Asia in the Modern World: Images & Representations

A Shiseido cosmetics company advertisement from the 1930s.

The Shiseido cosmetics company's advertising represents the changing ideals of beauty and cosmopolitanism, and the reality of consumer culture, as developed in Japan in the 1930s. (Image courtesy of The Shiseido Archives.)


MIT Course Number

21F.027 / 21F.590 / 21H.250 / CMS.874

As Taught In

Spring 2012


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Asia in the Modern World: Images and Representations examines visual representations of Asia, interpreting them from both historical and modern contexts. This course is based around using the Visualizing Cultures website. Case studies focus on Japan and China from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.

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Dower, John, and Shigeru Miyagawa. 21F.027 Asia in the Modern World: Images & Representations, Spring 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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