History


Save the Date!  The WIU History Conference will be held on Saturday, 5 April 2015.  Further information will be available soon! 

 

Ni hao! Interested in China or how Americans are perceived abroad? A 2015 study abroad course, HIST 379/679, studies the cultural aspects of American-Chinese relations over two centuries. The class will begin meeting after Spring Break 2015, then finish in a trip May 31-June 13 to Shanghai and Beijing. The class will visit and learn about sites important in the American-Chinese relationship: the "old China trade" of opium and tea; American missionaries and businessmen and the founding of Chinese higher education; the Chinese Cultural Revolution and anti-Americanism; Richard Nixon and the "opening" of China; Tiananmen Square and the symbolism of American democracy; American sports culture and modern China. We will focus on Chinese attitudes about American people, policies and culture, drawing on translated sources and conversations with Chinese students at WIU and in China. The course is open to all majors, grad and undergrad, and non-degree seeking students. Interested students may attend interest meetings Tuesday September 23, 4 p.m., Morgan Hall 304 or Wednesday October 8, 4 p.m., Multicultural Center International Lounge, or contact Tim Roberts at tm-Roberts@wiu.edu for additional information. Dr. Roberts was a U.S. Fulbright Lecturer in China during the 2013-14 academic year.