Gender and Generation in East Asia: From Ban Zhao to Crazy Rich Asians

Start Date: August 5, 2019
End Date: August 9, 2019
Time Detail: 9-4pm
Location: USC Campus
Type of Course: Face-to-Face Seminars and Workshops
Course Description: Ban Zhao was a historian and philosopher from a family of prominent Han Dynasty scholars. She is best known for Lessons for Women, an influential reflection on the roles of women. Crazy Rich Asians, of course, is the 2018 blockbuster film about a Chinese American woman’s encounter with a powerful Singaporean Chinese family. These are just two of the case studies we will examine in this seminar.

Across East Asia and throughout the centuries, gender and generation have been core pillars of society and family organization. They have defined hierarchy and informed the transmission of values and behaviors. At times, individuals and groups have mobilized against the gender and generational roles prescribed by philosophies and customs. In this seminar, we will look at the origins and force of such norms, including how they are transmitted and reinforced. We will also look at religion and philosophy, literature, film, music, video games, and new media as we explore gender and generation in East Asian families and society. From Buddhist nuns to contemporary billionaires, we will seek to understand change and continuity in how gender and generation shape expectations and behaviors.
Registration and Info:

Acomplimentary five-day residential summer seminar at USC for educators. Participants will have the option of commuting to USC and receiving a $250 stipend, OR be housed (double-occupancy) at the USC Hotel (must live at least 30 miles away from USC). Breakfast, lunch, and parking will be provided.

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Offered to: California