholars, who will introduce us to their work in person or over Zoom. 


  • Introductory statement 5%
  • Participation (with asynchronous options) 10%
  • Micro essay (1 @ 300 words) 15%
  • Short essays (2 @ 1000 words each) 55%
  • Final keywords exam 15%



All course texts will be uploaded to Canvas or shown in class.  

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