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Week 1


25, 27

Introduction to East Asia- Finding Out What We Know and Don't Know

Lecture 1: Introduction to East Asia     (PPT)


Resources on Websites: Asian Development Bank     Atradius Country Report Asia Pacific Country Reports     CountryWatch     Human Development Indicators     Familiarization      IMF Country Information   World Bank East Asia Pacific     World Factbook


Assignment 1 (Due September 15) - Construct a short (no more than 10 slides) presentation introducing a country in East Asia other than China, Japan, or Vietnam. Do not simply present statistics and be sure to note the major current economic and\or political issues.  You will be asked to make a presentation during Week 4. You may do this assignment in a group of 2 or 3.

Weeks 2 and 3


1, 3, 8, 10

A Little History - East Asian Miracle


A Little History - East Asian Crisis

Lecture 2: East Asian Miracle     (PPT)


Lecture 3: East Asian Crisis     (PPT)


Required Readings:


1). Bhagwati, Jagdish (1996). ‘The Miracle That Did Happen: Understanding East Asia in Comparative Perspective,’ Keynote speech delivered at Cornell University.


2). Krugman, Paul, (1994). ‘The Myth of Asia's Miracle,’ Foreign Affairs


3). Stiglitz, Joseph, (2000). ‘What I Learned at the World Economic Crisis,’ New Republic.


Additional Reading: World Bank (2003). ‘The East Asian Miracle : Economic Growth and Public Policy:’ Main report (English)

Week 4


15, 17

The Economy of Vietnam


Lecture 4: Vietnam     (PPT)


Required Readings:


1). IMF (2019) ’Five Charts Explain Vietnam's Economic Outlook’


2). IMF (2018) The Story of Viet Nam's Economic Miracle     (Vietnam Rising Video)  


3). Bertelsmann Stiftung (2018). ‘Country Report - Vietnam.Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung.


4). Foreign Policy (2019). ‘Vietnam Can’t Be the Next China


5). McCornac, D. C. (2013). ‘Vietnam’s Foreign Policy Tightrope,’ East Asian Forum.


6). World Bank (2018) ‘Doing Business 2018, Reforming to Create Jobs: Economy Profile – Vietnam.’


Resources on Websites: The Diplomat     Vietnam Express International     Vietnam Investment Review     VietnamNet     Vietnam News     World Bank-Vietnam   


Videos: Best Places to Visit in Vietnam     Old Quarter Food     Traffic

Week 5


22, 24

 Presentations on Countries

Country Presentations


Assignment 2 (Due October 6) - Examine some of the websites dealing with a country other than the one you did for your presentation (you can include Vietnam).  Submit a 2-3 page report discussing a current issue that is particularly relevant to the country you choose. Reference at least 5 sources (Internet sites are fine). This is not a group assignment.

Week 6

September 29

October 1

Presentations on Countries



Country Presentations Continued


Introduction to Myanmar


Videos: Covering the Rohingya: Separating fact from fiction - The Listening Post     Facebook failing to tackle hate speech in Myanmar, investigative report finds

Week 7


6, 8

Ambiguous Role of the State and Economics of Corruption


Exam 1

Lecture 5: Ambiguous Role of the State and Economics of Corruption    (PPT)


Required Readings:


Transparency International (2019). ‘Asia Pacific: Little to No Progress on Anti-Corruption.   


Resources on Websites: Capitalism vs. Socialism     Human Rights Watch     Index of Economic Freedom     Transparency International


Videos: Hands     How Corruption Starts    


Exam 1 (October 8)

Week 8, October 13 - 17 (Mid-term Break)

Week 9


20, 22

Exploring the Chinese economy

Lecture 6: Chinese Economy     (PPT)


Required Readings:


1)., ‘Communes, Land Reform and Collectivism in China.


2). Congressional Research Service (2018). ‘China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States.’


3). World Bank (2013). ‘China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative High-Income Society(look at overview).


Resources on Websites: China Economic Review     Xinhuanet     People’s Daily Online


Videos: What's going on with China's economy? - BBC News     Global Investment Outlook – New Year 2019 – China’s economy slowing    



27, 29

Exploring the Chinese Economy Cont’d

October 27 – Tentative country report proposal due (please arrange for appointment)


Required Readings:


1). World Bank (2018). ‘China Economic Update


2). Baker and McKenzie (2018). ‘Belt & Road: Opportunity & Risk The prospects and perils of building China’s New Silk Road.’


3). Peter Cai (2017). ‘Understanding China’s Belt and Road Initiative.


Additional Lecture Materials: Made in China 2025 (PPT)     A brilliant plan, One Belt, One Road


Videos: Chinese Environment Part 1     Chinese Environment Part 2     Made in China 2025     IphoneSkit


Assignment 3 (Due November 12) - Write a 2-3 page paper detailing what is generally perceived as the most important challenge  facing the Chinese economy. Do the opinions in China differ from those outside China? This is not a group assignment. Reference at least 5 sources (Internet sites are fine).



3, 5

To Live

To Live, is a film directed by Zhang Yimou, provides an overview of key events in twentieth-century China, moving from the 1940s to the 1970s.



10, 12

The Japanese Economy

Lecture 7: Japanese Economy     (PPT)


Required Readings:


1). 1). Ohno, Kenichi (2005), ‘The Path Traveled by Japan as a Developing Country: Economic Growth from Edo to Heisei’, Yuhikaku Publishing Co. Ltd., Tokyo. (Chapters 11, 12 and 13)




3). Japan's Economy, Abenomics, and Impact on U.S. Economy



Additional Readings:


1). McCornac, D. C. (2014) ‘New Nationalism’ in Japan


2). (2018) ‘How's Life in Japan?


Resources on Websites: Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus     Nikkei Asian Weekly     The Diplomat


Videos: Ten Best Places in Japan     Womanomics




17, 19

South China Dispute



Tying up Some Loose Ends


Intro to Regional Organizations and Issues


Videos: South China Sea Dispute Explained     Why China is building islands in the South China Sea  


South China Dispute


Videos:  Ageing Japan | The Burden of a Graying Planet | 101 East   


Videos: The Gap between China’s Rich and Poor 




Resources on Websites:    Asian Development Bank     APEC     ASEAN     Asian Economic Integration Monitor     Asia Regional Integration Center


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24, 26


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Take-Home Final Exam

Take - Home Exam Due December 8, 2019 by 6:00 pm.