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Memory and Identity in the People's Republic of China


This course explores how the government of the People's Republic of China defines and manages ethnic and religious diversity within China, and how in turn, various ethno-religious groups in China negotiate their own sometimes fraught positions. How have local understandings of identity in China been influenced by state-driven narratives about China's collective past? How is historical memory in China incarnated in physically tangible and symbolically meaningful places, such as museums and memorials? This course draws on historical and anthropological approaches to identity, ethnicity, language, modernity, religion, nationalism, and memory to explore these questions in detail. 

Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies an upper-level elective requirement of the History major.
Satisfies an elective requirement of the East Asian Studies major.
Satisfies an elective requirement of the Chinese Studies minor.
Satisfies an elective requirement of the East Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies an upper-level elective requirement of the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.