CHIN 223
Ethnic Minorities in China: Past and Present Spring 2012
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ANTH 223 / CHIN 223
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By 2000, of the 1.3 billion population of China, more than 100 million were ethnic minorities (shaoshu minzu). Most of these reside in autonomous regions and districts, which constitute 64% of China’s total acreage. This course introduces students to the multiethnic aspect of China’s past and present. We will address topics such as the minority-group identification project; the definition of minzu; government policy toward and the current situation of the fifty-five official ethnic minority groups; historical sino-centric views about “foreigners” and “barbarians”; ideas of “diversity,” “unity,” and “sinicization”; and the roles that “barbarians” have played in China’s long history. All readings will be in English. This is an EDI course. We will explore various meanings of “diversity” and “being ethnic” in the Chinese context and compare them with students’ own experiences through class discussions and an essay assignment.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3245
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on attendance, in-class participation, oral presentations, two short response papers, one mid-term, and one final paper
Prerequisites: none; no knowledge of Chinese language required, though students with Chinese language background are encouraged to work with Chinese sources if they wish; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: Chinese or Asian Studies majors, and then to first-year students
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ANTH 223 Division II CHIN 223 Division II
Attributes: INST East Asian Studies Electives

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