POLITICS OF EAST ASIA
POLITICAL SCIENCE 545 & 645

Monday 5:30-8:20pm
Strong Hall 300

Dr. Dennis V. Hickey                                                                             
Tel: 836-5850
Spring 2018                                                                                           
 Office: STRO 325
Office. Hours: Wednesday 1:00-3:00; Thursday 1:30-3:30
Email: 
dennishickey@missouristate.edu

Professor's Homepage:  http://courses.missouristate.edu/DennisHickey/hickey.htm
Useful Links Page:  http://courses.missouristate.edu/DennisHickey/useful%20links.htm

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 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 two Koreas. 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.

 APPROACH TO COURSE:

 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.

 STUDY 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 of China at Qingdao University. Like MSU, Qingdao University enrolls close to 20,000 students. Qingdao 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.

 
REQUIRED READINGS:

 In addition to the web based readings, handouts and articles emailed to students, students must purchase the following title from the MSU bookstore:

 

 EXAMINATIONS:

 3 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 your exam.

 If a 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.

 MAKEUP EXAMS:

 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 the Nevada 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.

 ATTENDANCE:

 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. 

 

 

RESEARCH PAPER:

 

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.

 

2. Requirements: 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.

3. Warning: 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.

4. Research 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. 

 

PLUS AND MINUS GRADING:

 MSU switched to the “plus and minus” grading system some years ago.  The system used in this class is as follows:

 93-99% A
90-92% A-
87-89% B+
83-86% B
80-82% B-
77-79% C+
73-76% C
70-72% C-
67-69% D+
60-66% D

 

GRADES:

 

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%

PAPER: 25%

 DISCUSSION LEADERS:

 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.

 BLACKBOARD:

 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.

  NON DISCRIMINATION STATMENT:

Missouri State University 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, Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111, (417) 836-4252. 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 at www.missouristate.edu/equity/.

DISABILITY ACCOMODATION:

To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY), www.missouristate.edu/disability.  Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, (417) 836-4787, http://psychology.missouristate.edu/ldc.

RELIGIOUS ACCOMODATION:

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.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: 

Missouri State University 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 www.missouristate.edu/assets/provost/AcademicIntegrityPolicyRev-1-08.pdf and 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 836-5520.

 CELL PHONES, PAGERS, ETC: 

 As 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.

 EMERGENCY 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 Transportation at 836-6576.  For further information on Missouri State University’s Emergency Response Plan, please refer to the following web site: http://www.missouristate.edu/safetran/erp.htm.

 

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 LEADERS:

 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:

 All 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, River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.(New York:  Harper 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 Japan-- 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 America and the persecution she confronts from �politically correct� professors in an American university.

(5)   J.G. Ballard, 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 York:  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 personal physician.

 GRADES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS:

 Your 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 the following:

EXAM I: 20%

EXAM II: 20%

BOOK REPORTS & CLASS PRESENTATIONS 20%

FINAL EXAM: 20%

PAPER: 20%

CLASS SCHEDULE: 

 

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.

  

CLASS SCHEDULE

 

WEEK ONE:  January 22, 2018

TOPICS: INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIA (AND INTRODUCTION TO CHINA--TIME PERMITTING)

REQUIRED READINGS:

(1). "The Pacific Rim: Diversity and Interconnection" in Global Studies, Japan and the Pacific Rim, Eleventh  Edition (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 CHINA AND HONG KONG, S.A.R.

 

WEEK TWO: January 29, 2018

 TOPICS: China: History, People, Economy

REQUIRED READINGS:

(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 in China," THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, November 5, 2008 will be emailed to students.

(3) Dennis V. Hickey, “The Roots of Chinese Xenophobia,” The World & I, July 2002, pp.26-31 (article will be emailed to students)

(4) Other articles will be emailed to students

FILM:    MAO

VIEW:    CULTURAL REVOLUTION POSTER PAGE

 

WEEK THREE:  February 5, 2018

TOPICS: China Today: Politics and Security

REQUIRED READINGS:

(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:

 http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2011-12/06/content_14217624.htm

(3)   Evan Osnos, “Making China Great Again,” New Yorker, January 8 on, 2018, the world wide web at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/08/making-china-great-again

 

WEEK FOUR: February 12, 2018

TOPICS: Chinese Society

Also, Hong Kong: S.A.R. of PRC

REQUIRED READINGS:

(1)   "More than just Income Gap to Bridge," CHINA DAILY, January 27, 2010, p. A9 [co-authored with Takashi Kawamoto on the world wide web at:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2010-01/27/content_9382086.htm

(2)   Watch the video, “Super China:  Then & Now,” on the world wide web at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLqJQPr9TD4&feature=youtu.be

(3)   An article entitled, “Hong Kong” will be emailed to students.

(4)   Articles on Student Protests in Hong Kong will be emailed to students

 

WEEK FIVE: 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 Day Holiday)..

TOPICS:  Wrap of Hong Kong and Film on PRC

 

WEEK SIX:  February 26, 2018

 

TEST NUMBER ONE 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.

 

 

 

PART II: TAIWAN (R.O.C.) & the KOREAS

 

WEEK SEVEN  March 5, 2018

 TOPICS: Introduction to Taiwan

REQUIRED READING :

(1)   An article 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.

 

WEEK EIGHT: March 12, 2018

NO CLASS (SPRING BREAK!)

 WEEK NINE  March 19, 2018

 

FILM AND/OR GUEST SPEAKER:  MORE DETAILS PRESENTED IN CLASS

 

WEEK TEN: March 26, 2018

TOPICS:  Taiwan’s Relations with the Chinese Mainland and the USA,

REQUIRED READING:

 (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.

 (2)Dennis 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

 (3)Dennis Hickey “Taiwan's Security in an Era of Uncertainty," in Shihoko Goto (ed.), in US-TAIWAN RELATIONS:  PROSPECTS FOR SECURITY AND ECONOMIC TIES, Washington, DC:  Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, April 2017, pp.7-19.  Available in hard copy or on the world wide web at https://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/ap_us-taiwan_relations.pdf

  

WEEK ELEVEN:  April 2, 2018

TOPICS: Republic of Korea (South Korea)
REQUIRED READINGS
(1)
Louis D. 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)Short video on ROK’s President Moon:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN7ZIZpKpnw

(4)Other readings will be emailed to students.

 

WEEK TWELVE: April 9, 2018

TOPICS:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

REQUIRED READINGS
(1)
Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia:  China, Korea, and Japan, Chapter 11.

(2) An article entitled, “North Korea,” will be emailed to students

(3)   Max Fisher, "The Risks of Pre-emptive Strikes Against North Korea," New York Times, March 18, 2017, on the world wide web at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/world/asia/us-north-korea-weapons.html

(4)  More articles will be emailed to students including articles on the recent strains in US- DPRK relations and various options for US military action.

 

WEEK THIRTEEN:  April 16, 2018 

TEST NUMBER TWO COVERING TAIWAN AND THE KOREAS (two hours allowed). BRING BLUE BOOK TO CLASS!  We will begin the discussion of Japan also on this day.

 

 

PART III: JAPAN, SINGAPORE & VIETNAM

 

WEEK FOURTEEN: April 23, 2018 (papers due)

TOPICS:  INTRODUCTION TO JAPAN & THE ECONOMIC MIRACLE

REQUIRED READINGS:

(1) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia:  China, Korea, and Japan, Chapters 13, 14, 15 and 16.
(2)An article entitled, "Japan” will be emailed to students,

 

WEEK FIFTEEN: April 30, 2018

TOPICS:  JAPAN:  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEFENSE

REQUIRED READINGS

(1)Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia:  China, Korea, and Japan, Chapters 17 and 18,

(2)Miya Tanaka, “Japan Defense Build-Up,” Japan Times, December 27, 2017, on the world wide web at: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/27/national/japans-defense-buildup-due-north-korea-threat-come-scrutiny-2018/#.WlKACmaWzVI

(3) Other readings will be emailed to students.

 

WEEK SIXTEEN:  May 7, 2018

TOPICS:  SINGAPORE & VIETNAM

REQUIRED READINGS

(1)    An article entitled, “Singapore” will be emailed to students,

(2)    Here is a fun (and very short) video on Singapore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgT3SZ1ZWb0

(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

 

FINAL EXAM

. 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.

 

Miscellaneous Information

January 22:  Our first class meeting (due to MLK holiday)

February 19: No Class

February 21:  We have class on this Wednesday evening

February 26: Exam One

March 12:  No Class (Spring Break)

April 13: Last Day to Drop

April 16: Exam Two

April 23: Papers Due

May 14: Final Exam and papers will be returned

 

 

 

  

 

 

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