Learning Goal: I’m working on a geography question and need guidance to help me learn.
Our assignment this week will give you the opportunity to think and express your thoughts creatively. I am sharing with you one of my favorite songs from my own playlist: ‘China’ by the Red Rockers. This song was written and released in 1983 at the height of the New Wave music genre era.
Listen to the song and/or read the song lyrics, which band members say were written about a girl. ‘China’ (as the band member called her), who was supposedly elusive and mysterious but remarkably intriguing. You can read a few of the listener’s explanations of the song’s meaning if you search for them online.
Your assignment is to interpret the lyrics further than what you will read online as they relate to China, the country. Using what you have learned about China thus far – its physical diversity, rich history, cultures and politics – write a thoughtful comparative essay of the song, ‘China’, and the country. Remember the context will be to illustrate an analogous parallel of the lyrics – including the conceptual view of the girl through the eyes of the band member – and the country of China that you are beginning to understand much more about than perhaps you did before you began this course.
A successful essay will include examples from the chapter readings that illustrate your comparison. An important point to examine would be the time when the song was written – 1983 – and the state of China at that time. What was happening in China in the early 1980s?
You will have two weeks for this assignment which will give you time to research and think about your response. A text box is provided here on Canvas for your essay which should be the equivalent of one to two, double-spaced, pages. If you include information from sources outside the textbook, please follow professional guidelines and cite those sources.
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