Mothering China: From the Womb to the Nation

Programme Code: CCCH9054

Faculty of: Arts, School of Humanities (History)

Targeted Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates

Area of Interest: Arts

Credits: 6

Programme Period: June 27, 2022 to July 22, 2022

Programme Schedule: Monday, Tuesday (09:30 - 12:20)

Programme Fee: HKD 17,000

Teaching Mode: Face to Face

Deadline for Application:
March 31, 2022 (for non-local students)
June 10, 2022 (for local students)

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Discount(s) on Programme Fee:
5% – Early Bird Discount (Deadline: February 28, 2022)
10% – Partner Discount

* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.
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Note to HKU Students:

*Should you be interested in applying for the above programme, please register in SIS system during the summer add/drop period in June 2022.*


Course Description:

Why are there so many ‘Tiger Moms’ in China? Why are many Chinese women obsessed with having children, if not a male heir? How did the reforms and revolutions in China shape the notion of motherhood? What does it mean to be a mother in China today? Mothering China seeks to answer these questions from the perspectives of the state, elites, NGOs, and both women who are and are not mothers. The course explores how motherhood in China transformed from a personal experience to a national duty and the question of how national leaders and social elites constructed, sustained and altered the image of mothers between the late nineteenth century and now, a period marked by rapid sociopolitical changes in China. Through a variety of disciplinary lenses, and using dominant trends of mainland China as well as cases of mothering practices in Hong Kong and Taiwan, we will discuss a wide range of material including texts, films and adverts in order to align the changing image of Chinese mothers with the broader history of China’s twentieth-century revolutions.

Course Instructor(s):

Dr C.L. Tsang, School of Humanities (History), Faculty of Arts

Course Outline:



• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.