Gandhi, Chiang Kai-shek: How Leaders Create a National Identity [S-17-27]

Presenter: Grace Huang
Location: SLU: Hepburn 111
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 2:00 PM 03/17
Status: Course Update: NOTE: The classroom for "Gandhi, Chiang Kai-shek..." has been changed from Hepburn 105 to Hepburn 111 (a larger classroom, close by).

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This course looks at different leadership styles that nevertheless aspired to accomplish the same goal. We will look at how China’s Chiang Kai-shek drew on the Confucian concept of shame to save his country from Japanese aggression and compare this to India’s Mahatma Gandhi’s use of nonviolence to fight British imperial injustices. This presentation aims to understand better what both leaders did to mold a national identity in the face of imperialism and deep internal division.

Grace Huang studies Asian politics. She has taught courses on Comparative Politics, Asian Politics, and Chinese Politics at SLU for over ten years. A lifelong research question Grace has been asking is this: what are the conditions that promote collective inspiration versus collective hysteria or violence? Her research interests also include political leadership and the cultural stories and resources leaders use to advance their political agendas.

Cap: 15

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