Regional Studies: Asia-Pacific

Universidad EAFIT

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Regional Studies: Asia-Pacific

  • Host University

    Universidad EAFIT

  • Location

    Medellín, Colombia

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The importance and influence of East Asia countries have been growing considerably in last decades. This tendency is expected to continue in the near future. Therefore, is impo to study their history, culture, politic and economy to have a better understanding of the re The region is composed by: China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indon Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. The development experienc the different countries in East Asia Region offer important lessons to a developing country Colombia. Colombia should strengthen its relation with East Asia to take advantage o the development of this region. The lack of this perspective may have negative political-economic consequences, in terms of commerce, investment and cooperation.
    This course belongs to International Relationship area; it contributes to the knowledge of    of the main regions in the world. Asia Pacific is generating important trade and invest flows. The understanding of this region, in a holistic way will contribute the graduate to better performance in this region.


    3.1.    The objective of this course is to understand the East Asian political, historical, econ  and cultural scenarios to be able to perform an important role in different institutions have been settle or have business in these region

    3.2.    General objective: Develop knowledges and tools related with historical, cultural, poli economic and market about China, Japan, Korea and the South East  Asia  region, allows the student to contribute to the insertion process of Latin America in this impo region and at the same time to work in companies or institutions that alternat commercial or diplomatic terms with Asia Pacific.
    3.3.    Specific objectives:

    3.4.    Develop abilities that allows the student to perform in companies and institutions commercial activities in Asia.
    3.5.    Manage to penetrate into business, institutions and firms with trade  and  relations China.


    Graduate students that develop internships and perform jobs in the commercial field companies located in Asia Pacific, where they must apply all the concepts acquired.
    Nowadays exist a lot of companies that import or export to China, and should have emplo with the ability to differentiate China of Hong Kong and Taiwan, not only from the history of view but also from the commercial perspective.


    5.1.    Module 1: Part I: Japan, Korea and East Asia.

    5.2.    Introduction to East Asia

    Introduction to the course
    Methodology and readings 
    East Asia as a region and its importance. Characteristics of the High-Performance economies of Asia led by  Japan,  the  Asian tigers, and the recently industrialized economies (NIEs).
    5.3.    History of Japan and economic development in Asia (III sessions)

    History of Japan:  Tokugawa period,  Meiji restoration, and  Japanese imperialism in the Asia Pacific.
    Japan foreign policy and its relations after    Second    World Economic development in    Japan and its deterioration (1960-2 Economy and policy of Japan.
    The society in Japan. The market dynamic in Japan and its main distribution channels.
    5.4.    Korea: history, economy, and relations (II sessions)

    History of the Korean peninsula.
    The Korean W North Korea vs    South    Korea:    policy,    economy, and foreign policy The    South    Korean development model and    its industrial policy The nuclear problem of North Korea.
    5.5.    Southeast Asia: history, economy and geopolitical issues.

    C o l o n i a l i s m .
    Historical,    political,    economic    and    cultural    context    of    southeast The importance of south Asia
    5.6.    South Asia and economic integration in Asia Pacific.

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    Free trade agreements in Asia. (including CPTPP y RCEP).
    5.7.    Module 2: Part II: China
    5.7.1.    Generalities: Languages and romanization systems. Geographical location surface area. Seas and islands. Main rivers. Climate and topography. Na resources. Population and ethnic groups. Urbanization. Energy composition. Territorial division. Confucianism. The emperor as a figure of national identity. Chinese educational system. The affirmation of Asia. The Chinese diaspora.
    5.7.2.    Historical Aspects I: Historical Summary. Timeline. The unification of Ch Introspection of China. Chinese bureaucracy and society. Imperial China.
    5.7.3.    Historical Aspects II: Background to the Opium War. The First Opium War. Second Opium War. Hong Kong. The decline of the Qing dynasty. The reform 1898.
    5.7.4.    Historical Aspects III: The Republican Movement. The Republic of Ch Emergence of the Communist Party of China (CCP). The Long March. China in 1930s. The Xian incident. The war against Japan. The  proclamation  of People's Republic of China.
    5.7.5.    Historical Aspects IV: The Mao Era.  The  collectivization  of  agriculture. Hundred Flowers Campaign. The Anti-Rightist Campaign. The Great L  Forward. The Chinese-Soviet division. The Cultural Revolution of the Proleta President Nixon's visit to China. Mao's death.
    5.7.6.    Historical Aspects V: The Deng Era. Reform and opening up to the outside w Agrarian reform. Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The Tiananmen incident.
    5.7.7.    Political Aspects: The Chinese political system. Structure of the Chin Communist Party (CCP). The Central Military Commission. The structure of

    government. Leading Small Groups. The Chinese People's Political Consult Conference. The Judicial Branch. Nomenclature. The fifth generation of lead Recent evolution of China's political orientation.
    5.7.8.    Historical Background. Stages of economic transformation. The rebalancing of economy and the new strategy (the "new normality"). Characteristics of econ transformation. Reforms. Existing problems in the economy. Opening up to outside world. The Chinese economy in figures. Foreign trade. Internati  reserves. Foreign direct investment (FDI). Modalities of foreign investment. L use. The Chinese model. Modification of consumption habits. The New Silk Ro
    5.7.9.    Business culture: Roots of Chinese culture. The eight key elements. Busin culture. Non-verbal communication. Body language. The vision of some presid and directors of foreign companies operating in China.
    5.7.10.    Etiquette: Basic rules. Business cards. Meetings. Banquets. Gifts. Conversa topics.
    5.7.11.    Negotiation: Generalities. Aspects to keep in mind. Negotiation strateg Sino-Western negotiations. Tactics usually used by Chinese negotiat Comparison of negotiation strategies between China and the W Recommendations from buying from China's Manufacturers. Discussion negotiation cases.
    5.7.12.    Chinaâs place in the world: The five principles of peaceful coexistence. Aspec take into account in China's foreign policy. ASEAN, APEC and SCO. Chi strengths and weaknesses. Review of China's relations with the world. Is Chi global power?
    5.7.13.    Military ability of China: The Military Structure. The defense budget and comparison with other countries. China's military capacity. Strategic objecti Modernization of the armed forces. Territorial disputes. The port of Djibouti.
    5.7.14.    The relations between China and United States: Historical summary. The roo containment. The Taiwan Strait crisis. The Three Joint Communiqués. The En the Cold War, Tiananmen and the Influence of U.S. Domestic Policy on Relationship with China. Attitudes toward China prevailing in the United Sta    The bilateral agenda. Trade. China and the United States: strategic  partn China's trade war with the United States in the Trump Era.
    5.7.15.    China Relations with Latin America: Historical Background. Classificatio relations. China's trade with the region. China's investments in Latin America. importance of cultural issues. Taiwan, a key issue. Plan 1+3+6, China's strat plan with Latin America. Conclusion.
    5.7.16.    Relations between China and Colombia: Diplomatic Relations. Political relati Bilateral trade. Colombia as an export platform. China's investments in Colom Importance of the Pacific Alliance


    In the module 1 and 2, the student should previously read the readings assigned. The   class the readings will be discussed before starting the class. The professor will conduct s lectures in power point, using maps, videos and magazine documents in interactive way.
    iTeaching methodology ad estimation of student workload

    The course  is   divided   in   2   modules   or   parts,   each   one   of   24   hou Module 1 is divided in 3 courses about Japan, 2 courses about Korea, 2 courses a Southeast Asia and one course about economic integration. At the end a discussion work with be conducted. Each class has a follow-up read

    Module 2: 7 classes about China and one class dedicated to the final evaluation. Power presentations are conducted by the professor and some videos and documents are sh during classes
    Timing or schedule

    Class 1: Asia Pacific Introduction: (3 hours: 30 minutes analyzing the expectative, 1- presentation, 30 minutes of video, and 40 minutes of class discussion and conclusions).
    Class 2: Japan I: (3 hours: 30 min readings, 20 minutes presentations, 30 minutes a vide minutes of exercises with documents, 20 minutes of presentation and 40 minutes of c discussion and conclusions).
    Class 3: Japan II: (3 hours: 30 min discussion about radial program, 20 minutes presenta  30 minutes of video, 30 minutes of exercises with documents, 20 minutes of presentation  40 minutes of class discussion and conclusions) Class activity (10%)
    Class 4: Japan III: (3 hours: 40 presentation of students about Japan conflicts, 20 min presentation, 30 minutes of video, 30 minutes of exercises with documents, 20 minute presentation, and 40 minutes of class discussion and conclusions.)
    Class 5: Korea I: (3 hours: 30 min discussion about a radial podcast, 20 minutes presenta 30 minutes of video, 30 minutes of exercises with documents, 20 minutes of presentation  40 minutes of class discussion and conclusions)
    Class 6: Korea II: (3 hours: 30 min exercises in class, 20 minutes  for  presentations  minutes video, 30 minutes of exercises with documents, 20 minutes of presentations an minutes of class discussion and conclusions)
    Class 7: Southeast Asia: (40 min presentation, class activity 30 min, 30 min video document, final questions.)
    Class 8: Southeast Asia and economic integration: Conversatory. (3 hours: 1 hou presentations about economic integration, 1 hour and 30 minutes for a conversatory an minutes for conclusions module 1). Conversatory (20%)

    Class 9: China I: (3 hours: 30 minutes to discuss readings, 90 minutes of presentation videos and 45 minutes of class discussion and conclusions) Essay module 1 (20%)
    Class 10: China II: (3 hours: 30 minutes to discuss readings, 90 minutes of presentation videos and 45 minutes of class discussion and conclusions)
    Class 11: China III: (3 hours: 30 minutes to discuss readings, 90 minutes of presentation videos and 45 minutes of class discussion and conclusions)
    Class 12: China IV: (3 hours: 30 minutes to discuss readings, 90 minutes of presentation videos and 45 minutes of class discussion and conclusions)
    Class 13: China V: (3 hours: 30 minutes to discuss readings, 90 minutes of presentation videos and 45 minutes of class discussion and conclusions)
    Class 14: China VI: (3 hours: 30 minutes to discuss readings, 90 minutes of presentation videos and 45 minutes of class discussion and conclusions)
    Class 15: China VII: (Essay submission) (3 hours: 30 minutes to discuss readings, 90 min for presentations and videos and 45 minutes to class discuss and conclusions)
    Class 16 Chinaâs exam. 2 hours of evaluation. (20%)

    Final exam: (30%)

    7.    RESOURCES

    7.1.    LOCATIVE


    Computer, video beam, map, specialized magazines
    7.3.    DIDACTIC

    YouTube videos, official videos of Japan, Korea and China embassies. Also, docum   and magazines given by the embassies.


    Japan and East Asia follow-up (Conversatory) (20%) Essay about Japan or Korea: (20%)
    Follow-up Part I (10%) Exam: China (20%) Final oral exam (30%)


    9.1.    Class 1, 2, 3 y 4: Readings

    9.1.1.    Kasahara, S. (2013). The Asian developmental state and the flying geese parad UNCTAD.
    9.1.2.    Roldán, et al. (2008). La inserción de la República Popular China en el Nor Asiático desde los años 1970: ¿Hacia un nuevo regionalismo? P. 19-26.
    9.1.3.    Studwell, J. (2013). How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the Worldâs Dynamic Region. Introduction.
    9.1.4.    Hemmings, H & Kuroki, M. Shinzo Abe; foreign policy 2.0. Harvard Asia Quar   15, 2013.
    9.1.5.    Davies, R.J and Osamu Ikeno (2002). The Japanese Mind. Tuttle Publishing

    9.1.6.    Prestowitz, C. (2015). Japan Restored. Tuttle Publishing

    9.1.7.    Harvey, R. (2006). American Shogun. Woodstock.
    9.2.    Class 5 y 6: Readings

    9.2.1.    López Aymes, Juan Felipe. 2016. "Bases del desarrollo industrial en Corea del análisis de la política económica integral." Observatorio Virtual Asia-Pací Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano: Bogotá.
    9.2.2.    Roldán, et al. (2008). La inserción de la República Popular China en el Nor Asiático desde los años 1970: ¿Hacia un nuevo regionalismo? P. 26-31.
    9.2.3.    Choi, Young. 2014. Whither North Korea? St. John's University, New Y
    9.3.    Class 7: Readings

    9.3.1.    Stuart-Fox, Martin. (2003). "The changing world order". In A short history of C  and Southeast Asia: tribute, trade and influence. Sydney: Allen & Un pp.128-149.
    9.3.2.    Turnbull, Mary. (1992). "Regionalism and nationalism". In the Cambridge Histo Southeast Asia, Vol.2. N. Tarling (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 585-646.
    9.3.3.    Pisani, Elizabeth (2014), “Indonesia in Pieces,” The Downside of Decentraliza

    9.4.    Class 8: Readings

    9.4.1.    Panagariya, Arvind (2013), “Indian economy: retrospect and prospect”, Ric Snape Lecture, Australian Productivity Commission.
    9.4.2.    Huang, Yasheng and Khanna, Tarun (2003), “Can India overtake China?” For Policy, July/August, pp. 74-81
    9.4.3.    Beeson, M & Lee-Brown, T. The future of Asian Regionalism: Not what it use   be? Asia in the Pacific Policy Studies, vol.4, no.2, pp- 195-206.
    9.4.4.    Ravenhill, John (2013). Economics and security in the Asia-Pacific region.  Pacific Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 1â15.
    9.4.5.    Choong, W. (2017). Trump and the Asia-Pacific: Managing Contradictions. Sur Global Politics and Strategy, vol 59, no.1, pp.181-187.
    9.4.6.    Twining, Daniel (2014). India's Modi Wave. Is a South Asian miracle just over horizon? By Daniel Twining. The International Economy, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 48-5
    9.5.    Class 9 to 16: Readings

    9.5.1.    Main book: Echavarría Toro, Pablo. 2009. Aproximación a China. Medellín: Fo Editorial EAFIT.
    9.5.2.    Shambaugh. D. (2016). China's Future. 1st Edition. (Capítulo 1. Pathway to Chin future), (Capítulo 2- Chinaâs economy), (Capítulo 4- Chinaâs polity) (Capítul Chinaâs future and the world).

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