Infusing Modern China into the
Recognizing the diverse interests that our participants bring to the Institute on Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum, as well as the interdisciplinary and broadly historical nature of the Institute program, we do not typically assign any mandatory readings as preparation for the program. We would, however, like you to read at least one history of China and Japan, and then explore the list in accord with your own interests.
Individual reading assignments from each of the presenters can be found on the Institute website and we encourage you to do the reading for the first couple of days prior to leaving home since jetlag and adjusting to life at Lincoln Hall will take its toll for the first couple of days.
Comprehensive Histories of China:
Patricia Ebrey and Kwang-ching Liu, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
Valerie Hansen. The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2000.
China Religion and Philosophy:
Ames, Roger and David Hall. Focusing the Familiar: A Philosophical Translation and Interpretation of the Zhongyong, University of Hawaii Press, 2001.
Gernet, Jacques. Buddhism in Chinese Society: An Economic History from the Fifth to Tenth Centuries (Columbia, 1995)
Hershock, Peter. Chan Buddhism (University of Hawaii Press, 2006)
Kieschnick , John. The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003
Lai, Karyn L., An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (Cambridge, 2008)
Livia Kohn, Daoism and Chinese Culture (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2001)
Nylan, Michael. The Five 'Confucian' Classics. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.
Palmer, David et.al., Chinese Religious Life (Oxford, 2012)
Robinet, Isabelle. Taoism: Growth of a Religion (Stanford, 1997)
Sun, Anna. Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities. (Princeton, 2015)
Wang, Robin. Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture. (Cambridge, 2012)
Zurcher, Erik. The Buddhist Conquest of China: The Spread and Adaptation of Buddhism in Early Medieval China (Brill, 2007)
Brook, Timothy. The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. (Belnap Press, 2010)
Cohen, Paul A. History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience and Myth (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).
Elvin, Mark. The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China. (Yale University Press, 2006)
Mitter, Rana. A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World. (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Smith, Richard J. China’s Cultural Heritage: The Qing Dynasty 1644-1912 (Westview Press, 1994)
Wong, R. Bin. China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience (Cornell, 2000).
Chi, Pang-yuan and Wang, David Der-wei, edited. Chinese Literature in the Second Half of a Modern Century: A Critical Survey (Indiana University Press, 2000).
Chinese Aesthetics and Literature: A Reader, edited Corrinne Dale (Albany: SUNY Press, 2004).
Idema, Wilt and Lloyd Haft. A Guide to Chinese Literature (University of Michigan,1997).
Lu, Tina. Persons, Roles, and Minds: Identity in Peony Pavilion and Peach Blossom Fan. (Stanford University Press, 2001).
Owen, Stephen. Readings in Chinese Literary Thought (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series) (Harvard University Asia Center, 1996).
Rojas, Carlos and Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, edited. Rethinking Chinese Popular Culture: Cannibalizations of the Canon (Routledge 2009).
Yu, Anthony. Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber. (Princeton University Press, 1997)
Clunas, Craig. Art in China (Oxford University Press, 1997)
Li Zehou. The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition (University of Hawaii Press, 2010).
Little, Stephen. Taoism and the Arts of China (University of California Press, 2000)
McNair, Amy. The Upright Brush: Yan Zhenqing's Calligraphy and Song Literati Politics. (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1998)
Sullivan, Michael. N. 2000. The Arts of China, 4th Edition. (Berkeley: University of California Press).
Vinograd, Richard Ellis and Robert L. Thorp. Chinese Art and Culture. (Prentice-Hall, 2001)
Wu Hung. Monumentality in Early Chinese Art and Architecture. (Stanford University Press, 1995)
Chinese Politics and Society
Farquhar, Judith. Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China. (Duke University Press, 2002)
Kleinman, Arthur, et. al. Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person. (University of California Press, 2011)
Lieberthal, Kenneth. Governing China: From Revolution to Reform, (Norton, 2003)
Peerenboom, Randall. China Modernizes: Threat to the West or Model for the Rest? (Oxford University Press, 2007).
Peerenboom, Randall. China’s Long March Toward Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Perry, Elizabeth and Mark Selden, edited. Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance, (Routledge, 2010)
Shirk, Susan L. editor. Changing Media, Changing China (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Wang, Zheng. Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N..China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Yan, Yunxiang. Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999. (Stanford University Press, 2003)
Ye, Sang. China Candid: The People on the People's Republic. (University of California Press, 2006).
Yu Hua. China in Ten Words. (Vintage, 2012)