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Summer Institute 2023: Modern China in Three Keys: History, Culture and Social Change Summer Institute 2023: Modern China in Three Keys: History, Culture and Social Change
Jul 10, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023
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Asian Studies Development Program

Modern China in Three Keys: History, Culture and Social Change

Dates: July 10-21, 2023

Format: In Person

Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai´i

Application Deadline: March 10, 2023

Directors: Peter D. Hershock (East-West Center) and Shana Brown (University of Hawaiˋi at Mānoa, Department of History)

This institute will examine the turbulent dynamics of China’s transformation from a 19th century empire to a struggling multi-ethnic 20th century nation state and a 21st century economic and geopolitical global power, emphasizing cultural continuities as well as political experimentation in an evolving and aspirational “China dream.” In addition to having the largest population and second largest economy in the world, China’s modern history of imperial collapse and national reemergence after a “century of humiliation” offers valuable insights into cultural resilience, the dynamics of national vitality, and the complexity of contemporary geopolitics.

Week One of the program will include sessions on Chinese history, literature, and art. Week Two will include sessions on 20th and 21st century social, economic, political, and cultural transformations, including a session on ethnicity and the status of minorities in China.

The institute will provide over 30 hours of learning engagement, including ten individual lectures and discussions led by nationally recognized area studies experts in both humanities and social science disciplines; pedagogical sessions aimed at developing strategies for infusing institute content into existing core courses in the humanities and social sciences; a targeted discussion of primary source materials useful in a wide range of undergraduate courses and available in English translation; and pedagogy-focused film viewings and discussions. During the institute, participants will meet in small groups with ASDP staff and the Institute Co-Directors to discuss both individual faculty curriculum projects and campus strategies for building Asian studies initiatives.

Participants will have lodging reserved in the East-West Center faculty guesthouse, Lincoln Hall, as well as a travel stipend of up to $800. Plans should be made to arrive on July 9 and depart on July 22, 2023. Participants are required to attend all institute sessions. We will end with an optional final dinner on the July 21, so an evening departure is possible if necessary. Participants wanting to arrive early or extend their stay can do so on a space available basis at Lincoln Hall, or off campus.

Outcomes

Each individual participant will be responsible for developing one or more course modules suitable for infusing institute content into existing courses or for developing a new course with significant China content. Each institutional team will be responsible for framing short-term and medium-term institutional strategies for advancing Asian studies on their campus. Participants will share both individual and team projects on the final day of the institute. Teams interested in hosting a campus workshop will be invited to propose tentative dates and themes.

Preparation

Prior to each institute, participants will be assigned three books to establish a shared foundational knowledge base and will be provided with a bibliography of works to consult for further reading. Each of the presenting faculty will also assign required and optional readings for their individual sessions. These will be made available to the participants through a password protected file sharing system two weeks prior to the institute. To assist the co-directors and faculty presenters, participants will also be asked to submit short descriptions of the curriculum materials they intend to develop. These will be used to fine-tune session contents to the interests of participants.

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Modern China in Three Keys: History, Culture and Social Change

Dates: July 10-21, 2023

Format: In Person

Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai´i

Application Deadline: March 10, 2023

Directors: Peter D. Hershock (East-West Center) and Shana Brown (University of Hawaiˋi at Mānoa, Department of History)

This institute will examine the turbulent dynamics of China’s transformation from a 19th century empire to a struggling multi-ethnic 20th century nation state and a 21st century economic and geopolitical global power, emphasizing cultural continuities as well as political experimentation in an evolving and aspirational “China dream.” In addition to having the largest population and second largest economy in the world, China’s modern history of imperial collapse and national reemergence after a “century of humiliation” offers valuable insights into cultural resilience, the dynamics of national vitality, and the complexity of contemporary geopolitics.

Week One of the program will include sessions on Chinese history, literature, and art. Week Two will include sessions on 20th and 21st century social, economic, political, and cultural transformations, including a session on ethnicity and the status of minorities in China.

The institute will provide over 30 hours of learning engagement, including ten individual lectures and discussions led by nationally recognized area studies experts in both humanities and social science disciplines; pedagogical sessions aimed at developing strategies for infusing institute content into existing core courses in the humanities and social sciences; a targeted discussion of primary source materials useful in a wide range of undergraduate courses and available in English translation; and pedagogy-focused film viewings and discussions. During the institute, participants will meet in small groups with ASDP staff and the Institute Co-Directors to discuss both individual faculty curriculum projects and campus strategies for building Asian studies initiatives.

Participants will have lodging reserved in the East-West Center faculty guesthouse, Lincoln Hall, as well as a travel stipend of up to $800. Plans should be made to arrive on July 9 and depart on July 22, 2023. Participants are required to attend all institute sessions. We will end with an optional final dinner on the July 21, so an evening departure is possible if necessary. Participants wanting to arrive early or extend their stay can do so on a space available basis at Lincoln Hall, or off campus.

Outcomes

Each individual participant will be responsible for developing one or more course modules suitable for infusing institute content into existing courses or for developing a new course with significant China content. Each institutional team will be responsible for framing short-term and medium-term institutional strategies for advancing Asian studies on their campus. Participants will share both individual and team projects on the final day of the institute. Teams interested in hosting a campus workshop will be invited to propose tentative dates and themes.

Preparation

Prior to each institute, participants will be assigned three books to establish a shared foundational knowledge base and will be provided with a bibliography of works to consult for further reading. Each of the presenting faculty will also assign required and optional readings for their individual sessions. These will be made available to the participants through a password protected file sharing system two weeks prior to the institute. To assist the co-directors and faculty presenters, participants will also be asked to submit short descriptions of the curriculum materials they intend to develop. These will be used to fine-tune session contents to the interests of participants.

Asian Studies Development Program Enhancing Undergraduate Asian Studies Since 1991 logo
The Henry Luce Foundation logo