East Asia''s Cultural Cold War

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    East Asia''s Cultural Cold War

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description: The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

    This module traces the domestic and transnational socio-cultural histories of East Asia ? including the People?s Republic of China, Japan, Taiwan, North and South Korea ? during the period of the Cold War. Taking a thematic approach, the module examines the role of culture and the global Cold War in the fortification of the ?Bamboo Curtain? in East Asia. Seminars will examine selected episodes in the development of transnational cultural exchanges, the creation of imaginaries of the ?bamboo curtain?, theatrics of diplomacy, the atomic bomb and nuclear culture, the history of rumour, espionage and misinformation, popular culture and consumerism, and the spread of personality cults.
    Discussions will highlight regional connections between East Asian countries and debate how global politics of the Cold War intersected with or were mobilized for such diverse political developments as nationalism, anti-imperialism, regional de-colonisation and post-colonialism. Students will have the opportunity to engage with a great variety of primary source materials including news reports, multi-lingual (including English) ?external? propaganda, films, newsreels, cartoons, satire, science fiction, and declassified archival documents many of which are now available online and in translation.
    Combining careful evaluation of scholarship with primary source work will enable students to gain a better understanding of how politics, diplomacy, cultural production, propaganda, and popular culture shaped people?s everyday experiences of the Cold War in East Asia.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminar (weekly)

    Assessment: coursework

    2 x 2,500 word essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.