History, Theory and Practice of the Asian Community (Course in East Asian Studies)

Course introduction: 

In history, the Chinese civilization has been a sustainable political, economic and cultural community with the greatest influence in Asia. The Chinese Empire, with Confucianism and Chinese characters as the basic elements and the vassal system as the basic structure, is an “Asian Community” that has truly existed in history. In modern times, as Western colonialism forced Asia into the Western-dominated world system, the Asian community dominated by China was disintegrated. This course is based on systematic theoretical lectures and teaching investigations, combined with group discussions, and mainly discusses the historical form and modern changes of the Asian community, the main path and main obstacles to the construction of the Asian community, etc. And from the perspective of international relations and national strategy, a more comprehensive discussion of cultural, diplomatic, economic, and environmental issues in Asia, especially East Asia. Attempt to put forward a strategic conception of an Asian community centered on China.

Course objectives:  

The main goals to be achieved in this course:

(1) Master the basic knowledge of East Asian history  :

(1) Through the historical investigation of the “Chinese Empire” community centered on Confucianism, students can deeply understand the “Tianxia” in ancient China with “distinction between Yi and Xia”, “Hua Yi order”, and “vassal system” as the main content;

(2) Understand the historical outlines of major East Asian countries, such as Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other major countries, and clues to the history of their relations with China;

(3) To examine the historical process of the modernization of East Asia, to examine the tortuous changes in the relations between China, Japan, and South Korea, as well as the gains and losses of China in handling relations with Asian countries and regions.

(2) Develop basic analytical capabilities for international relations issues  :

To enable students to understand and master the necessity and significance of the construction of the Asian community under the background of the “harmonious world” theoretical knowledge, the main path and obstacle factors and other theoretical knowledge, and put forward countermeasures and suggestions on the construction of the Asian community, train students to analyze and study Asia Community this forward-looking subject ability, and cultivate students’ sense of Asian community and modern international outlook.

(3) Provide a platform for listeners to cultivate direct dialogue with first-class scholars at home and abroad  

Teaching methods:  

Online lectures (series of lectures) are combined with group discussions.


This course has two consecutive lessons per week for 18 weeks, divided into 5 categories: “Introduction”, “History of Ancient East Asia”, “Modernization of East Asia”, “Asian International Relations and Regional Diplomacy”, and “Asian Economy and Environment” Plate. The specific teaching progress is as follows:

Section 1 “Introduction”  :

Explain the purpose, arrangement and requirements of this course; then introduce the main content of East Asian regionalism and Asian community theory.

Week 1: East Asian New Regionalism and Asian Community

Section 2 “History of Ancient East Asia”:  

This section starts with themes such as the origin of East Asian culture, the evolution of Chinese views on the world, the outline of Sino-Japanese and Sino-Korea relations in the Middle Ages, and Japan’s feudal era to demonstrate the formation and main characteristics of the East Asian cultural circle dominated by China.

Week 2: Looking at the origin of Asian culture from archaeology

Week 3: Changes in the Chinese “View of the World”

Week 4: Investigation of Sino-Japanese Relations in the Medieval Period

Week 5: The main dynasties on the Korean Peninsula and their relations with China

Week 6: Japan’s Feudal Era

Week 7: Comprehensive Discussion: The Suzerainty System and the Formation of the East Asian Cultural Circle

Section 3 “Modernization of East Asia”  :

This section mainly discusses the modernization of East Asia from the history of Sino-Japanese interaction, focusing on Japan’s influence on China’s modernization, and compares the similarities and differences in the principles of modernization between China and Japan.

Week 8: Special Lecture: The Development of the Asian Community

Week 9: Meiji Restoration and the Modernization of Japan

Week 10: Interaction of Modern Chinese and Japanese Thoughts and Cultures

Week 11: Students studying in Japan and China’s modernization

Week 12: Comprehensive discussion: the cultural causes of East Asian cooperation

Panel 4 “Asian International Relations and Regional Diplomacy”  :

This section first discusses the changes in the Asia-Pacific strategic environment, especially the adverse impact of the US’s return to the Asia-Pacific strategy on the construction of the Asian community. China must make appropriate adjustments to China’s Asian strategy under the new strategic environment and put forward its own concept of building an Asian community.

Week 13: Changes in the Asia-Pacific Strategic Environment and Obstacles to the Building of the Asian Community

Week Fourteen: U.S. Return to Asia-Pacific Strategy and China’s East Asia Strategic Adjustment

Week 15: Diplomacy in Asia and the Asian Diplomatic Community

Section 5 “Asian Economy and Environment”:  

China is the locomotive of the Asian economy, and mainland China has already occupied a central position in the Asian economic map. The development of the Chinese economy and the Asian economy has also brought serious environmental problems to Asia. Environmental problems are one of the important issues of the Asian Community theory.

Week 16: The Rise of China and the Reorganization of the Asian Economic Map

Week 17: Environmental Issues in Asia

Week 18: Globalization, the European Union Model and the Asian Community Outlook

Assessment method:  

Comprehensive evaluation of results based on attendance rate, discussion class performance, and course essay quality.

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