Oral Presentation/History Project

Oral Presentation for the Chinese History Class

Please select a topic related to Chinese History (from prehistory to Sui Dynasty). Below is a list of topics you can consider for your project. If you have selected a topic that has been covered in class, you must conduct further research that will shed more light on the selected topic. I encourage you to check with your instructor if your topic is not on the list.

Due Date: May 22, but you can present during the last week before the final exam week, if you like. Just let Ma Laoshi or Shi Laoshi know ahead of time.

Format: Poster (cardboard, foldable) ,Power Point Presentation, Prezi, Performance. In you poster, include:

  • Pictures or drawings for illustrations
  • Printed letters, or neatly written letter. (Should be easily seen by the students who are sitting in the back).
  • You can jot down notes on flash cards to remind yourself of the details you want to say in your presentation.

Check  rubric-for-chinese-cultural-project for the grading criteria.

Possible topics:

  • The Duke of Zhou
  • Guan Zhong 管仲
  • Shi Jing (Classics of Poetry)
  • A School of thought during the Zhou Dynasty
  • Terracotta Army & Qin Shi Huang’s Tomb
  • Han Feizi
  • Li Si
  • Great Wall
  • Queen Dowager Xuan (Chinese: 宣太后; 338–265 BC)
  • Wang Zhao Jun–one of the Four Beauties of ancient China
  • Qin Shi Huang’s other major projects
  • Sima Qian
  • Any key Emperor (e.g., Qin Shi Huang, Han Emperor of Gaozu–Liu Bang, Emperor Wu of Han–Liu Che, Emperor Guang Wu–Liu Xiu, etc.)
  • Liu Bang and The King of Chu–Xiang Yu
  • Xiang Yu, Yu Ji & Battle of Gaixia
  • Zhang Liang, Xiao He, and Han Xin (Three famous people that Liu Bang used to help him defeat Xiang Yu)
  • Imperial Palace(s)
  • Hong Men Yan—The banquet of Red Gate 鸿门宴
  • Empress Lü Zhi 吕雉 and Inner Court Politics

  • Eunuchs and Inner Court Politics
  • Zhang Qian’s Missions to Western Regions and the contribution of these missions to the Chinese Society and the world (Zhang Qian, Ban Chao, and Silk Road)
  • Dong Zhong Shu 董仲舒 and Confucianism
  • The establishment of  Taixue 太学,Confucian education & the role of “Ru Shi” (Confucian Scholars & Officials) in Han Dynasty
  • The Debate about Iron and Salt
  • Wang Mang’s “Xin” Dynasty
  • Famous Generals: Huo Qu Bing, Wei Qing
  • Emperor Wen & Emperor Jing of Han
  • Cao Cuo and the Rebellion of Seven Nations
  • Huo Guang 霍光 ; Liu He (Han Fei Di 汉废帝)
  • Huo Guang and His family
  • Disasters of the Partisan Prohibitions 党锢之祸
  • Cultural & Technological Achievements in Han Dynasty
  • Buddhism-How it spread to China and tenents
  • Calligraphy- Explain different styles
  • Ban Gu 班固 & Han Shu汉书
  • Su Wu 苏武
  • Romance of Three Kingdoms 三国演义 & Select one story from “Three Kingdoms.”
  • Key figures in Three Kingdoms
    • CAO Cao 曹操
    • LIU Bei刘备
    • SUN Qian 孙权
    • GUAN Yu关羽
    • ZHU Ge Liang诸葛亮
    • Zhang Fei张飞
  • Emperor Wu of Liang--Xiao Yan(梁武帝 萧衍)(From Southern Dynasties)
  • Empress Dowager Feng of Northern Wei 北魏冯太后 (and Emperor Xiao Wen)
  • Emperor Wu of Northern Zhou–Yu Wenyong 北周宇文邕(543―578 B.C.)
  • Emperor Wu of Chen Dynasty–Chen Baxian (陈武帝陈霸先)(503-559 B.C.)
  • The Rise and Fall of Chen Dynasty
  • The Reforms of Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei  (From Northern Dynasties
  • Seven Sages of Bamboo Groves 竹林七贤
  • Pure Criticism 清议, Pure Conversation 清谈 and Neo-Daoism 玄学
  • Daoist Religion 道教
  • Nine Rank System--Jiu Pin (九品) and its impact on society
  • Buddhism-How it spread to China and tenents
  • Silk Road 丝绸之路
  • Arts in Wei Jin Northern and Southern Dynasties
    • Wang Xizhi’s Calligraphy 王羲之的书法
    • Gu Kaizhi’s painting 顾恺之的绘画
    • Buddhist Cave Arts 石窟佛艺
  • Fashion through different dynasties
  • Xiao Jing 孝经 (Classics of Filial Piety)
  • Lie Nu Jing 烈女经/ Nu Jie 女诫
  • Chinese Traditional Medicine and concept of health- Huangdi Nei Jing
  • Chinese ascetic tradition