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Study Abroad in China: Summer 2013

 UNC Asheville students and faculty traveling to China in Summer 2013

Dr. Jinhua Li and Professor Lei Han are very excited to be co-leading the first faculty-led Study Abroad trip to China in summer 2013.  INTS 376/NM 376 Exploring China is an interdisciplinary course that will be co-taught by Dr. Jinhua Li from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Professor Lei Han, director of the New Media program.

The following students will be traveling with Dr. Li and Professor Han:

Zach Hefner (International Studies)
Tarek Inkidar (International Studies)
Hannah Middleton (International Studies)
Shelby Vecchio (New Media)
Miranda Roper (New Media)
Justine Reid (International & Asian Studies)
Clary Lamberton (Management & Asian Studies)
Tay Parrish (International & Asian Studies)
Jenatha Craven (History, International & Asian Studies)
Natalie Gladden (Undeclared)
Amber Beal (International & Asian Studies)

The group will stay in China for three weeks and visit four cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Ha'erbin and Xi'an), providing students with a panoramic view of contemporary Chinese society, culture, popular media, art, and economic and urban development, as well as opportunities for academic research.

As UNC Asheville becomes increasingly diversified and globally conscious, we hope this Study Abroad to China program will serve as one of many endeavors that would promote global studies and international exchanges between UNC Asheville and the world.


About the Study Abroad: Exploring China Trip


Map of ChinaThe Asian Studies Minor in the Interdisciplinary Program and the New Media Program at UNC Asheville seek to provide students with an interdisciplinary education that emphasizes globalization, cross-cultural understanding and communication.  Exploring China offers students an excellent opportunity to learn about contemporary Chinese language, culture and society, art and media, and economy.  Students will also have the opportunity to conduct on-site research for their undergraduate research projects.  This is the first faculty-led study abroad trip to China at UNC Asheville.  It would be highly beneficial not only for students who major in International Studies, New Media, and/or minor in Asian Studies, but also for students who are interested in gaining student-learning experience in China and in becoming global citizens.  The goal is to help our students become more culturally sensitive and adaptive to diversity at the global level.


INTS 376/NM 376 (cross-listed) (6): Exploring China, taught by Jinhua Li and Lei Han
This course will focus on Chinese language, culture, society and history, by focusing on art and social media.  The goals of the course are to better acquaint students with China, and to give them an opportunity to develop undergraduate research topics during the course.  Students will gain general information about China and receive the necessary training for basic video production to help them with their undergraduate research projects.

Great Wall of ChinaThe three weeks in China includes visiting four cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Ha'erbin and Xi'an, each representing a different model of social-economic development in today's globalizing China.  To further enhance their cross-cultural understanding of China, students will pair up with local host university students, while working on their group final projects.  There will be daily class meetings each morning during these three weeks, to facilitate discussion and reports on student learning and their undergraduate research projects.

As a final collaborative project for Exploring China, each group will report on a selected aspect of Chinese life, emphasizing on-site experiences and including first-hand observations gained during this trip.  A significant part of the group project is to understand some of the underlying cultural differences between “East” and “West” as experienced in China, as a way of appreciating and anticipating issues that arise when people from these two diverse backgrounds interact.

Excursions in China:

Forbidden City
The Great Wall
798 Art District
Beijing Film Studio
Tian’anmen Square Shanghai City Skyline
Hutong Tour
National Museum of China
Beijing Museum
Sophia Church
Ha’erbin Institute of Technology
Ha’erbin Sixth Pharmaceutical Company
Terracotta Warrior
City tour
Shanxi Museum
Bond Street
Yu Garden
Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Art Museum
Short trips to Suzhou


PROGRAM DATES:  May 13 - June 9, 2013

Classes will be one week on campus and three weeks in China. Students will be responsible for their own accommodations for the week in Asheville. Accommodations will be provided for in China.

For more information, contact:

Jinhua Li, Interdisciplinary Studies
211 Zeis Hall

Lei Han, New Media
206 Zeis Hall

Last edited by on April 10, 2013