Spring, 2008

Class hours: Wednesday 9:20 a. m.-12:00 p.m.
Class location: HN1022
Professor: Hongmian Gong
Office and phone: HN1050, 212-772-4658
Office hours: Wednesday 12:00-1:00 p.m., or by appointment
Web page:
Department office and phone:  HN 1006, 212-772-5265

Course Description

Analysis of East Asia’s potentials in terms of natural resources, population, industry and agriculture, with emphasis on China.

Required Textbook

G. Veeck, C. W. Pannell, C. J. Smith, and Y. Huang, China’s GeographyRowman & Littlefield, 2007.

Course Evaluation

Grade will be based on the following Criteria.  One may strengthen the grade by meaningful discussion and by regular class attendance.

Midterm exam (Wednesday, March 19)


Final exam (May 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at HN1022)


Presentation or Paper




1. Each student is required to do a 5-minute presentation or write a 5-page (double spaced) paper, focusing on one aspect of a country in East Asia.
2. March 26 (Wednesday): Classes follow Monday schedule at Hunter College, no class for this course.
3. April 16 (Wednesday): No class for this course because the instructor will be out of town for a conference.
4. April 23 (Wednesday): No class for this course because of Spring Recess.
5. May 14: Last class for this course.

Course Content (tentative)


Part I: East Asian Miracle
    “Four Little Tigers": Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore
    East Asian Model?

Part II: China

    Physical geography
    Historical background
    Political geography

    Population and human resources


    Economic Geography

    Urban development
    Industrial reforms   

Statement on Academic Integrity

Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The College is committed to enforcing CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures.