Nine years before Britain’s legendary 1793 Macartney Mission to China, the newly independent United States sent a ship named Empress of China on a combined commercial and diplomatic assignment. Neither American fascination with China nor Chinese ambivalence toward Meiguo (beautiful country) has waned over the subsequent two centuries. Through assigned readings – a series of roughly sequential monographs – students will follow the twists and turns in this complex and world-historically important relationship. These readings, a discussion-oriented classroom, and a field class in Shanghai will guide us through geopolitical, commercial, and cultural dimensions of the Sino-U.S. relationship.
Field WorkCountry: China
Date: January 31, 2019
The morning will include a visit to the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences to learn from faculty and students there. In the afternoon, we will meet with a representative of the American Chamber of Commerce-Shanghai and have the opportunity to explore the Bund and its history.
- Glean official Chinese perspectives on modern Chinese history, with a focus on China’s interactions with the United States and other Western nations.
- Gain first-hand insights into contemporary U.S.-China interactions.