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Contemporary East Asian Culture, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Sarah Dodd
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Weekly Reading

Week 1: Introduction

Chua Beng Huat, 'Conceptualising an East Asian Popular Culture,' Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 5:2 (2004), pp 200-221.

Recommended text

Lewis, Martin W. and Wigen, Kären, "The Cultural Constructs of Orient and Occident, East and West," in The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography, Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1997, pp 73-103. (Have a look at least at pp73-82) 

Week 2: No Man’s Zone: Art and Environment in Japan

Required viewing for the seminar:

No Man’s Zone (Fujiwara Toshi, 2011)  


Lim, Dennis (2012 ), 'Post-Traumatic Filmmaking in Japan ', The New York Times 12 March 2012, (

(2014 ), 'Special Issue on 3/11 ', Japan Forum, 26 (3).

Bingham, Adam (2009), 'Beyond borders: a brief introduction to the work of Fujiwara Toshi', Asian Cinema, 20 (1), 155-65. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

DiNitto, Rachel (2014), 'Narrating the cultural trauma of 3/11: the debris of post-Fukushima literature and film', Japan Forum, 26 (3), 340-60.

Interview with Toshi Fujiwara (Matteo Boscarol):

Week 3: Others in Japanese Cinema: Transnational Asia as Urban Sensibility 

Required viewing for the seminar:

About Love (Shimoyama Ten, Zhang Yibai, Yee Chin-Yeh, 2005) 


Iwabuchi, Koichi 2013. "Taking Japanization Seriously: Cultural Globalization Reconsidered." In Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism 23–50. Durham: Duke University Press.

Gerow, Aaron. "Consuming Asia, Consuming Japan: The New Neonationalistic Revisionism in Japan " In Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany and the United States ed. Laura Hein and Mark Selden, 74-95. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2000.

Braester, Y., and J. Tweedie. 2010. Cinema at the City's Edge: Film and Urban Networks in East Asia: Hong Kong University Press.

Dasgupta, Romit. 2013. "Romancing Urban Modernity in Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai: The Film About Love and the Shaping of a Discursive East Asian Popular Culture." In Popular Culture in Asia: Memory, City, Celebrity, edited by Lorna Fitzsimmons and John A. Lent, 116-141. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Yomota, Inuhiko, and Aaron Gerow. 2003. Stranger than Tokyo: Space and Race In Postnational Japanese Cinema. In Lau, Jenny Kwok Wah, ed. Multiple Modernities: Cinemas and Popular Media in Transcultural East Asia. Philadelphia, Penn.: Temple University Press, 2003.

Week: 4 Urban and Youth Culture in China (I)

Required viewing for the seminar:

Tiny Times 1 (Guo Jingming, 2013)


Amrith, Megha (2015). ‘Urban Marginality and the Affective Lives of Migrants’. Third Text, 29(6), pp. 459-472. Goodman, S. G. David (2016). 'Social Statification under Reform, Rural-urban relations', Class in Contemporary China. Polity Press, Malden, Massachusetts, pp. 40-44.

Ito, Kinko. (2005). 'A History of Manga in the Context of Japanese Culture and Society', Journal of popular culture, 38(2), pp. 456-475

Tansen, Sen. (2014). '"Tiny Times" and the Dream of a 'Xiaokang Society' in China', Economic and Political Weekly, 49(21), pp. 9-22.

Week 5: Urban and Youth Culture in China (II)

Required viewing for the seminar:

Go Away Mr.Tumour (Han Yan, 2015)

Week 6: Return to Innocence: Formosan Aboriginal Cultures in Contemporary Taiwan

Primary sources:

Difang Duana (郭英男), 1998. Elders Drinking Song <老人飲酒歌> 

(Elders Drinking Song (Original Recording) 老人飲酒歌, 2019. YouTube Video, added by 郭英男和馬蘭吟唱隊 [Online]. Available at

Enigma, 1993. Return to Innocence

(Enigma - Return To Innocence (Official Video), 2009. YouTube Video, added by EnigmaSpace [Online]. Available at

Monaneng(莫那能), 1989. ‘When the Bells Start to Ring’ <鐘聲響起時>

(Monaneng, 1989. ‘When the Bells Start to Ring’. Translated by Backus Roberts and Kuo-ching Tu, 1998. Taiwan Literature: English Translation Series. Forum for the Study of World Literatures in Chinese, Volume 3, pp.99-100. Available at

Walis Nokan (or Wa-li-ssu Yu-kan) (瓦歷斯‧諾幹) ,1992. ‘Concerning Atayal’ (Walis Nokan, 1992. ‘Concerning Atayal’. Translated by Kuo-ching Tu and Backus Roberts, 1998. Taiwan Literature: English Translation Series. Forum for the Study of World Literatures in Chinese, Volume 3, pp.85-87. Available at

Required reading for seminar discussion

Music videos of Aljenljeng Tjaluvie's 3 songs--


Thank you 

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EveringtonKeoni, 2017. 'Taiwan aborigines can now legally hunt for food', Taiwan News, 9 June [Online]. Available at

Lin, Yang-yi, 2016. 'When Taiwan’s Indigenous Hunters Become Prey', The Taiwan 

Gazette, 11 March [Online]. Available at

Teyra, Ciwang, 2015. 'Who are the Taiwanese Indigenous People?', Katalan Media, 7 

July [Online]. Available at

Recommended texts and resources 

Connell, John & Gibson, Chris, 2004. ‘World music: deterritorializing place and identity’, Progress in Human Geography 28(3), pp. 342-61.

McNaught, Douglas, 2018. Indigenous Language Education in Taiwan: Past, Present and Future, SOAS University of London, 19 March. YouTube Video, added by SOAS University of London [Online]. Available at

Tan, Shzr Ee, 2008. ‘Returning to and from “Innocence”: Taiwan Aboriginal Recordings’, The Journal of American Folklore, 121 (480), pp. 222-35.

Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2019. Taiwan's indigenous fighting for their land. YouTube Video, added by Thomson Reuters Foundation [Online]. Available at

Tsai, Yeves, n.d. ‘Angelic Voices of Motherland: The Current Situation of Taiwanese Indigenous Music Scene’, Taiwan Beats [Online]. Available at

Wang, Ting-Jieh, 2019. Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of the Environment in Taiwan, SOAS University of London, 30 January. YouTube Video, added by SOAS University of London [Online]. Available at

Week 7 (Reading Week)

Week 8: The Furious Sounds: the Protest Culture in Contemporary Taiwan 

Primary sources:

Chthonic(閃靈樂團), 2011. TAKAO <皇軍>

(CHTHONIC - TAKAO - Official Video, 2011. YouTube Video, added by CHTHONIC 閃靈映像館 [Online]. Available at

Chthonic(閃靈樂團), 2011. Broken Jade (in English)

(CHTHONIC - Broken Jade Official Video, 2011. YouTube Video, added by CHTHONIC 閃靈映像館 [Online]. Available at

Chthonic (閃靈樂團), 2013. Dusk falls on Butik Hall <暮沉武德殿> (in Taiwanese Hokkien)

Metal version: 

(CHTHONIC 閃靈 - 暮沉武德殿 台語版 MV (中文字幕), 2013. YouTube Video, added by Metal-Maru [Online]. Available at

Acoustic version: 

(CHTHONIC-Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace(acoustic), 2014. YouTube Video, added by CHTHONIC 閃靈映像館 [Online]. Available at

 Yi-Cheng Wu(吳易澄), 2013. Do You Here the People Sing? in Taiwanese Hokkien 


(《Do You Hear the People Sing》Taiwanese Version 2nd ed, 2013. YouTube Video, added by rucifa001 [Online]. Available at

Fire EX.(滅火器樂團), 2014. Island's Sunrise <島嶼天光> 

(〈島嶼天光〉(Island's Sunrise)藝術公民計劃, 2014. YouTube Video, added by Wu DarKuen [Online]. Available at

Required reading list for seminar discussion

Ash, Alec, 2020. ‘A Song for Hong Kong: A brief history of Hong Kong’s protest 

music’, The China Channel, 17 July [Online]. Available at

Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus, 2014, ‘Protest Songs and Taiwanese Identity in the 

Sunflower Movement’, The Asia Dialogue, 9 April [Online]. Available at

Recommended texts and resources 

Chthonic (Freddy Lin), 2007. Interview by Terrorverlag, Terrorverlag: Alternative 

Music Webzine, 18 January [Online]. Available at

Hsu, Wendy & Sargent, Carey, 2008. ‘Rocking Out Between the Local and the Global: 

Transnational Independent Music Industry in Taiwan’, Amalgam, 2(1), pp. 39-52. Availble at

Lin, Tse-Hsiung, 2011. ‘Mountain Songs, Hakka Songs, Protest Songs: A Case Study of 

Two Hakka Singers from Taiwan’, Asian Music, 42(1), pp.85-122.

Lo, Jeph, 2019, ‘Wasteland Utopia: The Liberation of Sound in Post–Martial Law 

Taiwan’, Full Stop, 18 March [Online]. Available at

Music and art in a time of protest | Denise Ho, 2020. YouTube Video, added by TED 

[Online]. Available at

Payne, Christopher, 2014. ‘Wushe, Literature, and Melodic Black Metal: The “Nonpolitics” of Wuhe and the “Political” ChthoniC’, Positions : East Asia cultures critique, 22(2), pp.403-28.

Read, Graeme. 2019, ‘Youth and Political Music in Taiwan: Resignifying the Nation at Inland Rock and Tshingsan Fest.’ Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 33, pp. 166–84. Available at

Week 9: Uighur Identity (1)

Required readings of primary sources for seminar discussion

Ötkür, Abdurehim, ‘Tracks’, on p302 of Beckwith, Christopher I. Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009. Available online through the library website (link available in ‘Week 9 Seminar’ folder on Minerva)

Selected poems from: Hamut, Tahir, The Distance and other Poems. Available from: and on Minerva

Details of specific poems to be read to be announced in week 9 lecture.

Recommended texts and resources

Gladney, D. (1990). The ethnogenesis of the Uighur. Central Asian Survey, 9(1), 1–28.

Kasgarli, Sultan Mahmut. “Modern Uighur Literature: Its Origins and Development.” Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs. Journal 9.2 (1988): 350–355. Web.

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: Uyghur Muqam of Xinjiang

Uyghur Academy

Week 10: Uighur Identity (2)

Required readings of primary sources for seminar discussion

“The Mustache Dispute” by Memtimin Hoshur (Excerpt) Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, June 2014 (Available on Minerva)

Hoshur, Memtimin. "Festival for the Pigs." Trans. Darren Byler and Mutellip Enwer. Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics 2014 Web.

Recommended texts and resources

Davis, B. (2019). Being Uighur ... With “Chinese characteristics”: analyzing China’s legal crusade against Uighur identity. American Indian Law Review, 44(1).

 Finnegan, Ciara. “The Uyghur Minority in China: A Case Study of Cultural Genocide, Minority Rights and the Insufficiency of the International Legal Framework in Preventing State-Imposed Extinction.” Laws 9.1 (2020): 1–. Web.

Grose, Timothy A. “If You Don’t Know How, Just Learn: Chinese Housing and the Transformation of Uyghur Domestic Space.” Ethnic and racial studies (2020): 1–22

GIULIA CABRAS, and Elizabeht Guill. “Between Resistance and Adaptation: The Place of the Uyghur Language in the Sinicised Zone of Ürümchi.” China perspectives 4 (112) (2017): 41–48. Print.

Raza, Zainab. “CHINA’S ‘POLITICAL RE-EDUCATION’ CAMPS OF XINJIANG’S UYGHUR MUSLIMS.” Asian Affairs 50.4 (2019): 488–501. Web.

Schluessel, Eric T. “History, Identity, and Mother-Tongue Education in Xinjiang.” Central Asian Survey: THE UYGHURS IN CHINA - QUESTIONING THE PAST AND UNDERSTANDING THE PRESENT 28.4 (2009): 383–402. Web.

Zelcer-Lavid, Michal. “Modern Education and Literary Traditions: a Comparative View on the Development of Modern Uyghur and Tibetan Literature.” Central Asian Survey 37.4 (2018): 563–581. Web.

Zenz, A. (2019). “Thoroughly reforming them towards a healthy heart attitude”: China’s political re-education campaign in Xinjiang. Central Asian Survey: Securitization, Insecurity and Conflict in Contemporary Xinjiang, 38(1), 102–128. 

Zenz, Adrian (27 June 2020). "Sterilizations, IUDs, and Mandatory Birth Control: The CCP's Campaign to Suppress Uyghur Birthrates in Xinjiang"(PDF). The Jamestown Foundation.

World Uyghur Congress:

Uyghur Human Rights Project:

Other texts and resources

Anonymous. “Apartheid with Chinese Characteristics; Inside Xinjiang.” The Economist (London) 427.9094 (2018): 19–. Print.

Ethnic Minorites in Xinjiang, available online from:

Chanisheff, Söyüngül. 2018. The land drenched in tears. London: Hertfordshire Press

Gladney, D. (1992). Constructing a contemporary Uighur national identity : Transnationalism, islamicization, and State representation. CEMOTI, Cahiers d’Études Sur La Méditerranée Orientale et Le Monde Turco-Iranien, 13(1), 165–184.

Gladney, Dru C. “Islam in China: Accommodation or Separatism?” The China quarterly (London) 174.174 (2003): 451–467. Web.

Hastings, J. (2005). Perceiving a Single Chinese State : Escalation and Violence in Uighur Protests. Problems of Post-Communism, 52(1), 28–38.

Helly, D. (1984). The identity and nationality problem in Chinese Central Asia. Central Asian Survey, 3(3), 99–108.

Hierman, B. (2007). The Pacification of Xinjiang: Uighur Protest and the Chinese State, 1988-2002. Problems of Post-Communism, 54(3), 48–62.

Hyer, E. (2006). China’s policy towards Uighur nationalism 1. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 26(1), 75–86.

Li, Y., & Niemann, C. (2016). Social Construction of Ethnic Identity and Conflict: The Cases of the Chechen and the Uighur. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36(4), 584–596.

Naby, Eden. “Uighur Elites in Xinjiang.” Central Asian Survey: Native elites and the distribution of power, authority and income 5.3-4 (1986): 241–254. Web.

Nadyrov, S. (2003). UIGHURS OF KAZAKHSTAN: Socio-Economic Situation. Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, 7(2), 88–0_4.

Primiano, C. (2013). China under stress: The Xinjiang question. International Politics, 50(3), 455–473.

Roberts, S. (2009). Imagining Uyghurstan: re-evaluating the birth of the modern Uyghur nation1. Central Asian Survey: THE UYGHURS IN CHINA - QUESTIONING THE PAST AND UNDERSTANDING THE PRESENT, 28(4), 361–381.

Yeoh, E. (2015). Crossing the Chinese Frontier, Interpreting the Chinese Nation: The Shifting Nexus of Community, Identity and Population Mobility. Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations, 1(2), 131–141.

Zang, Xiaowei. “Socioeconomic Attainment, Cultural Tastes, and Ethnic Identity: Class Subjectivities Among Uyghurs in Ürümchi.” Ethnic and Racial Studies: Chinese Minorities: representation and classification at home and abroad 39.12 (2016): 2169–2186. Web.

Zhang, Shen et al. “Implicit Trust Between the Uyghur and the Han in Xinjiang, China.” PloS one 8.8 (2013): e71829–. Web.

Week 11: Module Round-up

 Reading TBC

General Reading on Contemporary East Asian Culture

Berry, Chris (ed). Chinese films in focus: 25 new takes, London: BFI, 2003. 

Berry, Michael (ed). 2005 Speaking in images: interviews with contemporary Chinese filmmakers, New York & Chichester: Columbia University Press.

Barmé, Geremie R., 1999. In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture, New York: Columbia University Press. 

Braester, Yomi, 2003. Witness Against History: Literature, Film and Public Discourse in Twentieth-Century China, Stanford CA: Stanford University Press.

Chen, Kuan-Hsing; Chua, Beng Huat, 2007. The Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader. London: Routledge.

Chua Beng Huat, 'Conceptualising an East Asian Popular Culture,' Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 5:2 (2004), pp 200-221.

Chua, Beng Hat, 2012. Structure, Audience and Power in East Asian Pop Culture. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press

Davis, Darrell William, and Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh, eds. 2008. East Asian Screen Industries London: BFI Publishing.

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley; Walthall, Anne, 2013. East Asia: A Cultural, Social and Political History. Belmont, California: Wadsworth. 

John Gittings, 2006. The Changing Face of China : From Mao to the Market. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Holcombe, Charles, 2011. A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Iwabuchi, Koichi 2013. Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism Durham: Duke University Press.

Knight, Sabina, 2012. Chinese literature : a very short introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Latham, Kevin, 'Understanding Popular Culture in China', in Kevin Latham, Pop Culture China! (Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2007): pp 1-34.

Lau, Jenny Kwok Wah, ed. 2003. Multiple Modernities: Cinema and Popular Media in Transcultural East Asia. Philadelphia, Penn.: Temple University Press.

Lewis, Martin W. and Wigen, Kären, "The Cultural Constructs of Orient and Occident, East and West," in The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography, Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1997, pp 73-103.

Liew, Kai Khiun, 2016. Transnational Memory and Popular Culture in East and Southeast Asia: Amnesia, Nostalgia and Heritage. London; New York: Rowman and Littlefield International.

Lim, Song Hwee and Julian Ward, eds, 2011. The Chinese cinema book, London: BFI Publishing, and Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Louis, Kam, ed., 2008 The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Matsuda, Akira; Mengoni, Luisa E., 2016. Reconsidering Cultural Heritage in East Asia. London: Ubiquity Press.

Otmazgin, Nissim Kadosh. 'Commodifying Asian-ness: Entrepreneurship and the Making of East Asian Popular Culture. Media, Culture and Society, March 2011, Vol. 33 (2), pp259-274.

Qiu, Shuting, 2011. East Asian Cinema and Cultural Heritage: From China, Hong Kong, Taiwan to Japan and South Korea. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 

Said, Edward, 1994. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books.

Shim, Doobo. 'Hybridity and The Rise of Korean Popular Culture in Asia.' Media, Culture and Society 28, no. 1 (2006): 25–44.

Wang, David Der-wei, 2017. A New Literary History of Modern China, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Wee, C.J.W.-L. 'East Asian Pop Culture and the Trajectory of Asian Consumption. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 02 April 2016, Vol. 17 (2), pp305-315.

Zhang, Xudong. “Poetics of vanishing: the films of Jia Zhangke”, New Left review (00286060), (63), p. 71. 

Online resources for East Asian Literature and Culture

An extremely useful site is the Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource Center , where you will find databases of translations and secondary research on most of the authors we look at in the module. 

Another useful site is Paper Republic, for stories and information on authors:

If you're on Twitter, a useful account to follow is the China Fiction Book Club -

You might also be interested in The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing -

This list was last updated on 24/09/2021