"Southeast Asia" is the term which appeared during World War II. In Chinese history documents, this region was called “Nan Yang” or “Nan Hai”. From the beginning of the 3rd century AD, Indian culture, Chinese culture, Islamic culture and Western culture have moved into this area. After a long process of localization, external culture and the native culture were fully fused, forming a unique cultural expression and cultural characteristics.
In 1967, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia issued "Bangkok Declaration" to declare the establishment of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established. After the 1980s, Brunei (1984), Vietnam (1995), Laos (1997), Myanmar (1997) and Cambodia (1999) has joined the ASEAN, so that this organization covering the entire Southeast Asian region.
As the geographical neighbor of China, the Southeast Asian region plays "top" role in China's foreign relations. With the gradual deepening of exchanges between China and Southeast Asia, misunderstanding of cultures caused some problems. In order to improve the understanding of Chinese people about the neighbor countries, this course will show the development steps of Southeast Asian culture, and explain the traditional and modern culture features of Southeast Asia through the specific cultural phenomenons.
Wu Xuling, Art of Southeast, Remin University Press, 2004.
He Shengda, A Cultural History of Southeast Asia, Yunan People’s Publishing House, 2010.
Nicholas Tarling, ed., The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, Wang Shilu, trans., Yunan People’s Publishing House, 2012.
Liang Zhiming, A History of Ancient History, Peking University Press, 2013.
This course consists lecture videos, reading materials, assignments, discussion and final exams. Each week consists of 3-5 units. Each unit is a 10-minutes lecture video. Each week will have one quiz. Students are encouraged to interact with and help each other through the course online discussion forum.
Here is how the final grade for the course will be calculated:
Weekly quizzes (Weighting: 20%) Each quiz will contain 10 questions, and you will have 7 days to submit it.
Bi-weekly assignments (Weighting: 20%) Every two weeks, you will have 1 problem set containing 3 questions, and 7 days to submit it.
Writing assignment (Weighting: 20%) Your writing will be peer-assessed and assigned a grade by five of your fellow students.
Final exam (Weighting: 40%) Timed 2 hour exam, 40 questions. Complete in 1 sitting.