Class Apps: Chinese Contemporary Issues

There are currently ten video presentations available under this category:


China in the 21st Century. Jeffrey Wasserstrom on “What everyone needs to know.” 
Author Jeff Wasserstrom introduces the revised 2013 edition of his best-selling book, with special attention to how teachers can use the book, in whole or part, in the classroom.


China’s Changing Grand Strategy: China’s Rise, Regional Security and Domestic Reform. The philosophy behind China’s current “grand strategy,” as well as shifts and trends in this strategy and international and domestic impact are laid out in a concise, information-filled introduction for teachers by political scientist Orion Lewis.


China’s Millennials: The Want Generation. An Interview with Book Author Eric Fish. Author Eric Fish introduces his 2015 publication, China’s Millennials: The Want Generation, discussing his goals and research, and providing an introduction to the themes and case studies in his work. He offers suggestions for how teachers can use profiles in the book with their students to teach about contemporary China.

Chinese Characters. Editor Jeffrey Wasserstrom on Teaching with Contemporary Profiles. This 2012 publication offers 15 case studies that challenge oversimplified views of China and helps educators present a more multifaceted portrait of a country undergoing huge transformations. These profiles make compelling teaching materials!

Demographic Change in Contemporary China. Political scientist Jessica Teets introduces critical demographic changes that will challenge and transform China over the next decades, including China’s graying population, and how the government of Xi Jinping is planning to create new provisions of a social safety net as part of the “Chinese Dream.”

Dissecting the Rise of China: China’s Rise, Regional Security, and Domestic Reform. Political Scientist Orion Lewis offers a concise and insightful overview of China’s 21st-century rise to global influence, including implications for the Asian region and the world political and economic order, as well as the meaning of this rise for China’s domestic reform agenda.

Individualism and Upheaval Among China’s Millennials. Observers often comment that young people in China have been brought up with lofty expectations and plentiful opportunity as a result of China’s economic boom. How is China’s “millennial” generation coping with China’s slowing economic growth and narrowing possibilities for success? In this Class App by China’s Millennials author Eric Fish, teachers and students get a vivid glimpse of the challenges, rebellion, and disillusionment among young people struggling to succeed in a rapidly changing China.

New Media and Internet in China. Chinese censorship of the Internet, a hot topic in the Western media, can be a hook to engage secondary students in exploration of important issues in contemporary China. Political scientist Orion Lewis presents a concise overview for teachers of three debates surrounding the development of the Internet and other forms of new media in China: 1) whether the Internet will lead to democratization in China; 2) new media, and government attempts to it, as factors in China’s economic development; and 3) how the Internet impacts China’s international relations. Professor Lewis lays out the debates, offers current research, and provides suggestions for introducing these topics in class. Finally, he suggests Chinese and Western Internet sites that students can use to analyze current issues.

Taiwan: The Other China.
Make room for Taiwan in your curriculum. Chinese historian Timothy Weston offers a “quick course” on what—and why—our students need to know about Taiwan in the 21st century. Enrich your students’ perspectives today!


Xi Jinping’s Reform Agenda. The “Chinese Dream”-what is it and how will it change China? Xi Jinping has offered a new and sweeping reform agenda, which he has labeled the Chinese Dream. Political scientist Jessica Teets presents a clear introduction to the promised reforms, how government policy is working to make good on the promise, and how it will change China.