William Overholt argues that as China reaches a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth, Xi Jinping is pursuing the riskiest political strategy of any important national leader. Alternative outcomes include continued impressive growth and political stability, Japanese-style stagnation, and a major political-economic crisis.
East meets West: Innovative Pedagogies to Bring Asia into the Classroom
An interdisciplinary seminar-style exploration of East Asian civilizations with emphasis on innovative pedagogical tools.
Start Date: February 6, 2017
End Date: April 24, 2017
Time Detail: Once a week for 3 hours each week (Mondays 6-9pm)
Location: Texas Christian University - Fort Worth, TX
Course Description: An interdisciplinary seminar-style exploration of East Asian civilizations with emphasis on innovative pedagogical tools. We will be using online resources, the reacting to the past simulation, graphic novels and other literature, primary sources and content analysis, cinema, documentaries, debates, and a variety of other teaching strategies to make learning about East Asia both informative and fun. The course is appropriate for those teaching in a wide range of liberal arts and social studies subjects, including: comparative government, geography, literature, world history and world cultures. Emphasis will be placed on the countries of China, Japan, and the Koreas, but coverage will include Vietnam, Burma, Thailand and other Southeast Asian states.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute, the East Asian Studies Center, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a screening of the 1993 Chinese film Woman Sesame Oil Maker (香魂女). It tells the story of a woman in a small village who buys a peasant wife for his mentally disabled son after her sesame oil business becomes unexpectedly successful. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Xie Fei (谢飞).