Prior to our departure, faculty met every two weeks for 90 minutes a session throughout the spring semester.  As most of us are not China studies specialists, this seminar allowed us to become familiar with some introductory scholarship about Chinese history, culture, art, media, educational issues, environmental challenges, public health, etc.  Steven Day (a scholar of modern Chinese literature and the leader of the seminar) mapped out the overall curricular framework, and individual faculty contributed material connected with their academic interests and disciplines.

January 31—Contemporary China

Readings:  —Demystifying China:  New Understanding of Chinese History.  Editor Naomi Standen

  • “Introduction.”  Naomi Standen
  • “Confucius:  The Key to Understanding China.”  Tim Barrett
  • “The Opium War and China’s ‘Century of Humiliation.’”  Julie Lovell

February 14—Great Leap Forward and Famine; Public Health

Readings:  –“Chinese Medicine.”  Bridie Andrews

Eating Bitterness:  New Perspectives on China’s Great Leap Forward and Famine.  Edited by Kimberley Ens Manning and Felix Wemheuer

  • “Introduction.”  Kimberley Ens Manning and Felix Wemheuer
  • “How the Great Leap Forward Famine Ended in Rural China:  ‘Administrative Intervention’ versus Peasant Resistance.”  Ralph A. Thaxton Jr.

Tombstone:  The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962.  Yang Jisheng

The Sick Man of AsiaChina’s Health Crisis.  Yanzhong Huang

February 28—Science in China; Environmental Issues

Readings:  —Demystifying China:  New Understandings of Chinese History.  Editor Naomi Standen

  • “Traditional Chinese and the Environment.”  Ling Zhang

Understanding China:  A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political Culture. Edited by John Bryan Starr

  • “Environmental Challenges.”  John Bryan Starr

–“The Problem of Modern Science in China in the Last 300 years:  From Ming-Qing to Qian Mu.”  Benjamin A. Elman

China in and beyond the Headlines.  Ed. Timothy B. Weston and Lionel M. Jensen

  • “Dismantling the Socialist Welfare State:  The Rise of Civil Society in China.”  Jessica C. Teets

China’s Environment and the Challenge of Sustainable Development.  Edited by Kristen A. Day

  • “China’s Road to Sustainable Development.”  Cynthia W. Cann, Michael C. Cann, and Gao Shangquan

March 14—Education in China; Art; Chinese Media

Readings:  —The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture.  Edited by Kam Louise

  • “Revolutions in Vision:  Chinese Art and the Experience of Modernity.”  David Clarke

Understanding China:  A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political Culture.  Edited by John Bryan Starr

  • “Education.”  John Bryan Starr

New Media for a New China.  Edited by James F. Scotton and William A. Hachten

March 28—Empires Ancient and Modern; Chinese and Western

Readings:  —The Sextants of Beijing:  Global Currents in Chinese History.  Joanna Waley-Cohen

Demystifying China:  New Understandings of Chinese History.  Editor Naomi Standen

  • “Foreign Conquerors of China.”  Naomi Standen
  • “The Chinese.”  Peter C. Perdue

April 11—English Instruction and Language Acquisition

Readings:  —China and English:  Globalisation and the Dilemmas of Identity.  Edited by Joseph Lo Bianco, Jane Orton, and Gao Yihong

  • “Sociocultural Contexts and English in China:  Retaining and Reforming the Cultural Habitus.”  Gao Yihong
  • “Just a Tool:  The Role of English in the Curriculum.”  Jane Orton

April 25—Ethnicity and Identity in China:  Han and Hui

Readings:  —Demystifying China:  New Understanding of Chinese History.  Editor Naomi Standen

  • “Islam in China.”  Michael C. Brose
  • “Xinjiang at the Center.”  Judd Kinzley

Coming to Terms with the Nation:  Ethnic Classification in Modern China.  Thomas S. Mullaney

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