Gender in East Asia: Project Abstract (150words)
This project will be on a self-selected topic related to gender in East Asia that you find
interesting. To help get you started, this assignment asks that you write a 150 word
abstract about your proposed final project. Within the limited word count, explain your
topic’s significance, the methodology you will use, and your preliminary thesis. Also
clarify if you will be writing a 6-8 page research paper.
Also, but not included in the word count, list your project’s title and provide a list of
5-6 sources that you will engage. At least half of your sources should be from
outside of the assigned class readings. (Choose 3 sources from the Assigned Class
readings List, then choose 3 sources from the outside sources).
An abstract serves as a concise summary of a larger work. A few of our readings have
begun with abstracts. Looking over these examples might give you a better idea of
how to compose your abstract:
Vladimir Tikhonov, “Masculinizing the Nation: Gender Ideologies in Traditional
and in the 1890s-1900s Korean Enlightenment Discourse”
David Der-wei Wang, “Impersonating China”
Tiantian Zheng, “Embodied Masculinity: Sex and Sport in a (Post) Colonial Chinese
Hung-Yok Ip, “Fashioning Appearances: Feminine Beauty in Chinese Communist
Hae Yeon Choo, “Gendered Modernity and Ethnicized Citizenship: North Korean
Settlers in Contemporary South Korea”
Meredith Schweig, “‘Young Soldiers, One Day We Will Change Taiwan’: Masculinity
Politics in the Taiwan Rap Scene”
Assigned Class readings:
-James G. Karlin, Gender and Nation in Meiji Japan: Modernity, Loss,
and the Doing of History (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2014),
Chapter Two: “The Mythos of Masculinization: Narratives of Heroism and
-ladimir Tikhonov, “Masculinizing the Nation: Gender Ideologies in Traditional Korea
and in the 1890s-1900s Korean Enlightenment Discourse,” The Journal of
Asian Studies, Vol. 66, No. 4 (Nov., 2007).
-Hyaeweol Choi, Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea: New
Women, Old Ways (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009),
Chapter Six: “Doing it for Her Self: Sin yŏsŏng (New Women) in Korea”
-David Der-wei Wang, “Impersonating China,” Chinese Literature:
Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR), Vol. 25 (Dec., 2003).
-Francesca Dal Lago, “Crossed Legs in 1930s Shanghai: How
‘Modern’ the Modern Woman?,” East Asian History, No. 19, June 2000.
-Tiantian Zheng, “Embodied Masculinity: Sex and Sport in a (Post) Colonial Chinese
City,” The China Quarterly, No. 190 (Jun., 2007).
-Hung-Yok Ip, “Appearances: Feminine Beauty in Chinese
Communist Revolutionary Culture,” Modern China, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Jul.,
-Chiang Howard, “Christine Goes to China: Xie Jianshun and the
Discourse of Sex Change in Cold War Taiwan,” Gender, Health, and
History in Modern East Asia, Leung Angela Ki Che and Nakayama Izumi,
eds. (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2017).
-Katsuhiko Suganuma, Contact Moments: The Politics of Desire in Japanese Male-Queer
Cultures (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012), Chapter
Three: “The Hybridised Whiteness in ‘Rose’: The Displacement of
Racialised/Gendered Discourse in a Japanese Queer Magazine in the
-Kim Suk-Young, Illusive Utopia: Theatre, Film, and Everyday
Performance in North Korea (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,
2010), Chapter Five: “Acting like Women in North Korea”
-Hae Yeon Choo, “Gendered Modernity and Ethnicized Citizenship:
North Korean Settlers in Contemporary South Korea,” Gender and
Society, Vol. 20, No. 5 (Oct., 2006).
-Meredith Schweig, “‘Young Soldiers, One Day We Will Change Taiwan’: Masculinity
Politics in the Taiwan Rap Scene,” Ethnomusicology, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Fall
-Yuk-Lin Renita Wong, “When East Meets West: Nation, Colony, and Hong Kong
Women’s Subjectivities in Gender and China Development,” Modern
China, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Apr., 2004).
-Tari Young-Jung Na, Ju Hui Judy Han, and Se-Woong Koo, “The South Korean Gender
System: LGBTI in the Contexts of Family, Legal Identity, and the
Military,” The Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Fall 2014).
-Christian Potter, “Queering Confucius: Mothers and Transgender Sons in Contemporary
China,” Mothers and Sons: Centering Mother Knowledge, Besi Brillian
Muhonja and Wanda Thomas Bernard, eds. (Ontario: Demeter Press,
-Jie Yang, “Nennu and Shunu: Gender, Body Politics, and the Beauty Economy in
China,” Signs, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Winter 2011).
-Hideko Abe, “A Community of Manners: Advice Columns in Lesbian
and Gay Magazines in Japan,” Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and
Etiquette in Japan, Jan Bardsley and Laura Miller, eds. (Berkeley:
University of California Press, 2011).
-Gordon Mathews, “Being a Man in a Straitened Japan: The View
from Twenty Years Later,” Capturing Contemporary Japan, Satsuki
Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan Orpett Long, eds. (Honolulu:
University of Hawai’i Press, 2014).