This course seeks to convey an understanding of the interaction of two nations that occupy center stage at the beginning of the 21st century. One is the world’s sole surviving super-power, the other the world’s most populous state, now in the fourth decade of the longest sustained period of rapid economic development of any contemporary nation. In spite of profound political and cultural differences, as the world’s first and second largest economies, the two are interlinked and interdependent.
In addition to exploring diplomatic, military, and economic relations between China and the United States, we will take a close look at the more diffuse but equally important cultural, social, academic, and psychological interactions between their people. Through the dynamic interplay of Chinese-American team teaching and with first-hand onshore exposure to China and related Asian cultures, students should emerge from this course better able to understand the common interests and complexities that characterize Sino-US relations in an age of globalization.
Field WorkCountry: China
Date: February 1, 2017
Our field class begins with a walk to the Astor Hotel where we will spend an hour exploring the lobby and photos. We will swing by the bas reliefs of Shanghai’s revolutionary history at the entrance to the Bund Museum (unfortunately closed for the Spring Festival). We will then have an interpretive walk south along the Bund, with particular attention to buildings with US connections. We will include a stop into the Peace Hotel to see historic photos in their lobby.
We will continue on foot to Nanjing E. Rd. for lunch at the Chinese and Western Buffet Food Parkway (中西美食百汇自助),690 Nanjing E. Road. They have an impressive selection of Chinese and Western cuisine including the “fire pot” (火锅), all you can eat.
After lunch, we will travel by bus to the Shanghai American Center, located on Nanjing West Rd for a discussion with Mr. Jonathan Crawford and Mr. Brian Gibel of the US Consulate, concluding our day with an hour and a half in the Propaganda Art Museum, escorted by the museum’s creator and director, Mr. P.M. Yang.
To acquire a broader understanding of US-China relations by visiting places and Institutions in Shanghai that have played critical roles in a multi-national drama that began nearly two centuries ago and which remains unfinished today.