Monthly Archives: October 2013

Week 8: After the Qing Dynasty Falls

Monday 10/21

1. Class Sort on the Chinese Reformers

2. Unit Two test will be on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. It will address the following three questions. You may bring in a ONE-SIDED 3×5 card with you in to the exam.

a. In chronological order trace the major social, scientific, and economic events of 5 Chinese dynasties, (excluding the Qing.) Discuss how their rise and falls were similar or different.

b. Discuss in detail 3 significant turning points that ultimately lead to the decline of the Qing dynasty. You must include and underline TWO quotes from readings done in class.

c. Discuss 3 reformers’ perspectives on what path China should take at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. You must include and underline TWO quotes from readings done in class.

Tuesday 10/22

1. Group research on assigned reformer:

Wednesday 10/23

1. Small group discussions on reformers

2. “Reverse Sort”

3. Current Events: 3-Eleanor, Vinoth, Anahi & Kelsey; 4-Jesse, Chris G.

Study for test on Tuesday 10/29


Week 7: Self Strengthening & The Fall of the Qing


1. Current Events.
2. Timeline processing: Innovations & Events
3. Uighurs in China Say Bias is Growing (
4. Review Kudos form for Unit Two.


1. Tuesday Tunes. MC Jin is a Chinese-American rapper born in Miami in 1982 in a household where the primary language was the Chinese dialect, Cantonese. He started out rapping primarily in English and the first Asian-American rapper to release an album on a major US record label.  When his career stalled, he released an album in Cantonese, “ABC”, which means “American-born Chinese”. This album led to him becoming a household name in Hong Kong.

2. Opium Wars role play.


The Kowtow Question discussion.


Beyond the First Opium War…the decline of the Qing.

Start here with an overview of the Qing’s decline  and/or China’s Qing Dynasty then go into specific research on your assigned issue.

  1. Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) & Nien Rebellion (1851-1868)
    1. Taiping Economic Reforms
  2. Second Opium War (1856-1860)
    1. Treaties of Tientsin/Tianjin (1858)
    2. Frederick Bruce
    3. Dagu Forts
  3. Relations with Russia (1860)
    1. Lin Zexu and Wei Yuan “barbarians fight barbarians”
    2. Treaty of Aigun
  4. First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and here is another from Princeton U.
    1. Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905)
  5. Self-strengthening movement (1861-1895) & the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901)

Other terms to search: century of humiliation, decline of the Qing dynasty

Timeline of Modern China (for reference)


1. Current Events.

2. Finish processing From Preeminence to Decline

  • First Opium War/Treaty of Nanjing
  • Protestants in China
  • Taiping Rebellion
  • Sino-Japanese War
  • Boxer Rebellion
  • Russo-Japanese War

Related Sources:

Is China Ripe for a Revolution? ( remembering the Taiping Rebellion)

Week 6: Meet the Barbarians…


1. Discussion on the Singularity of China reading.
2. Vogue Dynasties

: Game day!

1. Thematic review of timeline:

a. trade and relations with foreigners
b. innovations

2. Semester reflection.

3. How did the Qing officials act? How does that compare to present day officials’ behavior?

Developmental Guidance.
Watch Engineering an Empire: China from the History Channel, 2010. Complete the viewing guide while watching.
1. Read and discuss The Kowtow Question and the Opium War. (in class) What about the use of the term “Oriental?”  Definition: of, from, or characteristic of East Asia.
2. Current events presentations.

Extra Resources

This week for Tuesday Tunes we are doing Jingju or Peking Opera. This is a theatrical tradition that goes back to the 18th century though its heyday was the 19th century. Jingju is known for its elaborate costumes and sparse stages. Often the stage setting consists of nothing more than a couple of chairs and a table. In the 18th and 19th centuries, acting troupes would travel from town to town performing thus basic stage settings were simply a matter of logistics.
The actors used four basic means of expression in Jingju: Speech, Singing, Acting and Fighting. Actors were admired not just for their speaking and sing but also for the beauty and grace in their movements. Characters typically belonged to four archetypes: Sheng (Man), Dan (women),Jing (painted face), and Chou (clown). Each archetypal role would have its specialty, such as the Dan, who would typically specialize in singing and acting with little emphasis on acrobatics.
Jingju changed during the Cultural Revolution. Mao deemed most operas subversive and wanted more working-class stories. He designated 8 operas as “Model Operas” and only these 8 operas were performed until the 1980s.