After reading about art in India, Japan, and Islamic cultures – and as a preview of the
next unit on China – you will research an issue (or connected issues) at stake in Asian
arts (East or West Asia). An example of an issue could be censorship, gender
representation, or Western influence, but try to find something original and surprising.
The issue could be found in either the visual arts (such as architecture, painting,
sculpture, installations, etc.), literature (such as poetry, narrative, or playwrights), or
performing arts (such as music, dance, opera, etc.).
● The paper will have an introduction that gets the attention of the reader, identifies
the artist that was researched, and previews the specifics about this artist that
will be discussed in the paper.
● Use in-text (parenthetical) citations to identify the source of each fact, statistic,
research detail, or quote.
● Sources will be properly cited according to MLA style in a Works Cited page.
● Use at least two different sources for the paper, one of which should be an
● The conclusion of the paper will include a summary of the main points and draw
a conclusion about this artist’s success in portraying his African culture today.
● The paper will be double-spaced, in 12-point font, have one-inch margins, all
double-spaced, and be as error-free as possible. Proofread and revise. Read
your paper out loud and actually listen to your sentence structure and grammar
usage. Make all corrections before you turn in a final draft. At least 2 pages.
● Minimum length: three pages (without counting header or title).
● Make sure that you are writing about an issue in 21st-century Asian art, not a
profile of an artist. If you’ve overlooked this aspect, I will deduct points for papers
that do not follow the assignment.