CHSS4066

Chinese Nationalism and Identity Politics

Prerequisite:

China has gradually but steadily expanded its influence over the world. With the growth of Chinese nationalism, the identity conflicts emerge at the same time. Chinese identity not only generates tensions with other countries, even within the Chinese world we can see identity conflicts in regard to indigenous identity of minority groups, people in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The phenomenon of growing Chinese nationalism involves many important theoretical and emipircal issues regarding its formation, content, and ideology behind. Furthermore, its political impacts on neighboring countries such as Japan, Korea, and the United States; as well as its socio-economic consequences deserve our attention.

This course combines an analysis of theoretical issues with the phenomenon of Chinese nationalism and the involved identity politics. It explores issues regarding the formation and growth of the Chinese nationalism under the Xi regime; its extending influences; and the identity conflicts among the Chinese world in regard to indigenous identity of minority groups, people in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition, we will cover some theoretical discussions and debates surrounding the legitimacy of Chinese nationalism.