UISFL 2016-2019 Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:  Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development
Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program
The China Project

Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies:
Integrating Faculty and Curriculum Development

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2017 Summer Institute Bibliography

“Chinese Cultures and Histories” is the first Summer Seminar to be hosted as part of ASDP’s three-year project on Enhancing Undergraduate Chinese Language and Culture Studies. As you know, the project aims to establish and accelerate the development of undergraduate Chinese area and language studies at the partner schools in our consortium.

Suggested Background Readings


Ebrey, Patricia and Kwang-ching Liu, Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Cambridge, 1999)


Yu Hua. China in Ten Words (Vintage, 2012)


Chinese Religion and Philosophy


Ames, Roger and David Hall. Focusing the Familiar: A Philosophical Translation and Interpretation of the Zhongyong (Hawaii, 2001)


Gernet, Jacques. Buddhism in Chinese Society: An Economic History from the Fifth to Tenth Centuries (Columbia, 1995)


Hershock, Peter. Chan Buddhism (Hawaii, 2006)


Keenan, Barry. Neo-Confucian Self Cultivation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2011


Kohn, Livia. Daoism and Chinese Culture (Hawaii, 2001)


Lai, Karyn L. An Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (Cambridge, 2008)


Nylan, Michael. The Five 'Confucian' Classics (Yale, 2001)


Palmer, David et.al., Chinese Religious Life (Oxford, 2012)


Perkins, Franklin. Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light (Cambridge, 2007)


Robinet, Isabelle. Taoism: Growth of a Religion (Stanford, 1997)


Sun, Anna. Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton, 2015)


Wang, Robin. Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture (Cambridge, 2012)


Yu, Anthony. State and Religion in China: Historical and Textual Perspectives. Chicago: Open Court, 2005.


Chinese History


Brook, Timothy. The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (Belnap, 2010)


Brown, Shana J. Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography (Hawaii, 2011)


Cohen, Paul A. History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience and Myth (Columbia, 1997)


Elvin, Mark. The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China (Yale, 2006)


Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600 (Norton, 2000)


King, Michelle T. Between Birth and Death: Female Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford, 2014)


Mitter, Rana. A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World (Oxford, 2005)


Mungello, D.E., The Great Encounter of China and the West: 1500-1800. Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.


Smith, Richard. Traditional Chinese Culture: An Interpretive Introduction (Houston, Texas: Rice University Press, 1978)


Wang, Wensheng. White Lotus Rebels and South China Pirates: Crisis and Reform in the Qing Empire (Harvard, 2014)


Wong, R. Bin. China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience (Cornell, 2000)


Chinese Literature/Culture


Cai, Zhong-qi. Chinese Aesthetics: The Ordering of Literature, the Arts, and the University in the Six Dynasties. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2004.


Chi, Pang-yuan and Wang, David Der-wei, ed. Chinese Literature in the Second Half of a Modern Century: A Critical Survey (Indiana, 2000)


Dale, Corrinne, ed. Chinese Aesthetics and Literature: A Reader (SUNY, 2004)


Hegel, Robert and Richard C. Hessney, edited. Expressions of Self in Chinese Literature, New York:  Columbia University Press, 1985.


Idema, Wilt and Lloyd Haft. A Guide to Chinese Literature (Michigan, 1997)


Owen, Stephen. Readings in Chinese Literary Thought (Harvard University Asia Center, 1996)


Rojas, Carlos and Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, ed. Rethinking Chinese Popular Culture: Cannibalizations of the Canon (Routledge, 2009)


Yu, Anthony. Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber (Princeton, 1997)


Zamperini, Paola. “Elective Affinities: Literary Soul Mates and the Marketplace in late Qing Fiction.” Late Imperial China 28:1 (June 2007): 62-91


Chinese Arts


Clunas, Craig. Art in China (Oxford, 1997)


Lau, Frederick. “Serenading the Ancestors: Chinese Qingming Festival in Honolulu.” Yearbook for Traditional Music 36 (2004): 128-143


Lingley, Kate A. “Naturalizing the Exotic: On the Changing Meanings of Ethnic Dress in Medieval China.” Ars Orientalis 38 (2010): 50-80


McNair, Amy. The Upright Brush: Yan Zhenqing's Calligraphy and Song Literati Politics (Hawaii, 1998)


Sullivan, Michael N. The Arts of China (California, 2004)


Vinograd, Richard Ellis and Robert L. Thorp. Chinese Art and Culture. (Prentice-Hall, 2001)


Wu Hung. Monumentality in Early Chinese Art and Architecture. (Stanford, 1995)



Chinese Politics and Society


Farquhar, Judith. Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China (Duke, 2002)


Kleinman, Arthur, et. al. Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person (California, 2011)


Lieberthal, Kenneth. Governing China: From Revolution to Reform (Norton, 2003)


Peerenboom, Randall. China’s Long March Toward Rule of Law (Cambridge, 2002)


Perry, Elizabeth and Mark Selden, ed. Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance (Routledge, 2010)

Shirk, Susan L, ed. Changing Media, Changing China (Oxford, 2010)


Wang, Zheng. Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations (Columbia, 2012)


Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2010)


Yan, Yunxiang. Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999 (Stanford, 2003)


Ye, Sang. China Candid: The People on the People's Republic (California, 2006)