TAKE HER! and seriously don't buy the book because all you need is the lecture slides. just study the main points on the lecture slides, memorize some facts here and there and a good grade is guaranteed. she's very clear about her points and she talks at a really manageable speed so that you have more than enough time to take notes. she's also very open about people asking questions so bring up any questions you may have:) she's just an awesome professor who's very clear and you feel like you learn a lot without too much reading or work!
I really enjoyed this class. I didn't know what to expect going into it as it was one of my first upper division courses. I was pleasantly surprised with the result. She has good well organized lectures and she can draw from personal experiences in China. The tests are extremely fair both content and grading wise. The research paper is very open ended, choose something your interested in and you can get a lot out of it, plus it's graded relatively easily. I would highly recommend this class if you want to learn more about China.