How did we come to live as we do? Why do we eat what we eat, wear what we wear, play the games that we play, take the SATs? The roots of a surprisingly large number of things that we now take for granted, as parts of everyday American life, lie deep in the Asian past. In this class you will learn to perceive global history in the American present, and more importantly, to make new historical discoveries yourself. You will master powerful new tools of research and presentation that will allow you to uncover the hidden ties binding our lives here and now with Asia centuries or even millennia ago, and to broadcast your original findings. No prior knowledge of Asian history or languages required. Limited enrollment.