Understanding Modern China and Our Own Assumptions

Course Dates: 
Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Dorothy Routh, Jim Lenburg
Course Catalogs: 
2011 Fall

China’s population is four times the United States’, yet we have little understanding of their culture, religions, economy, and government. With over 1.3 billion people, China is quickly becoming a dominant world force that is inextricably intertwined with our future. By looking outward to learn more about modern China, we will understand more about our own assumptions and attitudes. Please note: The facilitators request that only those who have taken their previous China courses enroll. Recommended text: China Shakes the World: A Titan’s Rise and Troubled Future—and the ChallengeJim Lenburg for America, James Kynge, ISBN:0-618-70564-3. Cost: $5.98 (new).

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Dorothy Routh (routhdk@gmail.com) experienced firsthand transformational learning that comes from comparing another culture to her own. Jim Lenburg (jlenburg@mhu.edu) taught about China during his career at Mars Hill College. He has visited China on many occasions beginning in 1978, and was a visiting professor at Jilin University in Changchun, China.