Fall 2013

Researching China

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-317  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-317


Vanessa L. Fong (Section 01)


(Offered as ANTH 317 and ASLC 317 [C].)  This course teaches students how to design research projects, collect data, and analyze data about people in China. Students will read about and discuss previous findings from the instructor’s longitudinal project about Chinese only-children and their families, and findings from comparable projects in China and elsewhere, as well as help to design new interview and survey questions for research participants to answer in the future. In addition, students with statistical analysis skills can analyze English-language survey data; students with Chinese language skills can translate and analyze Chinese-language interview questions and responses; students who have taken or are currently taking at least one course about anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, or China can analyze the relevant English-language scholarly literature in the field(s) with which they are most familiar. Course assignments will be tailored to the interests, skills, and academic background of each student, so first-year students, sophomores, and students with no Chinese language skills or statistical analysis skills are welcome and just as likely to succeed as juniors, seniors, and students with Chinese language or statistical analysis skills. Each student will work only on assignments suitable for his/her current skills and interests, but also read the work of other students with different skills, interests, and disciplinary knowledge and participate in discussions of their work, so all students will learn about the many different kinds of skills, disciplines, and research methods that can help them gain a better understanding of China.

Limited to 20 students. Admission with the consent of the instructor.  Fall semester.  Professor Fong.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to students with previous knowledge of China, Chinese language, statistics, anthropology, sociology, economics, or psychology, with the goal of achieving balance between the different kinds of skills and backgrounds represented.


Quantitative Reasoning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2023