Folklore | Cultural Diversity in China
F600 | 29464 | S. Tuohy


Fulfills Area or Theory

Meets with Folk-F305 and EALC-E350.

This course focuses on cultural and human diversity in contemporary
China and on issues and processes of group identity. We will explore
the multiple meanings of Chineseness. Among the broad questions to
be addressed are: What is China? Who are Chinese? What is Chinese
culture? And who says? Although the course will focus on modern
China, and particularly the People’s Republic of China, issues will
be contextualized in relation to Chinese history and interactions
beyond Chinese borders.

Individual class topics will cover diverse forms of diversity and
human affiliations, from ethnic, class, gender, gender,
generational, regional, and linguistic to rural and urban and local
and national. Many class sessions will emphasize artistic and
expressive forms (music, material culture, film, verbal genres, and
tourism) and the roles they play in shaping and representing
identities.

Required readings will include a book along with readings available
through e-reserves. Among the graded components will be short
written assignments, quizzes, and exams, along with class
attendance, preparation of readings, and participation. Graduate
students will complete additional readings and a final project.

This course is cross-listed in the Department of East Asian
Languages and Cultures.