Southeast Asian 10A: Power, Performance and Identity in Mainland Southeast Asia

Category: Southeast Asian
Course #: 26273
Units: 4
Times and Locations:

TuTh 12:30-2pm, 9 Lewis

Section 101 (#26274): F 10-11 am, 243 Dwinelle

Section 102 (#26275): W 1-2 pm, 79 Dwinelle

This Gateway Course to the Major in Southeast Asian Studies introduces the culture and history of Cambodia, Laos, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam with an emphasis on Southeast Asian voices. Our themes for 2020 are identity, power, and performance. From royal courts and temples to modern screen and stage; theatre and cinema to legal tribunals and political campaigns, we will consider questions of cultural identity, spiritual prowess, the projection of authority and the theatre of protest. Through a range of media from temple inscriptions to folklore, cinema, dance, song and political propaganda, we will explore the continuity, rupture and adaptation of performance traditions against key moments and movements in the modern history and society of Southeast Asia.