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Welcome to the webpage for HST271, a survey course on Modern China.
At the top of the page in the menu you find links to various pages.

  • You will find the chapter summaries created by the class on the Summaries page. You can find the password for password protected posts on our course’s Canvas site.
  • The page In the news lists materials gives you materials that are noteworthy and/or connected to material we cover(ed) in class. Occasionally you can write a Primary Source Reflection on material from these postings. Pending developments in East Asia and China, I may ask you to write a reflection on selected materials from this category, instead of the regular primary source analysis.

Announcements

(click on the blue link, which will take you to the full announcement. New announcements appear at the top and include a date)

  • Digital Learning Assistants schedule November 29, 2018 In case you need some more assistance putting the final finishing touches to your digital projects: here is the schedule for the DLAs. Remember that they all have the basic skills to help you with your assignments, even if that is not included specifically in their “areas” on the schedule.
  • Response papers and news reflection: deadline moved to Dec. 3 November 23, 2018 To give you a bit more time, and to be more realistic with the time when I can start grading, I have pushed back the deadline for the response papers and/or second news reflection to Monday, Dec. 3 (midnight). You can now upload the second reflection, and any response papers, in Canvas. You can only do ...
  • Dr. Zhou Tian talks about film and music November 7, 2018 If you are interested in music and film, this talk will be of interest to you. Can be used for “Event Response” assignment! Dr. Zhou Tian, Grammy-nominated composer and associate professor, Michigan State University presents a talk on the intersection of music and film. Monday, November 12, 3:15 p.m, Center for the Arts (CA) 149 Zhou Tian poster
  • Drop-in tutorial Thursday (10/18) cancelled October 17, 2018 On Thursday afternoon I am scheduled to attend a workshop. This means I won’t be able to hold my regular drop-in tutorial. I will be available on Friday before 2pm. Please e-mail me to confirm and make an appointment. Apologies for the late notice.
  • Movie screenings: dates and times October 12, 2018 Here are the dates and times for the movie screenings, in Trexler Library B02 Tue. 10/16: 8.30pm (The Last Emperor) Sun. Oct. 28: 6pm (Lust/Caution) Wed. Nov. 14: 8pm (Farewell my Concubine) Wed. Nov. 28: 6pm (Devils on the Doorstep) Sun Dec. 2: 8pm (To Live) I have used the information provided through the poll, and then spread it across the ...
  • Movie nights October 5, 2018 I am currently scheduling the movie nights, based on your preferences and the availability of the Library room for screenings. Details will be announced as soon as I have them. If you cannot make it the night, the DVD will be on reserve in Trexler so you can watch them in your own time (but it ...
  • English conversation groups for non-native speakers September 23, 2018 The College is running the English Language Learners conversation groups again this fall, they are open to all students whose first language is not English. If you’d like to practice in English conversation skills, this is the perfect opportunity. The conversation groups are held every week this semester in Ettinger 103 (LC Commons) on Mondays from 7-8 pm and Tuesdays from 5-6 pm. There are ...
  • Change to drop-in tutorial times for Thursday September 12, 2018 Please note that drop-in tutorial times for Thursday Sept. 13 are changed to 3-3.30pm. I apologize for the changes, I am “calendar-challenged” this week. I have good general availability Wed. afternoon (1-5pm, Sept. 12), and Friday between 11am and 1.45pm (Sept. 14). From Thursday Sept. 20 onwards, Thursday drop-ins will be 2.30-3.30pm, so I can eat something ...
  • Primary source presentations page September 11, 2018 If you missed your slot for the presentation of your primary source document, due to external circumstances (from snow to flu and everything in between), you have to write up your presentation as a post (see syllabus details), and check the category “primarysource”. The posts will automatically appear on a dedicated page if they are not ...
  • Chinese Language Table August 31, 2018 New this semester at Muhlenberg: Chinese table! Speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese languages of all levels are encouraged to join in for some conversational fun at the weekly Chinese language table. The first one will be on Monday, Sept. 3 at 12.30pm, meeting in GQ. The schedule runs as follows: First Monday of the month Second Tuesday ...

Background image: Yun-fei Ji‘s Three Gorges Dam Migration (photo source)