A brief video featuring Colorado College student Ian Asbjornsen describing a trip to China during an art history class, leading to further study at Beijing University and exploration in China at the encouragement of Colorado College faculty.
This thesis explores the Chinese Muslim intellectual movement that lasted from roughly 1630-1730 CE and how those in the movement constructed an Islamic school of Confucian thought and a Chinese Muslim intellectual Identity. In the process, Chinese Muslim intellectuals, including the scholar Liu Zhi, made the case that the Prophet Muhammad was a Confucian sage and his teachings belonged in the Confucian canon. This thesis also explores the relationship between Chinese Muslims and the Qing state in an effort to explain why their teachings did not spread to the rest of Chinese society.
International trade has allowed the Chinese economy to boom and “Made in China” tags to dominate the world market. However, a number of studies have argued that the rapidly growing Chinese economy has placed great amount of pressure on its natural environment. The emphasis on export-led growth may bring in its wake, pollution to China. This thesis gives empirical evidence to the question that whether exports in China have caused environmental issues, especially air pollution. I use data from 31 provinces in mainland China over the period from 2002 to 2012. The results show that there is no strong relationship between air pollution in China and its exports, but the economic growth in general has hazardous impacts onto the environment.
China's National College Entrance Examination system (NCEE) is the driving force behind the Chinese education system as a whole. This single test is not only a determinant of an examinees future, but also guides the entire country's education system and curriculum while encouraging many traditional Chinese beliefs. In theory the test simply serves to filer students into appropriate colleges using a high-stakes testing system. However, in practice the NCEE serves as a lens through which the Chinese culture looks. This high-stakes testing system has created social urgency and fever surrounding education and college admission. As a single predictor of success and the only factor in college admissions, intense competition and pressure is created in Chinese society. Though the culture created the test, the test is in some respects also shaping the culture.
The power of maps have gone widely unnoticed in everyday life. How maps have created the realities that people conceive today are defined by maps and those who create them. However, through this thesis, the power of maps comes into question with the introduction of international entities and laws such as the United Nations and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This thesis goes to show how maps have lost this power in the South China Sea Dispute between China, Vietnam and the Philippines through an analysis of maps created by each country in comparison to the author's own maps based on an interpretation of UNCLOS. Also in the thesis, the author shows how the Philippines, through his own interpretation of international law and analysis, have a claim in the South China Sea Dispute that is stronger than the others based on his interpretations of UNCLOS.
In the near future, Chinese automobile manufacturers will import Chinese made cars into the United States automobile market. This thesis analyzes consumer perception of Chinese cars among students at Colorado College. A new theoretical model is constructed to represent the different factors that impact how a consumer perceives products of different country-of-origins. This theoretical model is then adapted into an econometric model that studies the impact of the variables on a consumers overall perception of that good. A survey is designed to capture the independent variables of the econometric model and the data analyzed. The econometric model finds consumer evaluations of Chinese and American are positively impacted by the same variables. The raw data also suggests that consumers perceive Chinese cars to be less safe, built to a lower quality, and carry more risk than Japanese and American automobiles.
An expert on Shanghai history, Jeffrey Wasserstrom is author of several works on China, including "Global Shanghai, 1850 – 2010: A History in Fragments" ; "China's Brave New World and Other Tales for Global Times" ; "China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know." Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded March 31, 2010.
The phenomenon of Internet addiction is emerging as a possible new behavioral addiction with the increasing popularity of Internet use. This thesis reviews recent scientific research about Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) and examines the neurological correlates of IAD with substance abuse disorders (such as drug abuse) and the question of whether IAD should be recognized as a unique disorder. China is used as a case study because of IAD's recognition as a public health issue. In addition, many of its unique social and political policies (censorship and one child policy) provide an interesting perspective to the debate.
Looks at the religious, historical, and practical significance of the Shaolin fighting tradition in China.
Current legislation seeks to label China a “currency manipulator” due to its allegedly unfair trade practices. The coincidence of increased Sino-US trade flows with domestic job loss in manufacturing fuels a great deal of the growing anti-China sentiment in the US. Proponents of the Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act attribute America’s long-experienced decline in manufacturing employment to competition from rising Chinese imports, therefore advocating protectionist measures. This thesis examines the validity of such claims, suggesting the possible significance of technologically-induced productivity gains rather than increased trade liberalization. Employing an ordinary least squares regression model, this study tests for the determinants of manufacturing job-loss between 1983 and 2005. Results of this study indicate the significance not only of increased imports from China, but from the entirety of the US’s low-wage trading partners. However, negligible significance is attributed to enhanced productivity during this period.
This paper uses a panel dataset of a series of variables to evaluate the Chinese oil pricing mechanism and attempts to find out what variables are determinants for price revising, given the wide complaints about the unaffordability for oil products in China. Most of the explanatory variables are proved by previous scholars to be more or less influential to the fluctuations of oil prices in several oil markets. By running a regression model, we conclude that large domestic demand, changes in the international crude oil market and rapid growth of vehicles in China are statistically significant to the high gasoline price in China.
For some, the Chinese collective mentality has proved an insurmountable barrier for foreign direct investment in China, while others have ridden it to success. Engrained in the culture, this decidedly eastern perspective has become somewhat imperative knowledge for any business that looks for success in the Middle Kingdom. Through annual reports and letters to shareholders we can understand corporate intent, while analysis of advertisements can shed light on companies localization strategies. Successful companies incorporated localization strategies of nationalism, collectivism, and heightened sensitivity to local tastes. These advertising tendencies along with joint venture opportunities and effective brand management have been key components to bring Western strategies to the East.