Overseas Chinese Communities

History 318
Dr. David Kenley
Elizabethtown College

Instructor Dr. David Kenley
Office hours:   T, Th 9:30-10:50; M 11:00-12:20
Wenger 375
Course coverage and objectives In this course we will trace the history of overseas Chinese communities during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Special attention will be paid to the Chinese communities in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe.  Upon completion of the course, each student will be able to describe, explain, and analyze the affects of nationalism, citizenship, and globalization on transnational groups in general and the overseas Chinese in particular.
Course Texts Zhuoliu Wu, Orphan of Asia
Jean Pfaelzer
Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans
Philip A. Kuhn,
Chinese Among Others
Christine Suchen Lim,
Hua Song
Reference books and collateral reading In addition to the above, students will be required to do independent research for their final paper.  If a student desires more resources, s/he can refer to any Asian history text available.  Some possible texts include:

Godley, Hannan, and Twitchett, The Mandarin-Capitalists from Nanyang
Louie, Chineseness across Borders: Renegotiating Chinese Identities in China and the United States
Ma and Cartier, The Chinese Diaspora:  Space, Place, Mobility, and Identity
Ong and Nonini, Ungrounded Empires: The Cultural Politics of Modern Chinese Transnationalism
Pan, The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas
Reid, Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West
Wang, China and the Chinese Overseas
Wang, Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy

Course Requirements Exams: Over the course of the semester there will be two exams. The material for each exam will come from lectures, readings, and in class presentations.  The second exam will be during finals week at the scheduled time.

Research Paper:  Each student is required to write a 7-10 page research paper on a topic of their choice (as long as it deals with modern China).  For more information on the research paper, see the research paper guide sheet on Blackboard.

Oral Presentation:  Each student will give an in-class presentation based on his or her research paper.  The presentation length will depend on class enrollment.  More information on the presentation is available on Blackboard.

Response Papers:  At certain times throughout the semester, I will provide you with a thought question before you read your daily assignment.  You should respond to the question in essay form, using information from the reading.  The assignment should be approximately one-page in length.

Attendance: Because I feel attendance and class participation are necessary for you to learn, I will be taking roll in this class.  I expect each student to arrive at class on time and remain the entire class period. During class discussions or lectures refrain from distracting those around you. Polite and constructive participation is welcomed (and expected).

"Pop" quizzes:  To encourage your attendance and participation, there will be several unscheduled quizzes throughout the semester.  The quizzes will be on the daily reading assignment.

Reading quizzes: After reading Orphan of Asia, Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, Chinese Among Others, and Hua Song, there will be in-class quizzes. If you have read the books and paid attention to the main characters and themes, you should be well prepared for the quizzes.

Reading essays and group work:  You will be assigned to work together as a group to write four essays in response to questions about Orphan of Asia, Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, Chinese Among Others, and Hua Song.  When you submit the essay, you will evaluate the participation and contribution of the other members of your group.  After submitting the essay, there will be an in-class discussion regarding the book. At the end of the semester, each student will have the opportunity to rewrite one of the four essays before submitting it for grading. You will turn in the original group version of your essay, your notes from the discussion, and your rewritten essay.

Outside class participation:  In addition to scheduled class hours, you will be required to watch two films and participate in two online discussion groups outside of class hours.  For a full schedule of these activities, see the calendar on Blackboard. Depending on other on-campus activities, there may be additional outside class expectations.

Extra Credit:  Unless otherwise noted, there is no extra credit available for this class.

Grading Scale and Qualitative Standards With each assignment, specific instructions and requirements will be provided in class and/or in writing. Students who most completely fulfill these requirements, who demonstrate original and critical thought, and who clearly articulate their ideas will earn the highest grades. Average work will earn 70% of the possible points, or roughly a "C." Above average work is required for more than 80% of the possible points (an "A" or "B"). Work that does not meet the minimum requirements will earn less than 70% of the possible points (a "D" or an "F"). For example:

In a "C" essay, the student meets the minimum requirements in a logically organized fashion. He or she presents information to support his or her argument. However, that information frequently is of a general rather than specific nature. The essay is more summary rather than critical analysis.

In a "B" essay, the student presents more detailed information than found in a "C" essay while avoiding and factual errors. At the same time, he or she presents the information in a thought-provoking and critical fashion. In short, it is above average in terms of presentation, critical analysis, and mastery of information.

In an "A" essay, the student demonstrates exceptional ability to organize sophisticated concepts in a persuasive form. He or she will recall and incorporate a wide variety of specific details and will skillfully organize those details into a smooth, articulate argument. An "A" essay is considered well above average.

Final grades will be awarded according to the earned number of points accumulated throughout the semester divided by the total number of points possible (percentage of total). Points can be earned as follows:

Points Possible: Grading Scale:
Each Exam: 150 points 90-100% = A to A-
Research Paper 100 points 80-89% = B- to B+
Oral Presentation 25 points 70-79% = C- to C+
Each Book Quiz: 25 points 60-69% = D- to D+
Each Original Book Essay: 10 points <60% = F
Book Essay rewrite: 25 points    
Each Response Paper: 5 points    
Each Movie Discussion: 10 points    
Each Pop Quiz: 5 points    
Academic Honesty

I expect each student to adhere to the pledge of integrity which he or she signed.  As the pledge states:

  • Academic Dishonesty -- including cheating and plagiarism -- constitutes a serious breach of academic integrity. Academic work is expected unequivocally to be the honest product of the student's own endeavor.
  • Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of unauthorized information as part of an examination or other academic exercise. What constitutes "unauthorized information" may vary depending upon the type of examination or exercise involved, and the student must be careful to understand in advance what a particular instructor considers to be "unauthorized information." Faculty members are encouraged to make this definition clear to their students.
  • Plagiarism is defined as taking and using the writings or ideas of another without acknowledging the source. Plagiarism occurs most frequently in the preparation of a paper, but is found in other types of course assignments as well.
  • Other forms of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to) fabrication, falsification, or invention of information when such information is not appropriate. To knowingly help or attempt to help another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty is considered to be an equivalent breach of academic integrity and is treated as such.

Students who violate the standards of academic integrity can normally expect a grade of F on the assignment or in the course and/or possible dismissal from the College.

Acceptable Documentation Standards For this course, each student should use the Chicago documentation style (footnotes).  For more information on the Chicago style, see either Keys for Writers or the Maxwell Library Bibliographic Style Guides (http://www.bridgew.edu/library/styleman.cfm).
Important Dates to Remember All important dates, including scheduled exams and quizzes, are listed on the course calendar on Blackboard.  You are responsible for being aware of these dates and submitting your work on time.
Late Work Penalties Students must take all exams and hand in all assignments at the specified times and places. Assignments are due at the beginning of class, in hard copy format, and will be marked down late if not submitted at that time.  If this is impossible due to extraordinary circumstances, inform me before class and alternative arrangements may be possible (extraordinary circumstances include documented illness, death in the family, or institutional activities as approved by the dean). If a student is unable to attend class or turn in an assignment for any of these reasons, he or she should contact me at the soonest possible time (you may leave a message in my voice mail day or night). Otherwise, late work will be penalized 10% per day late (Monday-Friday), and no make-up quizzes will be given.

For those students with an excused absence, all make up quizzes and exams will take place on the reading day of finals week at 10:00 am (see the Blackboard calendar for the exact date).  There will be no exceptions to this schedule.  Only students with pre-approved excused absences will be allowed to take a make-up quiz or exam.

General Expectations To earn an "A" in this course, you should expect the following:
1)    Study at least 8 hours per week outside of class.
2)    Make school your first priority.
3)    Attend class each day and turn in all assigned work on time (see section on late work penalties).  Take all exams at scheduled time.
4)    Access and use the course computer materials on a regular basis.
If you find these expectations to be inappropriate for your own situation, you are welcome to remain in this class, but I anticipate you will get less than an "A" grade.
Student Consultations You are welcome to call me or stop by my office at any time. The best time to reach me, however, is during my scheduled office hours. If these times are inconvenient, I would be happy to meet with you at a more agreeable time. You may contact me by phone, by email, or by leaving a note for me in my faculty mail box (Wenger 275).
Disability Disclosure If you have a documented disability and need reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements, you must:
1.)    Contact the Director of Disability Services, Dr. Kristin Sagun, in the Center for Student Success, BSC room 228 by calling 361-1227.
2.)    Meet with me (the instructor) within two weeks of receiving a copy of the accommodation letter from Disability Services to discuss your accommodation needs and their implementation.

REMINDER: Students must bring to my attention accommodations they may use in order complete this course.  Students will be accommodated as law requires, but remember, by law, initiation must be made by the individual student, not the instructor.

Tentative Schedule You will find specific dates for each topic listed on the calendar on Blackboard.  You will also find lecture outlines, pre-reading questions, and all assignments on Blackboard.