The China Semester Events

Fall 1997

School of Arts and Science

  • Demonstration of Chinese paper cutting by Dr. Xiaolin Liu, a native of Shanghai, date not known.
  • Communications
  • Discussion in COMM 420, Mass Communications Theory, of China in comparison with the United States in how economic, governmental, and social situations affect the creation and dissemination of news and information. August 29.
  • The Chart publishes a special supplement, "Eyes of the World: The Hong Kong Experience" on the handover of Hong Kong to China. September 5.
  • The Chart publishes a special supplement "China: Here and There" with articles by two Chart reporters who had been to China the previous summer, and with articles about faculty and staff members from China or those who had also visited China. October 24.
  • In COMM 325, Broadcast News Reporting, instructor Ward Bryant has students reporting on and writing about the Hong Kong stock market and the fluctuations in other Asian markets as well as the visit of Chinese president Jiang Zemin to the White House to meet with President Clinton. October 29.
  • Dr. Xiaolin Liu, a native of Shanghai, speaks to COMM 305, Intercultural Communication class at the invitation of Dr. Allen Merriam. October 29.
  • Dr. Xiaolin Liu speaks to the COMM 405, Advanced Intercultural Communication class at the invitation of Dr. Carolyn Hale. October 31.
  • Crossroads: The Magazine highlights the China Semester in a special article and in another article tells of travels to China by Missouri Southern personnel. November 1.
  • Dr. Xiaolin Liu speaks to the COMM 475, Global Broadcasting class at the invitation of Dr. Robert Clark. November 5.
  • The Chart publishes a special supplement on "Searching for the Common Ground," detailing the visit of the Chinese president to the United States. Two Chart reporters had been sent to Washington, D.C., to cover the summit. November 7.
  • COMM 430, Advanced Broadcast News Reporting, creates a news package on "A Celebration of Chinese Music" for airing on its newscasts this month, beginning today. November 13.
  • 88.7 KXMS, Joplin's Fine Arts Station, recorded the Chinese music program and aired it three times in November and December. The series "Southern Serenade" featured Chinese music during the month of November.
  • The MSTV program "Jean Campbell's Showcase" had Dr. Xiaolin Liu as a guest, as he discussed Chinese culture and art. Other MSTV/KGCS programs highlighted aspects of the China semester, and a videotape of "A Celebration of Chinese Music" aired twice in November and December.
  • The music department, in association with the Institute of International Studies presents "A Celebration of Chinese Music." Nearly 300 persons attend the recital which features violin solos by Kexi Liu of the music faculty; piano solos by Jian Liu, winner of the junior division of the 1996 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition; and pipa solos by Ming Ke, a performer with leading symphony orchestras around the world. A reception featuring Chinese foods follows the recital, both of which are free to the public. During the preceding day and the day of the recital performers visited music appreciation classes and met with special groups of school children. November 7.
Social Sciences
  • HIST 415, History of China, was offered. The course was a survey of Chinese history from the ancient period through the present. The course focused on developments within Chinese society, including the growth of Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as political developments, including discussions of the many Chinese dynasties. Also included was an emphasis on Chinese relations with the West and Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • GEOG 462, Geography of Asia, was offered. This course involved a systematic survey of the physical, cultural, economic and political geography of monsoonal Asia, i.e., South, Southeast, and East Asia. A substantial component of the East Asian part of the course dealt with China, focusing on its recent history, economic development since 1949, and its internal and external political geography.
  • Southern Theatre and the Show-Me Celebration Company present The Stolen Prince for two public performances before 6,000-7,000 elementary school children from the area. The play takes place in "a theatre somewhere, sometime in China." Many of the elements of authentic traditional Chinese theatre are employed for this production directed by Duane Hunt. The performances feature colorful costumes, a variety of make-up styles, and stylized properties as well as the famous Chinese tea ceremony. December 6, 7.

School of Business Administration

  • The International Trade and Quality Center in cooperation with the Small Business Development Center presents a workshop on "Doing Business in the Asian Market." The all-day workshop features Bob Frueh, director of the World Trade Center at St. Louis; Arnold Berney, vice president of export sales for Leggett & Platt, Inc.; and Chieko Hedin, travel consultant. November 13

School of Education

Department of Teacher Education
  • EDUC 413, Methods of Teaching Students in the Middle Grades: interdisciplinary teaching teams developed units around the theme of China.
  • EDUC 302, The Exceptional Child, students were exposed to misconceptions about anomalous conditions which were supposedly the result of foreign genes. For example, Downs Syndrome was formerly known as Mongolism because of what some observers thought to be Oriental features common among individuals with the syndrome.
  • EDUC 423, Classroom Management, discussions were held on the effect upon discipline of the China policy of allowing each family to have only one child and to force abortions of a second child if conceived. The discussions stimulated thought about the effects of communism and totalitarian family size upon the behavior of students in the Chinese schools.
  • EDUC 301, Use of Computer Software in the Classroom. Each student had a project involving integration of video clips, still pictures, and audio clips into a multimedia presentation on China. Content selected by the students for their individual projects included the culture, religion, education, and history of China. The projects were to be appropriate for the teaching level of each teacher candidate.
  • EDUC 322, Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School. Students developed cultural units to use with elementary students. Included were behavioral objectives, activities, and assessment ideas for each of the six social science disciplines (history, geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics). A Culture Fair was the culminating unit project during the last week of the semester.
  • In addition to these activities, the faculty of Teacher Education hosted a pizza party and social for more than 100 freshman and sophomore education majors on Thursday, October 30. A major theme of the party was a display of photos and artifacts commemorating The China Semester. The admissions display unit was arrayed with multiple mementos that Dr. Bonnie Cox and Dr. Cameron Pulliam collected on visits to mainland China and Hong Kong. Additionally, Dr. Cox provided slides that ran continuously throughout the evening. The students were every interested in the display and the faculty members had multiple opportunities to share their travel experiences.
  • Children and parents of the Child Development Center were fortunate to see a demonstration of Tai Chi by the cast of The Stolen Prince during a family night. Older groups went to see the play.
  • Dr. Cameron Pulliam provided copy for The Chart's "For the Spotlight" (Magic of the Orient) regarding his trip to Hong Kong and China.

School of Health Sciences

Criminal Justice
  • CJAd 301,International Justice Systems, had a section on the Chinese criminal justice system added. Students enjoyed the unit of study. Not only was the unit important because of "The China Semester" but because the Chinese criminal justice system was and is under some international scrutiny. The unit will be retained for future offerings of the course and a unit on the criminal justice system of an African nation is expected to be added during "The African Semester."
  • The Nursing Honor Society hosts a China Semester program "Two Countries: One Agenda—The Nursing Role." A keynote address and a panel discussion compared and contrasted health care, prevention and control in the United States and China. The program also explores the socio-demographic and economic factors influencing public health care in China. Speakers include Dr. Ann Coleman, a professor of nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' College of Nursing, and Dr. Conrad Gubera of the MSSC social science and international studies faculties. October 30.
  • Dr. Barbara Box, head of the nursing department, in an article in The Chart writes about the challenge of integrating China into nursing classes. She tells of decorating the hallways of Kuhn Hall with Chinese motifs and sayings but also of incorporating China into coursework. She writes: "Some aspects of Chinese health-care beliefs and practices that the students focused on were: the meaning of life and sources of strength, health-seeking beliefs and practices, responsibility for health care, folk practices and integration of this knowledge into the nursing process."
  • NURS 320, Adult Nursing, taught by Evalina (Willie) Shippee had projects in which students did health assessments on persons from other cultures and made class presentations on researched health practices and cultures. Several students made presentations on Chinese health practices, health awareness in the Chinese culture, as well as Chinese health assessment.

Counseling and Testing

  • Counseling and Testing decorated bulletin boards early in the summer of 1997 to highlight "The China Semester" so that new freshmen would see them during Fresh Start. The Fresh Start material also noted the upcoming China semester with a flyer advertisement and China artwork within the booklet. Plans to offer Chinese meals during Fresh Start had to be abandoned because of other problems.

Institute of International Studies

  • Inauguration of the International Travel Film Weekly Series. This semester's travel films emphasize Asia, and the first two films in the series are on China. Shown October 29, October 30, November 6, and November 7.
  • "An Evening of Chinese Cuisine, Festivals and Culture" was the title of a special program presented free to the public. Sun K. and Catherine Kot, owners of the Dragon Inn restaurants in Overland Park, Kansas, and Prairie Village, Kansas, presented a program highlighting the rich texture of Chinese life in which food and celebration are intimately woven. Both presenters are native of China. After the presentation in Webster Auditorium, a reception featuring Chinese hors d'oeuvres followed. November 12.

The Learning Center

  • Dr. Xiaolin Liu, a native of Shanghai, made posters with Chinese calligraphy for the Center. Sings included: "Welcome to the Learning Center;" "Computer Center;" "Director;" "Counselor;" "Tutoring Room;" and "Secretary."