Description of the Frontier Analysis Unit Papers

In the frontier papers due in Units 1, 2 and 3 (dealing with Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet, respectively) you will analyze the differing relationships between groups living in the frontier regions and the ruling central power in China across two historical eras, or major shifts within an era. The papers will explore key transitions in frontier relations. For units 1, 2 and 3 the papers should be at least 1,000 words in length (four pages), and draw upon at least four (5) academic publications. Incorporate into these assignment some of the core concepts of cultural geography discussed in your ongoing literature review from Unit 1, and add any definitions, discussions, and relevant quotes from the frontier analyses into the ongoing Unit 1 literature review.

Usually major shifts on the frontier involve specific changes in the defining characteristics of “Chineseness”: What distinguished Chinese from non-Chinese people, and Chinese from non-Chinese culture? Are those living in the frontier regions considered part of the Chinese race, and/or national ethnic group, and/or citizenry, and/or imperial subjects, and/or something else? The concept of Chineseness is discussed in detail below. Depending on the region and era, other issues to consider may include official government policies, imperial rituals, urban transformation, the significance of specific individuals, the impact of specific events, the significance of religious worldviews, power structures among those living in the frontier, access to scarce resources, foreign involvement in center-periphery relations, cultural assimilation, international relations, trade routes, military conflicts, the role of overseas Chinese, the role of collective memory, and media representations.

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