China-US Relations Master of Arts (MA) Program

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UCB (William Ing), Hilo Bay (David Yee), Tiananmen Square, China (Mikolaj Walczuk)

Study at UH Hilo and at Peking University in China! Our program is interdisciplinary and we welcome international students.

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Program Purpose

The Master of Arts in China-US Relations at UH Hilo is a 30 credit hour program designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts background in Chinese culture and its relation to America's role in Pacific affairs. It will prepare the student for a broad spectrum of professions such as international education, business and tourism, government, cultural exchange and foreign service in China and the Pacific region.

The program aims to promote China-US cultural communication. It will provide a forum for dialogue and understanding between both the American and Chinese people. American students will study various aspects of Chinese civilization and see America from the Chinese perspective, while Chinese students will learn about American culture and comprehend China in the Pacific Rim context.

Program Emphasis

This program will focus on the cross-cultural study of China-US relations. It will emphasize three key areas as China is emerging as an international power in the new millennium.

1. American Perceptions of China's Historical and Cultural Traditions

While considerable emphasis will be placed on China's turbulent modern history, it will be necessary to study in depth China's cultural, philosophical and religious traditions. Students will learn about China from Confucianism, Taoist and Buddhist as well as modern perspectives. This will provide a context for review of prevalent American perceptions of China in the decades prior to and after the Second World War which have helped shape American policies toward China.

2. America's Role in China's Economic Reform

The focus is on China's evolution from a highly centralized, planned economy to its mass mobilization for market socialism-or capitalism with Chinese characteristics. Students will examine how China has adopted market liberalization and the resulting tension with state political structures. The importance of economic relations between China and the US in terms of trade and investment, and how these may evolve will be a main aspect of study. Related is China's need for technological/educational advancement and the US role in helping it achieve that end.

3. Government and Public Policy in China

Students will examine China's elaborate institutional structure for the party and state, and how China's leaders have attempted to move party-state organizations toward modernity. A related aspect of study involves analysis of the military's role in policy-making, especially on contentious issues such as Taiwan, democratic reform, dissent, human rights, and the environment. These are at the crux of the ongoing Sino-American tension.

 

Distinctive Features

Multidisciplinary Approach
Students will take interdisciplinary courses in religion, philosophy, history, economics, politics, anthropology, geography and languages of China. Core courses within the program will be designed and given from an interdisciplinary approach.
China-US Encounter
The program aims to promote China-US cultural communication. A special emphasis will be on the study of Chinese culture and its relationship to American values. To provide a forum for dialogue and understanding between the American and Chinese people, the course will consist of a mix of Asian, Pacific, and American students.
Pacific Focus
Students are required to explore the cultural, social, political and economic relationships between China, the US, and other nations in the Pacific region. Specifically, American students will be trained to see America from the Chinese perspective, while Chinese students will be asked to comprehend China in the Pacific Rim context.
Year-Round Schedule
Courses will be offered during the traditional academic year (Fall/Spring) as well as summer and winter sessions. Full time graduate students can finish their degrees more quickly, and professionals, especially schoolteachers, can use their summers for advanced education.

Application

Applications for this program are not being accepted.