One World Initiative/ASIA 198

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The One World Initiative is a new campus-wide initiative intended to bring together and highlight the many global engagement opportunities at Sacramento State, encouraging students to develop their understanding of the world in which they live and to adopt a genuine and authentic global perspective on the issues we all face.

The 2012-2013 theme, "Global Perspectives on Water", will be explored this semester in the Asian Studies Program’s capstone course, ASIA 198: Asia in the World Today. This senior seminar in recent scholarship and current issues concerning Asia will explore water through perspectives as diverse as art, philosophy, economics, language and identity.


ASIA 198: Asia in the World Today
Amador 262, Monday 4:30-7:20

  • Sept 10:
    Richard Shek, Humanities and Religious Studies Department
    "Water as a Fundamental Concept in Chinese Religion and Philosophy."
    Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Art Department
    "Images of Water in South and Southeast Asian Art."
  • Sept 17:
    David Corner, Department of Philosophy
    "The Power of Water: Daoist Virtue and the Emulation of Nature."
    Greg Kim-Ju, Psychology Department
    "Han River, Dokdo/Takeshima Islands, and Korean Identity."
  • Sept 24:
    Joel Dubois, Humanities and Religious Studies Department and Mitch Numark, Department of History
    "Water Redeemed? An Empowered Widow's Stories & RK Narayan's The Guide."
  • Oct 1:
    Sujatha Moni, Women’s Studies Department
    "Ripples in the Water: Women's Stories from India.” Video: Water, directed by Deepa Mehta.
  • Oct 8:
    Cindi Sturtz Sreetharan, Anthropology Department
    "Ohiya, Omizu, Oh Beautiful Water!: Japanese Language, and Modernity."
  • Oct 15:
    Kazue Masuyama, Department of Foreign Languages, EunMi Cho, Department of Special Education, and Mr. He, Calligrapher
    "Art of Calligraphy – Celebrating Water."
    View the slide show presentation from the class here.
  • Oct 22:
    Yan "Joni" Zhou, Department of Economics
    "Water and Global Economics."
  • Oct 29:
    Sylvia Sensiper, Program Director, UC Davis Extension, Research Associate, Department of Anthropology
    "Mind like Water, Mind like Sky: the Flow of Meditation.”
  • Nov 5:
    Minjeong Kang, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
    "Water in Fashion."
  • Nov. 19:
    James Rae, Government Department
    "Planting Flags on the Tide: The South China Sea as Containment Policy."
  • Nov. 26:
    Raghuraman Trichur, Anthropology Department
    "Hydro Power: Water Politics Across Contemporary Asia."
    James Sobredo, Department of Ethnic Studies
    "Manila Galleons: Global Trade across Pacific Waters."
  • Dec. 3:
    Michael Vann, History Department, Fulbright Senior Scholar, Universitas Gajah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2012-2013
    "Asia of the Monsoons: Wet Rice, Maritime Trade, and Early State Formation in Southeast Asia."