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Research in Asian Studies

Asian art

Pomona's Asian Studies Program offers students the chance to specialize in an area of interest.

Pomona is a community of daring minds. It is a place for students who are venturesome by choice, who have talent, passion, and independence of spirit, and who are prepared to dream big and work hard in order to make a difference in the world.

One way that Pomona College provides opportunities for students to excel is through research opportunities. Conducting research as an undergraduate not only gives students an advantage when applying for fellowships or graduate school; it also gives them a chance to tackle real-world problems and to find out what it’s like to be treated as colleagues by their professors, many of whom are the leading experts in their fields.

Influence of Ethnic Policy on Chinese Middle School History Curriculum Since 1949

Mingyan Ma ('13); Mentors: Dru C. Gladney, Arthur Rosembaum (CMC)

Abstract: Through comparing and analyzing the 7 different sets of History Curriculum Standard issued by the Ministry of Education of the PRC, as well as the 7 respective sets of middle school history textbooks published by People’s Education Press, this research investigates the pattern of changes of history curriculum from 1949 to 2010. Through examining the interpretation of related historical events, I found that even though “China is a united multi-ethnic country” has been an official PRC policy since 1949, the representation of ethnic minority in history curriculum experienced some rather radical changes. From a historiographical perspective, these changes represented a shift of understanding in the trends and driving forces in ancient Chinese history. From a policy perspective, these changes represented the shifting idea of what it means to be “Chinese,” gradually incorporating more ethnic minority groups into the Chinese identity.
Funding Provided by: Asian Studies Program Summer Research Grant