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New Diversities in Asia


Admission requirements

None. Students who are interested in taking this course, but who are not admitted to one of the mentioned master programmes are requested to contact their co-ordinator of studies.


Asia’s cultural, ethnic, religious, sexual and social diversity is changing fundamentally under the impact of the world market, mobility and globalization, and government policy struggles to keep up. In this course we investigate both the ongoing evolution of older forms of diversity (official minorities, linguistic, regional and dialect groups, religions) and newly emerging diversities. Immigration, internal migration, emigration, trade, tourism and more generally the exposure of Asian societies to different foreign and domestic cultures have generated an array of new communities and life styles, and Asia is rapidly becoming a major producer of global, diasporic and transnational cultures.

Course objectives

  • Conceptual and independent thinking

  • Independent research and writing

  • Oral presentation


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Mode of instruction


Attendance and active participation is mandatory.

Course Load

Seminar 2 ×14 uur: 28 hours
Compulsory readings: 100 hours
2 Book reviews: 62 hours
Term paper: 90 hours
Total: 280 hours

Assessment method

The final mark of the course is made up by the paper (50%), two book reviews (20% each) and general attendance and participation (10 %).


Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades
see for more info Blackboard

Reading list



Registration through uSis

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Professor Frank N. Pieke
Chair of Modern China Studies
Leiden University
Mail: P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)71 5272216