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Beyond Historical Humiliations: New ways of understanding the significant role of historical conflicts in Chinese history education
2016 (English)In: Asia in Focus: A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, ISSN 2446-0001, no 3, 14-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, various studies have taken on the task of examining history education in Mainland China. However, within this field of study there has been a tendency not to include classroom observations as empirical data on the grounds that history classes in China are so heavily dictated by curriculum stipulations that it is sufficient to analyze the textbook material in order to understand Chinese history education. In this article, I present research results which refute this statement and show that there are differences to be found between the content of the textbook and the reality of classroom sessions in China. Based on four months of classroom observations in China, I present how historical conflicts play a much larger and more profound role in the narration of the Chinese past in the classroom than in the textbook. Furthermore, I demonstrate how my observations show that conflicts other than the struggle with Western imperialism are emphasized in class – most notably the Cultural Revolution – which indicates that the narration of the past in Chinese history classes is about more than promoting anti-Western sentiment and presenting a grand narrative of ‘national humiliation’ to the students.

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Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2016. no 3, 14-24 p.
Keyword [en]
China, history education, collective memory, historical narratives, historical conflicts, classroom observation
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Humanities and the Arts
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-4511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-4511DiVA: diva2:1120014
Available from: 2017-07-05 Created: 2017-07-05 Last updated: 2017-07-05

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