Religion and Rebellion in Modern East Asia

History 103F.002

Spring 2012
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3104 Dwinelle
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<p>Nancy Kinue Stalker is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Asian Studies and History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship on twentieth century Japanese material and popular culture investigates the intersection of practices and beliefs considered &quot;traditional&quot; with larger constructs of historical modernity, including nationalism, imperialism, capitalism and feminism. Her first book is entitled Prophet Motive: Deguchi Onisaburo, Oomoto and the Rise of New Religions in Imperial Japan (Hawaii, 2008) and her current project, Budding Fortunes, examines ikebana (flower arrangement) as cultural industry and cultural diplomacy in the twentieth century.</p>

From a massive Chinese civil war led by a man claiming to be the brother of Jesus, to Tibetan monks fighting for religious freedom in China, to Aum Shinrikyo's 1995 attack on Tokyo commuters, religion has often been a primary factor in movements of resistance and rebellion in East Asia. How have religion and religious activity served as conduits to express dissatisfaction with society and/or central authority? How have local societies reacted to such cults? How have Western observers exoticized/Orientalized popular religious movements in East Asia? This course uses primary and secondary works to compare accounts of religious resistance from multiple viewpoints including central authorities, bystanders, media, and believers.