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Ethnicity and Social Change in Silk Road Regions of Western China

July 6-9, 2010 (Yale)
July 10-30, 2010 (China)

When it comes to ethnic relations, China is grappling with a constellation of contradictions that have existed for millennia and are relevant to our world today. This intensive four-day Institute explores both the complex history of the Silk Road regions of Western China and the interactions of various ethnic groups (such as Uyghur, Tibetan and Hui) with the Han Chinese, as well as the current social, political, economic, and environmental conditions in Western China. It is designed to help college and K-12 faculty to develop enlightening curricula, to transform other professionals’ perspectives about China, and to enable participants to identify and access unique resources about China. The program also provides an extensive packet of resource and teaching materials, as well as the opportunity to meet scholars from a wide range of disciplines who concentrate on China and Silk Road Studies. The New Haven program (July 6-9) will be followed by an optional field study for educators (July 10-30) in Western China (Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan Provinces, with a possible extension trip to Lhasa from July 29-August 7, 2010).

Registration fee for the New Haven Program is $150, and includes all texts and materials. The optional field study for educators in Western China will be approximately $2,500 per person (possible extension trip to Lhasa will be an additional $1,000). Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies, the MacMillan Center, and the U.S. Department of Education through a Title VI National Resource Center grant; and co-sponsored by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance.

Please contact Abbey Newman, Executive Director, Council on East Asian Studies, for more information at 203-432-9382; abbey.newman@yale.edu

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