PWP Course in Hong Kong & Taiwan

Comparative Literature 499: Special Topics

“Culture and Travel in Hong Kong and Taiwan” is a research-driven course under the supervision of two USC Dornsife faculty members who specialize in several languages and in literary and cultural history. Students examine the theoretical paradigms that have formulated Eastern and Western cultures as paradoxes rather than continua. After a week of lectures in Los Angeles, they live and study in Hong Kong for three weeks, developing and writing their own research projects, with tours of the city’s historical and present-day landmarks and daytrips to cities such as Macau and Shenzhen. Finally, students travel to Taiwan, where they spend five days exploring various museums and the legacy of the British and Dutch East India Companies in Taipei and Tainan.

Tuition: $6408; Airfare: $1300 (est.); Lodging: $1500 (est.); Other Expenses: $800 (est.).
Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) available:
Dates: May 18 – June 20, 2015

We are currently trying to gauge the level of student interest in the program. If you are considering applying, or want to receive more information, please contact Prof. Roberto Ignacio Díaz at or Prof. Dominic Cheung at by Tuesday, February 10!


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