• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code IACS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Minor


The minor is a cross-College program that aims at deepening the students’ understanding of contemporary cultures, especially popular cultures, of Asia and the Pacific and cultivating among them an awareness of and interest in cross-regional and interdisciplinary studies of culture from a theoretically-informed perspective. It introduces new approaches to various forms of popular culture, such as magazines, advertising, movies, manga/anime, TV dramas, games & gadgets, fashion, pop music/entertainment, and online communities, etc. and thus challenges the traditional division between “high” and “low” cultures. It also seeks to give value to the cultures of diverse ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, and other minorities that are often excluded from dominant national frameworks. By introducing a wide range of critical methods, including gender studies, Postcolonialism, postmodernism, globalisation studies, and diasporic studies, the program seeks to explore the dynamics between cultural production, media technology, and political discourses, etc.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a minor in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, graduates will be able to: 

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to history of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Inter-Asia Cultural Studies has been developed.


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major, whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
GEND1002 Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Culture and Society in Asia 6
ASIA1030 Lives in Motion: The Politics of Culture and Everyday Experience in Postcolonial Asia 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History 6
ASIA2014 China Now: Ideology, Media and Culture 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2078 Arts in Contemporary Taiwan 6
ASIA2166 East Asian Women and War 6
ASIA3610 Globalising Southeast Asia: Capitalism, Media, and 21st Century Cultures 6
  ASIA 2108: Popular Cultures in Indonesia
PASI1010 Talking the Pacific: Melanesian pidgins and creoles in social context 6
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6
PASI3001 The Contemporary Pacific: Society, Politics and Development 6
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