Begin by taking note of who watched which of the film options: Blue Kite, Farewell My Concubine, or To Live.
Individually, review the timeline (Google Doc) and note all the points where the narrative of the film connects to major events listed on this timeline. Consider:
Next, read all the excerpts passed out. Choose one to address the following questions:
Monday will be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so our next class together will be on Wednesday. When you arrive to class on Wednesday you will be asked to write an in-class essay. You will know the sources (the readings from #102-#204), but not the question. Since this is the first essay I will provide a hint, which is that the question will involve the themes of nationalism, ethnicity, and "humiliation."
Today will be an open class to discuss our readings -- Wasserstrom, Link, and Tuttle. You will be graded for this activity -- 50% for your facilitation and 50% for your engagement with other groups. We will divide our remaining 40 minutes into four parts:
Begin with screening the 6 minute video that Tang Jie produced in 2008:
Example of anti-Carrefour protest in Changsha:
First, let’s start small, with the story of the individual, Tang Jie.
Who are the “angry youth” (fènqīng 愤青)?
Analyze some of the comparisons made in the piece:
What does it mean to say that the legacy of “Century of Humiliation” (bǎinián guóchǐ 百年国耻) has produced an “inferiority complex” (Schell)?
What significance did the Olympic Games have for China?
Open discussion. These questions will frame our exchange:
For today’s class, each student will investigate a different angle on China’s past and lead a portion of the discussion. Several of these themes will be relevant again during our discussion on Wednesday.
Research and discussion questions:
Our reading picked up on a number of themes that we saw first in Pomfret, including the attempt to debunk the notion of an “unchanging China.” Today, however, we will focus specifically on the question of China’s diversity.
Part 1: Visualizing diversity
View the images and data visualizations below covering climate, food, language, "high tech," and economics. As you view them, identify:
Part 2: Tibet question
On pages 123-25, Wasserstrom takes up one of the most divisive questions related to China's diversity, which is the politics of Tibet.
Create a Google Drive folder for this class entitled “SS412” followed by your family name. For example, if Joe Wong was enrolled in this course, the folder would be called “SS412 Wong.” Once the folder is created, share it with Mr. Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Create a document within that folder called “Journal” to respond to the following two prompts:
This text is an example of an excellent long-form book review, known sometimes as a review essay. John Pomfret is an American-born writer who has spent extensive time in China and published, most recently, a history of Sino-U.S. relations, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present. (Henry Holt and Co., 2016).
We’ll use it as a jumping off point to consider the following questions: