Alex-Assensoh, Yvette M. Neighborhoods, Family, and Political Behavior in Urban America. New York: Garland Publishing, 1998, 250 pp., $45.00, cloth.
In this examination of urban political economy at the microlevel, the neighborhood, the author takes the study of neighborhood policy and weds it to urban political economy. By comparing the political orientation and behavior of the urban poor with the behavior and beliefs of individuals in the lower middle class, she demonstrates how the economic position of the group determines the form of that group's participation in the political process. This participation--or lack of it-becomes an important variable in urban politics, and the political orientation and behavior of each economic group defines urban politics. In other words, economics determines who is "in the loop," and that, in turn defines the parameters and process of urban politics. Alex-Assensoh is an assistant professor of political science at IUB.
Assensoh, A. B. African Political Leadership: Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, and Julius K. Nyerere. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Co., 1998, 220 pp., $19.50, paper.
In African politics, Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta, Tanzania's Julius Nyerere, and Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah were known for their early radical ideas, and in the case of Nkrumah and Nyerere, for their socialistic political stance. Kenyatta was well known for his suspected leadership in the Mau-Mau revolt against British colonial rule; Nyerere for his "Ujamaa," a cooperative/socialist enterprise; and Nkrumah as the indigenous African leader who, in 1957, lit the torch of modern African political independence. This book analyzes their nationalistic, Pan-Africanist, and overall political contributions to African history. Assensoh is an associate professor of AfroAmerican studies at IUB.
Biller, José, ed. Iatrogenic Neurology. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998, 530 pp., $110.00, cloth.
Scientific and medical progress have brought dramatic advances in methods of diagnosis and treatment--along with reports of adverse reactions. Iatrogenesis refers to the consequences of medical actions and results from errors of omission or commission. The incidence of iatrogenic illness is probably underestimated, and iatrogenic illness accounts for a considerable number of all hospital admissions. Although iatrogenesis has a long history, it represents a considerable part of the complexity of modern medicine and dictates the need for rapid exchange of medical information. In light of the expansive use of technology, the incidence of iatrogenic illness increases in hospitalized patients, especially the elderly and newborn, and with the increasing use of multiple drugs. This book reviews some of the more frequent undesirable neurologic events that may result from commonly prescribed drugs and certain diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, as well as strategies to prevent their occurrence. Biller is a professor of neurology and chairperson of the Department of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Bodenhamer, David J., ed. Voices of Faith: Making a Difference in Urban Neighborhoods. Photography by Kim Charles Ferrill. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 99 pp., $19.95, paper.
As part of its Project on Religion and Urban Culture, The Polis Center of IUPUI, is examining the intersection of faith and community. Looking for answers to questions about the role that faith plays in creating a sense of belonging and common purpose in the neighborhoods of Indianapolis, the center facilitates dialogues between researchers and people involved in their communities. This book focuses on five urban neighborhoods that have undergone great change and presents twenty-six community heroes. Their stories reflect answers to such questions as: Does the creation of community extend beyond the walls of the church? Does faith make a place more neighborly? Do people of faith and communities of faith make a neighborhood a better place to live? Bodenhamer is a professor of history and director of the POLIS Research Center/Encyclopedia of Indianapolis at IUPUI.
Busch, Hans. Verdi's Falstaff in Letters and Contemporary Reviews. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997, 637 pp., $59.95, cloth.
Verdi's last opera, Falstaff, was given its world premiere at La Scala in Milan in 1893. The Falstaff correspondence of Verdi and his librettist and publisher spans the years 1889 to 1894 and gives us a rare insight into the creation and performance of what Richard Strauss considered "one of the greatest masterworks of all time"--and another view of the mores of the fin de siŹcle. To a much greater extent than most composers, Verdi concerned himself with the selection of the artists performing his operas and with the details of stage design and direction. Verdi and his publisher shared a desire for perfection, and their correspondence abounds in musical corrections, reproduced here in facsimile. They are particularly valuable primary records, as the other otherwise rich Verdi legacy lacks an original production books for Falstaff. Busch is a professor emeritus of music at IUB.
Christen, Joan A., and Arden G. Christen. The Female Smoker: From Addiction to Recovery. Indianapolis: Dental Tobacco Cessation Consultants, Inc., 1998, 230 pp., $na, paper.
Future historians will no doubt marvel at the technological advances made during the twentieth century. They will also be struck by a certain irony: the explosion of scientific knowledge regarding the diagnosis and treatment of human disease on one hand, and the human-made epidemic of tobacco consumption, disease, and death on the other. In this literature review, the authors examine the historical context of the female smoker and the effects of tobacco industry marketing and promotion on women. Their summaries of the psychosocial and behavioral dynamics of female tobacco use provide insights in the similarities of tobacco dependence between women and men, as well as the differences. They help explain the rational for the pernicious, yet sophisticated gender-based tobacco industry advertising and conclude by reviewing tobacco use cessation program and strategies for women. Joan Christen is a research associate in the Department of Oral Biology. Arden Christen is a professor of preventive/community dentistry. Both are at the IU School of Dentistry, Indianapolis.
Cole, Daniel. Instituting Environmental Protection: From Red to Green in Poland. Basingstoke, U.K.: Macmillan, and New York: St. Martin's, 1998, 343 pp., $69.95, cloth.
This volume presents a tale of two Polands, one red and the other green. In People's Poland (and throughout the former Soviet Bloc) socialism produced an ecological crisis unmatched in world history. In post-Communist Poland environmental protection has improved beyond all expectations. Cole provides an institutional explanation for this unprecedented color shift. His main thesis is that systemspecific institutions of socialism impeded effective environmental protection by creating regulatory conflicts of interest for the party/state, which softened budget and law constraints for enterprises, resulting in massive pollution and resource waste. As socialist institutions have been replaced by liberal-democratic ones in postCommunist Poland, the government's regulatory conflict of interest has diminished and polluters have been subject to harder budgetary and legal constraints, improving environmental protection. The book concludes with implications relating to property rights, scarcity pricing, and the rule of law for an institutional theory of environmental protection. Cole is a professor of law at IUPUI.
Creeth, Terry, Bethany Sprague, Christine Fisk, and Morton J. Marcus, eds. The Indiana Factbook 1998–99. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 381 pp., $39.95, paper.
This fact-filled reference volume contains tables, graphics, and maps on population, health, education, housing, income, employment, agriculture, business, and more. The Indiana county section provides detailed county-by-county comparisons- with rankings and percentages. Marcus is the director of the Indiana Business Research Center and co-director, Indiana Center for Econometric Model Research at the Kelley School of Business. Creeth, Sprague, and Fisk are staff members at the Indiana Business Research Center. All are at IUB.
Curran, William J., Mark A. Hall, Mary Anne Bobinski, and David Orentlicher. Health Care Law and Ethics. Fifth Edition. New York: Aspen Law & Business, 1998, 1,463 pp., $55.00, cloth.
The field of health care law has reached a stage of maturity that calls for stepping back and rethinking how all of its parts fit together as a conceptual whole. In the authors' view, that whole is best organized according to the fundamental structural relationships that give rise to health care law. These relationships are
Facos, Michelle. Nationalism and the Nordic Imagination: Swedish Art of the 1890s. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1998, 250 pp., $50.00, cloth.
This richly illustrated book is a lucid introduction to a largely neglected manifestation of modernism that came out of fin-de-siŹcle Sweden. The author presents the first study in English to examine the movement known as Swedish national romanticism. She shows how the movement's primitivist tendencies were related to, but different from, similar cultural forces in Germany and other parts of Europe at that time. A small group of Swedish artists--Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, and Hanna Hirsch Pauli are a few--espoused a politically progressive, culturally conservative form of nationalism. These artists produced a specifically national Swedish art by focusing on indigenous history, legends, and folk tales, as well as uniquely Swedish-Nordic values, geography, and ethnography. Their breathtaking images of the Nordic landscape shaped a communal "folk" identity that accented regionalism, solidarity, and attachment to the past and protested against the perceived dangers of capitalist industrialism and urban expansion. By 1900 Sweden was on its way to realizing a society of social, economic, and political equality, and the national romantic painters were no longer renegades. Facos is an assistant professor of fine arts in the History of Arts Program at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, IUB.
Felleisen, Matthias, and Daniel P. Friedman. The Little MLer. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1998, 181 pp., $25.00, paper.
This book is an introduction to thinking about programming and the ML programming language. The book has two goals: first, to teach students to think recursively about types and programs; second, to expose students to two important topics concerning large programs: dealing with exceptional situations and composing program components. Friedman is a professor of computer science at IUB.
Fiszman, Samuel, ed. Constitution and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Poland. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997, 562 pp., $49.95, cloth.
In the late eighteenth century, Poland was one of three countries, along with the United States and France, to adopt a constitution. Although short lived, the Polish Constitution of 3 May 1791 was acknowledged as a milestone by republican thinkers in Europe and America. This volume is the first attempt in English to provide a comprehensive view of Poland in the Age of Enlightenment, a time of political and social reform and cultural revival. In addition to its focus on the Constitution of 3 May 1791 and the Polish movement for political reform, the book documents the history of Polish parliamentarism and the connection between the American, Polish, and French ideas of a democratic state at the end of the eighteenth century. Fiszman is a professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literatures at IUB.
Foster, Kathleen A. Thomas Eakins Rediscovered: Charles Bregler's Thomas Eakins Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1997, 480 pp., $60.00, cloth.
More than fifty years ago, a treasury of studio material--including oil sketches, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and manuscripts--was rescued from the empty house of Thomas Eakins by a devoted student, Charles Bregler. Deemed worthless then, the "rubbish" that Bregler reverently saved has only recently become recognized as an important source of information about the life and working habits of one of America's greatest artists. This book is both a catalogue of the Bregler collection and a reassessment of Eakins' career as read through the newly discovered materials. Foster is curator of modern art, Indiana University Art Museum, at IUB.
Gebhard, Paul H., and Alan B. Johnson. The Kinsey Data: Marginal Tabulations of the 1938–1963 Interviews Conducted by the Institute for Sex Research. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 642 pp., $49.95, cloth.
Originally published in 1979, this volume is the culmination of the Kinsey Institute’s desire to compile and publish the data from the original case histories taken from 1938 to 1963. The complete sample has been “cleaned” by separating out those from “sexually biased” groups (e.g., the delinquent sample) leaving a basic sample of 5,637 males and 5,609 females. The marginal tabulations are presented along with the descriptions of the interviewing and sampling process. The rationale for the publication was to present the data so other scientists could request it for use in their research, with the hope of leading to further analyses and new approaches and ideas. Gebhard is a professor emeritus of anthropology at IUB.
Goud, Nelson, and Abe Arkoff. Psychology and Personal Growth. Fifth Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Allyn and Bacon, 1998, 375 pp., $50.00, paper.
Over six dozen articles, drawings, and photo-essays were selected to apply psychology to personal development. These selections explore six themes: identity, human communication, growth dynamics, feelings and emotions, human relationships, and a quality life. The readings present growth concepts in a highly personalized manner, and each reading encourages personal reflection and discussion. Goud is an associate professor of education at IUPUI.
Hesford, Wendy S. Framing Identities: Autobiography and the Politics of Pedagogy. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1999, 224 pp., $49.95 cloth, $19.95, paper.
How do historically marginalized groups expose the partiality and presumptions of educational institutions through autobiographical acts? How are the stories we tell used to justify resistance to change or institutional complacency? These are the questions the author asks as she considers the uses of autobiography in educational settings. This book demonstrates how autobiographical acts--oral, written, performative, and visual--play out in vexed and contradictory ways. She looks at how, in the academy, these acts can become sites of cultural struggle over multicultural education, sexual harassment, institutional racism, hate speech, student activism, and commemorative practices. Within the context of Oberlin, a small liberal arts college in Ohio, this book looks at the uses of autobiographical practices in empowering groups traditionally marginalized in academic settings. Hesford is an assistant professor of English at IUB.
Houser, Nathan, and Christian Kloesel, eds. The Essential Peirce: Selected Philosophical Writings Volume 2 (1893-1913). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 584 pp., $39.95, cloth; $29.95, paper.
The focus of this volume is philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce's evolving theory of signs and its application to his pragmatism. Included are thirty-one pivotal texts, beginning with "Immortality in the Light of Synechism" (in which Peirce proposes synechism--the tendency to regard everything as continuous--as a key advance over materialism, idealism, and dualism) and ending with Peirce's late and unfinished investigations of the relative merits of different kinds of reasoning. Houser is a professor of philosophy and director of the Peirce Project, and Kloesel is a professor of English and director of the Peirce Database Project. Both are at IUPUI.
Ilchman, Warren F., Stanley N. Katz, and Edward L. Queen II, eds. Philanthropy in the World's Traditions. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 382 pp., $35.00, cloth.
Though voluntary association for the public good is often thought of as a peculiarly Western, even Christian conception, this book details rich traditions of philanthropy in cultures throughout the world. Rather than search for expressions of Western conceptions of philanthropy, experts in area studies investigate how particular cultures understand philanthropy and its role in society, how people in these cultures attempt to realize "the good" through giving and serving. These essays study philanthropy in Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, and Native American religious traditions and in cultures from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, South Asia, China, and Japan. Each essays describes a distinctive form of philanthropy in a given culture and historical period, its genesis, its functioning, and its relative importance within the culture and the culture's predominant religious traditions. Ilchman is past executive director of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and Queen is director of the Religion and Philanthropy Project at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI.
Jensen, H. James. Signs and Meaning in Eighteenth-Century Art: Epistemology, Rhetoric, Painting, Poesy, Music, Dramatic Performance, and G. F. Handel. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1997, 410 pp., $59.95, cloth.
This book explains historical assumptions about eighteenth-century art and performance, and the signs they employed. It assumes that how artists thought they made art and how audiences thought they received it was how it was made, received, and understood. Eighteenth-century epistemological and rhetorical assumptions bring together meaning and practices of rhetoric, philosophy, literature, painting, dramatic performance, and music. Musical drama shows the widest range of signs for an audience, presenting and representing the passions as the basis for understanding human nature and actions. The book starts with explanations of assumptions and ends with analyses of G. F. Handel's dramatic oratorios. Jensen is a professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at IUB.
Kane, Stephanie. AIDS Alibis: Sex, Drugs, and Crime in the Americas. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998, 232 pp., $19.95, paper, $59.95, cloth.
This debate on the issues connecting the AIDS pandemic to government policy and crime in the Americas tackles the cultural landscape upon which AIDS proliferates on a global scale. Kane layers stories of individuals and events--from Chicago to Belize City to cyberspace--to illustrate the paths of HIV infection and the effects of environment, government intervention, and social mores. Linking ordinary yet kindred lives in communities around the globe, Kane challenges the assumptions underlying the use of police and courts to solve health problems. The stories reveal the dynamics that determine how the policy decisions of white-collar health care professionals play out in real life. By focusing on life-changing social problems, the narratives highlight the contradictions between public and health and criminal law. Kane is an assistant professor of criminal justice at IUB.
Kinsey, Alfred C., Wardell B. Pomeroy, and Clyde E. Martin. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 804 pp., $49.95, cloth.
When published in 1948, this volume encountered a storm of both condemnation and acclaim. Kinsey and his fellow researchers employed interviews to accumulate a body of empirical data regarding sex. Based on the personal histories of approximately 5,300 males, this volume describes the methodology, sampling, coding, interviewing, and statistical analyses used, and then examines sexual outlet and the factors and sources involved. “The Kinsey Report,” as this book was popularly designated fifty years ago, represents a milestone on the path toward a scientific understanding of human sexual behavior.
Kinsey, Alfred C., Wardell B. Pomeroy, Clyde E. Martin, Paul H. Gebhard, and the Staff of the Institute of Sex Research, Indiana University. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 842 pp., $49.95, cloth.
This work was originally published in 1953, five years after the male volume. The material presented in this book was derived from 6,000 women and from studies in sexual anatomy, physiology, psychology, and endocrinology. It presents data on the incidence and frequency with which women participate in various types of sexual activity. The authors show how factors such as age, decade of birth, and religious adherence are reflected in patterns of sexual behavior. Some measure of the social significance of the various types of sexual behavior is provided. The authors compare female and male sexual activities and investigate the factors that account for the similarities and differences between female and male patterns of behavior.
Lake, Carol L. Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia. Third edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998, 698 pp., $145.00, cloth.
The third edition of this book provides a comprehensive review of the anesthetic and preoperative management of patients with congenital cardiac anomalies of all types. It includes new chapters on pediatric cardiac electrophysiology and anesthesia for nonsurgical procedures in children (cardiac catherization and electro-physiology). The book is written for pediatric and cardiac anesthesiologists at resident, fellow, or consultant levels; pediatric cardiac surgeons and their trainees; pediatric cardiologists; specialists in pediatric critical care; and medical students and nurses involved in the care of pediatric cardiac patients. Lake is a professor of anesthesia and assistant dean at the IU School of Medicine.
Liverman, Diana, Emilio F. Moran, Ronald R. Rindfuss, and Paul C. Stern, eds. People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Sciences. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1998, 244 pp., $30.00, paper.
New possibilities and challenges have been created for social science by the rapidly increasing capability to deliver high-resolution data from space-based platforms. This book illustrates the possibilities and challenges with detailed examples of applications of remotely sensed data. It investigates how social forces interact with land-use and land-cover change in developing and developed countries, and if offers accounts of other promising future applications, including famine early warning and public health. It shows how remote sensing may lead to important advances in the ability of social and natural scientists to collaborate in research, particularly on human environment interactions and global change. Moran is the Rudy Professor of Anthropology, director of the Anthropological Center for Training in Global and Environmental Change, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at IUB.
Mallor, Jane P., A. James Barnes, Thomas Bowers, Michael J. Phillips, and Arlen W. Langvardt. Business Law and the Regulatory Environment: Concepts and Cases. Tenth Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Irwin McGraw-Hill, 1998, 1,213, pp., $82.70, cloth.
This treatment of the standard topics that form the traditional business law curriculum includes regulation and other subjects that constitute the "legal environment" curriculum. Cases address ethical and global issues; the influence of political, social, legal and regulatory, environmental, and technological issues on business; and the impact of demographic diversity on organization. Mallor, Phillips, and Langvardt are professors of business law. Barnes is a professor of public and environmental affairs and dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Bowers is an associate professor of business law. All are at IUB.
McCarthy, Martha M., Nelda H. Cambron-McCabe, and Stephen B. Thomas. Public School Law: Teachers and Students' Rights. Fourth Edition. Boston, Massachusetts: Allyn and Bacon, 1998, 514 pp., $55.00, cloth.
A comprehensive treatment of the evolution and current status of the law governing public schools, this edition updates all the chapters, and some sections have been added to reflect emerging issues of legal concern. It explores the direct impact on educators and students and examines the tension between governmental controls and the exercise of individual rights within the school context. McCarthy is the Chancellor's Professor of Education at IUB.
McSwane, David, Nancy Rue, and Richard Linton. Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998, 373 pp., $35.00, paper.
Based on The Food Code published by the Food and Drug Administration, this book is designed to serve as a workplace reference guide to safe food handling procedures. It can be used to prepare for the national certification exams or as a teaching tool. Topics covered include: food safety and sanitation management; hazards to food safety; factors that effect food-borne illness; the food product flow; facilities, equipment, and utensils selection, cleaning and sanitizing; environmental sanitation and maintenance; accident prevention and crisis management; and regulations. McSwane is an associate professor of public and environmental affairs at IUPUI.
Mitchell, C. Thomas, and Jiangmei Wu. The Daoist Way of Building. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998, 142 pp., $49.95, cloth.
Scores of books have now been written on the art of feng shui, the mysteries of chi, and the elements of "green design." Simply appropriating Daoist design elements, however, or imitating Chinese customs is not an effective response to the lack of meaning in Western architecture and design. This book presents a Chinese way of looking at the world and designing for spiritual as well as esthetic needs and is meant to inspire a similar re-imagining of architecture in the West. The authors explore how architects and designers can apply such a philosophy in a truly Western context. Drawing on the deep insights into the spiritual aspects of space that characterize traditional Asian building--the essential harmony of buildings, landscape, and nature, ecological impacts, and cultural meaning and symbolism--Western architects can discover their own spiritual and aesthetic roots. They can then create new designs that are both meaningful and livable. Mitchell is an associate professor of apparel merchandising and interior design at IUB.
Nnaemeka, Obioma. Sisterhood, Feminisms, and Power: From Africa to the Diaspora. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, Inc., 1998, 513 pp., $89.95, cloth, $29.95, paper.
This volume, which gathers prominent scholars, feminists, womanists, and creative writers from Africa and the African Diaspora, engages issues and conflicts in feminism and black women studies--feminist and womanist debates, sisterhood and power struggles, research and documentation questions, urban and rural dichotomy, Africa and the African Diaspora. Focusing on the pluralism of feminisms, these essays address the conflict between indigenous African feminisms and the radicalism of variants of Western feminism with their emphasis on sexuality and seeming opposition to motherhood. They collectively argue that the African environment specifically should provide the context for any meaningful analysis of feminisms on the continent. The volume weaves theoretical questions, and personal and collective engagements into a tapestry that spans Africa and the African Diaspora--from women organizing for change in South Africa and women's insurgency against colonialism in Nigeria to the problems of doing research on women in Uganda and building of a sisterhood in Memphis, Tennessee. Nnaemeka is an associate professor French and women's studies at IUPUI.
Porterfield, Amanda. The Power of Religion: A Comparative Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, 210 pp., $19.95, paper.
An introduction to six religious traditions--Native American religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism--this book recognizes the diversity of religious belief and offers both comparative and historical analysis. Accessible to undergraduates and general readers, this book shows how various forms of these traditions are lived out in practice, experience, and community, presenting religions as ways of living and demonstrating how religious beliefs are integrally related to other aspects of life. Porterfield discusses several of the historical developments each religion has undergone and considers how each of the religions has changed in response to the climate of religious exchange and pluralism that exists in United States. Porterfield is a professor of religious studies and director of women's studies at IUPUI.
Shupe, Anson, ed. Wolves within the Fold: Religious Leadership and Abuses of Power. Piscataway, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1998, 245 pp., $20.00, paper, $50.00, cloth.
The power of religion as a symbolic, salvation-promising enterprise resides in its authority to create and shape reality for believers and command their obedience. This power can inspire tremendous acts of human kindness, charity, compassion, and hope. But witch hunts, inquisitions, crusades, and pogroms show us how religious authority can be used for far darker purposes. This book examines this abuse of power by religious authorities from a variety of denominations and religions. Shupe is a professor of sociology at IUFW.
Yan, Margaret Mian, and Jennifer Li-chia Liu. Interactions I and II. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998, 904 pp., Volume I $27.95, Volume II, $28.95, paper, Audio cassettes (11) $100.01.
These books and accompanying workbooks provide a modern system for English-speaking students of Chinese. They make learning Chinese an interactive, cognitive process rather than a matter of simple rote or drill. Lesson topics revolve around typical college events. The authors have created four personas with whom the student can identify--a mainland Chinese, a Taiwanese, a non-Chinese American, and a Chinese American. The lessons use real-world communication episodes rather than grammar- centered texts. Complicated grammatical matters are dealt with after the student has developed some familiarity with the language. Each lesson provides the essential cultural information (values, attitudes, behaviors) that can assist the student to better understand the Chinese language and people. Yan is an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and Liu is an assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures. Both are at IUB.
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