Book Groups

Book and film groups are growing in popularity as a professional development tool, enabling teachers to form close learning communities by sharing in-depth discussion and analysis of new or classic publications. This less-structured format lends itself to open discussion and customization to educator interests and needs.

Bullets and Opium: Stories of China After the Tiananmen Massacre

Start Date: September 21, 2019
End Date: October 25, 2019
Time Detail: Five weeks: one-week intro and four one-week modules; asynchronous
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Audience: High school literature, history, social studies, Chinese
Course Description: In Bullets and Opium: Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre, award-winning writer Liao Yiwu offers a new look into how citizens and workers experienced the June 1989 events in China. Based on interviews with survivors of the massacre, the non-fiction accounts in this collection challenge us to rethink what we know and understand about this important historical moment and its aftermath. Offers 16 p.d. contact hours and a materials stipend.
Registration and Info:

Selective application. Apply by Sept. 13, 2019. http://www.colorado.edu/ptea/bulletsopium.

Offered to: All States

Division to Unification in Imperial China: The Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty (220-907)

Start Date: October 9, 2019
End Date: October 29, 2019
Time Detail: 3 Sessions; 6 PD Hours
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: Division to Unification in Imperial China is series volume 2. It explores the Age of Division, a period of civil wars and foreign invasions, through to the Golden Age of the Tang Dynasty--at the time the most powerful empire in the world--and its ultimate collapse. The same era saw the spread of new ideas and religions, like the Profound Learning movement, Buddhism, and Taoism.
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Offered to: All States

Mulan: Five Versions of a Classic Chinese Legend

Start Date: October 23, 2019
End Date: November 19, 2019
Time Detail: 4 Sessions; 8 PD Hour
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: The legend of Mulan--the daughter who disguises herself as a man, dons her father's armor, and heads off to war in his place--remains one of the most popular Chinese folktales despite (or because of) its lack of supernatural demonstrations or interventions.

This volume offers lively translations of the earliest recorded version of the legend and several later iterations of the tale (including the screenplay of the hugely successful 1939 Chinese film Mulan Joins the Army), illustrating the many ways that reinterpretations of this basic story reflect changes in Chinese cultural, political, and sexual attitudes.

The course will trace the evolution of the Mulan legend and its significance in the history of Chinese popular culture. The text offers annotations explaining terms and references unfamiliar to Western readers, a glossary, and a comprehensive bibliography which will further enhance the value of bringing this book to your classroom and students.
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Offered to: All States

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale

Start Date: November 20, 2019
End Date: December 17, 2019
Time Detail: 4 Sessions; 8 PD Hours
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: Understanding China through Graphic Novels

When Belle Yang returned home after college, she found comfort in her father's tales of his family's plight in Manchuria during the Second World War. Bell's great grandfather, "the Patriarch," had lorded over a prosperous estate before conflict, famine, and later, Communist oppression diminished his power and divided his family. "In wonderfully dreamy--and often nightmarish black-and-white images" (San Francisco Chronicle), Belle, whose father name her "forget sorrow" to mark a new beginning for himself and his family in America, finds the strength to honor both her father and herself in recalling the lives of her ancestors.
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Offered to: All States

Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity: The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms to the Yuan Dynasty (907 – 1368)

Start Date: January 8, 2020
End Date: January 28, 2020
Time Detail: 3 Sessions; 6 PD Hours
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: The third volume of this series on Chinese history quickly summarizes the previous installments before starting its coverage of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (907–960 CE), the Song Dynasty (960–1279 CE), and the Yuan Dynasty (1206–1368 CE). While addressing political and geographic upheavals, Liu reveals just enough information to make readers aware of the devastating effects of being conquered, without getting into details that might be too upsetting for younger audiences. He also touches on the theory that the practice of foot-binding was started to protect women, as the custom rendered them unable to ride a horse, making them harder to kidnap as trophies of war. Liu focuses on the foreign invasions that mark this period and the resulting academic, governing, and economic changes that were made to give the people a sense of Chinese cultural and national identity.
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Offered to: All States

The Making of Modern China: The Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1368-1912)

Start Date: January 29, 2020
End Date: February 18, 2020
Time Detail: 3 Sessions; 6 PD Hours
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: The fourth volume in the Understanding China Through Comics series covers the stunningly productive Ming dynasty and its fall to the Manchus under the Qing, the last Chinese dynasty. The book also addresses Wang Yangming's School of Mind and the painful process of modernization and conflict with the West and Japan, including the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion.
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Offered to: All States

A Chinese Life

Start Date: February 19, 2020
End Date: April 14, 2020
Time Detail: 8 Sessions; 16 PD Hours
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: An autobiography in graphic-novel form. A Chinese Life traces a remarkable personal journey through modern history, form the creation of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to the present day. Working in close collaboration with writer Philippe Otie, artist Li Kunwu has created a timely and compelling memoir of state and self that is at once epic and intimate, comic and tragic, in scope.

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Offered to: All States