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Cornell University    
  Feb 22, 2018
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 3546 - Minorities and Majorities in Asia

(crosslisted) ASIAN 3345  
(GB) (CA-AS)      
Fall. 4 credits.

M. Fiskesjö.

This course will survey the situation of ethnic minorities in several Asian countries. We will learn about their culture and history, their recognition, identity and political status, as well as various forms of discrimination. We will adopt a comparative perspective that enables us to understand minorities in different Asian countries such as China, Japan, Burma, Thailand and others, and also compare with the United States and elsewhere, as well as enabling a discussion of identity production, race, power, and ethnicity on the global arena. We’ll use a relational approach that includes understanding the majorities against whom the minorities are defined, as well as the political and historical background that will help explain the sometimes very different current situation for ethnic minorities in Asian countries.

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