Professor of Asian Studies
Teaching interests include Chinese society and politics; women, development and population policy; comparative family studies; and international relations, including American foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, and the impact of popular culture on U.S. policy toward "others." Recent research and published writings have focused on the impact of Chinese population control policies on children's welfare, including infant abandonment, domestic and international adoption, and the creation of a population of "hidden children."
Her current research and advocacy work is focused on the problems of children and families affected by the AIDS epidemic in central rural China. She is author of Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption and Orphanage Care in China (2004), Women, the Family and Peasant Revolution in China (1983) and co-author of Chinese Village, Socialist State (1992), as well as numerous articles.
This course is part of the Hampshire College China Exchange program. It will cover the first semester of beginning Chinese. The second semester of beginning Chinese language will be offered during the spring semester. The course will follow the Integrated Chinese textbook series. The class will cover speaking, reading, and writing Chinese characters. Required books are: Integrated Chinese Textbook Level 1, Part 1; Integrated Chinese Workbook Level 1, Part 1; Integrated Chinese Character Workbook, Level 1, Part 1.
This workshop is for students interested in carrying out an in-depth research project on China or Asia. Topics related to issues of the environment, broadly defined, are particularly welcome. Each student will choose a topic on modern China or other Asian country and spend the semester conceptualizing, researching and writing a substantial paper on this topic. Each student will take responsibility for organizing at least one class on their chosen topic. Throughout the semester students will share their research with each other and read drafts of each other's work, providing written feedback. The course is suitable for Division II students preparing to go on or just returning from the Hampshire College China Exchange program or those planning or returning from study in Asia, including those who have participated in Hampshire's Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) grant. It is also appropriate for Division III students as an Advanced Learning Activity and a forum to share their Division III work. Division I students who want to take this workshop should talk to the teacher to see if it is suitable for them. Various issues about doing research and writing across cultures will be discussed during the semester. Some background in the study of China or the Asian area of your project is required.
Elementary Chinese I: This course will be taught by Chen Zhu, a visiting professor of Chinese from the Hampshire College China Exchange program, and supervised by Professor Kay Johnson. It will cover the second semester of beginning Chinese. The course will follow the Integrated Chinese textbook series. The class will cover speaking, reading, and writing Chinese characters. Required books are: Integrated Chinese Textbook Level 1, Part 2; Integrated Chinese Workbook Level 1, Part 2; Integrated Chinese Character Workbook, Level 1, Part 2. Students should have completed one semester of college level Chinese or its equivalent.
Third Year Chinese II: This course will be taught by Chen Zhu, a visiting professor of Chinese from the Hampshire College China Exchange program, and supervised by K. Johnson. Students entering this class will be expected to have completed Intermediate Chinese or the equivalent of an intensive college-level second year Chinese language course. The main text for the semester will be Today's World. Emphasis will be placed equally on speaking, reading, and writing. Students should have completed Integrated Chinese Level 2 or equivalent to enter this class.