- How has China’s relationship to imperialism evolved since the midnineteenth century? (Or, is the century from the Opium Wars to Mao simply a recess in China’s long-term imperial visions?)
- Can the Sinophone be conceived as a network of historical productions? Focus this question through a discussion of the making of the PRC empire (or Cold War East Asia), the history of overseas Chinese, and the problem with the concepts of “diaspora” and “Chinese/ness.”
Short Essay 1 :1. What role did imperialism play in the demise of the Qing dynasty?2. Can we assess nineteenthcentury China in terms of domestic transformations rather than the result of..