Contemporary China (CEAS 500 / EALC 590): Getting Started

Research information to help explore the economic, social, and political changes in China during the reform era since 1978.


Born under the red China


 Born Under the Red Flag 1976-1997, directed by Williams, Sue, in China: A Century in Revolution 3 (Zeitgeist, 1997), 112:50 mins

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Photo taken at the Shanghai East China Normal University. (c) J.C.Doll, July, 2009.

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Photo taken in Pudong, Shanghai (c) Vickie Doll, June, 2012

CEAS 500 / EALC 590: Contemporary China

Instructor: Yao Li, e-mail:
Class Meetings: MW 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm, ST 334B
Office Hours: MW 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Bailey 32

Vickie Doll, Librarian for China and Korea Studies

This course explores the economic, social, and political change in China in the reform era since 1978. Discussion topics include economic reform, migration, class, gender, ethnicity, environment, and civil society. While the course focuses on the reform era, it also considers the legacies of the Mao era (1949-1976). Readings, lectures, and discussions will not only highlight macro-level processes of various change and continuity in the Chinese society but also examine the impact of these changes and the experiences of individuals involved in these processes. 

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