In this second part of our course, we have focused on understanding how transfor
In this second part of our course, we have focused on understanding how transformations in East Asia have shaped gender, labor, consumption, life, and death. We observed how the myth of East Asia as middle-class societies lost its meanings as the region, once the beacon of economic development, enters a phase of precarity and post-growth. We have also discussed feminism and social movements in contemporary East Asia and how it has shaped and been shaped by different forms of commodification and communication. For this essay, choose two of the readings we have discussed in this second part of the class (from ‘Gender & Consumption’ until ‘Militarism’) and write an essay that puts them in dialogue with each other. The readings must be from different sections, so if we read two readings for one class, you can only choose one of those. The essays should be a minimum of 2 pages, single space, minimum 12 font size. Take the 2- page limit as a suggestion of how much you should write. I won’t deduct points based on your page numbers, but if you write less than 2 pages, something suggests you haven’t written enough, whereas if you are passing 4 pages, you should invest more time in picking and choosing the key parts of the text you want to use. Please note that I’m not asking you to just give me a summary of two texts. A summary is important, but it should focus on the parts that are relevant for the argument of your essay. Ultimately, the key point of the essay is your argument about how these two texts inform each other. By informing each other, its meant that the texts complement one another, fill in the gaps of the other, criticizes or endorses each other’s point, etc. How the texts are in dialogue should be your argument throughout the text. To help make your argument, think about: What are the major questions and conclusions of each reading, and how would they change when put in conversation with one another? What is the authors’ methodological approach, and how does it serve their arguments? Why is it important to look at these themes in dialogue? What are some of the issues that you see lacking in the readings, that could be brought up when taking both issues together? Remember, the objective of the essay is to put both topics in conversation, not to just do a comparison of the readings.

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