CHI 106 Intensive Beginning Chinese

Professor: Li-Hua Ying / Ling Kwan

CRN: 12312

Time: Mon Tu Wed Th 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm LC 210

8 credits. This course is designed for students who have completed Beginning Chinese, and for those who have had the equivalent of one semester's Beginning Chinese here or at another institution. We will continue to focus on both the oral and written aspects of the language. Regular work in the language lab and private drill sessions with the Chinese tutor are required. This course will be followed by a two-month immersion program in China during the summer. While in China, the students, in addition to taking the usual language courses, are free to choose from a variety of courses offered by the host university, such as calligraphy, painting, tai-chi, Chinese folk culture, and so on. Upon successful completion of the summer program, the students will receive eight credits. (Financial aid is available for qualified students to cover part of the cost of the summer program. See the instructor for details.)

CHI 302 Lu Xun and Chinese Revolution

Professor: Li-Hua Ying

CRN: 12313

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm LC 120

An advanced language course that involves close readings of short stories by Lu Xun. While focusing primarily in the linguistic features of these texts, we will also attempt to seek Lu Xun's "modernity" through traditional Chinese roots, addressing issues such as social commitment and artistic expression. Conducted in Chinese.

CHI 420 Contemporary Chinese Fiction

Professor: Li-Hua Ying

CRN: 12354

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 107

Emerging from three decades of propagandist literature during the Mao era, Chinese fiction since the end of the seventies has been through an intense period of experimentation with a variety of traditions, both native and foreign, to redefine its role in society. While the notion that literature has to serve a higher/political purpose is no longer accepted, the scars of the past still remain. Memories of the Cultural Revolution of the sixties are like ghosts still haunting the writers. And yet unlike their predecessors, the younger generation of writers have a more contemptuous attitude toward government control and are more interested in narrative form and language. The past two decades have undoubtedly seen some of the best works in the history of modern Chinese fiction. We'll read Han Shaogong and Zhang Wei, who are considered "root-seekers," and Ma Yuan, Can Xue and Wang Xiaobo, the "modernists." Conducted in Chinese.