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New Diversities in Asia (ResMA)


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Asian Studies (research). Other students are kindly referred to the course from the MA Asian 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



Mode of instruction

Attendance is mandatory and participation in discussions consists in 10% of the grade. Each student is expected to have read the assigned readings and to prepare for in-class discussion.

Course Load

Seminar 2 ×14 uur: 28 hours
Extra tutorial sessions for ResMA students: 2 hours
Compulsory readings: 100 hours
2 Book reviews: 56 hours
Term paper: 90 hours
Total: 280 hours

Assessment method

The final mark of the course is made up by:

  • the paper (5,000 words) (50%)

  • two book reviews (20% each)

  • general attendance and participation (10 %).

The final paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. For both versions strict deadlines apply.

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall grade of 5.50 (=6) or higher.

The course is an integrated whole. All the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades.

Reading list



Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Studeren à la carte nor Contractonderwijs is possible for this course.


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
Dr. F.N.Pieke