(Asia 360) Transnational China:
China and the Chinese Diaspora
Spring 2007
Steven W. Lewis, Ph.D.
T-TH 9:25-10:40
Rayzor 310
Office: Baker 224
Office Hours: T-TH 10:45-12:00 and by Appointment
Phone: 713-348-5832
E-Mail: swlewis@rice.edu and stevenwaynelewis@yahoo.com

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This course explores the transnational forces changing the lives of nearly a quarter of humanity, the 1.4 billion people of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the diasporic Chinese communities of the Americas, Europe, and East and Southeast Asia. This course is designed to be experimental in both subject and teaching methodology. In order to explore the political, economic and social processes of liberalization that have created this new era of the increased circulation of people, ideas, commodities and technologies across national boundaries, seminar participants must use materials and methods from many scholarly disciplines and traditions: political science, history, economics, anthropology, economics and media/cultural studies. And in order to study these increasingly mobile populations that often fall outside the boundaries of conventional area studies approaches, students must develop innovative comparative case study and survey methodologies.

Specific seminar topics include (1) globalization and the history of political and economic liberalization; (2) nationalism, nation-state formation and the politics of collective identification; (3) the transformation of traditional economic and cultural organizations under globalization; (4) consumerism and the emergence of a global market and industry for Chinese cultural media; and (5) energy, international security and population aging and mobility policies.

In order to do so we will be reading and discussing many theoretical and empirical works from many disciplines. As such, class participation will be an important part of your final grade (20 percent of total grade), including both everyday participation and two sessions in which you will lead discussion on a reading or set of readings.

A quiz on Chinese geography (5 percent) and a short essay assignment (15 percent) that critiques theories of globalization will help you lay the groundwork for guided, individual empirical work prepared in the final research paper. A commercial and public service advertisement analysis and presentation (20 percent) will help you explore the relationship between consumerism and collective-identity formation in China and the Chinese-speaking societies. In the final research paper (40 percent) you will critique and evaluate existing theories, as well as propose and evaluate some of your own, based on your empirical work. It can be written on any topic related to China and globalization, but must be one developed after consultation with the instructor.

Except for the in-class geography quiz, all written assignments must be double-spaced, carefully-proofread, meticulously-cited, legible (paginated and in equivalent of 12 point courier font size) hard copy and file copy (be sure and retain a hard copy for your own security). Hard copy for the essay can be turned in during the class. Hard copy for the final research paper can be slipped under the door of my office in Baker 224. Files for the essay and the final research paper should be sent via e-mail to swlewis@rice.edu and stevenwaynelewis@yahoo.com. The PowerPoint presentation file of the advertisement analysis exercise should be sent by noon of the day before the scheduled day of presentation, to swlewis@rice.edu and stevenwaynelewis@yahoo.com, and the presenter should also bring a copy on USB flash device or CD the day of the session, according to use on the Mac or PC in the seminar room (presenters should familiarize themselves with these machines before the day of presentation, and should not plan on accessing e-mail accounts in order to download their files on the day of presentation). Late papers will not be accepted. Any student with a disability requiring accommodations in this class is encouraged to contact me after class or during office hours. Additionally, students should contact the Disabled Student Services Office in the Ley Student Center.



Required Texts: Textbooks are available at the Campus Book Store in used and paperback form. Most books and articles are also on reserve at Fondren Library. In addition, many articles are available through Fondren Library's online electronic journal service or directly from the publishers of the journals.



WEEKS ONE, TWO, THREE (January 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25): Theories of Globalization, Resources for Research, Chinese Geography.

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WEEKS FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN (January 31, February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22) Social Science Studies of Nationalism, Nation-State Formation and Collective Identity in China and the Chinese Diaspora.
Quiz on Thursday, February 1
: Features of Chinese Geography.
Short Essay Directions Handed Out February 6, Due in Hard Copy in Class and Via E-mail to swlewis@rice.edu on Tuesday, February 20.

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WEEKS EIGHT, NINE AND TEN (February 27, March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15): Liberalization and the Transformation of Traditional Economic and Cultural Organizations in China and the Chinese Diaspora.
Final Research Paper Prospectus (one paragraph) Due in Hard Copy in Class on Tuesday, February 27.
Note: No Meetings on Week Nine, March 6 and 8 (Mid-Term Recess)
Note: No Meeting or Potential Guest Lecture on Tuesday, March 13 (Instructor Away)

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WEEKS ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN, FOURTEEN, FIFTEEN (March 20, 22, 27, 29, April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17): A Global Chinese Culture? Economic and Cultural Study of the Growth of a Chinese and East Asian Cultural Marketplace, Media Capitals and Public Spaces.
Note: No Meeting on Thursday, April 5 (Spring Recess)
In Class PowerPoint Advertising Analysis Presentations on April 12 and 17 (Send PPT File to swlewis@rice.edu by Noon of Day Before Presentation, and Bring Backup File on USB Flash Device or CD for PC or Mac on Day of Presentation).

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WEEKS FIFTEEN AND SIXTEEN (April 19, 24): Future Research on Critical Policy Issues Involving China: Energy, International Security, Population Aging and Mobility
Final Research Paper Due in Hard Copy at Baker 224, and Via E-mail to swlewis@rice.edu, by Noon, Monday May 7 (Noon, Wednesday May 2 for Degree Candidates).

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