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Disillusionment, Dystopia, and Dreams: Insights from Three Contemporary East Asian Films

This online course used three contemporary films (Parasite, Mountains May Depart, After the Storm)  to discuss issues of social and economic change in East Asia, focusing on time, class divisions, globalization, and family. This workshop was divided into two parts, with a discussion forum for each film on Moodle prior to the 1-hour live Zoom webinar where faculty moderators discussed each film and participants shared ways that they could use film group materials in their teaching. For the online discussion modules, participants posted in depth responses that answered the questions posted in the discussion forum and added ideas for further reflection and analysis.

This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor and  Co-Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Montana, and Lauren Collins, postdoctoral fellow at the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana.


This program took place online on June 9, 2020, 5:00-6.30 p.m. PST.

Prior to the meeting, participants were expected to have watched the movies, read the supplemental articles, and responded to the discussion questions on the online forum on Moodle.

Program Benefits

  • $50 stipend for participants who completed the program. The stipend covered the cost of purchasing or renting the movies, and the purchase of additional recommended resources for the classroom.
  • 7 free MT OPI or WA OSPI clock hours.