China Readings

Here are three readings on China.  The questions for each reading is below and are due at the end of your class period.  They may be written out or sent in email. If emailed, send to


Mencius’s argument that the king has failed to be a kind ruler; why a change in the king’s attitude would be good for all the people, including the king?

Salt Mining

Why would salt be a good commodity for taxes? How does salt mining relate to the advantages and disadvantages of a centralized government?

Chinese Houses

Discuss the contradiction between the sense of seclusion of such a dwelling, with its encompassing perimeter walls, and the openness of its interior.