CANADIAN STUDIES 401.14 Lec. 01
Special Topics in Canadian Studies
The Rising Influence of Chinese Canadians
FACULTY OF ARTS
W 14:00-16:50, SB 144
Instructor: Lloyd Sciban
Office: SS 316
Tel.: 220-2813 (answering machine)
Web site: http://www.ucalgary.ca/~sciban
Office hours: M 10-11, W 1-2, or by appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the rising status of Chinese Canadians
and their contributions to Canadian society. Themes to be explored are the history
of their arrival and adaption in Canada; their contributions to Canadian commerce,
media, and social services; their identity; and their future development and potential
contributions. In addition, from the perspective of Canadian society, the course will
investigate the evolution in mainstream perceptions of Chinese Canadians and the
changes in Canadian society that have been and will be fostered by Chinese
The course is taught concurrently with Historical Studies 493: The History of
Chinese Canadians. Assignments for Canadian Studies students will emphasize
the influence of Chinese Canadians on Canadian culture and institutions.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course will require students to demonstrate mastery of
course content and to produce a research essay. It aims to develop students'
knowledge of the past treatment of Chinese Canadians, their increasing role within
Canada in spite of this treatment, and the potential for them to play an even greater
role. The course also is designed to develop students' research abilities in a field
that is underdeveloped.
TEXTBOOKS: Peter S. Li, Chinese in Canada, second edition, Toronto: Oxford
University Press, 1998; and Edgar Wickberg, editor, From China to Canada: A
History of Chinese Communities in Canada available as a reprint from the
1. Research essay proposal: 10%, three pages double spaced, due
Wednesday, Mar. 16 in class.
2. Research essay: 45%, 3500 words, due 6 p.m. Monday, April 18 in SS 316.
3. Final exam: three hours, open-book, registrar scheduled, 45%. The exam
will be on questions taken from a list distributed April 13. The questions will be on
class lectures, readings, discussions, and films.
4. Policy for Late Assignments: deduction of a letter grade (e.g., B to B-) for
essays and .5 for essay proposals for each day late. It is the student's responsibility
to keep a copy of each submitted assignment. Note: Please submit assignments
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is available in SS 110; a date stamp is provided for your use. A night drop box is
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normally be converted to a number using the midpoint of the scale. That is, A-
would be converted to 87.5 for calculation purposes. F will be converted to zero.
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Unit 1 Explanation of the course, terminology, historical overview, methods and
sources, and library session.
Unit 2 Chinese Canadian history, pre-1947
Unit 3 Chinese Canadian history, post-1947
Unit 4 Historical transformation of Chinatowns
Unit 5 Economic influence of Chinese Canadians
Unit 6 Preservation and promotion of traditional Chinese culture
Unit 7 Future prospects: Chinese Canadian institutional eldercare and Traditional
Unit 8 Conclusion: rising influence of Chinese Canadians and Chinese cultural
characteristics as determinant