The University of Mississippi
Fall 2018, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 14:00-14:50, Holman Hall Room 38
Instructor: Dr. Gang Guo * Office: 128 Deupree Hall * Telephone: (662) 915-5419 * e-mail: gg at olemiss dot edu
Office hours: by appointment

Course Schedule Presentation Schedule News on East Asia Map of East Asia BlackBoard


This course is an introduction to the political economy of East Asia. In the past decades the economies of East Asia (broadly defined to include also Southeast Asia) have generally performed well compared with the rest of the world. Political scientists and economists, among others, have offered various and often opposing explanations for East Asia's high growth. A large part of the debate centers on the role of the state in the economic development of East Asia. Therefore, starting with an overview of the performance of East Asian economies, this course shall examine the development strategies and policies of the major economies in the region, and conflicting theoretical arguments and/or empirical evidence will be discussed and analyzed.

After completing this course, students are expected

  1. to be familiar with the intellectual debates surrounding the economic "miracle" and financial crisis in Pacific Asia over the past few decades;
  2. to gain a better understanding of the different and evolving economic roles played by the state in various Asian countries during the postwar era;
  3. and to be able to apply the concepts and theories to the study of political economy in Pacific Asia and beyond.

This course has a heavy reading load and links to the readings are posted and updated on this web page throughout the semester, so students should visit the course web site regularly. It is essential for students to read (often critically) the required materials before class and attend all class sessions. Class participation accounts for 15% of the course grade.

Each student is also required to make two (2) brief in-class presentations of about 5-10 minutes in length each on a latest news on East Asia, including a brief period of time afterwards in which the presenter responds to questions or comments from the audience. A sign-up sheet is distributed in the first class and each student chooses two dates to present, one in each half of the semester. For the preparation of the news presentations, there are many English-language websites that cover news on East Asia, such as Google News on East Asia. The presenter should synthesize news stories from at least two major mass media outlets for each presentation. The PowerPoint (or PDF) file for each of your presentations should include at least one page on the main news story, at least one page on some background information to help the audience understand the news story better, and at least one page of sources and/or references. The PowerPoint (or PDF) file should be uploaded on http://blackboard.olemiss.edu before the class in which you present and the two (2) files account for 5% of the course grade.

The in-class presentations account for 10% of the course grade and will be evaluated using the following rubric:

  1. Content
  2. Format
  3. Delivery

There will be two (2) writing assignments for this course, one in each half of the semester. They account for 7% and 8% respectively of the course grade.

The midterm exam in class on Friday, October 5th, accounts for 25% of the course grade.

The final exam will start at 16:00 on Monday, December 3rd, according to the Registrar's Office. It accounts for 30% of the course grade.

Disability Access and Inclusion:
The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation, or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content, and the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. If you are approved through SDS, you must log in to your Rebel Access portal at https://sds.olemiss.edu to request approved accommodations. If you are NOT approved through SDS, you must contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so the office can: 1. determine your eligibility for accommodations, 2. disseminate to your instructors a Faculty Notification Letter, 3. facilitate the removal of barriers, and 4. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students.


DateDayLecture NotesRequired Readings
Part I: Introduction and Overview
Week 1:
August 20th-24th
Issues and Concepts
Week 2:
August 27th-31st
Asian Century: An East Asia Perspective
Developmental State
September 5thWednesdayAsian Financial Crisis: The End of the Asian Miracle
September 7thFridayEast Asian Development Model Recosidered
September 10thMondayABC Australia documentary: "Asian Values Devalued" (Transcript)
Part II: Political Economy of East Asia Countries
Week 4:
September 12th-14th
Japan in the 1960s
Week 5:
September 17th-21st
Japan in the 1990s
Political and Economic Transformation
Week 6: September 24th-28thSouth Korean Economic Development
October 1stMondayAssignment on BlackBoard
October 3rdWednesdaySources of the South Korean Economic Crisis
October 5thFridayMid-term ExamAll the above.
Week 8:
October 8th-12th
China's Economic Reform - an Overview
  • Naughton, Barry. 2007. Introduction, in The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Current Political Economy Regime in China's Mainland
October 15thMondayDeutsche Welle documentary: "Shanghai: Life in the Megacity"
Week 9:
October 17th-19th
Comparing China and India
Week 10:
October 22nd-26th
Comparing Mainland China and Taiwan
Comparing China and US
Week 11:
October 29th-November 2nd
Comparing Taiwan and South Korea
Comparing Hong Kong and Singapore
Part III: East Asia and Globalization
Week 12:
November 5th-9th
The Debate about Globalization
  • Bhagwati, Jagdish N. "Anti-Globalization: Why?" Chapter 1 in In Defense of Globalization, Oxford University Press, March 2004.
US-China Trade
Week 13:
November 12th-14th
PRC-Japan-ASEAN relations
November 16thFridayPick one pair of countries from the following list and write a four-page paper comparing the two governments' responses to the global financial crisis since 2007. 1) Japan and South Korea; 2) China and India; 3) Mainland China and Taiwan; 4) South Korea and Taiwan; 5) Singapore and Hong Kong. The four-page count excludes the title page (if any), tables or figures (if any), footnotes or end notes (if any), and list of references. Please cite sources properly. The essay is due on Blackboard by midnight on Friday, November 16th. Late submission will be penalized by one point per hour late.
Week 14:
November 26th-30th
economic cooperation and integration
APEC APEC Secretariat. APEC at a Glance and APEC in Charts.
December 3rdMondayFinal ExamAll the above since the mid-term exam


August 20thMonday
August 22ndWednesday
August 24thFriday
August 27thMonday
August 29thWednesdayTyler Raby
August 31stFridayReed Johnson
September 3rdMondayLabor Day Holiday
September 5thWednesdayAlan Guy
September 7thFridayWyatt Feagan
September 10thMonday
September 12thWednesdayJonathan Roberts
September 14thFridayJacob Dawson
September 17thMondayEthel Mwedziwendira
September 19thWednesdayJulia Charnitsky
September 21stFridayEli Moen
September 24thMondayLucy Herron
September 26thWednesdayChristian English
September 28thFridayKevin Hyatt
October 1stMondayNo presentation
October 3rdWednesday
October 5thFridayMid-term Exam
October 8thMondayWyatt Feagan
October 10thWednesdayTyler Raby
October 12thFriday
October 15thMondayNo presentation
October 17thWednesday
October 19thFridayAlan Guy
October 22ndMondayEmily Rodriguez
October 24thWednesdayJonathan Roberts; Jacob Dawson
October 26thFridayWesley Cundiff
October 29thMondayChristina Sokhan
October 31stWednesdayEli Moen
November 2ndFridayWesley Cundiff
November 5thMondayEthel Mwedziwendira
November 7thWednesdayLucy Herron
November 9thFridayJulia Charnitsky
November 12thMondayKevin Hyatt
November 14thWednesday
November 16thFridayNo presentation
November 17th-25th Thanksgiving Holidays
November 26thMondayReed Johnson
November 28thWednesdayChristina Sokhan
November 30thFridayChristian English
December 3rdMondayFinal Exam