Folklore | Cultural Diversity in China
F305 | 27004 | S. Tuohy

Fulfills: COLL Arts & Humanities, Culture Studies List A

Above class for FOLK and EALC majors only. Non-majors register for
other section (#27003). Contact for authorization.

This course introduces students to the cultural and human diversity
in contemporary China. We will explore the multiple meanings of
Chineseness and concepts of individual and group identities. Among
the broad questions to be addressed are: What is China? Who are
Chinese? What is Chinese culture (and who says)?  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. Although we
will focus on modern China, and particularly the PRC, issues will be
contextualized in relation to Chinese history and interactions
beyond the borders of China.

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. We will
examine cultural, linguistic, and heritage policies and practices.
The course also will introduce theories and methods from Folklore
and Ethnomusicology that can be put to use in our analysis of human
diversity, representations, and performance. Graded components will
include class preparation and participation, written assignments,
quizzes, and a midterm and/or final exam.