Dr. Linda Groff
POL 371/01--Spring 1996
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA 90747 USA
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS OF
JAPAN, CHINA (PRC), TAIWAN, HONG KONG, S. KOREA, N. KOREA
Part I: Brief Introduction/Overview of East Asia
- Geographic Region, and Main Countries of the Region.
- Ancient Cultures and Histories of the Countries of the Region
- Divisions Between Communist and Non-Communist Countries in the Post
Part II: Brief Historical Background and Cultural Characteristics of
Japan and China
- Different Definitions of Culture (see Handouts).
- Thesis/Approach to Course: Without first understanding something about
the cultures of E. Asian countries, one cannot understand how their governmental,
political, economic, military, or other societal institutions function.
Culture provides a context within which societal institutions function.
An institution or technology imported from the West, for example, may not
function in the exact same way in another non-Western country, because
the culture is different, and the institution must be adapted to the culture
and its underlying values--if it is to function effectively there. It is
especially important that Westerners understand something about non-Western,
in this case Eastern (specifically Japanese and Chinese) cultures respectively,
if they want to understand why institutions function as they do in those
- A secondary issue is how much of Chinese policy (domestic or foreign)
is based on traditional Chinese national interests (or culture) versus
its Communist system and philosophy? Here it could be argued that Communism
(an imported ideology) operates in a unique way in China due to its adaptation
to Chinese historical and cultural circumstances. Indeed, it is interesting
that China says it is practicing "socialism with Chinese characteristics"
(which some today would say allows a fair amount of free market capitalism
in the economy, but so far not much political openness or democracy).
- John Condon, With Respect to the Japanese: A Guide for Americans. Yarmouth,
Maine: Intercultural Press, 1984. (pb)
- Hu Wenzhong and Cornelius L. Grove, Encountering the Chinese: A Guide
for Americans. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press, 1991. (pb)
- Douglas Moore Kenrick, Where Communism Works: The Success of Competitive
Communism in Japan. Rutland, Vt. and Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Co.,
Examination on Parts I & II:
- Exam will cover the first two books above (on Japanese and Chinese
Book Report on Kenrick, Where Communism Works:
- Write a summary of key points learned in each chapter of the book.
Turn in at end of the semester. [Five good points per chapter = A, four
points = B, three points = C, etc.]
Part III: The History, Economic Development, and Government and Politics
of Japan and China
- James C. F. Wang, Comparative Asian Politics: Power, Policy, and Change.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1994. Read: "Introduction," pp. 1-12;
and Part I, "China and Japan: Modernization, Industrialization, and
Contrast in Development," pp. 13-107.
Examination on Part III
Part IV: Group Projects--with each group researching and representing
a different country in E. Asia--in a written research paper; oral reports;
& a class simulation (Part V). Countries are:
- China/PRC (People's Republic of China):
- Hong Kong:
- South Korea:
- North Korea:
Use of Internet and World Wide Web for Added Research on Each Country
- Meet in PC Lab to learn how to use the Internet and World Wide Web.
Bring a blank disk with you, so you can save Bookmarks (addresses on the
WWW) that you find that relate to your country.
- Open a computer account, as a student, at the Computer Center.
Group Project (Group Research Paper and Oral Reports) on Different
Topics Related to One's Country, as follows:
- Cultural Characteristics, & National Negotiating Styles
- Brief History of Country--including Key Events
- Military/National/Broader Security Concerns
- Economic System & Development Issues
- Political System & Governmental Issues
- Foreign Policy Characteristics & Issues--including:
- Relations with the U.S. & Russia in the Region
- Regional Security Issues: Role of Japan in the region (legacy of WWII);
China/Taiwan/Hong Kong Relations; N. & S. Korean Relations (including
Nuclear Security and Reunification); and U.S. and Russian Roles in and
Relations with the Region; and the Future of U.S. Military Bases in Japan;
- Regional Trade and Economic Development Issues, including a Possible
E. Asian Free Trade Area or Common Market.
- Technology Exchanges
- Cultural and Educational Exchanges
Part V: Simulation Between East Asian Countries on Their Regional Future
Focus of simulation is discussion of the above issues, as they pertain
to each country's interests and to the future of the region. Each country
begins the simulation with an opening statement, noting their key concerns
about the region & their relations with other countries in the region;
also what they can offer other countries, as well as what they need from
other countries. See to what extent countries of the region have key areas
of common ground that they can agree upon or not. Write up a final group
report, with conclusions, on what you found in terms of policy areas where
cooperation is possible, as well as issues requiring further negotiations
in future over remaining differences.
(Japan, China/PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and North Korea)
During In-Class Simulation, Spring 1996 Semester, Involving Regional, as
well as Bilateral and Trilateral Negotiations.
SUMMARY OF COURSE REQUIREMENTS: READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS
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