Sects and Violence in East Asia (EALC 207/607)
Falun Gong. Aum Shinrikyō. The Unification Church. The names of these marginal religious movements have become household words, both in the countries of East Asia and throughout the world. What relationships between religious doctrine, media representation, and political power made this possible, and what historical events have made these groups (in)famous? This course examines cases from Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam to examine the ways that authorities have designated certain movements as heterodox, how allegations of sexual impropriety have formed a key part of media representations of marginal religious movements, and how states and sects alike have wielded violence to protect their interests.