An Introduction To Chinese History And Culture
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Launched by the Office of Academic Links, CUHK-Shenzhen, CCT aims to offer international students, teachers and faculty a multifaceted approach to understanding China. During these interactive sessions, the audience will learn from CUHK-Shenzhen faculty members about the different aspects of China, such as Chinese history, culture, art, philosophy, geography, economy, etc. Local industry leaders will also be invited to talk about the Chinese market, boosting economy and the entrepreneurship that features the vibrant city of Shenzhen.
Abstract: China is one of the biggest countries in the world. More and more foreigners are traveling, learning, and working in China. But how much do you know about Chinese history and culture In this talk, we will give a basic introduction to Chinese history and culture, and try to find answers to those questions. Why can China be regarded as one of the four ancient civilizations Why do China town be called Tangrenjie 唐人街 Who is Confucius and what does Confucianism How did China interact with the other parts of the world and transform from an ancient country into a modern nation I hope this talk will help your understanding on China and enrich your experience in China.
IntroductoryAn Introduction to the Mainland Chinese Soul, Raleigh, NC: LEAD Consulting, 2001A diverse team of more than 30 people volunteered to contribute anonymously to this project. Most have actively studied or ministered to Chinese for more than a decade. This booklet serves as an introduction to the Chinese life in a way that reveals the soul of the culture. It focuses on the Mainland Chinese people.
China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society, by G. Wright Doyle and Peter Xiaoming Yu, 2009This book provides a quick survey as well as ample resources for further learning about this great civilization and increasingly important nation. In addition to covering mainland China, there are also portraits of Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and the many Chinese people living overseas. The reader will discover interesting facts concerning the population, languages, and geography of China. Additionally, the rich heritage of China comes to life through descriptions of the history, religions, literature, art, calendar, festivals, medicine, education, and major monuments of the culture.
Ancient China: Chinese Civilization from its Origins to the Tang Dynasty, by Maurizio Scarpari, 2006A lavishly illustrated coffeetable book (over 400 pictures) by a professor of Chinese studies at a university in Venice. Chinese history is sketched from the Neolithic period to the fall of the Tang Dynasty in 907. Then the religion, civilization, and culture of ancient China are sketched, followed by a long section on art. The book finishes with a tour of archaeological sites.
Faith of Our Fathers: God in Ancient China, by Chan Kei Thong, 2009The author provides an interesting discussion about the relationship between God, China, and its language. He thinks that China and Israel both share a long history with rich cultures. Due to the many similarities, including belief in God as the only Creator, the author points out in detail how Chinese characters manifest historical evidences and many aspects recorded in the Bible. He claims China's 4000 years of history as proof to support that God has never left this country.
Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History, by John E. Wills Jr., 1994Through biographies of China's most colorful and famous personalities, John Wills displays the 5000-year sweep of Chinese history from the legendary sage emperors to the tragedy of Tiananmen Square. This unique introduction to Chinese history and culture uses more than 20 exemplary lives, including those of statesmen, philosophers, poets, and rulers, to provide the focus for accounts of key historical trends and periods. What emerges is a provocative rendering of China's moral landscape, featuring characters that have resonated in the historical imagination as examples of villainy, heroism, wisdom, spiritual vision, political guile, and complex combinations of all of these.
This course examines key controversies in contemporary South Korea, in connection with North Korea and other countries in the region and the globe, to help us gain a more critical understanding of the issues that drive the debates about class, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, citizenship and diaspora, and history and memory. Topics we cover include the construction of class identity through education and conspicuous consumption and an investigation into the effects of urban revitalization movement and environmental policy. We also probe into the dynamic interplay and contestation around the notion of femininity in popular culture such as K-pop, masculinization and militarization of society, and queer and transgender activism, We also challenge the notion of the ethno-nation by shedding light on the issues of race and ethnicity in the migrant workers, North Korean defectors, and transnational adoptees. Through the discussion of mental health and suicide, and even Seweol tragedy, we highlight the youth as an underrepresented group in South Korean society. We also revisit some historical events to discuss how wars in particular are being reinterrogated in the memory production in regard to comfort women, the Korean massacre of Vietnamese in the Vietnam War, and repatriation and overseas communities such as Zainichi communities.
A EAC 160/160V/160X/160Z (= A GOG 160/160V/160X/160Z) China: People and Places (3)This course provides a systematic introduction of China as an emerging political and economic power in the context of globalization. Main topics include historical evolution, uneven physical and social geography, economic reform, rapid urbanization, population growth and family planning, environmental change, tradition and culture change, and persisting and emerging problems. This course aims to help student better understand China. This course also teaches students how to search, use and evaluate information for their research in an increasingly digital and information-oriented world. Only one version of A GOG/A EAC 160 may be taken for credit.
A EAC 260 (= A GLO 260 & A GOG 260) China in the Global Arena (3)An introduction to the development of China's modern economy and society. Focuses on the role and influence of China in contemporary global affairs. Emphasizes Chinese history and contemporary figures to explain China's relationship to the global economy and its responsibilities as an increasingly important contributor to global governance. Focuses on China's leadership, soft power, culture, industrialization, domestic innovation and participation in global trade, finance and politics. This multidisciplinary course helps students understand the dynamics of China's rapid economic growth over the last three decades, and how Chinese and Western scholars interpret the country's growing importance in the global political and economic system. Prerequisite(s): A EAC/A GOG 160 or A EAC 170 or permission of instructor.
Chinese Neolithic cultures, which began to develop around 5000 B.C. , were in part indigenous and in part related to earlier developments in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Wheat, barley, sheep, and cattle appear to have entered the northern Neolithic cultures via contact with southwest Asia, whereas rice, pigs, water buffalo, and eventually yams and taro seem to have come to the southern Neolithic cultures from Vietnam and Thailand. The rice-growing village sites of southeastern China and the Yangzi Delta reflect linkages both north and south. In the later Neolithic, some elements from the southern complexes had spread up the coast to Shandong and Liaoning. It is now thought that the Shang state, the first true state formation in Chinese history, had its beginnings in the late Lungshan culture of that region.
Political, social, economic and cultural survey of Chinese history from beginnings of Chinese civilization in second millennium BCE to the end of the Ming dynasty. Topics include early formation of Chinese civilization, flowering of philosophy during the Zhou, impact of Buddhism, impact of alien dynasties, changes in landholding, southward expansion of Chinese culture and evolution of examination system. Readings draw primarily from Chinese historical, philosophical and literary texts in translation. 4 credits.Levels: Undergraduate
This course presents an introduction to the film and fiction of modern Taiwan. We will carefully read, discuss, and interrogate a number of cinematic and literary works in which some of Taiwan's key historical, social, and cultural issues have been addressed, and we will familiarize ourselves with some of the academic scholarship on these works. Possible topics include: Japanese colonialism; relations with mainland China (PRC); traditional family relations; sexuality; gender; race and identity; indigenous peoples; the impact of modernization and globalization; cinematic genres; literary genres; ideology; and other topics. Above all, we will endeavor to construct our own dialogue with and interpretation of each film, short story, or novel. No prior knowledge of Taiwan history and culture or of Chinese language is required. 4 credits.Levels: Undergraduate
This course provides an introduction to Chinese cultural production from ancient times to the postmodern era, with an emphasis on literature. In its more recent segments, the course will include film as well as considerations of Chinese cultures in the Chinese diaspora (such as the United States) and throughout the Chinese-speaking world. Students will learn about major eras of Chinese literature and the diversity of Chinese cultures in such locations as mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the worldwide Chinese diaspora. Readings will represent several genres, such as poetry, folktale, short story, novel, prose fiction, drama, and historical annals. Through this course students can develop a historical and cultural perspective in order to understand the contexts and value systems that have inspired literary works. Students will investigate such topics as the relation between social institutions and the individual, the traditional patriarchal system, the changing roles of women, westernization, and post modern consumer culture, among others. Students will read literature and related materials from different periods, with examples from other media such as films where appropriate. Class work may include lectures or presentations by the instructor and student participation through means such as guided discussions, group discussions, and students' presentations. This participatory approach is intended to deepen students' appreciation of the texts, to help them understand value systems that may differ from, or else be shared with, those predominant in modern Western cultures, and to assist students in developing analytical and expressive abilities. CHNS 120 is designed to be suitable for all students generally interested in China and the Chinese-speaking world, or interested in literature and other fields of humanistic study, whether or not they have previously studied Chinese culture. All materials will be available in English. Taught in English. 59ce067264