Fall 2022

Pop Culture Modern China

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-177


Yedong Sh-Chen (Section 01)


This course examines the modern transnational phenomenon of “popular culture” and explores its manifestations in Chinese communities in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and North America. We will delve into a wide selection of topics such as late Qing fiction, cinema in 1930s Shanghai, theater during the Cultural Revolution, post-Mao rock music, Chinese faces in Hollywood films, and videogames and e-sports of the twenty-first century. The course investigates how China modernized in relation to the global circulation of a variety of “popular” media forms, and how Chinese communities have helped enrich the theory and practice of “popular culture.” In addition to different media texts, we will also discuss important theoretical questions about gender, nation, class, memory, and the concept of the popular. No prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language is assumed. All readings are in English. Requirements include reflection postings, two short papers, and a final paper. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester. Visiting Professor Chen.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Requirements include reflection postings, two short papers, and a final paper.

ASLC 177 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SMUD 006
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SMUD 006


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022