What does it mean to be Chinese in modern times? The making of modern Chinese identity is a very recent event and very much an on-going project. Different competing voices have struggled to search for a coherent modern Chinese selfhood that inherits traditional Chinese heritage and at the same time negotiates with the universal modern values originated from the West. The course will open up students’ inquiry into major currents and main features of the cultural process of the making of modern Chinese identity through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, so as to enable students to start their own self-discovery in terms of their own selfhood and its relation with Chinese national identity. Students will read selected writings representing different cultural voices in modern China, and be encouraged to develop their own critical views through class discussion, and demonstrate their discoveries and thoughts through group presentations and individual essays.
* This GE course will be discontinued with effect from Semester A 2018/19