Asian Languages and Cultures



Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on January 6.

Courses in Chinese (Division 339)


Culture Courses/Literature Courses

452. Literary Chinese. Chinese 202 or 362. (4). (Excl).
This is a course primarily for specialists, requiring knowledge of modern Chinese at least through the second-year level. Through the use of Shadick's A First Course in Literary Chinese and selected handouts, the styles of written Chinese of imperial China from prose to poetry are selectively introduced. Class is taught in small recitation groups requiring constant preparation by the student. Quizzes, tests, and hand-in exercises on a weekly basis, plus a final exam, are used to measure progress. Emphasis is on understanding of the texts, as well as the ability to render them clearly into English. This course is the second half of a two-term sequence that is prerequisite to more advanced Chinese courses. In this term, we continue to read in a variety of texts covering all pre-modern periods. Further practice is aimed at improving understanding of the structure of literary Chinese, introducing the practice of using dictionaries and other aids for interpretation, and increasing familiarity with important grammatical particles. Supplementary areas of concern include policies and problems in using literary Chinese in research, problems of translation, and the general evolution of styles in the literary tradition. WL:2 (An)
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472. Traditional Chinese Drama and Fiction in Translation. No knowledge of Chinese required. (3). (HU).
The focus of this course is the development of drama and fiction in pre-modern China. Written in vernacular Chinese, these works expand the permissible subjects and modes of literary expression giving the reader an intimate "backstage" view of traditional Chinese culture unavailable elsewhere. Course requirements are several short papers, a final exam, and participation in class discussion. Readings include, depending on availability, plays: Chinese Theater in the Days of Kublai Khan, The Lute, and The Peach Blossom Fan; short stories: Stories from a Ming Collection, Silent Operas; autobiography: Six Records of a Floating Life; and novels: The Plum in the Golden Vase (cc. 1-20), The Tower of Myriad Mirrors, The Story of the Stone (v. 1), and The Travels of Lao Ts'an. WL:2 (Rolston)
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475/Asian Studies 475/Hist. of Art 487/RC Hums. 475/Philosophy 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (4). (HU).
This interdisciplinary course is taught jointly by faculty specialists in Chinese philosophy, religion, history of art, drama and literature. It is not a survey course. Instead the main task will be the sustained and critical study of a number of significant and representative works in order to present some major themes of the distinct and complex civilizations of China. In spite of inner tensions, this is a cultural tradition that can be seen as a highly integrated system composed of mutually reinforcing parts, making such an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach particularly effective. Toward the end of the term we will observe the system's collapse as it struggles to adapt to the modern world, consider how our themes continue, persist, or change. Background lectures on history, language, and cosmology will be followed by topics and readings that include: Confucianism (Mencius) and Taoism (Chuang-Tzu); themes in Chinese religiosity, Ch'an (Zen Buddhism); classical narratives; lyricism and visual experience in poetry and landscape painting; traditional storyteller tales; poetic-musical theater; fiction of modern "revolutionary" and post-Mao China. Course format: lectures and discussions by Crump (theater); Feuerwerker (modern fiction); Lin (poetry); Rolston (traditional fiction); Sharf (religion). In the fourth hour class will divide into two discussion sections. No prerequisites. Requirements: three short papers and final exam. WL:2 (Feuerwerker)
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Language Courses

102. Beginning Chinese. Chinese 101. (5). (LR). Laboratory fee ($10) required.
In Chinese 102, we do longer readings and question-answer sheets twice a week. Students are also required to memorize short dialogues. Toward the end of the term, students have to write a skit together with other students and their performance will be videotaped and their pronunciation will be graded. We have a test or quiz each week on Thursdays. In general the workload in Chinese 102 is much heavier than in Chinese 101. For both courses, we recommend that students listen to tapes one hour per day. Attendance is taken everyday, and no audits are allowed. Textbooks: (a) John DeFrancis, Beginning Chinese (Yale Univ. Press) and (b) John DeFrancis, Beginning Chinese Reader, Parts I and II (Yale Univ. Press). No visitors are allowed. WL:2 (Tao)
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202. Second-Year Chinese. Chinese 201. (5). (LR).
This course is a continuation of work begun in Chinese 201. Students electing the course should have mastered the material presented in the first 10 lessons of Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese (Princeton University Press, 1992); Lessons 11-22 from that text constitute the focus of the winter course. The primary goals are (a) achievement of a basic level of reading competence and (b) continued improvement of aural understanding and speaking competence. These goals are approached through classroom drills, oral presentations/skits, out-of-class exercises, and work in the language laboratory. Daily class attendance is required. Students who are native or near-native Mandarin Chinese speakers are not eligible for this course; they should enroll in Chinese 302 (Reading and Writing Chinese), which covers all of the material presented in Chinese 201/202 and is offered in the Winter Term. WL:2 (Grande)
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225. Calligraphy. Chinese 101. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of three credits.
To explore the richness of Chinese calligraphy, this class is designed to include a series of fundamental introductions to the history of Chinese calligraphy, and a brief theoretical framework for evaluation and appreciation; in addition, a practice session will be held in each class to facilitate a hands-on learning process. WL:2 (Shyu)
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302. Reading and Writing Chinese. Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Chinese 201, 202, or 362. (4). (LR).
This course is designed for students with native or near-native speaking ability in Chinese and who know approximately 400 characters. Meeting four hours per week, Chinese 302 focuses on reading and writing Chinese and covers the regular 201-202 reading material except for the movie script A Great Wall. Students will be graded on the basis of daily classroom performance, daily quizzes, periodic tests, and homework assignments. The text is Intermediate Reader of Modern Chinese. WL:2 (An)
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378. Advanced Spoken Chinese. Chinese 202 or 362. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits.
This course is designed as a spoken language supplement to the post-second year Chinese reading courses. The prerequisite is two years of modern Mandarin Chinese (UM courses Chinese 101 through 202, or equivalent courses at another institution). The purpose of this course is to continue building on the foundation of spoken competence laid down in first- and second-year Chinese by providing two hours a week for students to talk, talk, and talk. This is accomplished through presentation of brief speeches and discussions on topics selected by the class. The role of the instructor, who serves as a coordinator for the class, is not to teach students how to speak Chinese, but to encourage and coach them in speaking Chinese. Vocabulary lists will be provided before and after each discussion session. The grades will be determined by students' attendance, participation in discussion, oral presentations, and vocabulary quizzes. This course is not for native speakers, auditors, or sit-ins. WL:2 (Liang)
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406. Third-Year Chinese. Chinese 405. (5). (Excl).
All four basic skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking are stressed. In this course, students learn to read various styles and genres of modern Chinese, including fiction, essays, and occasionally poetry. Course readings are selected from a large variety of genuine Chinese materials; there is no textbook. On completing third-year Chinese, students should (with the aid of a dictionary) be able to read and discuss most non-technical subjects in modern Chinese. This course meets five hours per week. Of these, three hours are devoted to understanding and discussing the reading material. The fourth hour is reserved for oral presentations, discussions, and skits. The fifth hour is used for taking quizzes or tests. Student work is evaluated on the basis of daily attendance, exercises, one dictation every second day, and one quiz or test per week. The class is conducted mainly in Chinese. Cost:2 WL:2 (Liang)
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416. Chinese for the Professions. Chinese 406. (3). (Excl).
Chinese for the Professions ( i.e., Business Chinese) focuses on practical language skills that are most helpful in actual business interactions with Chinese-speaking communities. Classroom activities, largely in the form of real world simulation, will be based on authentic documents and correspondence as well as a textbook. Some highlights are: business negotiation in international trade, business letter writing, business documents comprehension/translation, business oral presentation, commercial language, and word processing. Through intensive practice in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the Chinese language for business purposes, students will enhance their cultural awareness and acquire vocabulary, phrases, and sentence patterns commonly used in typical Chinese business contexts. WL:2 (Chen)
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418. Oral Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers. Chinese 406. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits.
The course is specifically designed to help Cantonese-speaking students who have advanced Chinese reading and writing skills but lack oral Mandarin (Putonghua) competence. Classroom activities, based on intensive pinyin drills, are exclusively guided oral practice and corrections. Cantonese native speakers without an advanced level in reading and writing are encouraged to attend Chinese core courses or, if qualified, Chinese 378. WL:2 (Chen)
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452. Literary Chinese. Chinese 202 or 362. (4). (Excl).
This is a course primarily for specialists, requiring knowledge of modern Chinese at least through the second-year level. Through the use of Shadick's A First Course in Literary Chinese and selected handouts, the styles of written Chinese of imperial China from prose to poetry are selectively introduced. Class is taught in small recitation groups requiring constant preparation by the student. Quizzes, tests, and hand-in exercises on a weekly basis, plus a final exam, are used to measure progress. Emphasis is on understanding of the texts, as well as the ability to render them clearly into English. This course is the second half of a two-term sequence that is prerequisite to more advanced Chinese courses. In this term, we continue to read in a variety of texts covering all pre-modern periods. Further practice is aimed at improving understanding of the structure of literary Chinese, introducing the practice of using dictionaries and other aids for interpretation, and increasing familiarity with important grammatical particles. Supplementary areas of concern include policies and problems in using literary Chinese in research, problems of translation, and the general evolution of styles in the literary tradition. WL:2 (An)
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462. Readings in Modern Chinese. Chinese 461. (5). (Excl).

Chinese 461-462 is a two-term Chinese language course sequence with graded readings at an advanced level. Texts chosen from a variety of sources in both Mainland China and Taiwan include 20th-century fiction and essays on various topics. While students are helped to further improve command of structure and vocabulary in a range of language styles, the primary emphasis of the sequence is on reading comprehension with the aim of enabling students to read original materials with less reliance on a dictionary. Development of speaking and writing skills will also be stressed through discussions on the readings. In this term, longer texts will be used and efforts will be made to improve reading skills and speed. Weekly assignments such as, but not limited to, composition in Chinese and translation into English are required. Classes are conducted largely in Chinese. (Chen)
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