POLITICS OF EAST ASIA
POLITICAL SCIENCE 545 & 645
Dr. Dennis V. Hickey
Office: STRO 325
Office. Hours: Wednesday ; Thursday
Useful Links Page: http://courses.missouristate.edu/DennisHickey/useful%20links.htm
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.
3 examinations. The first two tests are essay exams. Our third test is a comprehensive final exam (multiple choice) that also 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 for the first two exams. 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. Also, remember that back packs must not be open and within view of students.
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. I’ve found that an easy way to avoid losing work is to email to myself.
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.
MSU switched to the “plus and minus” grading system some years ago. The system used in this class is as follows:
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.
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/.
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.
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 Religious Accomodation 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.
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. In other words, if you plan to cheat it would be wise policy to drop this class (please see below).
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. The last day for dropping the class is April 13, 2020.
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.
TITLE IX POLICY
Missouri State University has a Title IX policy that guides our response to instances of sexual violence. Sexual Violence includes: Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Discrimination, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, Sexual Harassment and Pregnancy issues. The Title IX policy can be located on the MSU Title IX website. This website is also a good resource for any questions or issues involving Title IX and contains contact information for the MSU Title IX Office and staff. Read an overview of the Title IX office.
If an MSU student discloses a Title IX related issue to a MSU faculty like Dr. Hickey or staff member who is deemed to be a "Responsible Employee" under the policy, that faculty or staff member is required to report such disclosure to the Title IX Coordinator. A responsible employee includes any employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has the authority or duty to take action. Magers Health and Wellness Center employees and MSU Counseling Center Clinicians are not considered to be Responsible Employees under the policy, and therefore, are not required to report Title IX issues to the Title IX Coordinator.
RECORDING LECTURES (AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO)
Students who wish to record lectures or class activities for study purposes should inform the faculty member first. Distribution or sale of recordings or other course materials is prohibited without the written permission of the instructor and other students who are recorded. Distribution without permission is a violation of copyright law and the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Sections 4.6, 4.8, 4.9).
MENTAL HEALTH AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
As a student you may experience a range of personal issues that can impede learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance and may reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. You can learn more about free and confidential Missouri State University Counseling Center services available to assist you at counselingcenter.missouristate.edu.
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.
WEEK ONE: January 13, 2020 (Please note that Ms. Trinh will be in charge as Dr. Hickey will be in China).
DISTRIBUTION OF SYLLABUS AND A POINT BY POINT DISCUSSION OF SYLLABUS.
DISTRIBUTION OF PROFESSOR’S QUESTIONAIRE TO STUDENTS AND COMPLETION OF QUESTIONARIE AND RETURN TO GRADUATE ASSISTANT (who will return to me).
TOPICS: INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIA (AND INTRODUCTION TO CHINA--TIME PERMITTING)
Introduction to China on the world wide web at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA5vV88Aioo
(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.
WEEK TWO: January 20, 2020.
NO CLASS (OBSERVANCE OF DR. M.L. KING DAY)
PART I: P.R. OF CHINA AND HONG KONG, S.A.R.
WEEK THREE: January 27, 2020
TOPICS: China: History, People, Economy
(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 on the world wide web at: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Returning-to-Teach-in-China/45830
(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
VIEW: CULTURAL REVOLUTION POSTER PAGE AT:
WEEK FOUR: February 3, 2020
TOPICS: China 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) 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
(4) Dennis V. Hickey, "Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China," IPP REVIEW, April 17, 2018 on the world wide web at https://ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/689.html
(5) Dennis V. Hickey"China's Contribution to Global Health Considerable," CHINA DAILY, August 7, 2019, on the world wide web at http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201908/07/WS5d4a11a7a310cf3e355643c7.html
(6) “China’s Military Parade Heralds War Plan for Taiwan and US,” NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW, October 5, 2019, on the world wide web at https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Communist-China-at-70/China-s-military-parade-heralds-war-plan-for-US-and-Taiwan?fbclid=IwAR0JjatSSiTwPQ3Br4NAiBHvAcA_s6QVnhaQoT5PPS69wcBUwyrM1tFC87U
WEEK FIVE: February 10, 2020
TOPICS: Chinese Society
Also, Hong Kong: S.A.R. of PRC
"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:
(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
(5) Zhiqun Zhu, “The Growing US-China Conflict: Why, and Now What,” NATIONAL INTEREST, June 5, 2019, on the world wide web at https://nationalinterest.org/feature/growing-us-china-conflict-why-and-now-what-61227?fbclid=IwAR1cHv-TykY0fINf1BwVITK1NLE-dn79cY39t_PFthnImho9MpHH7_ZQBXE
WEEK SIX: February 19, 2020 NOTE ALL MONDAY EVENING CLASSES—INCLUDING OUR CLASS-- MEET ON WEDNESDAY EVENING OF FEBUARY19 rather than on Monday, February 17 (President’s Day Holiday).
TOPICS: Hong Kong and Macau (NOTE: Materials about the structure of Hong Kong government will be emailed to students). But also read the following:
(2) Michael Martin, “Hong Kong’s Protests of 2019,” CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, October 18, 2019, on the world wide web at https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IF11295.pdf
(3) Dennis V. Hickey, "Hong Kong's Crisis Does Not Extend to Taiwan," THE NATIONAL INTEREST, July 17, 2019, on the world wide web at https://nationalinterest.org/feature/hong-kongs-crisis-does-not-extend-taiwan-6751
(4) “West Shows Ill Will to Ignore Macao’s Boom,” GLOBAL TIMES, December 20, 2019 on the world wide web at https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1174262.shtml?fbclid=IwAR0Ww0DFtLHBYjT3HjWn1BcHP32V34dIRzj3lH0uJ92Fgr_AG8-ATxV6cCA
(5) “US Passing Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act will Punish the Wrong People,” SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, October 9, 2019 on the world wide web at: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3032158/us-passing-hong-kong-human-rights-and-democracy-act-will-only?fbclid=IwAR1kz1JBZrLbBqepgx0L5ds8mWiyAiCGBNNzu8XGFQL4sErMtZv_OIIZ1CY
WEEK SEVEN: February 24, 2020
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 SEVEN CONTINUED:
FILM: A short film on Taiwan may be viewed before our exam (precise title to be announced in class) after the examination.
WEEK EIGHT: March 2, 2020
REQUIRED READING :
(2) Susan Lawrence, “Taiwan: Select Political and Security Issues,” CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, December 12, 2019, on the world wide web at https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IF10275.pdf
(3) WATCH “CHINA VERSUS TAIWAN, PART 1” on the world wide web at:
(4) WATCH, “CHINA VERSUS TAIWAN, PART 2” on the world wide web at:
NOTE: These videos can be criticized on several levels (inaccurate, politically biased, etc.). But they are fun to watch.
WEEK NINE: March 9, 2020
TOPICS: Taiwan’s Relations with the Chinese Mainland, the USA and the world.
(1) 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.
(2) Dennis Hickey, "The Trajectory of Taiwan-US Relations," in Hans Stockton and Yao-Yuen Yeh (eds.) TAIWAN: THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ASIAN TIGER, Denver: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2020, pp.47-67. Will be emailed to students.
(3) Dennis Hickey "Will Trump Throw Taiwan Under the Bus?" CHINA-US FOCUS, November 6, 2019, on the world wide web at https://www.chinausfocus.com/peace-security/will-trump-throw-taiwan-under-the-bus
(4) Dennis Hickey "What the Latest Opinion Polls Say About Taiwan," THE NATIONAL INTEREST, March 5, 2019, on the world wide web at https://nationalinterest.org/print/feature/what-latest-opinion-polls-say-about-taiwan-46187
(5) "Invite President Tsai Before Congress? Not a Wise Move," THE DIPLOMAT, February 12, 2019, on the world wide web at https://thediplomat.com/2019/02/invite-president-tsai-before-congress-not-a-wise-move/
(6) Dennis Hickey and Kwei-Bo Huang"Taiwan should Return to the 1992 Consensus," PACNET, Number 78, November 27, 2018, on the world wide web at https://www.pacforum.org/analysis/pacnet-78-taiwan-should-return-1992-consensus
(7) Dennis Hickey "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Tsai Ing-Wen's Diplomatic Troubles, CHINA-US FOCUS, August 28, 2018, on the world wide web at: https://www.chinausfocus.com/foreign-policy/the-inconvenient-truth-behind-tsai-ing-wens-diplomatic-troubles
(8) 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: March 23, 2020
TOPICS: Republic of Korea
(1) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan, Chapter 7-10 and 12.
(2) Read “South Korea: Background and US Relations,” CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, August 1, 2019, on the world wide web at: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IF10165.pdf
(3)Short video on the ROK
(4) Other materials will be emailed to students.
WEEK TWELVE: March 30, 2020
TOPICS: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
(1) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan, Chapter 11.
(2) “North Korea: What 18 Months of Diplomacy Has and Has Not Achieved,” CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, August 5, 2019, on the world wide web at: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IN11153.pdf
(3) “US-North Korea Relations,” CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, August 13, 2019 on the world wide web at: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IF10246.pdf
(4) 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 developments in US- DPRK relations and various options for the US. Also, a short video will be viewed.
WEEK THIRTEEN: April 6, 2020
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.
WEEK FOURTEEN: April 13, 2020 (papers due and last day to drop class)
(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.
TOPICS: JAPAN: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEFENSE
(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: April 27, 2020
(1) Ankit Panda, “Singapore: A Small Asian Heavyweight,” COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, June 26, 2018, on the world wide web at: https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/singapore-small-asian-heavyweight
(2) More articles on Singapore will be emailed to students,
(3) Here is a fun (and very short) video on Singapore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgT3SZ1ZWb0
(4) Read, “US Lifts Remaining Restrictions on Arms Sales to Vietnam,” CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, May 23, 2016, on the world wide web at: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IN10489.pdf
(5) Eleanor Albert, “The Evolution of US-Vietnam Ties,” COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, March 20, 2019, on the world wide web at: https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/evolution-us-vietnam-ties
(5) Other readings on Vietnam and Singapore will be emailed to students
WEEK SEVENTEEN: May 4, 2020, FINAL EXAM
Our final exam will be held during our class on May 4, 2020. It is comprehensive. In addition to covering the topics presented in Part 3 of the class, it will include questions from Parts 1 and 2. Unlike previous exams, the format is multiple choice. PLEASE NOTE: GRADED TERM PAPERS WILL BE RETURNED DURING REGULARLY SCHEDULED FINAL EXAM ON MAY 11 AT 5:45PM. THEY WILL NOT BE RETURNED EARLIER SO PLEASE DON’T ASK. IF WE FAIL TO MAKE SUFFICIENT PROGRESS DURING THE SEMESTER, THE FINAL EXAM WILL BE HELD ON 11. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE PLANS TO BE GONE THAT DAY.
January 13: Our first class meeting
January 20: No Class
February 17: No class on Monday as our class meets on Wednesday, February 19.
February 19: Our class meets on Wednesday night (we do NOT have class on February 17)
February 24: Exam One
March 16: No Class (Spring Break)
April 6: Exam Two
April 13: Last Day to Drop
April 13: Papers Due
May 4: Final Exam.
May 11: During our scheduled Final Exam period (Monday at 5:45pm) your exams and term papers will be returned to you. If we fail to make sufficient progress during the semester, we my use this period for your final exam. Please do NOT make plans to be elsewhere on May 11.
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