Answer   both   of  the   following  t wo   essay  questions ,  for  a   minimum  of  three  pages  each .   These   two   essays   together   shoul d   total   a  minimum  of  six   pages   and  a  maximum  of  eight  pages .   In  writing  th ese   essay s ,  please  refer  specifically  to  class  readings  and  lectures ,  including  the   2013  Third  Edition  of  The   Search  for  Modern  China  textbook.

Question 1:

Jonathan Spence  mentions  a  quote  by  a  minority  group  member  in  China  that  reads  “A rock   does  not  make  a  good  pillow,,  nor  a  Han  Chinese  a  friend..””   Using  the  course  readings  by   Frank   Dik ö tter,,   Dru   Gladney,   combined  with  references   to   the  film  “TTibet::  Cry  of  the   Snow  Lion , ”   explain  the  meaning  of  this  quote,,  and  in  doing  so   describe   1))   Th e   history   of  minority   relations  in  China   described  by  Dikotter   and  Spence ;   2))   The  manner  in  which  minority  groups  are   depicted  in  Ch ina ,  as   described  by  Gladney ;  and  finally,,  using  Tibet  as  a  case  study,,   3))   Examine  the   nature  of  the  transition  from  tribute – trade  system  state  to  regional  minority   region   in  China..   Refer  to   the readings   by  Fairbank   on  the  tribute – trade  system for  additional   references  in  formulating  your  answer  to  these  questions.


In  the  Tiananmen  Square  protests  of  1989,,  the  image  of  the  “tank  man””  seemed  to  encapsulate  the   popular  discontent  that  had  emerged  and  was  increasingly   calling  for  reforms  towards  democracy..    Using readings  by  Louisa  Lim,,   Han  Dongfang, the  “Readings   on  the  New  Authoritarianism,,””   and   references  to  the  film  “The  Gate  of  Heavenly  Peace,,””  describe:

1)  The   history   of   the  1989  democracy  protests  in  terms  of  how  they  arose,,  what  they  demanded,,  and  how   the  government  responded;

2)  Discuss  the  debates   surrounding  discussions  of   the  New  Authoritarianism     by  Wu  Jiaxiang  and  Rong  Jian,,   and  the  justifications  used   to  deny  the   timeliness  of  democratic  reforms ,   and

3)   Discuss  the  long  term  implications  of  the  Tiananmen  Square  protests   described  by  Lim  and  Osnos   in  the   government’s  turn  away  from  class  struggle  to  nationalism.

In  assessing  this  midterm,,  the  following  criteria  are   critical  to  keep  in  mind  when  developing  your  essays,,   and  will  constitute  a  rubric  for  grading  these  essays::

1))  What  is  the   main  thesis   of  the  essay??   This  should  be  clearly  stated  in  the  first  paragraph..

2))  What  are  the  main  points  used  to  support  this  thesis??     Provide   concrete  examples   and   judiciously  use   selected  quotes   from  the  readings..    Back  up  all  assertions  with  evidence .

3))  What   conclusion   is  reached  by   considering   this  evidence??   What  does  it  say  about   Chinese   history??

4))  The  best  essays  show   strong  control  o ver  the  readings   and  make  them  speak  to  each  other..

5))  Do  not  use  “II””  statements  in  the  essay,,  and  refrain  from  casual  language  or  passive  voice..

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