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Understanding China in the 21st Century

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Political, Economic, and Security Issues in the Asia/Pacific Region

U.S. and Japanese Relations with China

Case Studies of Cooperation and Competition

DEVELOPED BY GARY MUKAI, CAREY MOORE AND JOCELYN YOUNG

WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM AMY CHENG AND GREG FAIRBROTHER

248 PAGES

DISTRIBUTED BY THE ASIA/PACIFIC PROJECT, SPICE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
LITTLEFIELD CENTER, ROOM 14
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
300 LASUEN STREET STANFORD, CA 94305-5013

Understanding China in the 21st China in the 21st Century seeks to “introduce students to policy options for U.S. and Japanese relations with China at the turn of the century” (p. 2). Produced by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), this unit is designed for use in social studies and international relations courses at the high school and community college levels. Perspectives from the U.S., Japan, and China are included in six lessons focused on historical, political, economic, and security issues in the Asia/Pacific region.

Along with providing a useful supplement to lectures and readings, Understanding China supports the goals of National Standards for World History. Unified by a clearly stated rationale and objectives, and pedagogically sound class activities, lessons include an introduction, background notes, maps, organizing questions, objectives, list of materials, and activities designed to maximize student interest through active involvement. Varied approaches encourage interdisciplinary linkages. Cooperative learning techniques for small group activities are combined with assignments for individual students. Packaged in a three-ring binder, instructional materials can be easily reproduced.