December 23, 2009

Winter 2010 China-studies courses

Courses with significant China content:
• From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
• Globalizing Consumer Cultures
• Modern East Asia
• Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions
• Great Books of China
• Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
• Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture
• The Arts and Letters of China
• Modernism and Modernity in East Asian Fiction
• Science in Premodern China
• Languages of Asia
• Topics in Asian Studies: Principles of Self-Cultivation in Chinese Cultures
• Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators: Contemporary Asian Controversies
• Topics in Asian Studies: The Question of Modernity
• Topics in Asian Studies: Readings in Late Qing and Republican Period Buddhism
• Topics in Asian Studies: What is Literature? A Critical History of Reading and Writing in East Asia
• Humanistic Studies of Historical and Contemporary China
• Independent Study in Chinese Studies
• Master's Thesis in Chinese Studies
• Seminar in Journalistic Performance: Global Media and Press Freedom
• Junior Proseminar: Liberty and the Natural Garden: Intercultural discourse at the Dawn of the Modern Age
• First Year Seminar: Women in Modern China
• The Chinese Renaissance: Cultural Transformations in Eleventh-Century China
• Imperial China: Ideas, Men, and Society
• History Colloquium: Ideal and Empires Chinese History
• History Colloquium: History of Christianity in East Asia
• Topics in History: Gender and Modernity: China and India
• Aging and Health
• Chinese Law & Legal Institutions
• Intro World Music
• Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context: Feminist Activism as a Global Phenomenon

Language courses:
• Literary Chinese II
• First Year Chinese II
• First Year Tibetan II
• Second Year Chinese II
• Second Year Chinese for Mandarin Speakers
• Mandarin Pronunciation
• Second Year Tibetan II
• Third Year Chinese II
• Third Year Chinese for Mandarin Speakers
• Advanced Spoken Chinese II
• Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers II
• Media Chinese I
• Fourth-Year Chinese I
• Chinese for the Professions II
• Academic Chinese I
• Advanced Classical Tibetan II
• Intermediate Modern Tibetan II

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November 17, 2009

Winter 2010 Course - ASIAN 261: "Modern Chinese Culture"

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November 09, 2009

Winter 2010 Course - History 251: "The Chinese Renaissance"

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Winter 2010 Course - ASIAN 221: "Great Books of China"

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Winter 2010 Course - ASIAN 265: "Arts and Letters of China"

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September 01, 2009

Fall 2009 Course - PubPol 751: "China’s International Relations"

Instructor: Xiaohe CHENG
Fridays, 9:00-12:00, Sep 8 – Oct 23, 2009

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students with in-depth analysis of China’s foreign relations since 1949. Beginning with an exploration of the theoretical and conceptual foundations, which have been guiding China's external behaviour, the course will examine China's relations with major powers and some of its neighbouring countries. This course will also explain China's participation in international organizations by analyzing some typical cases. After sorting out some patterns of China's external behaviour, the course will look into China’s decision-making structure and process. Finally, two hot topics, the Taiwan Issue and the South China Sea Dispute, will be discussed with an aim to grasp China's use of force.

(1)Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in discussions and make a vigorous presentation;
(2)Each student is also required to write a research paper on the course theme. The paper should be typed in
double space, use a 12-point font (preferably Times or Times Roman), and 10 pages in length. The main sources of citation must be academic journals and books. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Poor grammar or spelling and improper citation style will be counted against your grade.

Recommended Books:
- Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy, Stanford University Press, 2006;
- Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998;
- Samuel S. Kim ed., China and the World: Chinese Foreign Policy Faces the New Millennium, Westview Press, 1998.

Attendance: 10%
Participation and discussion: 20%
Presentation: 10%
Term Paper: 60%

Outline of the Course
1. Theory and Practice
Michael Ng-Quinn, "The Analytic Study of Chinese Foreign Policy," International Studies Quarterly 27(1983), pp. 203-224.
Thomas J. Christensen, "Chinese Realpolitik," Foreign Affairs, 75:5 (Sep./Oct. 1996), pp.37-52.
Samuel S.Kim, "Chinese Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice," in Samuel S. Kim ed., China and the World: Chinese Foreign Policy Faces the New Millennium, Westview Press, 1998, pp.3-34.
Samuel D. Kim, "Chinese Foreign Policy Faces Globalization Challenge," in Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign Policy, Stanford
University Press, 2006, pp.276-308.
Wang Jisi, "International Relations Theory and the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy: A Chinese Perspective," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp.481-505.

2. China's Relations with Major Powers (I): Japan and Russia
Lowell Dittmer, "The Sino-Japanese-Russian Triangle," Journal of Chinese Science, Vol. 10, no.1, April 2005.
Elizabeth Wishnick, "Russia and China: Brothers again?" Asian Survey, Vol.41, No.5 (Sep.-Oct., 2001), pp.797-821.
Mike M. Mochizuki, "China-Japan Relations: Downward Spiral or a New Equilibrium?" Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics, ed., by David Shambaugh, University of California Press, 2005, pp.135-150.
Jonathan D. Pollack, "the Sino-Japanese Relationship and East Asian Security: Patterns and Implications", the China Quarterly, No.124, China and Japan: History, Trends and Prospects. (Dec., 1990), pp.714-729.

3. China's Relations with Major Powers (II): the European Union and the United States
Michael B. Yahoda, "China and Europe: the Significance of a Secondary Relationship," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp.266-282.
David Shambaugh, "Patterns of Interaction in Sino-American Relations," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp.197-223.
Kenneth Lieberthal, "Domestic Forces and Sino-US Relations," in Ezra F. Vogel, Living with China: US/China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, An American Assembly Book, 1997,pp.254-276.
Richard Bernstein and Ross H. Munro, "The Coming conflict with America,” Foreign Affairs, 76:2(March/April 1997), pp.18-32.

4. China's Neighbourhood Diplomacy
Harold C. Hinton, "China as an Asian Power," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, pp.348-374.
Dru C. Gladney, "China's 'Uyghur Problem' and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization," Paper Prepared for the US-China Eonomic & Security Review Commission Hearings, Washington D.C. June 2006.
Martha Brill Olcott, "The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Changing the 'Playing Field' in Central Asia," Testimony before the Helsinki Commission, Sept.26, 2006.
Alice D. Ba, "China and ASEAN: Renavigating Relations for a 21st-Century Asia," Asian Survey, Vol.43, No.4 (Jul.-Aug., 2003), pp.622-647.
Wang Gungwu, "China and Southeast Asia: the Context of a New Beginning", in David Shambaugh ed., Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics, University of California Press, 2005, pp.187-204.
Allen S. Whiting, "ASEAN Eyes China: the Security Dimension", Asian Survey, Vol. 37, No.4. (April, 1997), pp.299-322.

5. China and International Organization
David M. Lampton, "A growing China in a Shrinking World: Beijing and the Global Order, in Ezra F. Vogel, Living with China: US/China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, pp.120-140.
Samuel S. Kim, "China's International Organizational Behaviour," in Thomas W. Robinson & David Shambaugh ed., Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice,pp.401-434.
Margaret M. Pearson, "China in Geneva: Lessons from China's Early Years in the World Trade Organization," in Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy, pp. 242-275.

6. China’s Decision-Making Structure and Process
Lu Ning, Dynamics of Foreign Policy Decision-making in China, Westview Press, 1997, pp.7-39.
David Shambaugh, "China's International Relations Think Tanks: Evolving Structure and Process" The China Quarterly, No. 171 (Sep., 2002), pp.575-596.
David Bachman, "Structure and Process in the Making of Chinese Foreign Policy," in Samuel S. Kim ed., China and the World: Chinese Foreign Policy Faces the New Millennium,pp.34-54.

7. China in Dispute: South China Sea and Taiwan Issue
Thomas J. Christensen, "Window and War: Trend Analysis and Beijing’s Use of Force," Alastair Lain Johnston & Robert Ross ed., New Directions in the Study of China’s Foreign Policy
Melvin Gurtov, "The Taiwan Strait Crisis Revisited", Modern China, Vol. 2, No.1.(Jan., 1976), pp.49-103.
Robert S. Ross, "The 1995-96 Taiwan Strait Confrontation: Coercion, Cedibility, and the Use of Force", International Security, Vol. 25, No.2. (Autumn, 2000), pp.87-123.
Chen Jie, "China's Spratly Policy: With Special Reference to the Philippines and Malaysia," Asian Survey, Vol.34, No.10 (Oct., 1994), pp.893-903.
Eric Hyer, "The South China Sea Disputes: Implications of China's Earlier Territorial Settlements,” Pacific Affairs, Vol.68, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp.34-54

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Fall 2009 Course - A506: "China: Early 21st Century Ruralopolitan Space"

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April 08, 2009

Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 532: "Seminar in Chinese Poetry"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 260: "Introduction to Chinese Civilization"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 480.001: "Narratives of Desire by Modern Chinese Women Writers"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 361: "The Pursuit of Happiness in the Chinese Tradition"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 251: "The Story of the Stone"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 235: "Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN LANG 409: "Literary Chinese I"

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Fall 2009 Course - ASIAN 230: "Introduction to Buddhism"

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January 07, 2009

Winter 2009 Course - Political Science 688: "Authoritarian Politics"

Wed 9-11
Winter 2009
5664 Haven Hall

Professors Mary Gallagher and Anna Grzymala-Busse
University of Michigan
Department of Political Science


Authoritarian politics have become the focus of a major new literature. While some are in the familiar mold of predation and rule by terror, others have developed sophisticated mechanisms of market economics and maintaining social order without overt violence or repression. We will examine the variation in authoritarian regimes, their origins and the underpinnings of their persistence: formal and informal elections, legitimation, and (re)distribution.


1. Class Participation: 40%. Each student is expected to attend class regularly and to contribute to the discussion based on assigned readings. In addition, each student is responsible for leading off discussion for a week: the discussant should elaborate on the key themes and debates within the week’s readings, the critical concepts and issues, and the theoretical implications/ missed opportunities.

2. Paper(s): 60%. Students are responsible for 4 short response papers (5-8 pages each), due the day before class at 5pm. One of those papers should be submitted in the week that you serve as discussant.

The following books are available for purchase and on reserve:

Daniel Chirot, Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age (Princeton 1994)

Andreas Schedler (ed.), Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition (Lynne Rienner 2006)

Kapuscinski, Ryszard. 1982. The Shah of Shahs. New York: Vintage Press.


Week 1, January 7: INTRODUCTION

Week 2, January 14: Approaches: Totalitarianism and its Analytical Heirs

Chirot, entire book.

Richard Snyder, “Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism: The Spectrum of Non-Democratic Regimes,” in Schedler (ed.), Electoral Authoritarianism, pp. 219-231.

Week 3, January 21: Origins: Coalitions, Colonies, and Legacies

Acemoglu and Robinson, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Cambridge 2006), 1-87; 173-220; 255-285.

Carles Boix, Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 1-43.

Daniel Ziblatt, “Does Landholding Inequality Block Democratization? A Test of the Bread and Democracy Thesis and the Case of Prussia” World Politics 60 (July 2008).

Week 4, January 28: Military and Sultanistic Rule

Note: We will meet for an hour only on Wed. Please attend the Phil Keefer Talk, Jan 30th 12-1:30, Eldersveld Room, Haven Hall for further discussion

Steven A. Cook, Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2007), pp. 1-31.

Alfred Stepan, Rethinking Military Politics: Brazil and the Southern Cone, Princeton: Princeton University Press (1988), pp. 3-29.

Brownlee, Jason. 2007. “Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies,” World Politics 59, 4: 595-6328.

Ryszard Kapuscinski, Shah of Shahs, entire.

Week 5, February 4: One Party Rule

Samuel P. Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies (Yale 1968): 397-461.

Kenneth Greene, Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico’s Democratization in Comparative Perspective (2007), New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-47.

Benjamin Smith, “Life of the Party: The Origins of Regime Breakdown and Persistence under Single-Party Rule,” World Politics 57:3 (Spring 2005), pp. 421-451.

Grzymala-Busse, Anna. 2002. Redeeming the Communist Past. New York: Cambridge University Press, 19-68.

Week 6, February 11: Legitimation and Compliance

Lisa Wedeen, Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (Chicago 1999): chapters 2 and 3,: 32-86

Margaret Levi, 1998. Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism. New York: Cambridge University Press.: 200-219.

Stockmann, Daniela and Mary Gallagher. (2008). “Media and Authoritarian Rule: The Case of China,” forthcoming article. (on CTOOLS).

Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven: Yale University Press: Chapters 1 and 2.

Week 7, February 18: Order and Repression

Watch The Lives of Others

Gregory Kasza, The Conscription Society: Administered Mass Organizations, New Haven: Yale University Press (1995), pp. 7-25, 51-71, and 188-192.

Garton Ash, Timothy. 1997. “The Romeo File”, The New Yorker, April 28: 162ff.

Eva Bellin, “Coercive Institutions and Coercive Leaders,” in Marsha Pripstein Posusney and Michelle Penner Angrist (eds.), Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Regimes and Resistance, Boulder: Lynne Rienner (2005), pp. 21-41

Scott, James. 1998. Seeing Like a State. New Haven: Yale University Press, 9-83.

February 25: NO CLASS

Week 8, March 4: Elections and Authoritarian Rule

Andreas Schedler, “The Logic of Electoral Authoritarianism,” in Schedler, ed. Electoral
Authoritariansim: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition (Lynne Rienner, 2006).

Ellen Lust-Okar, “Elections Under Authoritarianism: Preliminary Lessons from Jordan,” Democratization 13:3 (June 2006), pp. 456-471.

Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way. 2002. “The Rise of Competitive Authoritarianism,” Journal of Democracy, 13, 2: 51-65.

Gibson, Edward. 2005. “Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Democratic Countries,” World Politics, 58, 1, 101-132.

Week 9, March 11: Law, Policymaking and the State

Jennifer Gandhi and Adam Przeworski, “Authoritarian Institutions and the Survival of Autocrats,” Comparative Political Studies 40:11 (November 2007), pp. 1279-1301.

Slater, Dan. “Iron Cage in an Iron Fist: Authoritarian Institutions and the Personalization of Power in Malaysia.” Comparative Politics 36:1 (October 2003), pp. 81-101.

Pierre Landry and Yanqi Tong, 2005. “Disputing the Authoritarian State.” Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Gretchen Helmke. 2002. “The Logic of Strategic Defection: Judicial Decision- Making in Argentina Under Dictatorship and Democracy.” American Political Science Review 96(2): 291-30.

Week 10, March 18: Informal Institutions

Kellee S. Tsai, “Adaptive Informal Institutions and Endogenous Institutional Change in China,” World Politics 59 (October 2006), pp. 116-141.

Ledeneva, Alena. Blat: Russia’s Economy of Favours. Cambridge: CUP, 1998: 28-38, 139-174, 206-214.

Lily Tsai, 2007. "Solidary Groups, Informal Accountability, and Local Public Goods Provision in Rural China", American Political Science Review, 101, 2 (May 2007), 355-372.

Darden, K. 2001. “Blackmail as a Tool of State Domination: Ukraine under Kuchma” East European Constitutional Review 10, 3.

Week 11, March 25: Economic Growth and Performance

Ronald Wintrobe, The Political Economy of Dictatorship, New York: Cambridge University Press (1998). Pages TBA.

Janos Kornai. 1992. The Socialist System (Princeton University Press,) chapters 11, 12, and 16.

Pempel, TJ. “The Developmental Regime in a changing World Economy,” in Meredith Woo-Cumings, ed, The Developmental State. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999: 137-181.

Michael Ross, “Does Oil Hinder Democracy?” World Politics 53, No. 3: 325-361.

Yingyi Qian. 2003. “How Reform Worked in China,” in Dani Rodrik, ed., In Search of Prosperity: Analytic Narratives on Economic Growth (Princeton University Press), pp. 297-333.

Week 12, April 1: Redistribution: Clientelism and the Welfare State

Beatriz Magaloni, Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and Its Demise in Mexico (2006), New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-43.

Grzymala-Busse, Anna. 2008. “Beyond Clientelism: Incumbent State Capture and State Formation,” Comparative Political Studies, 41, 45.

Wank, David. 1996. “The Institutional Process of Market Clientelism: Guanxi and Private Business in a South China City,” The China Quarterly, 820-838.

Goldsmith, Arthur. 2004. “Predatory versus Developmental Rule in Africa,” Democratization 11, 3: 88-110.

Week 13, April 8: Regime durability and Collapse

Barbara Geddes. What Do We Know about Democratization After Twenty Years.” Annual Review of Political Science 2 (1999) OR Barbara Geddes, “Authoritarian Breakdown: Empirical Test of a Game Theoretic Argument,” paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta (1999), pp. 1-33 + appendix.

Benjamin Smith. “The Wrong Kind of Crisis: Why Oil Booms and Busts Rarely Lead to
Authoritarian Breakdown.” Studies in Comparative International Development 40, No. 4: 55-76.

Eva Bellin, “The Robustness of Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Exceptionalism in Comparative Perspective.” Comparative Politics 36, No. 2: 139-57.

Timur Kuran, “Now out of Never”, in Liberalization and Democratization, Nancy Bermeo, ed. (John Hopkins University Press, 1992).

Steven Solnick, 1996. “The Breakdown of Hierarchies in the Soviet Union and China,” World Politics, 48, 2: 209-238.

Week 14, April 15: Research Design and Fieldwork in Authoritarian Contexts

Lily Tsai, “Quantitative Research and Issues of Political Sensitivity in Rural China,” in Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Melanie Manion eds. Studying Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (forthcoming). CTOOLS.

***Please come to this last meeting with a specific research question. We will discuss various challenges related to research design and fieldwork in authoritarian contexts.***

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January 06, 2009

Winter 2009 Course - History 231/669: "Modern Chinese History in Social Science Perspective"

Modern Chinese History in Social Science Perspective: Big Structures, Large Processes, Huge Comparisons, 1700-2000

These courses are an attempt to summarize what we know about modern China and modern Chinese history from a social science perspective. The current understanding of human history and social theory is based largely on Western experience or on non-Western experience seen through a Western lens. The above courses offer alternative perspectives derived from Chinese experience during the last three centuries. We will review a number of core subjects, including community, ethnicity, family, freedom, gender, life, power, property, religion, rights, rules, sexuality, society, and states, to compare how Chinese historic behavior and intellectual construction of these analytic categories and abstract subjects differed from Western behavior and understanding. We will also trace the persistence of these differences to Chinese behavior and thinking today.

The analytic focus will be on three common criteria used in the West to categorize contemporary societies - class, race, and gender - as well as two other important historical categories and abstractions: public and private, and state and society: public and private because the expansion of both civic and private spheres underlie our Western understanding of human values and behavior; and state and society because state documents and narratives constitute the majority of our information about China, and because Confucian and Communist categories and abstractions provide almost all the alternative framing we have for Chinese history beyond Western comparisons.

For each subject, I present in History 231 weekly Monday lectures that incorporate recent research on these issues – in some cases ongoing research - followed in History 231 and History 669 by separate weekly Wednesday class discussions at the undergraduate and graduate level of relevant archival, ethnographic, and statistical studies as well as literary and cinematic representations. We begin with a discussion of the Chinese state and then turn in succession to class, ethnicity, and gender and end with a discussion of public and private life. While we do not emphasize the temporal narratives of late imperial, early modern, and contemporary China since that is the purview of other UM classes, we of course also discuss change over time as China progresses from a largely internal imperial history to the shared stories of imperialism and semi colonialism, communism and collectivization, and reform and globalization.

Organizational Meeting January 7
Imperial and Communist State January 12, 14
Qing, Republican, and Communist Historical Processes January 21 (map quiz)
Examination System January 26, 28
Occupation and Education February 2, 4
Property and Land February 9, 11
Ethnic Boundaries February 16, 18
Ethnic Governance March 2, 4
Family and Community March 9 11
Gender and Life Course March 16, 18
Affect and Sexuality March 23, 25
Population Processes: Marriage, Fertility, and Mortality March 29, April 1
Religion April 6, 8
Freedom and Autonomy April 13, 15

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December 21, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - Comparative Literature 780: "The Bildungsroman in Modern East Asia"

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December 10, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - History of Art 394.004: "Approaches to Chinese Landscape Painting," Wen-chien Cheng

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 410: "Acupuncture History," Miranda Brown

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 380.001: "East Asian Horror," Chika Hinoshita

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 235: "Intro to Asian Cultures," Jonathan Zwicker

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 231: "Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism," Donald Lopez

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 220/Religion 220: "Introduction to Asian Religions," Arvind Mandair

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December 03, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 261: "Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture," Xiaobing Tang

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December 02, 2008

Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 534: "Seminar in Chinese Drama: The Peony Pavilion Old and New: The Politics of Cross-Cultural Theater (and Fiction)," David Rolston

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 410: "Literary Chinese II," Bill Baxter

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Winter 2009 Course - CCS 502: "China Humanistic Studies," Joseph Lam

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Winter 2009 Course - ASIAN 265: "Arts and Letters of China," Shuen-fu Lin

Coordinator: Shuen-fu Lin (
ASIAN 265 / Philosophy 265 / RC Humanities 265 / History of Art 265
Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 1-2:30pm
Discussions: Wednesday 11-12pm, 1-2pm, or 2-3pm

This interdisciplinary and multimedia course is taught jointly by faculty specialists in Chinese philosophy, religion, cultural history, history of art, drama, literature, and visual culture. It is not a survey course. Instead the main task will be the sustained and critical study of a number of significant and representative works in order to present some major themes and art forms of the distinct and complex civilizations of China. In spite of inner tensions, this is a cultural tradition that can be seen as highly integrated system composed of reinforcing parts, making such an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach particularly effective. Toward the end of the term we will observe the system's collapse as it struggles to adapt to the modern world, and consider how our themes continue, persist or change. We will conclude our course with discussions of art, poetry, and cinema from contemporary China. Background lectures on language and early culture will be followed by topics and readings that include: "Confucianism" (Confucius and Mencius), "Daoism" (Laozi and Zhuangzi), the art of argumentation; themes in Chinese religiosity, Chan (Zen) Buddhism; lyricism and visual experience in poetry and painting; music; traditional storyteller tales; poetic-musical theater; modern fiction and culture; and Chinese film.

The format of the course consists of three hours of lectures and one hour of discussion. The lectures will be given by Baxter (language); Brown (early culture, "Confucianism," and the art of argumentation); Lam (music); Lin ("Daoism," poetry, and garden); Tang (modern culture and literature); Tang (film); Cheng (painting); TBA (religion); Rolston (theater and traditional fiction). Students should register for both the lecture section, and one of the three discussion sections. No prerequisites. Requirements: occasional brief responses to readings, three short papers, and final exam.

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Winter 2009 Course - Philosophy 456/ASIAN 466: "Interpreting the Zhuangzi," Shuen-fu Lin

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Winter 2009 Course - History 205/ASIAN 205: "Modern East Asia," Pär Cassel

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Winter 2009 Course - History 415.001: "Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China," Pär Cassel

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Winter 2009 Course - Musicology 405/505: "Kunqu: The Classical Opera of Globalized China," Joseph Lam

Musicology 405/505. Kunqu: the Classical Opera of Globalized China.
Winter 2009; Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-12:00.p.m.; Rm 706, Burton Memorial Tower, Central Campus.

Course Introduction
This course offers students a unique opportunity to intellectually and performatively learn kunqu, the classical opera of China, and an UNESCO designated Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This course is divided into two parts. In the first 9 weeks of the course, Joseph Lam (Professor of Musicology, SMTD, U-M) will lecture on kunqu history, theories, and musical and theatrical features, providing students a comprehensive understanding of the genre. During this period, students will also learn about the genre with reading, listening, and viewing assignments. In the last 6 weeks of the course, Professor Zhang Xunpeng of Shanghai, China, an internationally renowned kunqu artist and teacher, will teach students kunqu speaking, singing, dancing, and acting. By the end of the course, students will perform in a public presentation arias/scenes of kunqu that they will have learned from Professor Zhang.

This course and its public performance are sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, the Center for World Performance Studies, the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

January 8 Introduction
Isabel Wong, “ Kunju,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 289-296.
Bell Yung, “ Chinese Opera, An Overview,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 275-280.
Rulan Pian Chao, “Peking Opera,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 281-288.
Listening and Viewing
A selection of video-recordings of scenes of Cantonese opera, Kun opera, and Peking opera.

January 13 kunqu history 1
William Dolby, “ Nanxi Drama, Chuanqi Drama, and the Beginnings of Kunqu Drama;? “the Theatre World during the Ming Dynasty;? in A History of Chinese Drama (London: Paul Elek, 1976), 60-113.
Listening and viewing
A selection of video-recordings of scenes of Cantonese opera, Kun opera, and Peking opera.

January 15 kunqu history 2
William Dolby, “A Diversity of Dramatic Styles during the Early Qing,? in A History of Chinese Drama (London: Paul Elek, 1976), 114-156.
Cyril Birch, “To the Reader as Fellow Mandarin,? in Scenes for Mandarins: The Elite Theater of the Ming (New York: Columbia Press, 1995), 1-20.
Listening and viewing
A selection of video recordings of kunqu scenes.

January 20 kunqu dramas
A.C. Scott trans., “Longing for Worldly Pleasures (“Sifan?),? in Traditional Chinese Plays, vol. 2 (Madison: the University of Wisconsin Press, 1969), 1-40.
Cyril Birch translated, excerpts from The Peony Pavilion (Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 1994), 42-51, 55-62, 120-134.
Lindy Li Mark translated, excerpts from the Peony Pavilion the Young Lovers’ Edition, manuscript, 2004.
Listening and viewing
Video recordings of “Longing for Worldly Pleasures (“Sifan?),? and the “Interrupted Dream,? from Peony Pavilion, the Young Lovers’ Edition, 2007.

January 22 kunqu dramas
Joseph Lam translated, “Running Away in the Dark of the Night? (“Yeban?), manuscript.
Yang Hsien-yi and Gladys Yang translated, excerpts from The Palace of Eternal Youth (Beijing: Foreign Language Press, 1955), 63-74, 130-141, 176-179, 188-195.

Listening and viewing
Video recordings of “Running Away? and scenes from the Palace of Eternal Youth: “The Alarm,? “Hearing the Bells,? and “Mourning before the Image.?

January 27 kunqu speaking and chanting
Chao Yuanren, “ Tones, Intonation, Singsong, Chanting, Recitative, Tonal Composition, and Atonal Composition in Chinese,? in For Roman Jacobson, compiled by Morris Halle (The Hague: Mouton, 1956), 52-59.
Bell Yung, “Creative Process in Cantonese Opera1: the Role of Linguistic Tones,? Ethnomusicology 27 (1983), 29-47.

Listening and Viewing
A selection of audio and video recordings of kunqu speaking and chanting.

January 29 kunqu make-up, costume and acting
George R. Kernodle, “ Style, Stylization, and Styles of Acting,? Educational Theatre Journal (1960) 251-260.
Joseph Lam, “Kunqu Representations of the Chinese Self,? manuscript.

Listening and Viewing
A selection of audio and video recordings of kunqu speaking and chanting.

February 3 kunqu singing
Richard Strassberg, “The Singing Techniques of K’un-ch’ü and their Musical Notation,? Chinoperl Papers 6 (1976), 45-81.
Koo Siu Sun and Diana Yue translated, Wei Lang-fu: Rules of Singing Qu (Hong Kong: Oxford, 2006), 1-86 (English translations only).
A selection of audio and video recordings of kunqu arias.

February 5 kunqu singing and instrumental playing
Joseph Lam, “ The Virtuosic Music of Kunqu,? manuscript.
Listening and Viewing
Five versions of audio/video recordings of “Zaoluopao? from five productions of the Peony Pavilion.

February 10 kunqu gongs and drums
Rulan Chao Pian, “The Function of Rhythm in the Peking Opera,? in the Musics of Asia (Manila: The National Music Council of the Philippines, 1971), 114-131.
Li Minxiong, “ Ensembles: Percussion Music,? and “ Ensembles: Chuida Music,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 191-199.

Listening and Viewing
Video-recordings of kunqu gong and drum performance techniques.

February 12 kunqu music: 21st century and westernized practices
Joseph Lam, “Tone Colors and Orchestration in Contemporary Kunqu,? English version of “Kunqu qiyue yu yinse,? in Mudanting guoji yantao hui, Beijing 2007 (Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, in press).
Tsui Ying-fai, “ Ensembles: The Modern Chinese Orchestra,? in East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (New York: Routledge, 2002), 227-231.
Han Kuo-huang, “The Modern Chinese Orchestra,? Asian Music 11( 1979), 1-43.

Listening and Viewing
Excerpts from the Peony Pavilion, the Young Lovers’ Edition

February 17 kunqu and globalized China
Catherine C. Swatek, “ Peter Sellars’s Efforts to Reawaken Kun Opera,? and “ To Perform ‘Chuanqi’ We will Recreate a Chuanqi,? in Peony Pavilion on Stage (Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, U-M, 2002),203-256.

February 19 kunqu and global audiences
Joseph Lam, “ Kunqu, the Classic Opera of Globalized China,? Manuscript.
Joseph Lam, “Chinese Music and its Globalized Past and Present,? Macalester International 21 (2008), 29-77.

A selection of audio recordings of contemporary Chinese music.

February 24 Spring Break/no class
February 26 Spring Break/no class
March 3 Review 1
March 5 Review 2
March 10 Mid-term exam and term paper due
March 12 kunqu speaking
March 17 kunqu speaking
March 19 kunqu singing
March 24 kunqu singing
March 26 AAS/kunqu singing
March 31 kunqu singing
April 2 kunqu acting/dancing
April 7 kunqu acting/dancing
April 9 Rehearsal 1
April 14 Rehearsal 2
April 16 Rehearsal 3
April 18 Performance
April 21 Post-performance discussion

Attendance 10%
Term paper 20%
Mid term exam 20%
Rehearsals and Performance 50%

Term paper
Undergraduate students will write term papers of 10-15 pages on kunqu topics approved by the musicology instructor (Joseph Lam).
Graduate students will write terms papers of 20-25 pages on kunqu topics approved by the musicology instructor (Joseph Lam).

Mid-term exam
The exam will include 3 parts: 1) identification of 5 kunqu musical excerpts; 2) brief explanations of 5 kunqu terms; 3) 1 short essay discussing one of the many issues traditional kunqu faces in the globalized world; all examination materials are covered by lectures and assignments.

Office hour
Thursday 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.; BMT 402.
By appointment.

Contact info
Joseph Lam:; 734-647-9471
Zhang Xunpeng: TBA

Posted by zzhu at 11:23 AM

September 26, 2008

UM Course on Senegal - International Economic Development Program (IEDP)

The 2009 IEDP is a seven-week Winter Term course that focuses on the public policy and development issues being faced today by the country of Senegal and culminates in a one week trip to Senegal. All graduate students are welcome to apply and those who have particular interest and experience in international development and/or in Senegal are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Thursday, October 9 at 4:30pm and should be submitted to Weill Hall Room 2242. Full details of the application process can be found in the attached application. Applicants MUST follow all instructions closely.

See more about the IEDP at:

Questions regarding the IEDP and the application process may be sent to

Posted by zzhu at 04:18 PM

September 10, 2008

Cultural History Course - Fall 2008

Topics in History (HIST 698-004, ASIAN 500)
The History and Historiography of the Tang and Song Dynasties
Monday, 4:00-7:00 p.m., 1023 Tisch Hall

Instructor: Christian de Pee Telephone: (734) 763-6968
Office: 1632 Haven Hall
Office hours: Thursday, 1:00-3:00 (and by appt.)


This course offers a topical survey of the history and historiography of the Tang and Song dynasties or, more specifically, of the profound cultural transformation that took shape between the eighth and twelfth centuries. It is intended in the main to convey an impression of the shape of the field of Middle-Period studies in the United States, with its small first generation of economic, intellectual, and political historians, its second generation of social historians, and its budding third generation of cultural historians. This historiographical disposition of the course not only lends form to the succession of topics (which are arranged by the sequence in which they were addressed by the developing field of inquiry), but offers an opportunity for the development of a wider range of academic skills. The reading assignments for the course will provide a basic knowledge of the historiography of the Tang-Song transition, but class discussions will also address the conception of research projects, inventive approaches to sources, style and argument in prose composition, the politics of publishing, the nature and development of academic fields, and the shape of academic careers. In short, this seminar is intended not only as an introduction to the history and historiography of the Tang and Song dynasties, but also as an opportunity to reflect on graduate education and to develop some of the critical and practical skills required therein.

Since the design of this manner of survey cannot be but a prejudiced endeavor, I have felt free to include a piece of my own writing in both the first and the final week of the course—not to impose, but rather to explicate the dispositions that inform the syllabus.


The requirements of the course are intended to further the above intentions. First, the course requires attentive reading of the assignments and the composition of a brief reflection on the week’s readings, to be posted to the CTools site of the course. Second, the course requires lively participation in discussion during seminar meetings. The most effective way of testing and developing your ideas is to articulate them, in writing and in speech. In order to ensure the continued variation of discussion, I shall propose a succession of themes for discussion (treatment of sources, uses of prose style, politics of publishing, and so forth). Third, the course requires a short review of one of the assigned articles, as a practice in the composition of peer reviews. Fourth, the final assignment consists of either a review essay (of two or three books on a topic in Tang or Song history) or a short research paper (on a topic in Tang or Song history), according to academic need and ability.

Posted by zzhu at 10:49 AM

August 15, 2008

Only chance to study China in the Business School this term

Business in Asia
Strategy 584
Ross School of Business
Fall 2008
MW 12:40-2:10 pm W 2760 Ross School
Prof. Linda Lim

• This 3-credit 14-week course deals with the business environment and business operations in Northeast Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma) and India.

• The course focuses on the institutional environment, business issues, and ways of dealing with them, that are common to many Asian countries, while also giving students an understanding of specific country contexts.

• Class sessions involve a combination of instructor lectures, interactive class discussions based on course readings (including business cases), guest lectures by visiting executives with extensive Asia experience, and student presentations

• Topics covered include: regional international relations, domestic politics and political risk; corruption and business-government relations; economic growth, poverty and inequality; trade and the legal environment; labor markets and management; inflation, financial crisis and capital markets; corporate governance and sovereign wealth funds; religion, society and culture; family business; multinational and local business competing in Asian markets; the globalization of Asian companies; and energy, the environment and tourism.

• Strategy 503 World Economy is the course prerequisite for MBAs. Non-MBA students wishing to elect the course should contact the instructor regarding their eligibility, and for an override if appropriate.

For inquiries and the syllabus, please email Students must be in class on the first day, September 3.

Posted by zzhu at 11:54 AM

New undergraduate course

ATTENTION!! International students who speak Chinese and U.S. students of all backgrounds interested in China!

Semester: Fall 2008

Course Title: Chinese International/U.S. Domestic Student Dialogue

Course number: Psychology 122 / Sociology 122 / UC 122 (for undergraduates) Section: 001 Credits: 2

Course description: Chinese international students (i.e., Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.) and U.S. domestic students will be balanced in groups of 5-7 each to participate in meaningful dialogue. This course is a rare opportunity to learn from other students what diversity means in the United States and in the Chinese Diaspora. Students will discuss relevant reading material and they will explore their own and the other students' experiences. The goal is to create a setting in which students engage in open and constructive dialogue, learning, and exploration concerning issues of intergroup relations, conflict and community.

Course Note: Interested students must apply for an override request at Due to high demand, students who do not attend the mass meeting on the first day of class will be withdrawn from the course. If you have questions, please contact the Program on Intergroup Relations at (734) 936-1875.

Directions for Override Request:
1) Go to
2) Select *IGR Courses*, then *Intergroup Dialogues*, then *Apply* from the menu
3) Read description and select *Continue to Override*
4) Select *Fall 2008*
5) Enter your information (all dialogues take place on Wednesdays 3-5pm)
6) Be sure to rank-order your preference of dialogue topics on Page 4
7) Review your responses and click *Finish* to submit.

Consent: With permission of instructor (overrides are issued through

Primary Instructor: Gurin, Patricia Y

Posted by zzhu at 11:46 AM