CCCH9047 China: Culture, State and Society
This course asks, what do we really know about China, its politics, society, culture, economy and ways of life, and what can we know? By discussing a range of ‘sinographies’ – ways of writing about China and Chineseness, each of which has something to teach us about the similarities and differences between our own and other cultures as they approach the civilization of China, the course encourages students to develop a more critical approach towards various representations about China and to identify the ways in which writing about China may obscure as much as it reveals about a possible ‘real’ China.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completing the course, students will be able to:
- Explain major problems and controversies relating to different interpretations and descriptions of China.
- Analyse the differences between various interpretations and descriptions of China.
- Discuss critically issues arising from different interpretations and descriptions of China.
Offer Semester and Day of Teaching
First Semester (Wed)
|Activities||Number of hours|
|Reading / Self-study||38|
|Assessment: Case study||30|
|Assessment: Logbook preparation||20|
Assessment: 100% coursework
- Brady, A. -M. (October, 2015). China’s foreign propaganda machine. Journal of Democracy, 26(4), 51-59. [Available in HKU Library]
- Johansson, P. (2016). Fantasy memories and the lost honor of madame Chiang Kai-shek. Journal of American-East Asian Relations.
- Nathan, A. J. (November 5, 2015). The problem with the China model. China File. From https://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/viewpoint/problem-china-model
- Palmer, J. (March 21, 2018). Nobody knows anything about China: Including the Chinese. Foreign Policy. From https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/21/nobody-knows-anything-about-china/
- Said, E. (1978). Orientalism. From https://sites.evergreen.edu/politicalshakespeares/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2014/12/Said_full.pdf [Introduction, Chap. 1]
- Spence, J. (1998). The Chan’s great continent: China in western minds. New York: W. W. Norton. [Chaps. 1, 2, 5]
- Tanaka, S. (2009). Time and the Paradox of the Orient. Toajia bunka kosho kenkyu, 4 (bessatsu), 165-77. From http://quote.ucsd.edu/stanaka/files/2012/11/paradox.pdf
- The Little Red Podcast. (2018). Lies, damned lies, and police statistics: Crime and the Chinese dream. From https://soundcloud.com/user-340830825/lies-damned-lies-and-police-statistics-crime-and-the-chinese-dream [Episode 17]
- The Little Red Podcast. (2018). Muzzling the academy: Policemen, spooks, and vanishing archives. From https://soundcloud.com/user-340830825/muzzling-the-academy-policemen-spooks-and-vanishing-archives [Episode 14]
- Johansson, P. (2012). Saluting the yellow emperor: A case of Swedish sinography (Sinica Leidensia; v. 104). Leiden; Boston: Brill.
- Johansson, P. (2015). The libidinal economy of China: Gender, nationalism, and consumer culture. Lexington Books.