Readings

WEEK # MONDAYS WEDNESDAYS ThursdayS
1 Session 1: Course Introduction
  • Session 2: Spring Festival
  • Read: "Spring Festival" (Jianti::Fanti)
2
  • Session 3: Spring Festival
  • Read: "Chartered Planes" (Jianti::Fanti)
Session 4: Spring Festival
  • Session 5: Spring Festival
  • Read: "Peasant Workers & Hainan" (Jianti::Fanti)
3 Session 6: Presentations Session 7: Quiz 1 Session 8: Urban-rural: Economy
4
  • Session 9: Urban-rural: Economy (cont.)
  • Read: Part 1 of "China in a Village"(Page 1 to Line 7 of Page 4)
Session 10: Urban-rural: Economy (cont.)
  • Session 11: Presentations
  • Read: Part 2 of "China in a Village" (Line 7 of Page 4 to the 5th Line from the Bottom of Page 7)
5
  • Session 12: Urban-rural: Economy (cont.)
  • Read: Part 3 of "China in a Village"
Session 13: Presentations
  • Session 14: Quiz 2
  • The first supplementary reading is from the first chapter of Li Changping's 2002 book, Telling the Truth to Premier Zhu. Beijing: Guangming Daily Publishing House. It will give you an idea why Li decided to write the letter.
  • The second supplementary reading is on how Sun Zhigang, a fashion designer in Guangzhou, was detained as a homeless person and beaten to death by some security guards in 2003. Sadly, it echoes what happened 11 years earlier to Ding Zuoming, the protagonist of the first chapter of China Peasants Survey. (Jianti::Fanti)
  • The third supplementary reading is on the controversial trials of a BMW driver who killed a peasant woman in Harbin of Heilongjiang Province. The controversy is in a sense a reflection of what common people think about government officials and the enforcement of laws.
6
  • Session 15: Urban-rural: Laws
  • Read: Part 1 of Chapter 1 of China Peasants Survey (pp. 3-10) (Jianti::Fanti )
Session 16: Urban-rural: Laws (cont.)
7
  • Session 18: Urban-rural: Laws
  • Film: The Accused Uncle Shān'gàng (cont.)
  • Session 19: Urban-rural: Laws (cont.)
  • Read: The First Half of Li Changping's "Letter to Premier Zhu Rongji" (pp. 2-5)
Session 20: Presentations
8
  • Session 21: Urban-rural: Education
  • Film: Pretty Big Feet
Session 22: Quiz 3
  • Session 23: Beauty Economy
  • Read: pp. 1-4 and p. 5 (to line 5) of "Hao Lùlu, the First 'Artificial Beauty' of China: False Information in Her Resumé?" (by a Journalist from Beijing Youth Daily, a widely circulated paper.) (Jianti::Fanti)
9
  • Session 24: Beauty Economy (cont.)
  • Read: "So Many Beauties in 2003" (Jianti::Fanti) and "Beauty Pageants in 2004" (Jianti::Fanti)
  • Session 25: Beauty Economy (cont.)
  • Read: "Which is Better: Good Education or Pretty Face?" (Jianti::Fanti)
  • Read "Beauty is A Productive Force Too!" (Jianti::Fanti)
Session 26: Presentations
10 Session 27: Quiz 4
  • Session 28: Love/Marriage
  • Read "Love and Sex in 2004: a Web Survey" (Jianti::Fanti)
  • Session 29: Love/Marriage (cont.)
  • Read: "A Tutor for Puberty Knowledge" (Jianti::Fanti)
11
  • Session 31: Love/Marriage (cont.)
  • Read: pp. 1-5 of "The White Book on Love and Sex in China: 2004-2005" (Jianti::Fanti)
12
  • Session 32: Love/Marriage (cont.)
  • Read: pp. 6-9 of "The White Book on Love and Sex in China: 2004-2005" (Jianti::Fanti)
Session 33: Presentations Session 34: Quiz 5
13 Session 35: Advertising Session 36: Advertising (cont.) Session 37: Entertainment
14 Session 38: Essay Presentations Session 39: Essay Presentations (cont.) Session 40: Essay Presentations (cont.)