Diana L. Eck (Department of South Asian Studies & Committee on the Study of Religion)
Freshman Seminar 70Y 4 credits (fall term) Enrollment: Limited to 12
How "Asian" is America today? This seminar explores the Asian dimensions of American history, immigration, religion, 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 also look at the Asian communities from India, China, Korea, and Japan that brought new forms of religious and cultural life to the U.S. in the 20th century.
Note: There will be several required field trips - visits to the Sri Lakshmi Hindu Temple and the Raynham Thai Temple, an optional Tea Ceremony at the Tea House of the Harvard-Radcliffe Chado Society, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society, and the Medford Gurdwara.