Diana L. Eck (Department of South Asian Studies & Committee on the Study of Religion)
Freshman Seminar 70Y 4 credits (spring term) Enrollment: Limited to 12
How "Asian" is America today? This seminar explores the Asian dimensions of American society, with special attention to religion, ideas, and culture from the first encounters of Thoreau and Emerson with texts and ideas of the "Orient" to the saturation of modern America with the holistic cultures of yoga, tai chi, and mind-body medicine. We will look at the histories of immigrant communities from India, China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam and new forms of religious and cultural life they brought with them–Hindus and Sikhs, Buddhists of many lineages, as well as Asian Christian communities. How has Asia reshaped the collective identity of the United States?