This course is designed to introduce students to the
political and economic systems of contemporary East Asia.
Primary emphasis is placed upon the People's Republic of China, the
Republic of China (Taiwan),
Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and the
The class will provide students with an understanding of the ideologies and
strategies pursued by these governments as well as an appreciation of
contemporary economic, political and strategic issues in the region.As such, it promotes the university's mission in public affairs by
enhancing and promoting the cultural competence of MSU students.
This course adopts a
country-by-country approach to the politics of East Asia.
However, students should not consider each country as an isolated case or
"discrete experience." Some issues might well be unique to a particular country.
But many others transcend national borders (for example, population pressures,
economic development strategies, pollution, health issues, proliferation and so
forth). Furthermore, students should adopt a comparative approach when studying
such topics as economic development, political modernization, etc.
ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES & LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION:
Students are advised that MSU provides opportunities
for students to spend an entire semester taking classes in the People's Republic
at QingdaoUniversity. Like MSU, QingdaoUniversity
enrolls close to 20,000 students.
is located on the ocean and also is fairly close to Beijing--China's capital. Moreover, the
graduate program in Global Studies at MSU has an exchange agreement with Renmin
(People's) University in Beijing,
China. See Dr.
Hickey for more information. Finally, remember that classes in Mandarin Chinese
and Japanese are available at MSU. For more information, please contact the
Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
In addition to the web based readings,
articles emailed to students, students must purchase the following title
from the MSU bookstore:
Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia:China, Korea, and
(Armonk, NY:M.E. Sharpe, 2012).
examinations (format may vary, but probably short answer/definition & essay)
including a final that covers material on Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. Each
student will take his/her examination on the scheduled examination day (see
below). Be sure to bring a blue book to class with you on examination day.
In order to prepare for examinations, attend class, take notes and read the
texts. Academic dishonesty (cheating) is not tolerated and
may result in a grade of "F" for an
examination or the entire semester. For more information, see below. Notes, texts, and any other item (including,
for example, your cell phones) are NOT
allowed during an exam. If these are found in your possession while
taking the test you will receive a zero
on the exam and will be asked to leave
the room. In other words, these items
must remain in a closed bag or given to the professor for safekeeping during
student misses an examination, s/he must contact the professor by telephone
(836-5850) and provide a valid (and documented) excuse within 24 hours of the
scheduled exam.Depending upon the
circumstances, a make-up exam may be scheduled. To be sure, graduate students
will be held to a higher standard when exams are graded.
As described above, there will be no make-ups for unexcused
absences. In the event that you miss an exam, you must contact the professor
within 24 hours to arrange a make-up (phone 836-5850 and leave a
message where you can be reached if I am not in the office). Email may also be
used, but use the function requiring a receipt. Unless you are lost somewhere in
desert, you or someone else should be able to reach a telephone and contact me.
And note that there will be no make-ups for make-ups.
As this class/seminar meets only once per week,
attendance is critically important.
Missing one class is the equivalent of missing an entire week of classes. And be
forewarned--some questions on the exams may be from material NOT covered in your
texts. So, one might argue that your
professor does not deduct points for missing class. Rather, students deduct
points because they will have difficulties answering some exam questions.
1. Scope: Students will be required to write a research
paper. Approaches, methodologies and topics will vary. For example, a student
may wish to write a policy paper. Another might adopt a more theoretical
approach. Irrespective of approach, however, ALL topics must be approved by the instructor no
later than February 26, 2018.Be forewarned that plagiarism is cheating and may result in a grade of
“F” for the paper and the course. Some possible topics are provided below.
Note that these are only examples.
Democratic Reform in Taiwan and
China: A Comparison of
Strategies and Performance.
Deployment in the ROK
the “one child policy” in China.
Democracy Movement in Hong Kong
Protest in Taiwan
Consequences of Land Reform in
& South Korea
Dispute in the South China Sea
Dispute in the East China Sea
Corruption in China
Defense Relations with
Problems and Prospects.
Growing Economic Relations with
Economic Development in
China: A Comparison of
Strategies and Performance.
Arms Sales to the Mideast
American Arms Sales to Taiwan
Policy and Counterfeit Products in Asia
The US, the
DPRK and Weapons of Mass Destruction
and cyber terrorism
The US, East Asia and the War on Terrorism
Religious Persecution in
Taiwan’s Relations with its “Little Friends” in Latin America
Threat to Taiwan
Religious freedom in China
perceptions of Japan and
the Changes in the US-Japan Defense Alliance
quest for energy resources
US-China military cooperation
Separatist Movement in Xinjiang and terrorist attacks in China
10-15 pages (excluding endnotes & bibliography), type-written, double spaced,
fifteen outside sources (beyond assigned readings in class). Papers are due no
later than the beginning of our class meeting on
April 23, 2018 (five points deducted for each day late--April 24
will be counted as the first penalty day—and the maximum penalty to be
deducted is 25 points). Students will submit two copies of their
research paper. A "marked-up" copy will be returned during the final
examination. Please do not ask for
your paper to be returned early.
Begin your project ASAP. Do not wait until April to learn that you have to wait for
inter-library loan materials. This is not an excuse for a substandard research
paper. And always make a "back-up" file when using a computer.
"Losing" your work on a computer is
never an acceptable excuse.
Facilities at MSU: Missouri State University is a multipurpose, metropolitan
university serving over 26,000 students. In 1995, Missouri lawmakers approved legislation
providing this institution with a statewide mission in public affairs and it is
the only university in the state with such a mission. As might be
expected, the university's research facilities in this area are unsurpassed in Missouri. For
example, in the area of Asian politics, MSU subscribes to more scholarly
journals than any other university that I have visited in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. Library holdings include Asian
Affairs, Asian Survey, Issues & Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal
of Asian Studies, East Asia and the list goes
on and on. In the area of electronic resources, the library subscribes to
Lexis/Nexis. You might also wish to
take advantage of the materials available from the “useful links” website on my
homepage. With respect to books, our library's holdings are particularly strong
in the areas of East Asian Security and the politics of China, Taiwan and Japan as I have
consistently ordered books in this area and have obtained external support to
bolster the library’s holdings. In short, there is no reason for a student in
this class to submit a poorly researched paper.
MSU switched to the “plus and minus”
grading system some years ago.The
system used in this class is as follows:
Your final grade will be based upon examination
scores (roughly 25% each) and the research paper (roughly 25%). But being
unprepared and/or failing to attend class may lower your grade. Most students
should expect a breakdown which approximates the following:
EXAM I: 25%
EXAM II: 25%
FINAL EXAM: 25%
From time to time, some graduate students
will summarize readings and lead class discussion.The instructor will appoint discussion leaders. The graduate student will
prepare a short talk outlining the major points of the article and distribute a
short handout to you and the professor. A
power-point presentation is strongly
encouraged. Undergraduates are
encouraged to ask penetrating questions!!!Be sure to take notes.
We do not use Blackboard in this class as there is no need to do so.Power points are emailed to students.The syllabus is on-line.Additional readings are posted on-line, emailed to students or
distributed in class.As for
receiving your exam grades, you must return to class to receive your exam—grades
will not be emailed or posted on blackboard.
is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and maintains a
grievance procedure available to any person who believes he or she has been
discriminated against. At all times, it is your right to address inquiries or
concerns about possible discrimination to the
Office for Equity and Diversity,
ParkCentralOfficeBuilding, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111,
Other types of concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature) should be
discussed directly with your instructor and can also be brought to the attention
of your instructor’s Department Head. Please visit the OED website
The University may provide a reasonable
accommodation based on a person’s sincerely held religious belief.In making this determination, the University reviews a variety of
factors, including whether the accommodation would create an undue hardship.The accommodation request imposes responsibilities and obligations on
both the individual requesting the accommodation and the University.Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments
as a consequence of their sincerely held religious belief shall be provided with
a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such academic responsibilities.It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable
notice of the dates of religious observances on which they will be absent by
submitting a “Request for Relgious Acommodation Form” to the instructor by the
end of the 3rd week of a full semester or the end of a second week of
a half semester course.
is a community of scholars committed to developing educated persons who accept
the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. You are
responsible for knowing and following the university’s student honor code,
Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, available at
also available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library. Any student
participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions as
described in this policy. Plagiarism on your paper could earn you a
failing grade on the project and/or in the seminar.
DROPPING THE CLASS:
It is your responsibility
to understand the University’s procedure for dropping a class. If you stop
attending this class but do not follow proper procedure for dropping the class,
you will receive a failing grade and will also be financially obligated to pay
for the class. For information about dropping a class or withdrawing from the
university, contact the Office
of the Registrar at
CELL PHONES, PAGERS, ETC:
a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to other
students who are members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring
and students respond in class or leave class to respond, it disrupts the class.
Therefore, the Office of the
Provost prohibits the use by students of cell phones, pagers, PDAs, or
similar communication devices during scheduled classes. All such devices
must be turned off or put in a silent (vibrate) mode and ordinarily should not
be taken out during class. Given the fact that these same communication
devices are an integral part of the University’s emergency notification system,
an exception to this policy would occur when numerous devices activate
simultaneously. When this occurs, students may consult their devices to
determine if a university emergency exists. If that is not the case, the
devices should be immediately returned to silent mode and put away. Other
exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the instructor.For example, Dr. Hickey will make allowances for a sick child or
immediate relative, pregnancy, and so forth. Discuss your situation with him.
RESPONSE SYLLABI STATEMENT:
Students who require assistance
during an emergency evacuation must discuss their needs with their professors
and Disability Services. If you have emergency medical information to share with
me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated,
please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.For additional information students should contact the
Office of Disability Services, 836-4192 (PSU 405), or Larry Combs, Interim Assistant
Director of Public Safety and
information on MissouriStateUniversity’s Emergency
Response Plan, please refer to the following web site:
SHOWING PROPER RESPECT FOR OTHERS IN THE CLASSROOM:
Please do not
arrive late for class or leave class early. If you talk, annoy your
neighbors or engage in other disruptive activity during the lecture period, you
will be asked to leave. If one of your classmates engages in disruptive
activity, bring it to the attention of the instructor--do NOT wait until the end
of the semester. And, if you are too tired to stay awake in class, you
should be home in bed. Texting, playing on Facebook and such is always fine—but
do it out in the hall or at home.
What about cell phones, pagers and such? See comments above.
GRADUATE STUDENT DISCUSSION
From time to time, graduate students will
be expected to summarize readings and lead class discussion.The instructor will appoint discussion leaders. The graduate student
should prepare a short talk outlining the major points of the article and
distribute a short handout to students and the professor. A power-point
presentation is strongly encouraged.
Undergraduates are encouraged to ask penetrating questions!!!If a graduate student is assigned a presentation and does not show up or
delivers a substandard presentation, 5 points will be deducted from an
examination grade.Do not read the
class a paper or your notes.
BOOK REPORTS FROM GRADUATE STUDENTS:
graduate students will be required to write a book report on one of the
following titles. These books may be obtained through the MSU library, the
public library, Amazon.Com, Barnes & Nobles, ebay or any number of sources. As
obtaining a book might require some lead-time, and/or effort, obtain your book
as soon as possible.Book reports
are due on March 27, 2017. Students may choose among a variety of titles
including the following:
(1)James Brady, The
Marines of Autumn (New York, Thomas Dunne
Books, 2001). This novel is a riveting account about the experiences of several
US Marines during the Korean War.
(2)Peter Hessker, RiverTown: Two Years on the Yangtze.(New
Collins, 2001).Great (and at times
hilarious) account of the experiences of a peace corp volunteer's life in China.
(3)Kappa Senoh, A Boy
Called H:A Childhood in Wartime Japan (New
York:Kodansha International, 1999).The story of a child growing up in wartime
this book sold over 2 million copies in Japan.
(4)John F. Copper,
Dog's Daughter. Autobiographical novel
about the life of a Chinese woman and her journey from the horrors of
China's labor camps to
and the persecution she confronts from �politically correct� professors in an
Empire of the Sun (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984). Autobiographical novel
of a spoiled English boy whose life of luxury in Shanghai comes to an abrupt halt when Japan declares
war on the UK
and places the British in internment camps. Be forewarned--I own the movie and
I've read the book and I am very familiar with the differences between the two.
(6)Laura Tyson Li,
Madame Chiang Kai-shek (New
Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006).The
definitive biography of one of the most important figures in modern Chinese and
Taiwanese history and politics.
(7)Li Zhisui, The
Private Life of Chairman Mao (New York: Random House, 1994). The highly
controversial account of the life of Chairman Mao Zedong that was written by his
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS:
final grade will be based upon examination scores (roughly 20% each), the
research paper (roughly 20%), the book report and evidence of preparation for
class and meaningful contribution to class discussion (roughly 20%). From time
to time, graduate students will be called upon to present summaries of assigned
reading to the class (see below). Being unprepared or failing to attend class
may lower your grade. Most students should expect a breakdown which approximates
EXAM I: 20%
EXAM II: 20%
BOOK REPORTS & CLASS PRESENTATIONS 20%
FINAL EXAM: 20%
A class schedule follows.Please
note, however, that this schedule (including examination dates) is subject to
change.For example, cataclysmic
world events (turmoil in western
China, a bigger war in the
Middle East, snow in Springfield, etc.) and/or
class discussion may necessitate a change in the schedule.In this respect, attendance may be of critical importance--all changes in
schedule will be announced in class.
Also, there is a good chance that we will have a featured speaker or two during
the semester—perhaps more.This will
necessitate a change in our schedule. And I may remove some readings and/or add
others as we move along.Again, it
is wise policy to attend class.
January 22, 2018
TOPICS: INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIA (AND INTRODUCTION
(1). "The Pacific Rim: Diversity and Interconnection"
in Global Studies, Japan and the Pacific
Rim, EleventhEdition (Guilford,
CT: Dushkin/McGraw Hill, 2013), pp.2-16, will be emailed to students.
(2) Louis D. Hayes,
Political Systems of East Asia:China, Korea, and Japan.
Introduction and Chapter 1.
PART I: P.R. OF CHINAAND
HONG KONG, S.A.R.
January 29, 2018
TOPICS: China: History,
(1) Louis D. Hayes,
Political Systems of East Asia:China, Korea, and Japan,
Chapters 2, 3 4 and 5.
(2) Dennis V. Hickey, "Returning to Teach
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, November 5, 2008 will be emailed
(3) Dennis V. Hickey, “The
Roots of Chinese Xenophobia,” The World & I, July 2002, pp.26-31 (article will be emailed
(4) Other articles will be
emailed to students
VIEW: CULTURAL REVOLUTION POSTER PAGE
February 5, 2018
Today: Politics and Security
(1)Louis D. Hayes,
Political Systems of
East Asia:China, Korea, and Japan,
Chapter 5 and 6
(2)Dennis V. Hickey,
“Sino-US Ties,” China Daily, December 6, 2011
on the world wide web at:
(3)An article entitled,
“Hong Kong” will be emailed to students.
(4)Articles on Student
Protests in Hong Kong will be emailed to students
February 21, 2018 NOTE ALL MONDAY EVENING CLASSES—INCLUDING OUR CLASS-- MEET ON
WEDNESDAY EVENING OF FEBUARY 21 rather than on Monday, February 19 (President’s
and Film on PRC
WEEK SIX:February 26, 2018
COVERING INTRODUCTION, CHINA
& HONG KONG (two hours allowed). BRING BLUE
BOOK TO CLASS!STUDENTS HAVE
TWO-HOURS (MAXIMUM) TO COMPLETE THE EXAM.
WEEK SIX CONTINUED:
FILM: A short film on Taiwan may be viewed before our exam (precise title to be
announced in class) after the examination.
(R.O.C.) & the KOREAS
TOPICS: Introduction to Taiwan
entitled, "Taiwan Country Report" will be emailed to students.
(2)Dennis V. Hickey &
Emerson Niou, “Taiwan in 2016:A New
Era?” ASIAN SURVEY, Volume 58,
Number 1, January-February 2017 (a PDF file will be emailed to students).
(3)Dennis Hickey "Why
Panama Matters," CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
(CSIS) PACNET, Number 48, June 27, 2017. Will be emailed to students.
March 12, 2018
CLASS (SPRING BREAK!)
FILM AND/OR GUEST SPEAKER:MORE DETAILS PRESENTED IN CLASS
March 26, 2018
TOPICS:Taiwan’s Relations with the Chinese
Mainland and the USA,
(1) Dennis V.
Hickey, "Entrapment, Abandonment and Alliance: US-ROC Relations 1949-2016,"
Paper delivered at the international conference, The Maturation of a
Mini-Dragon: Seventy Years of the ROC on Taiwan, University of Saint
Thomas, Houston, Texas, April 22, 2017.This article, which will be published in an edited volume, will be
emailed to students.
V. Hickey, "Wake Up to Reality: Taiwan, the Chinese Mainland and Peace Across
the Taiwan Strait," THE JOURNAL OF CHINESE POLITICAL SCIENCE,Volume 18, No. 1, Spring 2013,
pp.1-20. A PDF file will be emailed to Students
TOPICS: Republic of Korea
Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia:China, Korea, and Japan,
Chapter 7-10 and 12.
(2)An article entitled, “South Korea” will
be emailed to students.
(3) An article entitled, “Vietnam” will be emailed to students.
(4) An article entitled, “The Vietnam Case,” will be emailed to students.
(5) Other readings on Vietnam and Singapore will be emailed to students
. Exam number three will be
held during our final exam period (Monday, May 14,
5:45 pm to 7:45). Details will be presented in class. It will cover
Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. If we do not make sufficient progress during the
semester, a portion of the exam will be comprehensive. PLEASE NOTE: GRADED TERM
PAPERS WILL BE RETURNED DURING THE FINAL EXAM PERIOD.THEY WILL NOT BE RETURNED EARLIER SO PLEASE DON’T ASK.
January 22:Our first class meeting
(due to MLK holiday)
February 19: No Class
February 21:We have class on this