History & Cultural Perspectives
Next trip tentatively scheduled for spring 2016.
This trip fully immerses college students in the culture, history, society, and economy of China. The experience is designed to expose students to China's rich diversity and dynamic vibrancy – traits largely unknown to most Americans. We travel from rich coastal areas to poor interior zones, study the clash of traditions with the fast-paced race to modernize, witness explosive capitalism under the watchful gaze of the Communist Party, and experience the dizzying shift from extreme urbanization to sleepy rural villages.
- For 15-18 days, students crisscross the country with Professors Nevan Fisher and Yuanting Zhao, specialists in China's history and performing arts.
- The tour follows a grand circuit across China's vast expanse, including the mega-cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an, as well as the remote mountains of Hunan Province in the central southwest and the rice fields and karst topography of the far south.
- These locations include both the political and economic capitals of the country and the historic capital of an empire from more than a thousand years ago.
- See first-hand the dramatic natural landscape featured so prominently in traditional Chinese paintings and in contemporary American cinema.
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