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Examining the Past with an Eye to the Future: The Implications of Current Chinese Middle School History Textbooks

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Title: Examining the Past with an Eye to the Future: The Implications of Current Chinese Middle School History Textbooks
Author: Oaks, Jason C.
Advisor: Lin, Pauline; Kaneko, Masayo
Department: Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Dept. of East Asian Studies
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Modern day Chinese textbooks are dominated by two major themes: National Unity and National Humiliation. These ideas have had an important place in Chinese schools for over one hundred years, and almost all historical events are framed within the context of these two motifs. Textbooks, in turn, have profound influence on the thinking of Chinese people. Acute concerns over humiliation at the hands of foreigners, and over threats to one united nation, strongly color the political views of Chinese people today. In contrast, the events that are so importantly symbolic of humiliation and unity in Chinese textbooks receive little attention in U.S. education. Americans receive little information about Humiliations like the Nanjing Massacre, and view the problem of Tibet in terms of human rights instead of National Unity. Due to this gap in understanding between the two sides, I warn that debates touching on these hot button issues--like modern Tibetan human rights protests--are especially likely to lead to misunderstandings that erupt into grave political crises.
Subject: China -- History -- Study and teaching (Middle school)
Subject: China -- History -- Study and teaching -- United States
Subject: Tibet (China) -- History -- Study and teaching -- United States
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3722

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Oaks, Jason C.. "Examining the Past with an Eye to the Future: The Implications of Current Chinese Middle School History Textbooks". 2009. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3722.

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