18130

CHI 102

 Beginning Chinese II

Wah Guan Lim

M T W Th  1:30 pm-2:30 pm

OLINLC 118

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies  This course is a continuation of CHI 101. In this course, we will continue to learn basic grammar, vocabulary, and expressions. The goal is to acquire proficiency in the fundamentals of modern Chinese in both its spoken and written forms. While learning the language, we will also study various aspects of Chinese culture. This course will prepare students for the 8-week summer language intensive program at Qingdao, China. Upon successful completion of the summer program, the students will receive six credits. (Financial aid is available for qualified students to cover part of the cost of the summer program. Contact Prof. Ying for details.) Class size: 15

 

18168

CHI 106

 Intensive BEGINNING Chinese

Li-Hua Ying

M T W Th  1:30 pm-3:25 pm

OLINLC 120

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies 8 credits  This introductory course is intended for beginners. It focuses on both the oral and written aspects of the language. The goal is to acquire a basic understanding of standard Chinese, and the ability to make simple conversations. Selected topics and situations come from real life scenarios and can be used for everyday communications.  An 8-week summer immersion program in Qingdao, China will follow this course. Upon successful completion of the summer program, the students will receive six credits. (Financial aid is available for qualified students to cover part of the cost of the summer program. Contact Prof. Ying for details.) Class size: 15

 

18166

CHI 302

 Advanced Chinese II

Li-Hua Ying

 T  Th        3:30 pm-4:50 pm

OLINLC 120

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies This course is a continuation of Chinese 301 offered in the fall. It is designed for students who have taken at least two and half 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 are mostly selected from Chinese newspapers.  Class size: 10

 

18167

CHI 311

 Theater and Performance in the  Chinese-speaking World

Wah Guan Lim

 T               4:40 pm-7:00 pm

OLINLC 210

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies; Literature; Theater and Performance  This course seeks to introduce the most exciting developments in Chinese-language theatre from the early modern period to contemporary times in China as well as the diaspora, centering on avant-garde performances.  We will examine the interwoven relationship between state, politics, identity and performance, and in particular investigate how despite the state’s efforts to define artistic creativity the theatre has always defied the status quo and enacted its resistance performance.  We will engage in close readings of critical texts that introduce the debates surrounding these tensions, theories on performance and cultural identities, on top of reading plays in translation as well as view them through DVDs.  Theorists and dramatists we will be reading include: Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Cao Yu, Joanna Chan, Gao Xingjian, Jean Genet, Jerzy Grotowski, Kuo Pao Kun, Stan Lai, Wang Chi-mei, Wei Minglun, Danny Yung.  This course is taught in English and no prior knowledge of Chinese is assumed. Class size: 15

 

18131

CHI 415

 Performing Chinese: culture, identity and politics

Wah Guan Lim

 T  Th        3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLINLC 118

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Asian Studies  How does performance in everyday Chinese society shape one’s identity, culture and political affiliation?  Can a person of non-Chinese origin who speaks and writes the language claim to be “Chinese”?  How does one perform “Chinese-ness”?  This advanced language course seeks to examine the relationship between the individual, state and society and focus our discussion on the role language, politics and culture shape identity.  We will draw upon film, media, newspapers, articles, political treatises and play-texts that had a significant impact shaping and / or dividing Chinese communities in the recent past and our contemporary times.  This course is taught in Chinese. Class size: 15