HIST284B/AAAS284A China in the Contemporary World
Final Exam Fall 2018
Short Essays(50% each): Please answer the two questions below. Your essays should be based
on historical evidence drawn from the course materials(including lectures, readings, film clip
and images). The total length of the two essays(double-spaced, font size 12)must not exceed 6
1. You are chatting with a friend, Chipmunk, about a book you both read, Alec Ash’s Wish
Lanterns. Chipmunk says, “The book follows the diverse lives and careers of several Chinese
youths. The characters are all very different. I dont see any similarities among them-other than
of course, the fact that they are all relatively young, “Do you agree with Chipmunk’s statement?
Or do you think that despite their differences, these young Chinese actually share certain
significant similarities, including some of their main concerns, experiences, attitudes, and wishes.
How do their concerns, experiences, attitudes. and wishes reflect broader social and cultural
changes in China?
2. You wake up one morning and discover that you are a noted expert on contemporary China
You have been invited to give a talk on the topic, “Contemporary China: Challenges, Responses
and Hopes, “to an international audience of college students. You have taken HIST/AAAS 284
and know a lot about the topic. Please compose a speech on the topic. Your speech must refer to
the One Belt, One Road initiative. Be sure to support your perspective and points with
Readings: (Osnos, 125)
Lectures/Discussions: (Fan, 3/2
The book is below