And here is the first of two new units for today: Laos! This is something for the Asia module, which will have 3 Japan-related units, and 3 China-related units, but also this unit from Laos and also one from the Philippines. It's not like students are going to show up in my class saying, "Gosh, I hope we will get to read stories from Laos!" ... in fact, it's perhaps the case that some students would not even know where to put Laos on a map. But there are always some students who are intrigued exactly by pure curiosity who might choose Laos because they have no starting knowledge. I'm guessing I can also lure some students in who have an interest in Buddhism!
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- By any chance, do you recall Prof. Boodeberg and his three part class Great Books of East Asia at Berkeley? It was priceless.Jun 20, 2014
- I wish I had taken a class like that!!! My undergrad education was so totally Eurocentric... I've since worked to repair that, but on my own. That's a class I would love to take now, in fact! Just spent this morning working on Chinese Sun Wu Kong, the Monkey King!Jun 20, 2014
- For weeks, he kept promising the class on the I Ching. Being Berkeley 1968, everyone was very excited. When the day finally came, he stood in front of us in LSB looking a bit like a Dutch Yoda. He said:
"I have studied and translated the I Ching for the last 50 years and have come to the conclusion that it's incomprehensible." He then moved on to the next topic.Jun 21, 2014
I toyed with putting in a page from I Ching at the end of the Monkey unit (maybe the chapter on paradoxes!), but decided not to. :-)Jun 21, 2014