Course Home
Class schedule
E-mail the class

READING
Here's a state of things
How did it get this way?
Local Communities
Development
Local to Global


WRITING
How did it get this way?
Local Communities
Development
Local to Global

Readings for Unit 1: Here's a State of Things

Wednesday, January 8
In order to introduce you to the relationship between people and the environment in 21st-century China, you should do two things, and it's best if you do them before the start of the first class:

First, acquaint yourself with one or the other of the environmental newsletters that come from China on a regular basis. First browse a few articles, but I would strongly recommend you subscribe to one or the other: Second, read the draft introduction to my book-in-progress, An Ecohistory of People's China.

Come to class ready to discuss the view of environmental problems in China that you have gained from any contact you have had with the subject so far, including the above readings.

For the last part of today's class, we will look at the basic geography of China in terms of the relationship between population, land, food, water, and forests. To begin with, you need to acquaint yourself with the geography and history of China in terms of facts. We will thus go over a list of facts upon which you will take a quiz on October 19, as well as explain in basic geographic terms the reasons why China's population and subsistence activities are distributed the way they are.