Final Exam Review Sheet Now Available

Our review sheet for the Final Exam is now available at our Assignments Page. Quick Tips:

The Final Exam is on Wednesday, May 3rd at 8:30 am in Monroe 346. Note it in your calendars now! (And set two alarm clocks that morning. Note–the syllabus says the exam is in Monroe 210, this is an error–it’s in our regular classroom. Come to 346, not 210.)

The exam is the same format as the midterm: a take-home essay (due at the start of the exam) and an in-class ID component.

— Unlike the midterm, here will be NO LATE ESSAYS ACCEPTED and no make-up exams. Be sure to BE ON TIME with your essay and be present for the in-class component!

We’ll review the essay in class this week (4/19).

Image: China [on the ground during the Asia Pacific War, 1937-1945], from the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive. Tagged #Flying Tigers–China. Via Flickr Commons.

Talk – Japan’s Escape from Zombie Capitalism by Ian Condry (MIT), 4/10

Monday, 4/10
4 pm, Trinkle 243—-> ROOM CHANGE: NOW IN TRINKLE 207

Professor Ian Condry of MIT speaks on “Japan’s Escape from Zombie Capitalism: Lessons from Anime, Manga and Music”

Extra-Credit Opportunity (send a summary of the talk *and* your own further conclusions, take-aways, next Q’s… via email to Dr. Fernsebner by Wednesday, April 12th, at midnight.)

Dower Essay Assignment Now Available

Next week we begin John Dower’s War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War.

See our Online Readings page for a reading guide to help you as you explore Dower’s analysis and the rich evidence he provides in his account of the ways in which racial ideology and propaganda on both side of the Asia Pacific War influenced a violent conflict.

Our essay assignment on Dower’s text, due Monday, 4/17, is also available now at the Assignments page. I’ll introduce the assignment in class on Friday, 3/24.

Schedule Update

Hello All,

Here’s a reminder of the schedule update we discussed in class today:

Our Edgar Snow outline is due in class on Wednesday, April 5th.
Length: 2 pages (can stretch to 3, but not more)
Format / Guidelines: Chicago / Turabian bibliographic citation at the top. Follow with a list of key quotes and points from the text that relate to evidence about how & why the Chinese Communist Movement may have attracted popular support among an audience of everyday Chinese, as Snow’s view as a journalist recounts. Don’t forget to use page numbers for direct quotes and paraphrases of the text–you can use these for citations in our upcoming final exam essay at the end of the semester. Hint: separate out your own ideas with brackets and your initials [SF: this is useful advice this blog post author just mentioned.]

Week 5 – Looking Ahead

Woodblock Print, Meiji era, 1879

Woodblock Print, Meiji era, 1879

We continue with material on late nineteenth century reforms in China this coming week–and then a discussion of Remembering Aizu for the full hour on Friday.

Remember that our Midterm Exam is a week from Monday, with the take-home essay due at the start of the hour and the in-class component starting also at 10 am sharp. See our Assignments page, as previously announced, for full details.

My office hours this coming week are Monday 12:30-3:00 pm, and W and F 8:15-9:00 am. They are booking up already, so send me an email if you’d like to schedule an appointment (sfernseb [at] umw [dot] edu.)

Paper reminders:

  • Citations are needed as a minimum requirement for a passing grade on the paper (endnotes not footnotes, Chicago-Turabian Style)–utilize evidence and also avoid plagiarism. If you’re not sure when you need to use citations, be sure to talk to me well in advance of the assignment, and also see our Plagiarism Tutorial link at the Writing Page at our course site. It’s also extra credit if you have the quiz results emailed to me!
  • Need to know how to convert footnotes to endnotes in MSWord? See here!
  • Running into trouble with the deadline? See our late policy and late submission instructions on the course syllabus.

Image: From “Kiyochika’s Toyko–I: Master of Modern Melancholy (1876-1881)” by James T. Ulak at MIT Visualizing Cultures.

Monday, 1/23, Workshop Readings

ChineseFamilyHello All,

As noted in our syllabus, we’ll be having a discussion meeting for Monday’s class (1/23), and our reading to focus on for that day is “Random Notes from Prison,” one of the primary documents found in our Ebrey textbook.

You can also find that reading scanned online at our Readings page here at the course site.

Please bring a copy (either hardcopy or via an electronic device: laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet) to class on Monday!

Image: Shanghai – Chinese Family. National Archives, UK. Link.

Syllabus Now Available

Hello All,

Our course syllabus is available is now available at our Syllabus page.

Note: an earlier version was posted there, but I’ve made a slight adjustment for clarity on the Ebrey textbook readings (as of 1/12/2017), so if you’ve already downloaded an earlier version, you’ll want to grab the updated version.

See you in class next week!

Dr. Fernsebner


Welcome to HIST 142: Asian Civilizations II

Hello All,

Hope your winter break was a relaxing one! Our History 142 syllabus will be posted soon. In the meantime, if you’d like a preview of the books required for the course, see the list below.

Note that *any* edition of the Ebrey (et al) textbook can be used for this class–if you’re looking to save money on a purchase, don’t feel obligated to buy the latest edition! We’ll also have a copy available on reserve at the library…

On digital copies: these often lack page numbers, which make writing papers (and using proper citations for evidence from the texts) difficult. I strongly suggest using paper copies of texts, new or used, or, if you do use digital copies, being sure before purchasing that they provide accurate page numbers that match the published, hard copy of the text.

Required texts (in order of use):

Patricia Ebrey, and Anne Walthal. East Asia: A Cultural, Social, and Political History. 3rd edition. (New York: Wadsworth Publishing, 2013). ISBN: 1133606474. NOTE: PREVIOUS EDITIONS (2008 and 2005) ARE ALSO ACCEPTED FOR USE IN THIS COURSE.

Shiba Goro. Rembering Aizu: The Testament of Shiba Goro. Trans. by Teruko Craig. (Honolulu: U. of Hawai’i Press, 1999). You will need this book by the end of week three, and it will be the focus of our first paper for the course…

Hildi Kang. Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea. (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2005).

Edgar Snow. Red Star over China: The Classic Account of the Birth of Chinese Communism. (New York: Grove Press, 1994)

John Dower. Race and Power in the Pacific War. (New York: Pantheon Books, 1987)