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ASAN 471

Fabulous Treats: An Introduction to Contemporary Asian Cinema…

ASAN 471: Beyond Hollywood: An Introduction to Contemporary Asian Cinema

Summer 2

The aim of this introductory course on Contemporary Asian Cinema is to acquaint students with significant films from the major countries in Asia and how these films reflect and comment on profound social, political, and historical changes that have occurred in recent decades.

The course will investigate recent films from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam, including those made by the diaspora.

These films will be approached through a variety of critical perspectives, including formalism, auteurism, and genre theory, watching art films, mainstream commercial films, and films that fall between these two categories.

While examining universal themes embodying roles, customs, culture, relationships, identity, and such critical concerns as diaspora, hybridity, transnationalism, an attempt will be made to discern the effects of globalization on the Asian film industry and its changing relationship with Hollywood.

Fulfills the general education requirements: DH, OC

About the Instructor
With a doctorate in South Asian History and a Master of Philosophy in Chinese and Japanese studies, Dr. Surojit Gupta has taught courses in History and Asian Studies for over three decades at campuses in the US and India. He has also served as Academic Director of the School for International Training/World Learning Inc.ʻs Study Abroad programs in India. He is presently a visiting faculty member at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and has been teaching for Outreach College during the summers.

For more information, email Surojit Gupta at

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 20 – June 28, 2019
  • Summer 2
    July 1 – August 9, 2019
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 20 – August 9, 2019

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 12
    UHM Continuing
    March 13
    New or Visiting
    March 19

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

Sinclair Library 310

2425 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221