Nation,Ethnicity and Nationalism in China

Nation, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Contemporary China    

November 2012

Instructor: Liu Wei

This course tackles the growing current of Chinese nationalism with its origins and its potential impact on

the Asian/world political maps. Among issues dealt with are relations between the Han and the ethnic minorities,

Sino-Japanese relations, the Tibet Question, Muslims in China, and cross-strait (Mainland China-Taiwan) relations.

A 1,500-word research paper is required at the completion of the course.

Required readings:
W.J.F. Jenner, The Tyranny of History; Peter Hays Gries, China’s New Nationalism;

Baogang He and Yingjie Gao,Nationalism, National Identity and Democratization in China;

A. Tom Grunfeld, ‘In Search of Equality: Relations Between China’s Ethnic Minorities and the Majority Han’;

Ma Yin, The People’s Republic of China, A Unified Multi-National State;

Erica S. Downs and Phillip C. Saunders, ‘Legitimacy and the Limits of Nationalism: China and the Diaoyu Islands’;

David Patt, A Strange Liberation: Tibetan Lives in Chinese Hands; Peter Hessler, ‘Tibet Through Chinese Eyes’;

Dru Gladney, Islam in China; Susan L. Shirk,‘Taiwan: A question of regime survival’(in China: Fragile Superpower).

Suggested readings:
Paul S. Ropp, Heritage of China; 

Ross Terrill, The New Chinese Empire, Chapter 7: Beijing joggles for the legacy of empire; Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanjing;

Tsering Shakya, The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet since 1947;

Michael Swaine, Chinese Decision-making Regarding Taiwan, 1979-2000, in The Making

   of Chinese foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, by David Lampton (ed);

Gregory May, Taiwan’s Role in the China-Japan-U.S. Trilateral relationship, in Major

Power Relations in Northeast Asia, by David Lampton (ed).

 

 

Week One
The Myth of a Greater Chinese Nation: the history of nation-building in modern China.
Readings: W.J.F. Jenner, The Tyranny of History; Peter Hays Gries, China’s New Nationalism;

Baogang He and Yingjie Gao, Nationalism, National Identity and Democratization in China.

Week Two
Minority Life in West Chine: ethnic minority cultures as commodities; the peoples of Naxi and Mosuo.
Readings: A. Tom Grunfeld, ‘In Search of Equality: Relations Between China’s Ethnic Minorities and the Majority Han’;

Ma Yin, The People’s Republic of China, A Unified Multi-National State.

Week Three
The Sino-Japanese Conflicts and the Origins of Chinese nationalism: how have the wars against Japan

helped shaping the present-day Chinese identity?
Reading: Erica S. Downs and Phillip C. Saunders, ‘Legitimacy and the Limits of Nationalism: China and

the Diaoyu Islands’.

Week Four
Taiwan---A source of National Sensibility: Taiwan’s history and its relevance to China’s popular nationalism.
Reading: Susan L. Shirk, Taiwan: A question of regime survival’(in China: Fragile Superpower).

Week Five
The Tibet Issue: Sovereignty and Cultural Identity (I): history of Tibet.
Readings: David Patt, A Strange Liberation: Tibetan Lives in Chinese Hands; Peter Hessler,

‘Tibet Through Chinese Eyes’.

Week Six
The Tibet Issue: Sovereignty and Cultural Identity (II): political autonomy, economic survival and

cultural legacy: Is there a solution?
Readings: (TBA)

Week Seven
Muslins in China: 1,300 years of integration and separation.
Reading: Dru Gladney, Islam in China.

Week Eight
Discussion: (I) How do you view Chinese nationalism: patriotism, anti-Westernism or else? (II)

Euro-centrism vs cultural relativism: how relevant is nationalism to our life?

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