East Asian Languages and Cultures | Chinese Language & Culture
E301 | 1481 | Yan


This course is designed to present students, with or without a background in
Chinese language, an opportunity to learn the interaction of Chinese verbal
and nonverbal behaviors in general. This course not only exposes students to
the unique characteristics of the Chinese language (both written and
spoken), but also illustrates how the Chinese language structure influences
the speakers' thought patterns and social behaviors, and how the
ideological, cultural, and social patterns are reflected in Chinese oral
expressions. It will also show how the roles of lineage organization,
religious groups, economic group, and linguistic group play in the
integration of the Chinese society.

Exams: one midterm and one final exam. Assignments: three short essays.

Textbooks: (1) Chinese Etiquette and Ethics in Business, by Boye De Mente;
(2) China's Peasants: The Anthropology of a Revolution, by Sulamith Heins
Potter and Jack M. Potter; (3) Revolution Postponed: Women in Contemporary
China, by Margery Wolf and (3) Supplementary materials--course packet, by
Margaret M. Yan