21H.560 / 21F.191 / 21F.991 Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East Asia

Fall 2004

Image of China passenger wheelbarrows.
China. Passenger wheelbarrows. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-113721 (b&w film copy neg.)])

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive annotated bibliography in the study materials section.

Course Description

This subject examines the experiences of ordinary Chinese people as they lived through the tumultuous changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We look at personal narratives, primary sources, films alongside a textbook to think about how individual and family lives connect with the broader processes of change in modern China. In the readings and discussions, you should focus on how major political events have an impact on the characters' daily lives, and how the decisions they make cause large-scale social transformation.
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Prof. Peter C. Perdue

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session