ASIA 110 - Introduction to East Asia (China)


General Links

  1. Google Maps (important places)
  2. Maps from Class (from University of Washington)

Session 2 - The Formative Age (I)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Asian Topics (20 minutes)
    1. 100 Schools of Thought (1 min)
    2. The Axial Age in the Ancient World (1 min)
    3. The Book of Songs (5 videos, 7 min)
    4. Legends of the Zhou (4 videos, 5 min)
    5. Codification of the Book of Songs (4 videos, 2.5 min)
    6. The "Great Preface" (5 videos, 2.5 min)
    7. Individual Voices (1 video, 2 min)
  2. Shang Tomb of Fu Hao (University of Washington) link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Sources of Chinese History (40 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 3 - The Formative Age (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Asian Topics (36 minutes)
    1. Confucius and "Confucian Tradition" (1 minute)
    2. China at the Time of Confucius (1 minute)
    3. Who Was Confucius? (1 minute)
    4. What Did Confucius Do? (1 minute)
    5. What Did Confucius Teach? (2.5 minutes)
    6. Three Confucian Values (0:35)
    7. Filial Piety (2:14)
    8. Ancestor Worship (2:06)
    9. Humaneness (Ren) (1:13)
    10. Ritual (Li) (2:38)
    11. Ritual in Everyday Life and Imperial Palace (1:47)
    12. Reciprocity and the Five Human Relationships (1:26)
    13. Man Is a Social Being (3:04)
    14. On Government (1:42)
    15. The Gentleman (1:48)
    16. On Education (0:49)
    17. The Classics (2:51)
    18. Is Confucian Thought "Religious" (4:29)
    19. The Emperor and the Mandate of Heaven (1:43)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - China's Warring States Period (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  2. BBC In Our Time - Sun Tzu and the Art of War (43 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  3. BBC In Our Time - Confucius (30 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)
  4. BBC In Our Time - Daoism (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 4 - The First Empires (I)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Great Wall of China(40 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session - 5 The First Empires (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Asian Topics (9 minutes)
    1. Wang Can (3 videos, 5 min)
    2. Poetry of Retreat (3 videos, 4 min)
  2. Han Tomb of Liu Sheng (University of Washinton) link
    1. NB: also read "Bronze Objects" and "Jade Objects" linked at bottom

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Han Synthesis (30 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 6 - The Era of Division (I)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Six Dynasties Calligraphy (University of Washington) link
  2. Tao Qian's "Peach Blossom Spring" (Columbia University) link
  3. Asian Topics (7 minutes)
    1. Tao Qian and the Tradition of Retreat (3 videos, 6 min)
    2. Poetry of the Zhou and Han (1 video, 1 min)

Session 7 - The Era of Division (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Cave Temples (University of Washington) link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Buddha (30 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 8 - Reunified Empires (I)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (Columbia University) link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Silk Road (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  2. BBC In Our Time - Zen (aka Chan Buddhism) (43 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 9 - Reunified Empires (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Asian Topics (32 minutes)
    1. Introduction (5 videos, 6 min)
    2. Wang Wei (9 videos, 9 min)
    3. Li Bo (Li Bai) (4 videos, 8 min)
    4. Du Fu (9 videos, 9 min)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - An Lushan Rebellion (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 11 - Diminished Empire and Nomadic Challenges (I)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Excerpts from Comprehensive Mirror in Aid of Governance (Columbia University) link

Session 12 - Diminished Empire and Nomadic Challenges (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Song and Yuan Painting (University of Washington)
    1. Painting as Fine Art
    2. Landscape Painting
    3. Northern Song Landscape Painting
    4. Southern Song Landscapes
    5. Yuan Landscape Painting
    6. Scholar's Painting
    7. Figures and Animals
    8. Bamboo, Plum, and other Plants
    9. Technical Aspects of Painting

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Genghis Khan (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  2. BBC In Our Time - Marco Polo (43 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)

Session 13 - Early Modern China

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Ming Voyages (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  2. BBC In Our Time - Romance of the Three Kingdoms (43 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  3. BBC In Our Time - Li Shizhen (52 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
  4. BBC In Our Time - Matteo Ricci and the Ming Dynasty (43 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 14 - Early Modern China (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Classical Gardens of Suzhou (UNESCO/NHK) (3 minutes) link
  2. Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Asian Art Museum) (4 minutes) link
  3. Master of the (Fishing) Nets (Smarthistory) (8 minutes) link

Session 15 - Decline, Fall, and Aftermath of the Qing Empire (I)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Kang Youwei - Comprehensive Consideration of the Whole Situation (Columbia University) link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Opium Wars (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  2. BBC In Our Time - The Taiping Rebellion (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 16 - Decline, Fall, and Aftermath of the Qing Empire (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Sun Yat-sen - The Principle of Democracy (Columbia University) link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 17 - Civil Wars, Invasion, and the Rise of Communism (I)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Chiang Kai-shek - Essentials of the New Life Movement (Columbia University) link

Session 18 - Civil Wars, Invasion, and the Rise of Communism (II)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Marx (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
  2. BBC In Our Time - The Long March (50 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
  3. BBC In Our Time - Sino-Japanese War (43 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 19 - The People's Republic of China (I)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. PRC Under Mao (University of Washington) link
    1. NB: Read all sections ("Leaders and Role Models", "Science and Technology", "Youth and Education", and "Cultural Revolution")

Session 20 - The People's Republic of China (II)

Required Resources (Compulsory)

  1. Wei Jingsheng - The Fifth Modernization (Columbia University) link