Cal Poly Pomona

Business/CLASS 482

China and the United States: Cross-Cultural Analysis


Instructor: Zuoyue Wang                                               Office: Building 94, Room 335

Summer Quarter 2005                                                  Office Hours: Spring TTh 1-2pm & appnmt     

Class Time: TBA                                                          Phone: 909-869-3872

Classroom: TBA                                                          Email:


Course Description: This is a special course for students who participate in the China Summer Program.  It is designed to help the students prepare for the trip and benefit the most from their experiences during the trip, on the one hand, and to use the trip to better understand China, its people, culture, society, past and present, and its relationship with the United States, on the other hand.  Learning objectives include: exposure to Chinese society and culture through field trips and scholarly activities, in-depth studies of issues related to China-U.S. relations or comparisons, reflections on the meaning of cross-cultural differences and communications, and improvements in written and oral presentations.  The course fulfills GE Interdisciplinary Synthesis course requirements for Areas C4 (Humanities) or D4 (Social Science).


Required Books: Please purchase the following books from online stores as soon as possible, but definitely before May 31, 2005.  You can buy used but makes sure it’s the right edition.


Michael Schaller, The United States and China: Into the Twenty-First Century, 3rd ed. (2001).

Fred Schneiter, Getting Along With the Chinese: For Fun and Profit (2000). Available from  It may take two weeks for it to arrive.  A copy will be on reserve at the library.

William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, Elements of Style (any edition).


Course Projects:


Strunk: Please read the Strunk book as soon as possible to help you improve your writing skills.


Book Review of Schneiter: In 2-3 double-spaced pages, summarize the content of the book and point out what’s new and striking to you.  Due: Monday, June 13, 2005.


Worksheets on Schaller: During the course taught in Beijing we will use the Shaller as our main text and I will distribute worksheets on Schaller for you to complete before each lecture.


Journal: Keep a daily journal of your experiences during the trip.  Record your activities and your reflections on the people you encounter, events you witness, and on both the commonalities and differences between Chinese and American societies.  Note the connections between the lectures (by CPP and Chinese faculties) and your own experiences or observations in China.  Try to be observant and thoughtful.  The journal can be hand-written but unreadable submissions may be returned to the students for typed-up versions.  The journal will be due at our post-trip meeting TBA.  You should make a copy of the journal before turning it in.


Term Paper/Presentation: The paper should include a summary and analysis of your experiences and observations during the trip, based on your own journal, your reading of Shaller and Schneiter, and other sources of information; reflections on the differences and commonalities of Chinese and American cultures.  Please also comment on how this course helps you synthesize and expand the knowledge and skills you have acquired in your lower division courses in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.  You are required to email a draft of the paper for review by Professor Wang on Friday, August 12, and he will provide suggestions for revisions before final submission at our post-trip meeting TBA.  At the meeting you will also be asked to make a brief group presentation on your paper.  The text of the finished paper should be at least 8 pages (double-spaced) with footnotes, in addition to a bibliography and any illustrations (these are not counted toward the 8 page requirement).


Some Rules and Tips:

1.      If you do not use your Cal Poly Pomona email account regularly, please set it up so any email sent to your CPP account will be forwarded to an email address you do use.

2.      Plagiarism--copying other people’s writings or ideas as one’s own without proper acknowledgment or citation—is against university policy and strictly prohibited.  It can be easily caught and will result in serious disciplinary actions.   Please see Cal Poly Pomona Catalog for 2003-2005 (pp. 52-53) regarding university policy against plagiarism.

3.      You can purchase Microsoft Windows XP and Office, including MS Word, at a greatly discounted price at Bronco Bookstore.


Grading (general guideline):

Participation in lectures, discussions, and trip activities: 25%; Book reviews and worksheets: 25%; Journal: 25%; Term paper and presentation: 25%


Recommended Readings:

Buruma, Ian.  Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing (2001)

Cohen, Warren I. America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations (2000)

Hunt, Michael.  The Making of a Special Relationship: The United States and China to 1914 (1983)

Koehn, Peter H. and Xiao-huang Yin (eds.).  The Expanding Roles of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China Relations (2002)

Schell, Orville.  Mandate of Heaven: A New Generation of Entrepreneurs, Dissidents, Bohemians, and Technocrats Lays Claim to China's Future (1994)

Schell, Orville, and David Shamba.  The China Reader: The Reform Era (1999)

Shapiro, Judith.  Mao’s War against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China (2001)

Starr, John Bryan. Understanding China (2001)

Sullivan, Michael. The Arts of China (1999)