Spring 2019

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 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. 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 are welcome and just as likely to succeed as juniors, seniors, and students with Chinese language skills. Each student will work not 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 and research methods that can help them gain a better understanding of China.

Prerequisite: ANTH 112, 115, 323, or 332. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Fong.

ANTH 317 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM MORG 110
Th 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM MORG 110

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China's Top University Students Stanford University Press Bregnbaek, Susanne Comment: Amherst Books TBD
Fighting for Breath: Living Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village University of Hawaii Press Lora-Wainwright, Anna Comment: Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2023