This is a general introduction to Japanese culture, in which various topics will be introduced, including geography, history, religion, social and family life, aesthetics, performing arts, and political system. A comparative approach of views on beliefs, values, and traditions of both the U.S. and Japan is encouraged. The class will learn also a few basic expressions in Japanese. MSC, Classroom #1; Limit: 21 Course is closed
Suggested (not Required) Reading: Understanding Japanese Society (Fourth Edition) by Joy Hendry, published by Routledge (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series) Fourth Edition published in 2013 ISBN:978-0-415-67914-5
Reiko Yonogi is a native of Tokyo, Japan. Her undergraduate degree is in English and American literature from Japan. She has a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She taught Japanese language, culture and literature at the University of Georgia, Athens, and Indiana University at Indianapolis, retiring in 2014.