Preparation for your course

Language preparation

The following language preperation material is designed for students taking our single and dual honours degrees with Chinese, Japanese or Korean Studies. (Students taking Korean Studies/Chinese Studies 'with Japanese' do not need pre knowledge of the Japanese language)

Chinese language 

Developing Chinese (2nd Edition) Elementary Comprehensive Course (1) ISBN 978-7-5619-3076-2

Japanese Language

Although Japanese language is taught from scratch, it will be taught intensively using the Japanese script from the very beginning, so all students registered for Japanese Language I are expected to have learned the two phonetic scripts (Hiragana and Katakana) for reading and writing Japanese by the time they arrive in Sheffield. 

Use the linked resources below to practice your Hiragana and Katakana (please read the Japanese writing system document first). There will be a short writing test directly after your Intro Week meeting on Monday 23rd September 2019.

The Japanese Writing System
Hiragana Practice Sheet
Katakana Practice Sheet
Online resources for practicing Hiragana and Katakana

Korean language

You wil be provided with the following books at the start of term, in your first langauge classes.

  • Cho Jungsoon, Jun Hana, Ryu Jeongmin, Jeong Seonga. Vitamin Korean 1, 2017, Darakwon.
  • Cho Jungsoon, Jun Hana, Ryu Jeongmin, Jeong Seonga. Vitamin Korean 2, 2017, Darakwon

Useful resources for practicing Hangul before you start in September. 

Pronunciation of the Korean Alphabet


Culture and Society;

Studies modules reading lists for autumn semester

For all single honours and ‘with Japanese’ students

EAS1000 Exploring East Asia

Week 2

  • Bowring, Philip (1987) ‘What is “Asia”?’, Far Eastern Economic Review, 12 February, pp. 30-31;
  • Breslin, Shaun (2014) ‘APEC Summit shows how hard it is to define the “Asian” region, The Conversation, 11 November.  
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica (1998) ‘Region, 20 July. 
  • Prescott, Anne (2015) ‘Introducing East Asia’, in Anne Prescott (ed.) East Asia in the World: An Introduction, London: Routledge, pp. 3-24

Week 3

  • Dobson, Hugo (2006) ‘Mister Sparkle meets the Japanese Yakuza: Depictions of Japan in The Simpsons’, Journal of Popular Culture, 39 (1): 44-64;
  • The Simpson: Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo (Season 10, Episode 23), in which the Simpsons visit Japan.
  • In Goo Goo Pai Pan (Season 16, Episode 12), they visit China.
  • Family Guy (Candy, Quahog Marshmallow, Season 14, Episode 10) features a trip to Seoul.
  • Front Row (2017) ‘Chinese characters on TV’, BBC Radio 4, 28 November: Discusses BBC 3 comedy Chinese Burn
  • Channel 5 comedy Fresh off the Boat, episodes and clips of which are available on YouTube.
  • Harding, Chris (2015) ‘Three Western Myths about Japan’, BBC News, 15 August.  
  • Jen, Gish (1991) ‘Challenging the Asian Illusion’, The New York Times: Arts and Leisure, 11 August, p. 1 and pp. 12-13.

Week 4

  • Dalton, Bronwen, Kyungja Jung, Jacqueline Willis and Markus Bell (2015) ‘Framing and Dominant Metaphors in the Coverage of North Korea in the Australian Media’, The Pacific Review, 29 (4): 523-547;
  • Dobson, Hugo (2009) ‘Reporting the Fiftieth and Sixtieth Anniversaries of the End of World War 2: Less Fear and Loathing in the UK press towards Japan?’, in Hugo Dobson and Kosuge Nobuko (eds) Japan and Britain at War and Peace, London: Routledge, pp. 151-165;
  • Sparks, Colin (2010) ‘Coverage of China in the UK National Press’, Chinese Journal of Communication, 3 (3): 347-365;
  • Willnat, Lars and Yunjuan Luo (2011) ‘Watching the Dragon: Global Television News about China’, Chinese Journal of Communication, 4 (3): 255-273.

Week 5

  • Khosrowjah, Hossein (2011) ‘A Brief History of Area Studies and International Studies’, Arab Studies Quarterly, 33 (3/4): 131-142;
  • Lightfoot, Liz (2011) ‘The Value of Area Studies’, British Academy Review, March. Available at:  ;
  • Prescott, Anne (2015) ‘East Asian Studies: History, Careers and Resources’, in Anne Prescott (ed.) East Asia in the World: An Introduction, London: Routledge, pp. 25-34.

Week 6

  • Matanle, Peter (ND) Japan and the Environment: Industrial Pollution, Biodiversity Loss, and Climate Change, in M. Williams and H. Takeda (eds) Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Japan, London: Routledge (Unpublished Manuscript)
  • University of Sheffield Library Tutorials in Information and Digital Literacy
  • Economy, Elizabeth C. (2005) The Economic Explosion and Its Environmental Cost, Chapter Three in: The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future, Ithaca: Cornell University Press (pp. 59-94);
  • Walker, Brett L. (2010) Mercury’s Offspring, Chapter Five in: The Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, Seattle: University of Washington Press. (pp. 137-175);
  • Zhang, Q., He, K. & Huo, H. (2012) Policy: Cleaning China's Air, Nature, 484, 12 April: 161-162.

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week 10

  • Bâlgăr, C. & Drăgoi, A. (2014) the role of FDI in revitalizing Japan's economy, Romanian Economic and Business Review, 9 (3)
  • Tian, X. (2016). Managing international business in China. Cambridge University Press. Page 81-87; 144-158;
  • Rubén Hernández-Murillo, Christopher J. Martinek (2008) ‘Which Came First–Democracy or Growth?’, The Regional Economist (April), pp. 4-6.
  • Yang, X. H., Jiang, Y., Kang, R. P., Ke, Y. B. 2009. A comparative analysis of the internationalization of Chinese and Japanese firms. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 26(1): 141-162
  • Yang, X., Lim, Y., Sakurai, Y, & Seo, S. 2009. Internationalization of Chinese and Korean firms. Thunderbird International Business, 51(1): 37-51.
EAS1021 Understanding China 1

Core text

Li, J. (2015) Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life. New York: Columbia University Press.

You should read the whole book in the course of the semester; it is available as an e-book in the University Library and can be purchased online if you prefer.

Suggested reading

  • Dryburgh, M. (2011) Foundations of Chinese Identity. In Zang, X. (ed.) Understanding Chinese Society. London: Routledge, 9-23;
  • Mitter, R. (2008) Modern China: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press (as a minimum, see the chapters covering modern history (chapters 3-4, pp.17-74); but if you’re taking other modules on China, it is worth reading the whole book).
  • Cohen, P., & Lu, H. (2016) Between History and Memory: A Conversation with Paul A. Cohen. The Chinese Historical Review, 23(1), 70-78;
  • Esherick, J. W. (2014) On Dealing with Chinese Censors. [online] ChinaFile. Available online [Accessed September 3, 2018]; Szonyi, M., (2017) A companion to Chinese history. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp.1-7.
  • Johnson, M. D. (2015) Beneath the Propaganda State: Official and Unofficial Cultural Landscapes in Shanghai, 1949-1965. In Brown, J., Johnson, M. D., Maoism at the Grassroots: Everyday life in China's era of high socialism. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press;
  • Hall, M. (2006). Identity, Memory and Countermemory. Journal of Material Culture, 11(1-2), 189-209;
  • Pink, S. (2012) Situating everyday life: practices and places. London: Sage, 14-29.
  • Zuo, Y. (2015). Oral history studies in contemporary China. Journal of Modern Chinese History, 9(2), 259-274.
  • Rosenstone, R. A. (2006) History on Film / Film on History: Concepts, Theories and Practice. Harlow: Pearson Education, pp.154-164;
  • Zhou, X. (2016). Genre, war, ideology: Anti-Japanese war films in Taiwan and Mainland China. Chinese Studies in History, 49(4), 232-247.
  • Xu, J., & Andrew, D. (2012). The Lion's Gaze: Truth and Legend in I Wish I Knew. Film Criticism, 36(1), 24-43;
  • Zheng, A. (2013). The Realism of Compositional Documentary: Jia Zhangke's “I Wish I Knew”. Pacific Coast Philology, 48(1), 88-108.
EAS1031 Understanding Japan 1
  • Mori, Ōgai, (1994) ‘The Dancing Girl’ (1890). In Youth and other stories, pp. 6-24, trans. J. Thomas Rimer. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. Digitised;
  • Varley, H. Paul. ‘The Flourishing of a Bourgeois Culture’. In Japanese Culture, chapter 7, pp. 164-204;
  • Tayama, Katai, (1981) 'The Girl Watcher' in The Quilt and Other Stories, translated by Kenneth G. Henshall. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press
  • Pierantonio Zanotti (2018) ‘The Senses of Modernity in Tayama Katai's "Shojobyo" (1907)’, The Journal of Japanese Studies Volume 44, Number 1, pp. 55-87;
  • Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Irmela. (1996) Rituals of self-revelation : shishosetsu as literary genre and socio-cultural phenomenon. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, Chapter 3, pp. 31-39;
  • Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, (1997) ‘In a Grove’ in 'The Oxford book of Japanese short stories / edited by Theodore W. Goossen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 95-102;
  • (1999) The essential Akutagawa: Rashomon, Hell screen, Cogwheels, A fool's life and other short fiction. Edited by Seiji Lippit. New York: Marsilio Publishers;
  • Haruki Murakami,(1997) ‘Elephant Vanishes’ in 'The Oxford book of Japanese short stories / edited by Theodore W. Goossen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 400-416;
  • Ernest Hemingway, ‘Hills like white Elephants’ in Men without Women pp. 38-42;
  • Fumiko Enchi, (1997) ‘Flower Eating Crone’ in 'The Oxford book of Japanese short stories / edited by Theodore W. Goossen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 149-154;
  • Kajii Motojiro, (1997) ‘Lemon’ in 'The Oxford book of Japanese short stories / edited by Theodore W. Goossen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 149-154;
  • Kono, Taeko, (1996) ‘Toddler-Hunting’ in Toddler Hunting and other stories. London, a New Direction Book. pp. 45-68. [also in The Oxford book of Japanese short stories / edited by Theodore W. Goossen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 313-333.];
  • Copeland, Rebecca,(1992) ‘Motherhood as Institution’ Japan Quarterly, Jan 1, 1992, Vol.39(1), p. 101 [Peer Reviewed Journal];
  • Bullock, Julia C.,(2010) ‘Odd Bodies’ in The Other Women's Lib: Gender and the Body in Japanese Women's Fiction. University of Hawai'i Press, , pp. 97-126 [just read 97-105].

Rashōmon, 1950, directed by Kurosawa, Akira.

EAS1041 Understanding Korea 1
  • Armstrong, Charles (2005). ‘Inter-Korean relations in historical perspective’. International Journal of Unification Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1-20.
  • Kim, Samuel (2004). 'Inter-Korean Relations: problems and prospects'. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter 1;
  • Cummings, B. (2005) 'Koreas place in the sun; A Modern History.' UK: W. W. Norton & Company.