Hist 197: Charlie Chan Meets Uncle Sam
Dr. Daniel Meissner
Coughlin Hall 306 (228-3552)
Hugh Deane. Light on China: Good Deeds and Gunboats. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1990.
T.Christopher Jespersen. American Images of China, 1931-1949. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
Robert Lee. Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999.
Various handouts and on-line readings
Students will write critical reviews for each week's readings, summarizing and analyzing the authors' hypothesis, argument and conclusion. Students are encourage to strengthen these reviews with historical or contemporary examples drawn from additional sources.
In addition to the weekly analytical reports, students will write a midterm and a final paper. These assignments require students to produce a research paper based upon primary documents related to a specific theme.
The selected readings draw upon a variety of primary and secondary sources that provide insight into the formation of American impressions of Chinese. These readings represent only a fraction of the material available on this subject, and thus are the bare minimal requirements for this course. Students should supplement these with additional readings that can be incorporated into the weekly reviews. In order to adequately prepare for lectures and discussions, the assigned readings for each week must be completed prior to class.
Regular attendance is required and active participation in class discussions is expected. Absences will adversely affect your grade.
Students are expected to stay current in their readings, complete projects on time, participate in discussions, and abide by Marquette University's academic rules and regulations.
Students who need special accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course should speak to the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
Weekly Class Schedule and Readings
Week 6: Roaring Twenties and Depressing Thirties:
China as Progressive or Decadent?
Readings: "Shanghai" Fortune Magazine 11.1 (Jan. 1935): 115-121.
Sax Rohmer, "Chapter 16," The Yellow Claw (New York: McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, 1915).
Robert Lee, Chapter 4 (pp 106-144).
T. Christopher Jespersen, "Prologue" (pp 1-10).
"Nightlife," All About Shanghai and Environs: A Standard Guidebook, 1934-35
Week 8: The War Years: Valiant Allies
Readings: T. Christopher Jespersen, Chapters 4, 5 and 6 (pp 59-125).
Hugh Deane, "Guerrillas Rescue a B-29 Bomber Crew" (143-146).
Harold Issacs, "The Heroes Risen," and "The Heroes Fallen," Scratches on Our Minds
(Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 1980), 164-189. [Library Reserve: access ARES]
A.L. Crouch, China Sketchbook: A Book of Army Verse (Shanghai: Stars and Stripes, 1946).
Week 9: Midterm Exam
Week 10: Easter Break
Week 11: Easter Break
Week 12: Post-War Years: Communists, Korea and Chiang Kai-shek
Film: "Crusade in the Pacific: Postwar in the Pacific!"
Readings: T. Christopher Jespersen, Chapter 7.
Hugh Deane, "The U.S. Aids Counterrevolution in China" (170-175); "China and the Ruination of MacArthur"
(175-187); "Howard Adams" (204); and "The CIA's ‘Contra' Campaign in Tibet" (204-213).
Harold Issacs, "The Ungrateful Wretches," Scratches on Our Minds (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 1980),
190-209. [Library Reserve: access ARES]
Sister Mary Victoria, "Chapters 1-3," Nun in Red China (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1953) (1-36).
[Library Reserve: access ARES]
Week 13: The Masses:
Communes and the Cultural Revolution
Film: excerpt from "The Red Violin"
Readings: T. Christopher Jespersen, Chapter 8.
Hugh Deane, "The Long Intervention Continues" (219-227).
Robert Lee, Chapter 4.
James Ross, "Chapter 7: Shanghai, November 1966," Caught in a Tornado (Boston:
Northeastern University Press, 1994) (85-97) [Library Reserve: access ARES]
Li Zhensheng, Red-Color News Soldier (London: Phaidon Press, 2003). [hand out: various images]