Course Code


Course Name

Ethnicity and Regional Culture in China


Thursday 2:30pm - 5:15pm


CYT 215


Prof. Pierre Miège

Teaching Assistant


Course Description

This course examines ethnicity, regional culture and regional policy in contemporary China in global context. It looks at the evolution of regional policy in China since 1949, covering the Third Front, reform and opening up and coastal development, Develop the West, and regional policies in the 2010s such as Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and the Greater Bay Area. The course has a particular emphasis on China’s western regions, with discussion of issues relating to ethnic minorities in China, including the regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.

Course Outline

Week 1. Introduction to China’s regions

January 11 2024

Please note that there is no required reading for this week.


Week 2. Understanding regional cultures

January 18 2024


Week 3. Regional policy after 1949

January 25 2024


Week 4. The Third Front and regional and ethnic policy under Mao

February 1 2024


Week 5. Regional policy and ethnicity in the reform era

February 8 2024


Week 6. No class (Chinese New Year)

February 15 2024


Week 7. Develop the West

February 12 2024


Week 8. Ethnicity and ethnic minorities

February 29 2024


Week 9. Reading Week (No class)

March 7 2024


Week 10. Autonomous regions and prefectures in the PRC

March 14 2024


Week 11. Xinjiang

March 21 2024


Week 12. Tibet

March 28 2024


Week 13. Regional policy in the 2010s

April 4 2024


Week 14. Qingming Festival (No class)

April 11 2024


Week 15. Belt and Road Initiative

April 18 2024


Assessment & Assignments

  1. Class participation  30%
  2. Individual presentations of the week’s assigned readings  20%
  3. Term paper 50%

Honesty in Academic Work

We encourage students to exchange ideas and share resources on assignments for this course. But you have to make sure that any written work you submit is the result of your own research and writing, reflecting your own understanding and thinking about a topic. The University adopts a policy of zero tolerance on academic dishonesty. “Any related offence will lead to disciplinary action including termination of studies at the University.” All students need to be familiar with the University’s policy on academic honesty, which can be found at:

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