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Infusing Modern China into the

Undergraduate Curriculum

East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Institute Daily Readings 

Presenting faculty will assign readings for their sessions, and the full citation information will be accessible below. Each presenter will prepare a bibliography that includes assigned readings and optional additional readings. These bibliographies along with other materials will be available in the Presenter Session Materials under Resources in the coming weeks.

Infusing Modern China into the Undergraduate Curriculum:

A Faculty and Program Development Summer Institute

July 19 to July 30, 2021

Week 1

July 19 - July 23, 2019

Week 1

July 19-23, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021

George Tsai: Confucianism, Humanism, and Daoism Naturalism


Ivanhoe, Philip J., and Bryan W. Van Norden, editors. (2005). Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy. 2nd ed., Hackett Publishing.

  • Chapter One Kongzi (Confucius) “The Analects” pp.1-54
  • Chapter Three Mengzi (Mencius) pp.111-156
  • Chapter Four Laozi (“The Daodejing”) pp.157-202
  • Chapter Five Zhuangzi pp.203-246


Wong, David. (2020). "Chinese Ethics", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2020 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.),

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Peter Hershock: Chinese Buddhism and the Ideal of Responsive Virtuosity


Hershock, Peter D. (2005).Chan Buddhism. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. Pp.46-65


Hershock, Peter. (2019). "Chan Buddhism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2019 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.

Mitchell, Donald W., and Sarah Jacoby. (2013). Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist experience. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Shana Brown: Modern Chinese Histories: A Thematic Overview


Andrews, Bridie. (2014). The Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, 1850-1960. Toronto: UBC Press. vi-24, pp.89-111

Rogaski, Ruth. (2021). The Manchurian Plague and COVID-19: China, the United States, and the "Sick Man," Then and Now. American journal of public health, 111(3), pp.423–429.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Kate Lingley: Chinese Art in a Century of Change


Lizhong, Zhang. (2000). "Cai Yuanpei (1868-1940)." Prospects: the quarterly review of comparative education 1/2: pp.157-167.

Wm. Theodore de Bary and Richard Lufrano, eds. (2000). Sources of Chinese Tradition, 2nd. ed. v. II. Columbia University Press, pp. 356-363.

Lu Xun. (1922). Preface to Call to Arms Selected Stories of Lu Hsun, Published by Foreign Languages Press, Peking, 1960, 1972

Mao Tse-Tung. (1939). The May 4th Movement. Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Kun Qian: From Utopia to Heterotopia: Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film


Wang Ning. (2012). Chinese Literary and Cultural Trends in a Postrevolutionary Era. Comparative Literature Studies, 49(4), pp. 505-520. doi:10.5325/complitstudies.49.4.0505

Week 2

July 26 - July 30, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

Jing Guo: Family and Gender in Contemporary China


Ji, Yingchun (2015). Between tradition and modernity: “Leftover” women in Shanghai. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(5), 1057-1073.

Ji, Yingchun, Xiaogang Wu, Shengwei Sun, & Guangye Hu (2017). Unequal care, unequal work: Toward a more comprehensive understanding of gender inequality in post-reform urban China. Sex Roles, 77(11), 765-778.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Chris McNally: Sino-US Relations at the Twilight of the Liberal Order


McNally, Christopher A. (2018) (“Tracing the Emergence of Sino-Capitalism: Social Change and Development in Contemporary China,” in Ronaldo Munck and Honor Fagan, eds. The Handbook on International Development and Social Change, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Press.

McNally, Christopher A. (2019) Theorizing Sino-capitalism: implications for the study of comparative capitalisms, Contemporary Politics, 25:3, 313-333, DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2018.1553125

McNally, Christopher A. (2019): Chaotic mélange: neo-liberalism and neo-statism in the age of Sino-capitalism, Review of International Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2019.1683595

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

John Osburg: Spiritual Crisis and Religious Revival in Urban China


Johnson, Ian. (2017). The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao. (New York: Pantheon Books). pp.16-32

Yan, Yunxiang. (2009). “The Good Samaritan's new trouble: A study of the changing moral landscape in contemporary China.” Social Anthropology 17: pp.9-24.


Yan, Yunxiang, Arthur Kleinman, Jing Jun, Sing Lee, Everett Zhang, Pan Tianshu, Wu Fei, and Guo Jinhua. (2011)."The Changing Moral Landscape." In Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person, pp. 36-77. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press.

Palmer, David A. (2003). Modernity and Millenialism in China: Qigong and the Birth of Falun Gong, Asian Anthropology, 2:1, 79-109, DOI: 10.1080/1683478X.2003.10552531

Osburg, John. (2013). Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality Among China's New Rich. Stanford University Press, 1-142, 183-192.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Chinese Studies: A Panel Discussion

Friday, July 30, 2021

Final Presentations