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Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students. Complete the application process on and then go to the following link to fill out an application: . A complete application includes this online form (which asks for basic academic and professional information on the applicant, a resume, and an unofficial copy of the applicant’s transcript).

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Course Description

ASIAN 389: Culture in East Asian Business, Past and Present

Sony, Samsung, Xiaomi: Where did these giants of industry come from, and where are the economies of East Asia headed? This course will approach the successes of business in East Asia from historical and anthropological viewpoints. In it, we will approach “business” not as a single game with universal rules, but rather as a result of specific historical and cultural processes that precede this century and our own lifetimes. We will spend most of the semester examining contemporary questions or issues in East Asian business; participants will prepare regular position papers concerning those issues, and then debate those issues during discussion section. In the final phase of the course, participants will form teams which will collaborate in research, finally pitching business plans to the class.

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance and participation in lecture and discussion section (pop quizzes and in-class exercises) 30%
  • Weekly mini-position papers 25%
  • First examination 10%
  • Second examination 10%
  • Team Presentation 10%
  • Final examination 15%



Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position.

Key Responsibilities: to lead two weekly discussion sections; attend all lectures; grade students’ weekly short writing assignments and examinations; create and implement teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor weekly; hold two office hours each week in the South Thayer Building.

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Asian Studies and/or familiarity with Asian religions. Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or be currently enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies.  Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Asian studies.  Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures or a related discipline.

Background Screening

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Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 389. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 389. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

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This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.