This class is the third of a three-quarter sequence of Beginning Chinese, which is comprised of CHIN 101 (Begining Chinese I), CHIN 102 (Beginning Chinese II), CHIN 103 (Beginning Chinese III). This course is designed for those who have completed two quarters of college level Mandarin class or equivalent. The objective of the course is to help students continue building a solid foundation of the four basic skills--listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an interactive and communicative learning environment. The emphasis is on correct pronunciation, accurate tones and mastery of basic grammatical structures.

This course interrogates literary and cinematic representations of Chinese cities in the twentieth century. By examining urban narrative in Chinese fiction, drama, poetry and film from the Republican and People’s Republic periods, this class offers a new understanding of Chinese modernity as marked by its unique urban sensibilities and configurations. This course focuses on four cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Harbin. We examine how these cities emerged as the leading metropolis in a certain historical period in the twentieth century and how they served as the breeding grounds and models for the social, political, economic and cultural modernization and urbanization. We will also investigate the forces, domestic and foreign, that have shaped and defined those cities and make them take on distinct yet plural identities. Apart from native Chinese recollections, this course also incorporates foreign travelers’ accounts to develop students’ understanding of the five cities as sites of transformation and transculturation through analyzing various cultural, ethnic, gender, and national encounters pertinent to urban narratives.