92035

CHI 101

 Beginning Chinese I

Li-Hua Ying

M T W Th   1:30-2:30 pm

OLINLC 118

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies   For students with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese. An introduction to modern (Mandarin) Chinese through an intensive drill of its oral and written forms. Emphasis on speaking and basic grammar as well as the formation of the characters. Audio and video materials will be incorporated into the curriculum to expose the class to Chinese daily life and culture. Daily active participation, frequent use of the language lab and one hour per week tutorial with the Chinese tutor are expected. The course is followed by an intensive course (eight hours per week) in the spring semester and a summer intensive program (eight weeks) in Qingdao, China. Divisible. Class size: 15

 

92036

CHI 201

 Intermediate Chinese I

Liu Xia

M  W      1:30-2:50 pm

OLINLC 120

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies  This course is for students who have taken one year or more of basic Chinese and want to expand their linguistic proficiency and cultural knowledge. Audio and video material that presents real life situations will be used to supplement the primary textbook. Daily practice, frequent quizzes, homework assignments, and tutorials are built into the course. Class size: 15

 

92034

CHI 216

 EXOTIC LANDSCAPES: Travel & Travel Writing IN China’S BORDERLANDS

Li-Hua Ying

M  W      3:10-4:30 pm

OLINLC 118

FL

D+J

FLLC

DIFF

Cross-listed: Asian Studies; Environmental & Urban Studies; Human Rights; Literature  This course examines representations of China’s borderlands (Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang, Yunnan, etc.), and its ethnic minorities in a variety of Western and Chinese travel writings. The focus will be on the 1850s - 1911, a time of extensive and often violent encounters between China and the West, and the beginning of the 1980’s to the present, a period of rapid economic development and globalization that have created a flourishing travel industry in the country. Among the authors to be considered are Sven Hedin, Isabella Bird, Archibald J. Little, Alexandra David-Neel, George E. Morrison, Peter Hessler, Ma Jian, Sun Shuyun, and others. We’ll examine their writings from literary, historical, cultural, and political perspectives. Topics to be discussed include colonialism, empire building, modernity, economic development, cultural and artistic authenticity, and construction of self- and ethnic identity. While seeking to engage in conversations about modes of seeing the world and representations of the other, the course also aims to interrogate the impact of tourism on local communities and the concept of nature and its relationship to cultural space. Conducted in English. Class size: 22

 

92037

CHI 301

 Advanced Chinese

Li-Hua Ying

 T  Th    3:10-4:30 pm

OLINLC 118

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies  This course is for students who have taken at least two years of basic Chinese at Bard or elsewhere, and who want to expand their reading and speaking capacity and to enrich their cultural experiences. Texts will be selected from newspapers, journals, and fictional works. 

Class size: 15

 

92038

CHI 305

 ContempORARY Chinese Pop Culture

Liu Xia

M  W      3:10-4:30 pm

OLINLC 115

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies This course is for students who have studied Chinese for at least three years. It examines various aspects of contemporary popular culture in China. Genres include print culture, cinema, television, pop music, visual arts, fashion, advertising, and cyberculture. Frequent quizzes, oral presentations, essays, and projects. Conducted in Chinese.  Class size: 15