Heinz Insu Fenkl


Office Hours: M: 12:15-12:45; TF: 1:45-2:45; R: 12:15-1:30




This is a modular 1-credit course that examines the cultures of contemporary East Asia through the medium of film. It meets five times during the semester, beginning August 24th. The course is graded on an S/U basis.


Upon completing this course, students should be able to:
Name the films on the syllabus as well as their directors approximate period during which the films were made.
In oral expression and written essays, describe some characteristic aesthetic, cultural, or thematic features of any film on the syllabus and discuss the relation of these features to worldviews of the cultures from which they were produced.
In written essays, compare and contrast the aesthetic, thematic, or cultural features in any two films on the syllabus.
In oral expression and written essays, describe, interpret, and analyze underlying aesthetic, stylistic, thematic, cultural, or political principles or ideas that inform the works on the syllabus, with an understanding of their historical and cultural context.




Since the course only meets 5 times, attendance is mandatory for all five meetings. If you have special circumstances that require an absence, please contact me in advance.



At the conclusion of the course, you will submit a 5-page paper addressing a film (or films) you have seen during the semester. Paper topics are open (i.e., they may be close readings, comparisons, thematic explorations, etc), but the paper must incorporate both analysis and research. Due date TBA.




Academic Integrity Policy:

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty in their college work. Cheating, forgery, and plagiarism are serious offenses, and students found guilty of any form of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. For more information, see the Advising Handbook at


Plagiarism: The SUNY New Paltz Faculty Handbook defines plagiarism as "the representation, intentional or unintentional, of someone else's words or ideas as one's own." You must not summarize, paraphrase, or quote language, information, or ideas from books, articles, or other sources without properly crediting that source. If you plagiarize all or part of a writing assignment, you will automatically receive an F on it. In severe cases, you may fail the course or be reported to the Dean of the College.


ADA Policy:

Students with documented physical, learning, psychological and other disabilities are entitled to receive reasonable accommodations. If you need classroom or testing accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center (SUB 205, X3030). The DRC will provide forms verifying the need for accommodation. The SUNY New Paltz Faculty Handbook suggests that students "self-disclose their disability or disabilities in an appropriate and confidential time and place" to their instructor. As soon as the instructor receives the form from the DRC, you will be provided with the appropriate accommodations.