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2 New Courses in Anthropology - Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Anthropology V2016 section 001

Call Number: 86099
Day & Time: MW 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Location: 315 Hamilton Hall
Points: 3
Instructor: Hsun-Hui Tseng

What makes women's migration experience different from men's in global capitalism today? The course will investigate contemporary women's transnational migration from developing countries to newly developed countries in Asia and beyond. We will discuss issues related to labor and marriage migrations, as well as trafficking in women, on both macro- and micro-levels. We are going to ask: how does the global economic restructuring shape the gendered migration today? What makes female labor different from male labor in the global labor market? What are push-and-pull factors that trigger these women to leave their hometown to be workers or wives in foreign countries? What difficulties do they experience after entering host societies and what impact would the migration flow bring to both laborer/bride receiving and sending countries? Moreover, we will explore the global market formation of transnational commodified marriages between women from developing countries and men from more developed countries. We will look at Filipina, Vietnamese and Chinese women migrating to Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the United States in particular. Throughout the semester, we will read empirical works from many disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, political economy and women's studies as well as primary source materials including news reports, online forums and watch documentaries and film clips.




Fall 2012 Anthropology V2015 section 001

Call Number: 23352
Day & Time: MW 10:10am - 11:25am
Location: 201B Philosophy Hall
Points: 3
Instructor: Dr. Junjie Chen

  • Did the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing change China?
  • How were the Nike shoes you’re wearing produced in factories in China? 
  • Why did childbearing become a paramount project of the government in China?
  • What do most Chinese people think of the political conflict over Tibet?
  • How do Chinese youth engage with social networking websites despite governmental censorship?

Napoleon once famously admonished Europe to “let China sleep, for when she awakes she will shake the world.”  In recent years, China has certainly stirred, and the whole world has taken notice.  However, China’s economic success has been accompanied by mounting social and cultural tensions at the heart of Chinese society.  In this course we will explore the complexity and diversity of contemporary Chinese society and culture as well as its ongoing transformations.  Main topics will include: Chinese kinship and networking/“guanxi”; ethnicity and nationalism; post-socialist rural transformations; the “floating population” of migrant laborers; changing urban spaces; consumerism and the emerging urban middle-class; and transnationalism.  Controversies surrounding issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexuality, and birth control policy that have drawn much international attention will be discussed in local contexts.  In reading a variety of compelling writings by current authors, we will explore not only what has been written about China, but also how Chinese culture has been written by scholars.


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