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  AAAS 111 Music Cultures, Fareast Asia – Webb

This course will provide an introduction to the study of world music (ethnomusicology) through an examination of both traditional and popular music styles from different Asian cultures, with an emphasis on the specific social and cultural backgrounds that have generated and sustained them. Topics will include the study of ethnomusicology, the influences between traditional and popular music, the social status and training of musicians and performers cross-culturally, the world music business, the influence of Asian music in world music, and world music on Asian music. Assessment will be based upon three exams. Note: Exams will involve identification of music examples from different Asian music cultures taken from listening CD’s played in class.

AAS 188F Chinese Music Ensemble – Cheng

Prerequisites: None; suitable for freshmen; ability to read music is recommended. Also offered as AAAS 188F. Beginning instruction on various Chinese traditional instruments including flutes (dizi, dong xiao) and strings (pipa, guzheng, yangqin, erhu) as well as development of ensemble pieces from the Silk and Bamboo repertory of the Jiangnan region of China. The course will be taught by a guest artist from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts. Specific instruments taught will vary each semester depending on the abilities of the guest artist. Students will work on proper sound production, technique, and ensemble performance.

AAAS 230 Contemporary Chinese Cinemas - N. Kaldis

This course provides an introduction to Chinese film of the past several decades, including film from the People's Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong (HK), and Taiwan (ROC). The films selected for this course are the most important course materials and class time will be spent viewing these films, learning how to analyze and interpret films, learning about the film medium, and using these analytical and interpretive skills in group interpretations & discussions. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in watching & analyzing film and learning how to discuss, debate, and write critically about films. This means that an important part of each student's final grade will be based on class participation. Taught entirely in English, no knowledge of Chinese language or culture required. 

AAAS 273 Chinese Civilization - J. Chaffee 

 A survey of Chinese history from its neolithic agricultural origins ca. 7,000 BCE to the fall of the Yuan dynasty in 1368. The course will consider state formation and the nature of the long-lived Chinese imperium, economic developments and the tantalizing though unfulfilled promises of a Chinese industrial revolution, the history of Chinese thought and religion, and the varied aspects of Chinese society and culture through the ages. The course will stress translated readings from primary sources (both documentary and literary) to help get as direct and immediate a sense of the Chinese past as possible. 

AAAS 280E History of Asian/America - Cheng

This course is an introduction to Asian American history from a global perspective. We explore the broader historical developments that gave rise to the concepts "Asia" and "America" to trace their significance and consequence for later Asian (and other) migration to the United States specifically and the Americas generally. Topics we will address include: geography and geopolitics; global capitalism, diaspora, and labor migration; race, ethnicity, and culture; gender, family, and community; nationalism and citizenship; representations of race in the media and in commercial and popular culture; and the idea of "Asian American" in the civil rights and post-civil rights era. 

AAAS 280G Gender and Chinese Society - Candela

This course introduces the changes in Chinese women's lives, and changes in shared social ideas about what women should do and be during China's long 20th century. This period from the mid-19th century to the present was a time of profound and continuous social transformation on the Chinese mainland. Two central questions animate the course. First, when we foreground gender as a category of analysis, how do China's social transformations look different? Second, in what ways are social change, revolution and economic development gendered processes?

AAAS 280L Confucian Ethics  - Z. Chen

The tradition of Chinese ethical thought is centrally concerned with questions about how we ought to live: what goes into a worthwhile life, how to weigh duties toward family, what kinds of qualities a person should have or avoid having, how we should treat other people (and ourselves), and what makes us happy. This course will introduce ethical issues raised by some of the most influential texts in Confucius’s Analects. It will use Chinese thought in the context of contemporary American life to help students find their place in the world and create a positive society and flourishing life. 

AAAS 280V - Everyday Life in South Asia - K. Martineau

This course focuses on the Vietnam War and contemporary Vietnam. Topics include the Vietnam War as seen from all sides, US-Vietnam relations, Vietnam’s relations with China, the Soviet Union and ASEAN, post-war Vietnam, and the Vietnamese diaspora. The course combines lectures, discussions, and presentations based on selected thematic topics. No prerequisites.  

AAAS 280W  Japan Since 1800 - Ishikawa

This course examines Japan's modern transformation from the late eighteenth century to the present. It pays particular attention to the interactions and tensions between Japan and its regional and international worlds. We consider these themes in specific time and place by analyzing individual voices in primary sources and learning historical context in secondary sources. We explore such topics as social order and crises and the emergence of anti-foreign thoughts before 1850s, Japan's engagement with Western powers in the mid-nineteenth century, revolutionary politics and nation-building in the late nineteenth century, empire and colonialism in the early twentieth century, Japan's war in the Asia-Pacific and postwar development after 1945, as well as Japan's economic and cultural struggles in East Asia and the world since the 1990s. All readings are available in English. 

AAAS 281T Environment and Empire - A. Dey

This course is a continuation of 281S. However, there are no prerequisites. Meaning that people who have not taken 281S can still take this one Description: This course examines Japanese literature and culture from the 13th century to 1800. It looks into elements that are now considered quintessential of Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony, noh theater, and literature by Buddhist recluses, but also at the work by anonymous writers and storytellers. It also looks at the vibrant culture of the Tokugawa period: kabuki and bunraku performances, haiku, narratives that involve merchants, samurai, and the pleasure quarters. 

AAAS 311 Language, Culture. Society in Korea - S. Cho

This course provides the opportunity to become acquainted with Korean culture and society, reflected in its language, since the linguistic system of Korean and its daily uses are inseparably interwoven with the ever-evolving culture and society of the Korean people. It aims at a general understanding of Korean language and people, with emphasis on the culture and society. Attempts will be made to highlight the uniqueness of Korean cultural tradition in the broad context of East Asian civilization (Japanese and Chinese), as well as Western influence, especially of English.

AAAS 355 Aspects of Multilingualism - Sode

This course surveys major topics and issues in multilingualism as a societal phenomenon and as a cognitive phenomenon. From the former viewpoint we focus on how speech communities become multilingual, first languages are maintained, and how language policies affect people's lives. From the latter we learn about the cognitive aspects -- how an individual acquires two or more languages and uses them, how languages are manifested in communications (e.g., code switching), and what recent research informs us about bilingual minds. Students gain a basic understanding of the complexities and realities of multilingual people and groups. 

AAAS 374 China in the 20th Century - Y. Wang

This course surveys major topics and issues in multilingualism as a societal phenomenon and as a cognitive phenomenon. From the former viewpoint we focus on how speech communities become multilingual, first languages are maintained, and how language policies affect people's lives. From the latter we learn about the cognitive aspects -- how an individual acquires two or more languages and uses them, how languages are manifested in communications (e.g., code switching), and what recent research informs us about bilingual minds. Students gain a basic understanding of the complexities and realities of multilingual people and groups. 

AAAS 382T North Korean Culture - I. Kim

This course historicizes the global Filipino diaspora, exploring why and how Filipino people, ideas, and objects have circulated around the world, from the Spanish and American colonial periods in the Philippines to the present. Students will examine Filipino migrations to the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Britain, and other countries, and analyze the role of these diverse overseas communities in the Philippine and global political economy. Asian dance with a comparative approach that enables students to develop an understanding of cultural differences between dance styles in South Asia and the West. Students will be introduced to various ways of presenting and performing South Asian dancing genres, including not only traditional formats, but also in modern settings, such as concerts, television, and film. The class format will be divided equally between active physical learning of dance movements and discussion of assigned readings relating to such topics as dance-related history of clothing and interior design; dancing-related vocabulary such as drum beats, costumes, artists, and art movements; dance as a marker of relationships within and among different cultures; and aspects of dance fusion between South Asia and the West. The course will also seek to understand what motivates changes in fashion and taste over time. Previous dance experience is helpful but not necessary. The course has no prerequisites.

AAAS 386D – Beijing Opera Combat II – Tu

In Beijing Opera, a person expresses feelings and manners of a character through formalized movements. An example is performing with horse whips. An actor presents many actions a rider would make such as mounting and dismounting a horse, spurring a galloping horse, and many more by performing a sequence of dance moves while holding a horse whip and perhaps a spear. Male and female students will learn different movements, appropriate to their gender. No previous training is necessary for enrollment. No prerequisites. Open to students from any major. Taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing.

AAAS 386E Beijing Opera Character Types - Tu

Water sleeves are white silk extensions attached to the sleeves of garments of upper-status male and female characters. Folding fans are used as extensions of the actors' hands. By waving and moving each of them in different ways, an actor expresses a character's emotions including happiness, anger, sadness, and excitement. By combining water sleeve and fan movements, an actor creates a dance presentation. Open to both male and female students from any major. No prerequisites. Taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing.

AAAS 414 Economic Development - East Asia - Yoon

Prerequisites - Grades of C or better in ECON 360 _AND_ ECON 362; also grade of C or better in college level statistics. This course studies the fast growing economies of East Asia, especially Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. The course overviews the performance and history of East Asian economies and analyzes the factors underlying East Asian economic development.

AAAS 439/580E East Asian Linguistics - Cho

This course aims to acquaint students with the linguistic characteristics of Chinese, Japanese and Korean through a survey of the sound, writing, grammatical systems, historical development, and social environments of these languages by comparing them with other languages, particularly with English. We will consider a wide array of phenomena in East Asian languages, focusing on how three languages are different in the choice of linguistic form. It also aims at a general understanding of linguistic structure of three languages, with emphasis on their relationship with English structure. Reading materials and lectures are in English.   

AAAS 462 Confucius' Analects - TBA

This course represents an innovative approach to teaching Chinese culture at the advanced levels, featuring three combinations: those of literature and philosophy, language and culture, and expository and narrative writing. Students read passages from the Analects (Lunyu) of Confucius (551-479 BCE) in their original text and accompanying exegeses in modern Chinese, with focuses on the passages’ linguistic, literary, and philosophical aspects. 

AAAS 480A Food and the Asian Dispora - R. Ku

This course is an advanced exploration of food and gastronomy in the Asian diaspora. Conducted as a seminar, the course considers both the metabolic and symbolic meanings of food and food practices that are strongly associated with Asians who reside either beyond the boundaries of Asia or as minorities within. The course addresses questions that concern the history of foodstuff, cooking, cuisine, and consumption; ecology, environment, and food systems; tradition and transformation; authenticity or the lack thereof; and literary, filmic, and artistic representations. The course materials are multidisciplinary, drawing from both the humanities and the sciences. 

AAAS 480E\580 Race in Trans/National History - Cheng

This course is a seminar on race from a transnational perspective. We examine the broader historical developments that, within the emergence of global empire and colonialism and its subsequent transition to international order, gave rise both to concepts of race, racial difference, and racial hierarchies and to new conceptions of nation and nationality. The two, in fact, were interrelated. As slavery, global labor migrations, and the establishment of settler colonies brought peoples from different regions of the world together, racial difference justified unequal exceptions to otherwise equal rights of national citizens. We will focus on racial histories in the Americas, but also explore their presence in other regions of the world for comparison. 

AAAS 480J Feminist and Diasporic Perf. Art - Allen

From spoken word poetry to multimedia installations to riffs on history and politics, contemporary performance artists represent interactive linkages of ethnicity, aesthetics, culture studies, and theory. Performance art, at once conceptual and creative, transforms the community, corporal, and memorial repertories that it enacts into sites that mediate generations and cosmic worlds. An aesthetics that displaces the ethnographic privilege of Western interpretation concerning time, place, observer and observed is developed by a multitude of African-, Asian-, Euro-, and Latino-American performance artists, especially with reference to themes of diaspora and immigration and perspectives on race, gender, class, sexuality. We will study the logics of representation and the poetics of relationship that can be created by the interactive performance event that opens possibilities for understanding aesthetics in post-colonial and transcultural contexts. 

AAAS 480N 21at Century Longings in Translation - Allen

How can we engage rapidly expanding modes of communication and the potential for transdisciplinary tools to shape, translate, break through the surface of what we long for? In transit among blogospheres, street corners, and barren lands, cities and rural locations, the body’s skin, the class will explore contemporary refigurations of our understanding of refuge and refugee, of intimate memory and the limits of knowledge. Recent African and Asian diasporic and feminist visual and sonic productions, literatures, theorizing, and digital habitations that enact hybrid spaces, will be our focus. In transit, drifting away from eurocentric strictures through remappings of power, identities and migrations, our points of departure include Sylvestre Amoussou’s Africa Paradis, Edouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation, Dionne Brand, What We All Long For, Theresa Cha, Exilée, Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Global Geography of Anger, Binyayanga Wainaina, Kwani?, Myung Mi Kim, Penury, Kiripi Siku, Mobile Phones, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Primitive, and Ching-In-Chin, Heart’s Traffic. Such works utilize imaginative and virtual linkages of aesthetics, economics, and politics, to forge languages that transmit the profusion of present day entanglements. Participants will keep a record, which may be in any medium, essay, creative writing, sound, film, multimedia, of their reflections and journeys during the course. Drawing from that record, participants will develop individually, or in small groups, one or two projects. 

AAAS 480R/580I Language, Power and Meaning - Martineau

 This advanced seminar will focus on close readings of theoretical texts addressing the relationship between meaning and power in language. Readings will draw on continental philosophy, pragmatism, feminist and postcolonial schools of thought. All readings will be in English. A significant portion of the grade will consist of writing exercises that culminate in an article-length essay on a topic of the student’s own choosing.

AAAS 480S Community Engagement - Yun 

Community Engagement is a structured course-based platform that cultivates and supports students with a passion for service, success, and self-development. This course bridges traditional “classroom” education with “real world” application via direct interaction with mentors, groups, organizations, and institutions. Students who recognize value in the narrowing of the gap between the “academy” and the “community,” between the university and the people it serves, will find an opportunity to develop supervised projects in areas of education, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and business. The projects, however, fall under certain guidelines. They involve research and development in seminar meetings. They must lead to a campus/community event that 1) educates the campus and public about some aspect of Asian American communities and their needs and 2) culminates in a final project or study that can be accessed by the academic body and general public via a publicly available database, collection, or paper. 

AAAS 480T/580G Race and Citizenship in the US - Marasigan

This course surveys the history of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. The class will contextualize Asian migration to the U.S. within global diasporas and transnational relationships, while exploring Asian American experiences in Hawaii, the East and West Coasts, Alaska, the Midwest, and the South. Students will also analyze interethnic relations between and among diverse Asian American groups, and interracial relations with African Americans, Native Americans, and white Americans, broadly defined. Topics include: early Asian laborers in the U.S.; Native Hawaiian sovereignty and Asian settler colonialism; citizenship debates; resistance to multiple forms of oppression; community organizing; Asian Americans and war (Philippine-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War); Southeast Asian refugees; post-1965 migration; the Asian American Movement; anti-Asian violence; the census, multi-racial Asian Americans, and Asian adoptees; and Asian Americans in a post-911 era. In addition to reading secondary sources, students will examine a variety of primary sources, including personal accounts, laws, court cases, films, photographs, and political cartoons. 

AAAS 481R/585B Seminar in Translation: Japanese - Sode

Essential theory and practice of translation focusing on written translation from Japanese to English. Translation exercises include a range of text types: commercial (e.g., business communication, advertising), technical (e.g., manuals), news articles and selections from non-fiction books. In addition to class material, each student will select a text of their choice as a semester-long translation project, in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisites: advanced level reading/writing skills in Japanese (JPN306 successfully completed or equivalent) and native or near-native reading/writing skills in English. In addition to those pursuing Japanese Language and Studies, this course is also appropriate for (i) graduate students in various areas planning to use Japanese as a research language, (ii) students in Translation Studies, and (iii) bilingual individuals who wish to acquire skills to transfer concepts between two languages and cultures. 

AAAS 481T/580H Japanese Empire Asia-Pacific - Ishikawa

This seminar examines the rise and fall of the Japanese Empire in the Asia-Pacific by analyzing both translated literature and scholarly works. After introducing theoretical works on empire in general, the course moves to discussion and interrogation of major topics of political economy, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, medicine and hygiene, as well as religion roughly in chronological and geographical order. Areas of historical inquiry include Western imperialism in Japan, Ezo (Hokkaidō), the Ryūkyūs (Okinawa), Korea, Taiwan, and treaty ports in China, the Southern Pacific, and Manchuria. The course also explores ideologies and practices of internationalism in the 1920s and Pan-Asianism in the early twentieth century. Assignments include primary source analysis, literature review, as well as a research paper project. The seminar aims to develop our historical and historiographic knowledge and understanding of the entanglements of the Japanese Empire with the Asia-Pacific. All readings in English. 

AAAS 482T /583B Conflicts in Communist Arts - I. Kim


Communism has left an indelible impression on the history, politics, economics, society, and arts of the modern world. The Cold War may have ended, but both political and academic institutions are indebted to the systematization of area studies. It is critical to trace the Communist lineage to demonstrate the evolution of an ideology that has influenced different countries and varying cultures from around the world. This seminar will read the works of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Kim Il Sung along with the relevant literatures from the respective countries. Furthermore, this seminar will examine the internal conflicts and debates on the ideology to show that communism was never a homogeneous idea but rather heterogeneous and one that has been met with many challenges and disruptions throughout its history.

AAAS 483A Gandhi and Violence - Dey

How can we study non-violence—something that cannot be seen, felt, or historicized? This senior seminar takes up this theoretical paradox through the life and works of its most-celebrated practitioner, M K Gandhi. Celebrated as a ‘Great Soul’ (Mahatma) and the ‘Father of the Nation,’ this class takes a closer look at Gandhi and the relevance (or not) of his ideas of civil disobedience, non-violent resistance and soul-force in an increasingly angry and polarized contemporary world. We will probe Gandhi’s ideas and ideals by juxtaposing them with that of ‘violence’ and ‘active’ resistance to see their similarity and difference. With focus on two of his primary works, secondary sources, and historical overlaps with personalities like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, this course tries to understand the complex and controversial legacy of one of twentieth century’s towering and inspirational figures. There are no pre-requisites for this seminar, though a background in History, colonization and/or the Social Sciences will be beneficial. 

AAAS 483D/580D Critical Approaches: Chinese Culture - Kaldis

This course will analyze the relationship between theoretical approaches used in the study of literature and film (e.g., Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Feminism, LGBTQ theory, Post-colonialism, etc.) and Chinese literary and cinematic texts. Selected texts from among these theoretical approaches will be closely read and analyzed, then placed into dialogue with Chinese cultural texts chosen by the instructor and students. A final research paper will use one of the theories to interpret a Chinese literary or cinematic work and simultaneously evaluate the efficacy of applying the theory in question to this type of cultural product. Taught entirely in English, no knowledge of Chinese language is required. Students interested in East Asian studies are also welcomed. Instructor Permission required. 

AAAS 484G China's Borderlands - Wang

China's Borderlands This course examines the transformation of the frontiers and buffer zones of the Qing empire into the border regions of territorially bounded Chinese nation-state. This represents an important and often neglected dimension of emergence of the global system of nation-states in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It not only affects the peoples and lands of these territories, but also the self-conception of the people in the core regions. Areas such as Manchuria, Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Southwest China among others will be considered in terms of international rivalries, inter-communal relationships, and historical and spatial imaginaries. We will use a variety of approaches such as the theory of the frontier, the history of anthropology, and concepts from the study of nationalism and imperialism to illustrate the problems.

Spring 2011 Language Courses

CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II

Continuation of CHIN 101, with emphasis on reading comprehension, structured conversation and practice writing Chinese characters.

CHIN 104 Elementary Chinese II Heritage

Continuation of CHIN 102, with emphasis on reading comprehension, structured conversation and practice writing Chinese characters.

CHIN 112 Elementary Written Chinese II 

Continuation of CHIN 111 for students with some background in Chinese; emphasizes reading and writing.

CHIN 204 Intermediate Chinese II

Fourth-semester course in the Chinese language. Continuation of CHIN 203, introducing more complex sentence structures and grammar. Continued emphasis on speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. At the end of the semester students are able to communicate competently in Chinese on a greater range of important topics in everyday life, able to read a substantial variety of simple texts and have solid knowledge of numerous important aspects of Chinese culture.

CHIN 306 Advanced Chinese II

A continuation of CHIN 305 aimed at developing students' reading strategies for the comprehension of sophisticated materials and improving their speaking and writing skills in order to cope with topics encompassing social, cultural and economic issues.

CHIN 350 Business Chinese - Zhang

This course is designed to develop students’ linguistic competence in doing business with China, and to improve their understanding of China’s cultural background, business environment, economic situation, and investment prospects. Subjects include business negotiation, business letter writing, business document translation, and business oral presentation. Classroom activities are task-based and largely in the form of real world simulations. Students will also have the chance to report on topics and materials relevant to their own majors. Prerequisite: CHIN 204 or equivalent. 

JPN 102 Elementary Japanese II

This course is a continuation of JPN 101. Students will learn to further advance their communication skills in Japanese by adding vocabulary and using more complex structures. This course includes training in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing.

JPN 204 Intermediate Japanese II

This course helps students achieve intermediate level of Japanese by enabling them to become confident communicators in Japanese. New material includes sentence patterns for expressing conditions, hearsay and report, additional verbs (transitive/intransitive pairs), and appropriate use of honorific style. More emphasis on reading and writing exercises.


This sixth-semester Japanese course aims at integration of the reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension skills of Japanese, with emphasis on how the language is used in the context of Japanese culture and society. It covers the latter half of the textbook, AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE.  Prerequisites: JPN 305 or equivalent

KOR 101 Elementary Korean I

Elementary course in spoken and written Korean that aims at equipping students with some basic sentence patterns of Korean using basic vocabulary. Speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension are all emphasized, with special attention to the spoken language. Students also develop the ability to exchange greetings, ask directions, tell time and carry on limited conversations in classrooms and stores.

KOR 102 Elementary Korean II

First-year Korean (four units) is a continuation of KOR 101 and the second part of the elementary course in spoken and written Korean, which aims at equipping students with some basic sentence patterns of Korean using basic vocabulary. Speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension are all emphasized, with special attention to the spoken language. Students also develop the ability to exchange greetings, ask directions, tell time and carry on limited conversations in classrooms and stores.

KOR 204 Intermediate Korean II

Continuation of Korean 203 and the second part of the intermediate course in spoken and written Korean which provides students with more complex grammatical patterns. Students taking this course must have acquired basic grammatical structures at an elementary level of Korean. Equal emphasis will be placed on speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to communicate competently in Korean on a range of topics in everyday life, they will be able to read simple texts, and will have good knowledge of Korean culture.

KOR 306 Advanced Korean II 

Third-year Korean (four units) is a continuation of KOR 305 and the second part of the advanced course in spoken and written Korean. Develops communicative competence in reading, writing, speak and listening skills. Students build up their vocabulary and heighten reading ability as well as strengthen aural/oral teaching. Through writing assignments, students also learn more accurate syntactic, pragmatic ways of expression and logical ways of thinking in Korean. During the semester, students tell a short story, participate in group discussions and become acquainted with Korean drama, movies, current events and music.

KOR 412 Professional Korean II

This course is designed for upper-level undergraduates who are interested in learning the correct usage of Korean language and more thorough knowledge of Korean grammar, spelling, and orthography as well as correct word-spacing. Students will learn how to write Korean in a more professional manner and expand their knowledge about the Korean language in general. 

KOR 416 Korean Translation: Non-Literary 

This is the second part of KOR 415 and an intensive translation workshop for Korean-English and English Korean (that is, students will work with both translating from English to Korean and Korean to English). Materials will for this course will be primarily literary, including poetry, fiction and essays. Fluency in Korean is required.



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