Short Essays(50% each): Please answer the two questions below. Your essays should be based on historical evidence drawn from the course materials (including lectures, readings, film clips, and images). The total length of the two essays (double-spaced, font size 12) must not exceed 6 pages.
1. You are chatting with a friend, Chipmunk, about a book you both read, Alec Ash’s Wish Lanterns. Chipmunk says, “The book follows the diverse lives and careers of several Chinese youths. The characters are all very different. I don’t see any similarities among them – other than, of course, the fact that they are all relatively young.” Do you agree with Chipmunk’s statement? Or do you think that despite their differences, these young Chinese actually share certain significant similarities, including some of their main concerns, experiences, attitudes, and wishes? How do their concerns, experiences, attitudes, and wishes reflect broader social and cultural changes in China?
2. You wake up one morning and discover that you are a noted expert on contemporary China. You have been invited to give a talk on the topic, “Contemporary China: Challenges, Responses, and Hopes,” to an international audience of college students. You have taken HIST/AAAS 284 and know a lot about the topic. Please compose a speech on the topic. Your speech must refer to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. Be sure to support your perspective and points with concrete evidence.