CHI  101   

 Beginning Chinese I

Wah Guan Lim

M T W Th .

1:30 pm -2:50 pm



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: 20



CHI  208  


Wah Guan Lim

. T . Th .

3:10 pm -4:30 pm

RKC 102


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, and read dramatic texts in English translation as well as view them through DVDs. Taught in English.  Class size: 20



CHI  301   

 Advanced Chinese

Li-Hua Ying

M . W .  .

1:30 pm -2:50 pm



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



CHI  303   

 Chinese Fantastic Tales

Li-Hua Ying

M . W . .

3:10 pm -4:30 pm



Cross-listed: Asian Studies   In this course we will read tales written in classical Chinese as well as their renderings in modern Chinese.  Texts are selected from well-known classical works such as Zhuang Zi, Lie Zi, and Huainan Zi, written in the pre-qin and the Han Dynasties.  Stories written in later periods from Tang through Qing such Liaozhai Zhiyi will also be included.  Through reading the classical form as well as its modern translation, the students will be able to compare the similarities and differences between ancient and modern Chinese language.  This is an advanced language course and will be conducted in Chinese.  Open to students who have had two years or more of Chinese language.  Class size: 15



CHI  315   

 Chinese Calligraphy

Li-Hua Ying

. T . . .

4:40 pm -7:00 pm

OLIN 202


Cross-listed: Asian Studies   This course introduces the East Asian art of calligraphy—“shufa” in Chinese and “shodo” in Japanese. Long regarded as the highest form of art in East Asia, calligraphy lends itself to painting and poetry. Together they form the so-called “three perfections” in the literati tradition. We will study the aesthetic principles that connect the three aesthetic forms. Considerable time will be devoted to discussing the philosophical traditions of Taoism, Zen Buddhism and Confucianism.  The emphasis of this course, however, is on learning the techniques of writing with the brush and developing individual styles of each student.  One term paper and daily calligraphy projects.  Class size: 18