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Week 1

January 8

January 10

(Sunday Schedule)

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     CountryWatch     Human Development Indicators     Familiarization      IMF Country Information   World Bank East Asia Pacific     World Factbook


Assignment 1 (Due January 29) - 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.  Your may will be asked to make a presentation during Week 4. You may do this assignment in a group of 2.

Week 2


13, 15

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 3


20, 22

The Economy of Vietnam

Lecture 4: Vietnam     (PPT)


Required Readings:


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


2). PwC (2018). ‘PwC’s 2018 APEC CEO Survey -Vietnam


3). PwC (2017). ‘Spotlight on Viet Nam: The leading emerging market.’


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


Additional Readings:


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


Asian Development Bank (2018). ‘ADB and Vietnam.’


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


Videos: Discovery Channel - Ultimate Journeys Vietnam     Vietnam Rising     Old Quarter Food     Traffic

Week 4


27, 29

The Economy of Vietnam Cont’d


Country Presentations

Country Presentations


Assignment 2 (Due February 10) - 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 5


3, 5

Country Presentations


Ambiguous Role of the State

Country Presentations Continued


Lecture 5: Ambiguous Role of the State     (PPT)


Required Readings:


1). Transparency International (2017). ‘Slow, Imperfect Progress across Asia Pacific.’   


2). McCornac, D.C. (2012). ‘The Challenge of Corruption in Higher Education: The Case of Vietnam,’ Asian Education and Development Studies. 


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

Week 6




Catching up Time and Discussions


Week 7


17, 19

Exam 1



Exploring the Chinese economy

Exam 1 (February 17)


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

Week 8


24, 26

Exploring the Chinese Economy Cont’d

February 24 – 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)


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


Assignment 3 (Due March 17) - 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).

Week 9, March 3-7 (Spring Break)



10, 12

To Live


South China Dispute


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.


South China Sea Dispute



17, 19

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)




Additional Readings:


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


2). (2018) ‘How's Life in Japan?


3). Charting Japan’s Economic Recovery


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


Videos: Ten Best Places in Japan     Womanomics




24, 26

Japan Cont’d


Videos:  Ageing Japan | The Burden of a Graying Planet | 101 East    The Gap between China’s Rich and Poor     China Built A Replica Of Paris And It's Uninhabited     Rohingya Muslims: what is happening in Myanmar?     Hands     How Corruption Starts, 


March 31

April 2

Intro to Regional Organizations



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



7, 9


Refer to Presentation Schedule for Country Report


Take Home Exam (Due Dec 16)     (Word)

Week 15


14, 16


Refer to Country Report Presentation Page

Week 15



Catching-up Time

Country Report Due April 21

Exam Period 

Take-Home Final Exam

Take - Home Exam Due Sunday, April