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A Case Study

I am privileged to be a Fellow in the Fulbright-Hays Social Sciences in China Summer Abroad Program Seminar, hosted by the National Committee on United States - China Relations and the China Education Association for International Exchange that administers the seminar on behalf of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, summer 2013. The program – to be held on-site June to July 2013 – will include site visits, meetings with scholars, government officials, economists, entrepreneurs, and educators. Fellows will visit key cities and heritage sites in China to gain historical perspective and an appreciation for geography as a cultural and social determinant. Visits and cultural events will be arranged to provide Fellows with the broadest possible exposure to contemporary Chinese society.

My curriculum project, Mapping Historical Tourism in Contemporary China, hosted here on the San Antonio College site, will use historical tourism skills-based activities that ask students to investigate change over time in a global context that does not marginalize regional narratives. The project is intended to engage faculty and students in specific historical tourism case studies in China.  It will help increase students’ comprehension of the tools for comprehending the human drama in the movement of people seeking culture, leisure, and recreation, as well as to improve student's understanding of tourism as one of the three world’s largest industries and to recognize historical, or heritage tourism, as one of its strongest components.

The U. S. and China are major tourist destinations drawing millions of visitors annually. The National Tourist Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNTA) accurately calls tourism “An Everlasting Prosperous Industry.” CNTA maintains offices all over the world. As government restrictions relax, China is also one of the world’s fastest growing outbound markets and the U.S. is among the nations granted Approved Destination Status (ADS). Tourism is something most American students understand. Many San Antonio College students work or train for employment in the tourist industry, which is an essential part of the San Antonio economy. Connecting regional and global tourism aspects should resonate with the Alamo Colleges students.

Once completed the project module will include this portal page, curriculum guides, learning outcomes, and resources (print and online). Additional project site items will also include a list of participating Fulbright Fellows, links to the host National Committee on United States - China Relations and the China Education Association for International Exchange which administers the seminar on behalf of the United States Department of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Education, the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad web site, and a LibGuide created to support student research and activities.