Overview

Learning Methods
Instructors use a wide variety of active learning methods including film, class discussions and projects, multi-media presentations and exploring local Asian cultural/historical sites.

Major Focus
A major focus of our Asian studies courses is to develop cultural awareness and deeper appreciation for the cultures one of the largest immigrant groups in the Greater Vancouver region.

The AC Difference
Like our students, our excellent faculty hail from different parts of the globe and bring their “lived” experiences in Asian cultures to their classes.

Career Outlook
Asian Studies students can use their knowledge to work in settings requiring cultural awareness of Asian communities as well as with Pacific Rim businesses and organizations.


Course Descriptions

Select a course below to see full descriptions. (#) Indicates amount of credits per course.

ASIA 100 Contemporary China (3)

China's drive for modernization is explored with reference to the role of the Communist Party, the government and the individual. A survey of domestic policy and international relations. Students will draw upon a variety of sources: text readings, scholarly journals, popular literature, film/video assignments, and internet (www) sources in this interdisciplinary study of Chinese society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC ASIA 1st (3)
SFU HIST 2XX (3)
UVic HIST 254 (1.5)
UNBC INTS 204 (3)
TRU SSEL 1XX0 (3)

ASIA 101 Contemporary Japan (3)

Japan's place in the world is explored with reference to the government, the Imperial family, society and the individual. A survey of domestic policy and international relations. Students will draw upon a variety of sources: text readings, scholarly journals, popular literature, film/video assignments, and internet (www) sources in this interdisciplinary study of Japanese society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC ASIA 1st (3)
SFU ASC 201 (3) - B-Hum. Transfer credit granted once for ALEX ASIA 101 or ALEX ASIA 201.
UVic HIST 256 (1.5)
UNBC INTS 203 (3)
TRU SSEL 1XX0 (3)

ASIA 200 Chinese Civilization and Society (3)

This course covers selected aspects of Chinese history with an emphasis on cultural factors which have shaped Chinese viewpoints and perspectives. Modern themes will be placed in geographical and historical context. Students will draw upon a variety of sources: text readings, traditional art and literature, film/video assignments, and internet (www) sources in this interdisciplinary study of Chinese society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC ASIA 2ND (3)
SFU ASC 200 (3) - B-Hum. Transfer credit granted once for ALEX ASIA 101 or ALEX ASIA 201.
UVic HIST 225 (1.5)
UNBC INTS 2XX (3)
TRU HUEL 1XX0 (3)

ASIA 201 Japanese Civilization and Society (3)

This course covers selected aspects of Japanese history with an emphasis on cultural factors which have shaped Japanese viewpoints and perspectives. Modern themes will be placed in geographical and historical context. Students will draw upon a variety of sources: text readings, traditional art and literature, film/video assignments, and internet (www) sources in this interdisciplinary study of Japanese society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC ASIA 2ND (3)
SFU ASC 201 (3) - B-Hum. Transfer credit granted once for ALEX ASIA 101 or ALEX ASIA 201.
UVic HIST 255 (1.5)
UNBC INTS 2XX (3)
TRU NO CREDIT

ASIA 202 Japanese Popular Culture (3)

This course introduces Japanese popular culture as seen in manga, anime, TV dramas, cinema, advertising, literature, music, food, and fashion. The themes focus on the representation of gender and sexuality, cultural/national identity and ethnicity, and the impact of globalization

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL 098

Transfers to:
UBC ASIA 2nd (3)
SFU ASC 202 (3)
UVIC PAAS 200 Lev (1.5)
UNBC INTS 2XX (3)
TRU SSEL 2XX0 (3)

Simon Nantais

Instructor

Simon Nantais

Instructor

After completing his B.A. in History at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Nantais taught English and French in Japan on the JET Programme.

After four years in Japan, he returned to complete a M.A. in History at the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in modern Japanese history at the University of Victoria.

His research on Canada's relations with Japan and on Japanese nationality law has been published in academic journals. He is presently working on a manuscript that examines the history of Koreans residing in Japan during the American Occupation of Japan (1945-1952).

Since 2011, he has been teaching a variety of courses at SFU, KPU, UFV, and the University of Victoria on Japanese, Chinese, East Asian, and world history, as well as thematic courses on World War II in Asia, the environment, food and drink, and foreign relations. Dr. Nantais has been teaching at Alexander College since 2015.

Lewis Cheng

Instructor

Lewis Cheng

Instructor

Dr. Cheng received his PhD of History at Peking University. He has also taught at the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, and other post-secondary institutions, and was a full professor at Beijing Normal University.

Dr. Cheng has been invited to give speeches at many universities and conferences in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.

Dennis Chen

Instructor

Dennis Chen

Instructor

Dennis teaches courses on China at Alexander College. He completed his undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University before moving on to earn his MA at the University of Victoria.

His main research interests include late imperial and contemporary China. He has completed extensive research on important historical figures like Empress Dowager Cixi. His current project includes looking deeper into Sino-Western relations to gain a better understanding of global connections.

Dennis is also currently working as an educator at the Vancouver Maritime Museum where he develops and teaches various programs. He has also completed in depth work on the history of Japanese Canadians and has had the opportunity to provide tours to many different audiences including naval cadets from Japan.

Irene Iwasaki

Instructor

Irene Iwasaki

Instructor

Irene was born in Vancouver and completed a BA (English Literature) and BEd (Secondary English; Secondary Japanese) at SFU. She also has an MA (Japanese Studies) from the University of Sheffield, and an MEd (Educational Technology) from UBC.

Having a great need to explore outside of Burnaby, she travelled to as many places around the world that her wallet would allow her to, and settled in Japan to live, work and study. She taught EFL and Japanese Studies at university in Japan and is also a published author of ESL textbooks and academic articles.

At Alexander College, Irene has worked in the Writing Centre, taught EAP, and is currently teaching Japan-related courses in the ASIA department.

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