HIST 19: HISTORY OF ASIA: CHINA/JAPAN
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2022|
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement via multiple measures OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify and assess the most significant themes in Asian history, focusing on culture, politics, and religion.
- Evaluate the role of the individual in the history of Asia, particular in China and Japan.
The student will be able to:
- Comprehend the cultural heritage of China and Japan, including:
- Philosophies of Confucius, Lao Tze.
- Origin of Shintoism.
- Impact of the foreign religions of Buddhism and Christianity.
- Contrast in social structure between China and Japan.
- Examine political systems of ancient China and Japan.
- Samurai code of Japan.
- Discuss the significance of the Western involvement in China and Japan.
- Evaluate the role of Japan and China in World War II.
- Analyze the events leading up to the communist control of Beijing.
- Assess the United States' current foreign policy in Eastern Asia.
- Interpret current developments in the Far East, and the importance of these developments to the United States.
- Use primary and secondary sources to analyze historical events in Asia and in the context of world history.
- Ancient China
- Family and ancestor worship
- Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism
- The dynasties
- China in the 19th century
- Intervention in China
- The Manchu (Ching) dynasty
- The Opium Wars
- Traders and missionaries
- Early American interests
- The Taiping Rebellion and Anti-Western sentiment
- Reform, reaction, and the Boxer Rebellion
- The fall of the Manchu
- Modern China
- The Guomindang and World War I
- Sun Yat-Sen and the failure of democracy
- Mao Zedong and the foundation of the Chinese Communist Party
- Manchukuo and the Japanese invasion
- World War II
- Civil War
- The People's Republic versus the Republic of China
- The Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution
- The death of Mao and the Gang of Four
- Reform and Tianenamen Square
- China in the 21st century
- Ancient Japan
- The Yamato and Nara periods
- The rise of the Heian and the beginning of the samurai
- Buddhism and the power of Mt. Hiei
- Feudal Japan
- Kamakura Japan and the rise of the Shogunate
- The power of the Tokugawa
- The blossoming of bureaucracy
- Relations with the Dutch and Chinese
- The opening of Japan and the collapse of isolation
- The end of dual government/fall of the Shogunate
- The Meiji Restoration and Westernization
- The first constitution
- Modern Japan
- The Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War
- The Japanese position in Korea
- World War I and Versailles
- Open Door Policy
- The failure of party government in Japan
- The invasion of China and World War II
- Japanese offensives
- Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War
- Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the end of the war
- Occupation and demilitarization
- The new constitution
- Economic rehabilitation and dominance
- Japan in the 21st century
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
2. When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous internet and email access.
Method(s) of Evaluation
Written examinations, including a final examination
Oral presentations and/or class participation
Text reviews and/or analysis
Method(s) of Instruction
Cooperative learning exercises
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Schirokauer, Conrad, and Donald Clark. Modern East Asia: A Brief History. 2012.
Textbooks and sources represent the current research in this area.
Primary Sources: China
• Ban Zhao Pan Chao. Lessons for A Woman: The Views of A Female Confucian. c. 80 CE.
• Père du Halde. The Chinese Educational System. c. 1575 CE.
• Yan Phou Lee. When I Went to School in China. 1880.
• Emperor Kuang Hsu. Abolition of the Examination System. 1898.
• The Reception of the First English Ambassador to China, 1792.
• Qian Long Ch'ien-lung. Letter to George III. 1793.
• Commissioner Lin Cixu [Lin Tse-hsu]. Letter to Queen Victoria. 1839.
• The People of Canton. Against the English. 1842.
• Mao Zedong (1893-1976). In Commemoration of the 28th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China. June 30, 1949 (excerpts).
• Mao Zedong (1893-1976). Quotations of Chairman Mao. (excerpts).
• American Views on the Situation In China. Statement by General Marshall, January 7, 1947.
• Statement of the Central Committee of The Chinese Communist Party. February 1, 1947.
• Dean Acheson. United States Position on China. August 1949.
• The Common Program of The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. 1949.
Primary Sources: Japan
• Nintoku Tenno. The Wealth of the Emperor. from the Nihongi.
• Birth and Upbringing of Prince Shotoku.
• Prince Shotoku. The Seventeen Article Constitution from the Nihongi. 604.
• Emperor Kotoku. Taika Reform Edicts. 645.
• Honda Toshiaki. A Secret Plan for Government.
• Tsunetomo Yamamoto. The War of the Samurai. (excerpt).
• Commodore Matthew Perry. When We Landed in Japan. 1854.
• Townsend Harris. The President's Letter.
• Francis Ottiwell Adams. The Schools of Japan.
• Natsume Soseki (1867-1916). Kokoro. Translated by Edwin McClellan.
• Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904). Writings on Japan.
• Kume Kunitake. Records of My Visits to America and Europe. 1871-1873.
• Sir Edwin Arnold. A Japanese Dinner Party. 1890.
• Alice M. Bacon. How Japanese Ladies Go Shopping. 1890.
• Franklin D. Roosevelt. Day Which Will Live in Infamy Speech.
• US Declaration of War on Japan. Dec. 8, 1941.
• Japanese Surrender Documents of World War II. Sept. 12, 1945.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- 30-40 pages of reading per week from the assigned text
- Supplementary readings from monographs, journal articles, or other historically relevant sources
- Written assignments/essays which allow students to demonstrate proficiency in the course Student Learning Outcomes
- Assignments will include analysis of primary documents comparing the development of Chinese and Japanese social and military culture