2007 Summer Institute on China - Readings

Course readings can be downloaded in pdf format. See syllabus below for links.

UCLA Asia Institute
Summer Institute on China for K-12 Educators
China: From Imperial Palaces to Corporate Boardrooms
July 9-11, 2007

seminar description

Course Readings

Monday, July 9

I. Ritual, the Classics, and Ideals of Unity – David Schaberg, UCLA - download here

  • Early Chinese Chronology
  • Shangshu (Book of Documents), selections. Translation by Serruys, Nylan, and Schaberg, unpublished.
  • The Classic of Poetry (Shijing), CCXLV “She Bore the Folk.” An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911, ed. and trans., Stephen Owen (New York & London: W.W. Norton & Co., 1996).
  • Records of the Grand Historian, Shi ji 30: “The Treatise on the Balanced Standard.” Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian: Han Dynasty II, trans. Burton Watson, rev. ed., (Hong Kong & New York: Renditions-Columbia Univ. Press, 1993), pp. 61-85.
  • Zuo Zhuan, “King Chuang of Ch’u Asks About the Cauldrons.” The Tso Chuan: Selections from China’s Oldest Narrative History, trans. Burton Watson (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1989), pp. 81-83.
  • Recommended
    Zuo Zhuan, “Prince Chi-cha of Wu” (Watson, The Tso Chuan, pp. 149-153).

II. How to Speak Truth to Power in Early China – David Schaberg, UCLA - download here

  • Mencius, trans. D.C. Lau (London: Penguin Books, 2004). Book I , Pt. A, no. 7, pp. 54-59; Book II, Pt. B, no. 2, pp. 76-80; Book III, Pt. B, no. 9, pp. 113-115.
  • Xunzi I, book 5, “Contra Physiognomy.” John Knoblock, Zhang Jue, trans., Library of Chinese Classics (Changsha: Hunan People’s Publishing House, 1999), pp. 96-121.
  • Han Feizi: Basic Writings, sec. 12, “The Difficulties of Persuasion;” and sec. 49, “The Five Vermin.” Burton Watson, trans. (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2003).
  • Zhuangzi, “In the World of Men.” Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, trans. Burton Watson (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1964), pp. 50-63.
  • A.C. Graham, “Syncretism and the Victory of Confucianism,” in Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China (La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1989).
  • Recommended
    Records of the Grand Historian, Shi ji 68: “The Biography of Lord Shang.” (Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty, trans. Burton Watson (Hong Kong & New York: Renditions-Columbia Univ. Press, 1993), pp. 89-99.

III. Long-term Trends in Chinese History and Society – Richard Von Glahn, UCLA -  download readings here; download powerpoint here

  • Alexander Woodside, “Questioning Mandarins,” in Lost Modernities: China, Vietnam, Korea, and the Hazards of World History, ch. 1, (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard Univ. Press, 2006), pp. 17-37
  • R. Bin Wong, “The Political Economy of Agrarian Empire and Its Modern Legacy,” in Timothy Brooks and Gregory Blue, eds., China and Imperial Capitalism: Genealogies of Sinological Knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1999), pp. 210-245

Tuesday, July 10

I. From Empire to People’s Republic: Setting the Scene for Change – R. Bin Wong, UCLA - download here

  • R. Bin Wong, “The Nineteenth Century: Without an Industrial Revolution,” [Images in French version, “Il n’y aura pas de revolution industrielle!,” L’Histoire, no. 300 (July-August 2005), pp. 64-71. ]
  • R. Bin Wong, “The Political Economy of Chinese Rural Industry and Commerce in Historical Perspective,” Études rurales, no. 161-162 (Jan.-June 2002), pp. 153-164.

II. The Qing and the World – John Wills, USC - download here

  • History of World Trade Since 1450 (Macmillan, 2005), vol. 1, “Canton System,” “Empire, Ming,” Empire, Qing,” “Entrepot System;” vol. 2, “Zheng Family.”
    John E. Wills, Jr., “The Qianlong Emperor,” in Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History, (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1994), pp. 231-258.
    John E. Wills, Jr., “At the Court of Kangxi” and “The Jesuits of China,” 1688: A Global History (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2001).

III. Lunchtime Film: Small Happiness and discussion – Charlotte Furth, USC - download here

  • Wang Zheng, "Call me Qingnian but not Funu: a Maoist Youth in Retrospect," in Xueping Zhong, Wang Zheng, and Bai Di, Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing up in the Mao Era  (Rutgers University Press 2001), pp. 27-52.
  • Arianne Gaetano and Tamara Jacka,  "Introduction: Focusing on Migrant Women"  in Gaetano and Jacka, eds., On the Move: Women and Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China  (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), pp. 1-38.
  • Arianne Gaetano, "Filial Daughters, Modern Women: Migrant Domestic Workers in Post-Mao Beijing," in Gaetano and Jacka, eds, On the Move, pp. 41-79.
  • Recommended
    Wang Zheng, Women in the Chinese Enlightenment:  Oral and Textual Histories  (Berkeley: UC Press, 1999).

IV. From Empire to People’s Republic; From Village to City – Ken Pomeranz, UC Irvine - download here; download powerpoint here

  • Mao Tun, “Spring Silkworms,” in Mao Tun, , Spring Silkworms and other Stories, trans. and ed. by Sidney Shapiro (Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1979), pp. 9-38.
  • Kenneth Pomeranz, “Continuities and Discontinuities in Global Development: Lessons from New East/West Comparisons,” World Economics 3:4 (October-December, 2002), pp.  73-86.
  • Benjamin Schwartz, “The Origins of Marxism-Leninism in China,” and “The Founding of the Party,” in Chinese Communism and the Rise of Mao  (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1951), pp. 7-36.
  • Recommended - download here
    Ping-ti Ho, "The Significance of the Ch'ing period in Chinese history," Journal of Asian Studies 26:2 (1967), pp. 189-195.
    Peter C. Perdue, "The Qing Empire in Eurasian Time and Space: Lessons from the Galdan Campaigns," in Lynn Struve, ed., The Qing Formation in World-Historical Time (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard Univ. Press, 2004), pp. 57-87.
    Susan Glosser, “Saving Self and Nation: The New Culture Movement’s Family-Reform Discourse, in Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953 (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 2003), pp. 27-80.

Wednesday, July 11

I. Changing Society in a Changing China – Cameron Campbell, UCLA - download here

  • Maureen Fan, "Chinese Slough Off Old Barriers to Divorce: Breakups Skyrocket Alongside An Embrace of Individualism."  Washington Post (Saturday, April 7, 2007), p. A01. Online at Washingtonpost.com.
  • Maureen Fan,  "Illiteracy Jumps in China, Despite 50-Year Campaign to Eradicate It." Washington Post, (Friday, April 27, 2007), p. A19. Online at Washingtonpost.com.
  • Ching Kwan Lee and Mark Selden, "China's Durable Inequality: Legacies of Revolution and Pitfalls of Reform."  Japan Focus: An Asia-Pacific E-Journal (January 21, 2007). Online at japanfocus.org.\
  • Yunxiang Yan, "Courtship, Love and Premarital Sex in a North China Village."  The China Journal, no. 48 (July, 2002), pp. 29-53.
  • Wang Feng,  "Can China Afford to Continue Its One-Child Policy?" East-West Center Asia-Pacific Issues, no. 77 (March, 2005). Online at eastwestcenter.org.
  • Recommended
    James Lee and Wang Feng, One-Quarter of Humanity: Malthusian
    Mythology and Chinese Realities, 1700-2000
    (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999). This is a very accessible introduction to key issues related to
    population in China.
    Qiu Xiaolong, Death of a Red Heroine (New York: Soho Press, 2001). This is a detective novel set in Shanghai during the reform era.  It is very readable and entertaining, and along the way a good introduction to many of the social issues that have emerged since reform.  The third book in the series, When Red is Black, is also very relevant.

II.  Globalized Culture in China’s Cities–and Those Left Behind – Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UC Irvine - download here

  • Amy Hanser, “Made in the PRC: Consumers in China,” Contexts (Winter 2004). Online at caliber.ucpress.net.
  • James Farrer, “Nationalism Pits Shanghai Against its Global Ambition,” Yale Global Online (April 29, 2005). Online at yalegolabal.yale.edu.
  • Peter Hessler, “China’s Instant Cities,” National Geographic (June 2007). Online at nationalgeographic.com
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Published: Monday, July 02, 2007