2019 ~ Present| Section VWF

NEW TEAM: East Asian Media

GOALS: This is a bi-monthly seminar group that will be run like a Japanese “zemi,” or graduate seminar. Students will be asked to produce a research project or creative project on a topic related to East Asian media, broadly defined. This could be a translation of a Chinese short story, an analysis of Japanese films, a short documentary on social movements in Okinawa, etc. Transnational/comparative projects are welcome. Twice a month we will also meet to discuss assigned readings and to discuss project progress. At the end of each semester we will host an East Asian Media @ Tech Symposium to present our projects to the wider community.

Each year we will focus on a different theme related to East Asian media. 2019-2020 will be “East Asia and the Future.” Our readings will discuss how Chinese, Japanese, and Korean speculative literature and film articulate fears, anxieties, dreams, and desires about the future of the Pacific region. Student projects are encouraged but not required to connect to this theme.


  1. To foster transnational and interdisciplinary research of East Asian media at Tech
  2. To make concrete and visible contributions to the study of East Asian media in the form of research projects, videos, online portfolios, databases, websites, podcasts, public presentations, etc.

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: Content analysis, Rhetorical analysis, Audience analysis, Ethnography, Interviews, Translation, Media production, Surveys, Audio

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES: 2019-2020 Theme: “East Asia and the Future”:

1) “Techno-Orientalism” describes how American media uses Asian technologies, culture, and bodies to represent the future in films like Blade Runner. How—and why—is Asia linked to futuristic landscapes, costumes, and technologies in the Western imaginary?

2) Is there such a thing as “Techno-Occidentalism”? How does East Asian SF represent the West, and particularly America?

3) How do East Asian authors and filmmakers envision their own future? What are the differences from country to country?

4) With the arrival of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, how has Japanese discourse on the future changed? Is there any overlap with the media discourse that surrounded the 2008 Beijing Olympics?

MEETING TIME: Wed, 12:20-1:10

ADVISORS: Amanda Weiss


MAJORS, PREPARTATION AND INTERESTS: Background or interest in media studies, literature, journalism, media production, cultural studies, and/or art history recommended.

Intermediate to high proficiency in East Asian language (Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, etc.) required. Class will be in English but student project must be conducted in the target language. Please contact the VIP instructor for more information. 

CONTACT: Amanda Weiss, amanda.weiss@modlangs.gatech.edu

GRAND CHALLENGES: Advanced Personalized Learning