TBC 1101Spring 2020

Engaging China: Yunnan Trip Course

Meet many people from many different Ethnic Minority groups while traveling around the beautiful Southwest province of Yunnan!
Jeremiah Jenne 張志勱
Course Introduction
Jeremiah Jenne 張志勱
Jeremiah Jenne 張志勱BA, College of Wooster

Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and educator based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History at the IES Abroad Program for over 10 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, Asia Society/China File, Los Angeles Review of Books, Radii China, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. You can follow him on Twitter @jeremiahjenne or online at jeremiahjenne.com.

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Engaging China: Yunnan Trip Course

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Course Description

The purpose of the Yunnan Excursion is to afford the student an in-depth experience of the ethnological background of the “Minority Peoples” of China. At the same time the excursion provides a general survey of the history and culture of Yunnan.

The Yunnan Excursion course is comprised of:

  • Four pre-trip introductory lectures / presentations /movies
  • Two weeks of guided travel
  • Two lectures during the travel + 50 student presentations
  • One “reflection dinner” during trip to consider what is being learned
  • Student research topics presented as 8 minute “in-progress” reports during trip.
  •  Or, Team (5 members) Ethnographic Report—20 minute Presentation onemonth after return from trip.
  • Two summary lectures / presentations at conclusion of trip.
  • Student 7 page (academic form) paper on research topic
  • Synoptic exam

Courses Outcomes

Preliminary lectures / presentations will introduce the student to the history and peoples of China. The Excursion itself is a physical validation of what has been read and heard. Prior to arriving in China the student will be given the option to chose from our master list a research topic about Yunnan. S/he will have additional time in our library to study. During the travel, at an appropriate site, each student offers an in-progress report on, for example, the “Strategies of Rice farming”. Staff and faculty will comment on the presentation in private. Further research and physical resources will be supplied. The student will photograph interview, document and record data to corroborate the substance of their research. During travel a “reflection dinner” will aid students to digest the myriad images and experiences they will have had. At the conclusion of the trip two presentations will help gather up what has been learned. A written exam will be undertaken. A final draught of the research will be presented in academic form. If a student chooses to work on a Team Ethnographic study, s/he will investigate the social, economic, cultural, artistic and religious dimensions of a minority group. S/he will come to a richer understanding of the subject people.