Peter Frost was a Visiting Professor of International Studies and a Senior Research Associate at the Croft Institute until his retirement in spring 2015. After receiving his BA, MA and PhD from Harvard University, he taught at Williams College in Williamstown Massachusetts where he is now the Frederick L. Schuman Professor of International Relations Emeritus. Professor Frost has held several posts in the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) and is currently an Associate Editor of the AAS journal "Education About Asia". In addition to running a nationally funded program for Mississippi teachers on Asia, he offered undergraduate courses on Modern Japan and the Vietnam War.
This course will be a discussion of films that reveal how the Chinese, Japanese and Korea directors and/or actors portray their native land. We will alternate weeks in which we look at the historical events as we new see them, with weeks in which we compare the film's treatment of the period with our own views.
While I will be checking out new releases and working on the details for several weeks, I expect to include such classics as the Chinese Director Xie Jin's "The Opium War" (strongly supported by the Chinese government), the Chinese Director Zhang Yimou's "To Live" (initially banned in China), the Japanese Director Morita Yoshimitsu's "The Family Game" (a criticism of educational pressures) and the Korean Director Kang Je-gyu's "The Brotherhood of War" (two brothers fight on different sides in the Korean War). All films will of course be in English or have subtitles. They will be shown in some of the Monday classes and so those classes will run a bit beyond the 4:00 to 5:15 time frame.
No prior knowledge of Asia is required. I look forward to good discussions.