Choose any pre -1800 historical or literary text, either in the original language that you understand, or in English translation. Discuss how the text reflects or contrasts the society of two periods in East Asian Civilizations (China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, or Tibet). The key objective is to compare 2 periods in East Asian history using a text or novel of national significance. You may use a text to talk about a period in China and a period in Japan, or you may talk about two periods in the same civilization.
Example 1: you choose The Tale of Kieu, talk about understanding the national spirit/history of Vietnam through two periods.
Example 2: you choose the Romance of the Three Kingdoms
– talk about how the novel inspires you to learn more about the Three Kingdoms and another period of history in China.
Other texts include Confucius’ Analects, Mencius, Xunzi, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Lotus Sutra, Ennin’s Pilgrimage to China, Tale of Heike, Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West, Matteo Ricci’s China in the Sixteenth Century, etc.
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