SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Humanities General Education Courses in Social Sciences
Course NameWestern Images of China and Taiwan
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Course outline: subject to change. It is important that you read the assigned course reading before class.




Course Content

Course readings

1 - September 11

Introduction to the Course; Early Images of China (before 1600)

PPT, class discussion

Colin Mackerras, Western Images of China [abbreviated Western Imageshereafter], chapters 1 & 2

2 - September 18

Jesuits, Philosophes, and


PPT, class discussion

Franc?ois Quesnay, “Le despotisme de la Chine” (1767) & Oliver Goldsmith, “Citizen of the World” (1760-61) excerpts

3 - September 25

Changing Fashions: Nineteenth-Century Images of China

PPT, class discussion

Macartney's “Observations on China” (1794) & Rev. Arthur Smith, “Chinese Characteristics” (1894) excerpts

4 - October 2

Early Images of Taiwan

PPT, class discussion

George Psalmanazar, “An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa” (1704) excerpts; contemporary maps of Formosa

5 – October 9

Early Republican China; China and the Civil War

PPT, class discussion

Edgar Snow, “Red Star over China” (1937) excerpts

6 - October 16

Allies: China and World War II

PPT, class discussion

Time and Life magazine excerpts; “Why We Fight” Documentary

7 – October 23

Images of China, Post-1949

PPT, class discussion

Western Images, chapter 6

8 - October 30

Early Cold War Images of Taiwan/China

PPT, class discussion

Time and Life magazine excerpts

9 – November 6

Midterm Examination


10 – November 13

Images and the Cultural Revolution, Western Intellectuals and China

PPT, class discussion

Jann Myrdal, “China: The Revolution Continued,” (1970), Lorenz Stucki, “Behind the Great Wall: An Appraisal of Mao's China,” (1965), Felix Greene, “Awakened China: The Country Americans Don't Know,” (1961), Shirley MacLaine, “You Can Get There from Here,” (1975)

11 - November 20

Free China: Images of Taiwan

PPT, class discussion

Magazine and newspaper excerpts (including National Geographic); visual images

12 - November 27

The PRC’s Diplomatic Opening: 1970s

PPT, class discussion

Magazine and newspaper excerpts; visual images

13 – December 4

Nixon in China

Video and discussion

Nixon library documentary, “Nixon in China”; “Nixon in China” opera, excerpts

14 – December 11

The PRC’s Economic Opening and Western Images

PPT, class discussion

Time and Life magazine excerpts

15 – December 18

Conflicting Images: Tiananmen, World Trade Organization, Beijing 2008

PPT, class discussion

Magazine and newspaper excerpts; visual images

16 -

December 25 - Seasons Greetings

Images of Contemporary China

PPT, class discussion

“Summary of 2018 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America”; newspaper/periodical excerpts

17 – January 1

Founding Day/New Year Holiday


18 - January 8

Final Examination


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



Assignments and grading criteria:

Participation and attendance: 10% (‘perfect’ attendance policy – 0 or 1 absence, regardless of cause) Mid-term: 30%

Essay and/or class projects: 30%

Final: 30%

Textbook & Reference

See syllabus 

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